Until recently, automated central controls were only found in expensive homes and large commercial buildings. These controls typically involved heating, lighting, and cooling systems. Home automation is an advanced system commonly referred to as the “internet of things” whereby everything is assigned an IP address, and can be accessed and monitored remotely. It is the way that all appliances and devices in a home are networked together to provide a seamless control over all areas of a home.
This technology allows you to have full control of your home from anywhere in the world. Many tasks that required human intervention are now automated. With this automation, you can dictate when, how, and why a device should react. A person is only required to set a schedule based on personal preferences and the rest is automated. The system can also alert you in the case of an emergency such as an unexpected access to your home, water leaks, etc. One can grab the Android device, iPhone, or any other remote control and adjust the settings in the house as desired. Homes using this technology are sometimes referred to as smart homes.
Home automation can either be decentralized with separate controls and sensors or centralized and programmable. The systems range from sophisticated electronic programmable controls for heating, cooling, lighting, as well as entertainment devices using special wireless or wiring, to few, simple and isolated systems such as motion sensors to regulate lights. The two key features of home automation are:
- Automation – This is the ability to schedule and program events for the devices. The programming includes time-related commands such as turning off the lights at a specific time of the day. It also includes non-programmed events such as turning on the lights when the security alarm goes off.
- Remote Control – Tablets and smartphones have enabled people to connect to the home networks remotely. You can use any Internet-connected appliance to control or view any attached devices. You can check the security system’s status whether the doors and windows are locked, the current temperature in the house, etc.
Advantages of Home Automation
1. Home security and safety
The system provides security hence safeguarding your home. Homes are most vulnerable when it appears that no one is around. You can adjust lights in your home in a specific pattern making it seem like it is occupied. Video and blinds entertainment can also be activated to make the house appear like there is someone.
For surveillance, outdoor and indoor cameras can be viewed remotely from the control device. Some devices can also receive alerts when movement is detected at home.
Automated door locks allow you to unlock the doors remotely if you need to grant access for deliveries and lock it up immediately. In addition, automated door locks enable you to set limited entry codes for visitors coming to your house when you are not there. Surveillance cameras on the water sensors can alert you in the case of a costly leak. Smoke detectors can alert you immediately they detect smoke from your home.
2. Saves time and money
Lighting control is a great way of saving money. This is achieved through the use of motion sensors which turn out the lights in unoccupied rooms or light presets that don’t switch on lights at more than 75% brightness, thus using less energy and prolonging bulb life. You can also reap significant monetary benefits by using automated thermostats instead of operating from a standard temperature timer.
Today’s world is busier than ever, and you may be having an endless to-do list during the day. With home automation, issues about going to open the door for the kids or adjusting any household item are taken care of since you can do it from anywhere by just tapping your smartphone or control device.
You can control every appliance and device in your house from any room or even when you are away. For example, Temperature and the volume of audio systems can be adjusted remotely. You can even set the heater in the bathroom to start heating automatically five minutes before you wake up such that by the time you are getting to the shower it is already hot. Everyone can agree that this is an excellent convenience.
4. It is fun
The system gets you involved. You simply set your personal preferences, then sit back and enjoy using technology. The operation is user-friendly and flexible, ensuring the users have a fun experience.
Home automation is an ideal technology in the fast-paced life most people live today. Investing in home automation will make things easier for you as a busy person as well as saving energy and keeping your home secure.