How To Make Your Home Smarter & More User Friendly
Just about anything that runs on electricity can be automated to make your home smarter. With so many options available with today’s technology, the first step is to determine what you want to accomplish.
Do you want to be able to monitor packages left at your front door; control your thermostat from outside the home; or alter light levels and play music throughout your home?
Once you outline your wish list obtaining the specific products and having someone install them will go much more smoothly.
Building, Renovating or Just Adding to Your Existing Home?
The perfect time to install home automation technology is during the building or renovating process. The most advanced systems often require wiring and other structural considerations. But with all of today’s SMART products connected via the internet, many home automation projects can still be implemented in existing homes with little or no physical changes needed.
Integrating Home Automation Systems
The goal for many home owners is to integrate their home automation devices so they can sync their entertainment, lighting, climate and security devices into one singular hub. This lets the owner more easily control several devices and monitor usage and control settings – even if they’re not at home. Popular home automation applications are listed below:
Smart light bulbs allow you to set the mood and dim lights remotely from your phone or control hub (e.g. Alexa). Through verbal instructions lights can be turned on and off, and a home’s lighting can be programmed to save electricity.
SMART home security systems allow you to monitor your home’s door locks, lights and security cameras remotely. They can also communicate with visitors via the built-in microphone and two-way talk. Cameras can also monitor the inside of your home when you are away. These devices send alerts to your phone when someone comes to your door – great for keeping track of packages, or to detect unexpected activity.
Your heating and cooling system can be programmed to turn on/off or up/down automatically at certain times or temperatures. Monitoring and setting changes can be done from your phone or voice hub. This approach can provide more timely adjustments to your HVAC system and save energy and money in the long run.
SMART television and sound systems paired with control hubs can provide enhanced viewing and listening experiences. Streaming services offer multiple options of video and music content that can be accessed and managed through centralized control devices.
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Designing and installing home automation systems including lighting, security, environmental and entertainment systems requires a degree of expertise. Understanding where to locate the devices, how to install and wire them, and programming them to work together may come easier to some than others.
For those without a tech background, finding a home automation contractor to plan and install your devices will ensure all the pieces work well together.