We have all heard of the term “smart home,” but what does it mean? Where does one start? What technologies are available, and what are their costs? Smart home systems use the internet to connect devices and appliances to mobile apps so that they can be monitored and controlled remotely by homeowners. Smart devices and automated home systems make your home more convenient by using applications and voice-control to manage things such as appliances, thermostats, doorbells, lighting, and devices.
The convenience of home automation is hard to match. Imagine a home where nearly everything is connected to a single network that can be managed from anywhere in the world. Lighting systems, electrical outlets, locks, large and small appliances, heating and cooling systems, security cameras and alarms, blinds and draperies, garage doors, and irrigation systems can all be automated to a single system. Full home automation makes your home smarter and safer.
Home automation has two components: automation and remote control. Automation is the ability to program tasks for devices on the network, either remotely from a phone, computer, or tablet, or from a wall-mounted touchscreen. Automation allows you to schedule your coffee maker to brew at the same time each morning or turn the lights and thermostat to a setting of your choice when you get home from work. You can also schedule routines for devices such as robotic vacuums, sprinklers, or motorized blinds. Automation even allows you to set your home system to “away” to have the lighting system look like someone is home.
Remote control allows you to monitor and manage your home from anywhere. With the touch of a button, you can lock/unlock doors, turn the lights on/off, and open/close the garage door. When you integrate security and doorbell cameras into a home system, you can view real-time live feeds of your home. You can even receive weather alerts or system maintenance reminders on your phone.
Manufacturers have developed a wide variety of smart devices that include cutting-edge technology and innovative features. Technology like Wi-Fi and Z-Wave allows smart devices to be controlled through a single gateway, creating a fully automated home. While we may be a long way away from having a fully robotic home, the smart devices and home automation systems available today are convenient, easy-to-use, and designed to blend into your lifestyle.
Home automation is convenient, exciting, and adds value to your property. The possibilities made possible by home automation are limited only by your imagination. You can choose to extend your home's smart capabilities over time or incorporate them into a new construction project. Manufacturers are continually improving products to make them smarter and discerning buyers are seeking smart home features when in the market for new property. Whether you’re looking to make your daily routine easier or to modernize your home, full home automation puts power at your fingertips.