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Smart home technology, or home automation, provides you with security, comfort, convenience and energy efficiency all-in-one by allowing you to control smart devices through a smart home app on your smartphone or another networked device.
Imagine walking into your home and being greeted by lights that turn on when you enter a room, motorized blinds that are automatically in the correct position, heat and humidity programmed for ideal comfort, and your favourite music playing in the background. While at work, you’re notified when the kids leave and arrive home from school, when the cleaner arrives, and cameras provided visual confirmation of your deliveries and service providers. Having complete control of your home can provide you peace of mind and convenience that was unheard of only a few short years ago.
These features are no longer too good to be true. As this technology has proliferated the market, costs have come down making it affordable and practical for any renovation, regardless of size. With so many products and options to choose from, the best place to start is deciding what you want to achieve. Make a list of your must-haves and nice-to-haves, which will help you decide what to implement in your new home automation system.
Home automation provides more than just convenience and a cool factor, it can also save you money!
Upfront costs can be recovered over time by reducing ongoing operating costs such as electrical, water, and natural gas consumption. The opportunity for cost savings could push these items onto the must-have list. Programmable thermostats have been around for some time keeping interior temperatures comfortable while you are at home, away or asleep. Recent improvements to climate control include remote monitoring, alarms and the ability to change temperatures remotely or while you’re in bed. Heating or cooling only when required provides significant savings over traditional, “set it and forget it” programs. Motorized blinds are the perfect companion to maintaining indoor comfort. Tracking the sun paths, your blinds can be set to allow light and heat in during winter months while blocking it in the summer months. Thermal gain can be utilized as a tool for reducing the amount of time the furnace stays on by utilizing passive solar power.
Another home automation must-have, lighting.
Lighting uses one of the smallest percentages of electricity in your home but has one of the largest impacts on our daily lives. Although leaving lights on isn’t a huge cost, managing the lighting in our homes offers convenience and security benefits. With motion or volume sensors, lighting can turn on or off automatically when you enter or exit a room so you would no longer have to worry about forgetting the switch. Exterior lighting can be attached to daylight sensors, motion sensors or programmed for specific seasons, so light is always appropriate around the house at any time the sun is down. From a security standpoint, programming lighting to go on and off can provide the appearance of being at home, thereby reducing the risk of unwanted criminal attention.
Home automation security options are now more robust than ever, making them a necessity for many households.
But security options tend to fall on the nice-to-have list, even though these systems not only protect your home from potential intruders, they can provide alerts and warnings related to other portions of your home. Cameras, in combination with sensors, can provide continuous monitoring of the home’s important infrastructure to provide information about water levels in your sump pit, moisture levels in the basement and power interruptions. Combined with door and window sensors, you would have the ability to monitor every point of access and critical system in your home. Individual codes can be provided to family members and service providers with specific access times and instructions programmed into the system along with alerts and alarms to keep you updated on every action taking place at home when you are not there.
Wifi with a stable internet connection is no longer a nice-to-have luxury, it’s a must-have for smart home automation.
We are connected to our devices and expect immediate access to the internet any time, everywhere. Personal, work and education requirements don’t have boundaries any longer, further increasing the need for instant access to our data. High bandwidth and strong connectivity form the backbone of modern home automation systems. All devices are connected by a single control system that facilitates communication across platforms and devices. Your entire home, and everything in it, including your fridge, could be automated to provide constant information about the status of your home whether you are there or not.
A nice-to-have item, integrating entertainment, such as speakers and screens into the home automation system takes family fun to another level!
Music for the entire home or individual rooms can be set to run in the background at specific times. Preferences can be saved so that all you need to do is enter your room to activate your personalized entertainment. Televisions can be set to play or record your favourite shows while providing access to camera security. Weather reports and news can display automatically when requested or your kids favourite shows can be accessed with parental controls.
Home automation possibilities are endless!
Home automation is not as unreachable as it once was, especially with the option to pick and choose the items that best suit you and your family. And while the thought of home automation seems intimidating to some, it might be easier to manage than you think so long as you have the right team supporting you and your technology. You’re only limited by your imagination and budget.
Want to learn more? Contact us today and find out how we can support you and smart home needs.
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