Home Automation: The Next Wave of Smart Homes

Home ControlWhen you’re not home, doubts can start to consume your mind. Did I turn the dryer off? Did I set the security alarm? Did I unplug the curling iron? Are the kids doing their homework or watching television? Is the dog getting into trouble? With home automation or a “smart home” you can have peace of mind by accessing your home’s systems on anywhere in the world via your smartphone or tablet.

Any device in your home that uses electricity can be put on your home network and at your command. Whether you give that command by voice, remote control, tablet or smartphone, the home reacts. Most applications relate to climate control, home theater and entertainment, and home security. Smart homes may make life easier and more convenient. Who wouldn’t love being able to control temperature, entertainment and security from their couch or office?

Whether you’re at work or on vacation, the smart home will alert you to what’s going on. Here are a few areas where home automation and smart home technologies are making a big difference.

Heating and Cooling

Talk about increasing your comfort level when you’re away from home. Home automation is really home communication. You and your home are connected and capable of this even whether you’re separated by miles or just sitting in your favorite spot on the couch. Turn up the heat on your way home from work and you’re able to step into what is comfortable for you the moment you walk through the door. Home automation allows you to make heating and cooling adjustments while on vacation and as the seasons change. Get alerts sent to you that heating or cooling system may need maintenance. Home automation puts you in complete control—and that is a great feeling.

Electric bills and heating bills go down when lights are automatically turned off in empty rooms, and rooms can be heated or cooled based on who’s there at any given moment. With the ever growing need to reduce energy consumption, smart homes that are equipped with utility control are one of the best ways a homeowner reduce their impact on the environment.

Media and Entertainment

Its 6am and your favorite music artist comes across the air automatically at just the right volume. As you pleasantly awake and grab your coffee, the lights are dim, just enough to transition into your morning routine. Your TV is set to inform you of world’s most current events, and the only thing you have to do is pick up your coffee mug. Sound nice? Home automation allows you to enjoy this luxury without fiddling with stereos, remotes or timers.

How about bringing the movie theater experience right into your family room? Transform your media enjoyment into a media experience using smart home technology paired with the latest audio/visual hardware and software for a home theater experience that will be the envy of the neighborhood.

Security

Smart homes include advanced security systems with cameras, motion sensors and a link to the local police station or a private security company. Smart homes may also use key cards or fingerprint identification in place of conventional locks, making it harder for someone to break in.

Smart home technology promises tremendous benefits for elderly people living alone. A smart home could notify the resident when it’s time to take medicine, alert the hospital if the resident falls and track how much the resident is eating. If an elderly person is a little forgetful, the smart home could perform tasks such as shutting off the water before a tub overflow or turning off the oven if the cook had wandered away.

Smart homes are not the future; they are happening right now. Home automation is a way to control our relationship with technology and our home. With efficient ways to control and protect our most sentimental possessions, home automation brings technology, experiences and luxuries to our homes. If you’re interested in home automation options for your home, just give us a call at 732-840-4011.