If you’re keen to embrace the future and invite the ‘Internet of Things’ into your home then you’ll be eager to learn about ways in which you can automate your home. It’s all about convenience and comfort, making your home work for you in the best and most efficient ways. Increasingly we want to have smart things so why wouldn’t we want a smart home? Here are 7 ways we can automate our home life to make our lives easier, safer and more pleasurable:
#1 Appliance Control
With one smart controller or hub, you can connect all your devices and appliances with internet capability, to do your bidding whenever you like. Automatically have your coffee maker begin brewing fresh coffee in the morning at a certain time. Turn your oven on from work to start cooking the casserole you prepared first thing, so there’s no waiting when you get home or set your washing machine to come on at a predetermined time.
#2 Air Con & Heating Control
Thermostats can be connected to the internet and control the temperature of your home remotely, increasing your comfort and also the efficiency and running costs of your home. Save money by having the ability to set your thermostat depending on when there will be someone home or a set time each day. You can also set different climates for different rooms with complete multi-zone climate control.
#3 Let There Be Light!
Now you don’t even need to be at home to turn the lights on and off. You can program your lights to come on at a certain time if you’re not going to be home and so it’s nice and well-lit when you return at night. It’s even possible to have the lights dimmed, the drapes closed and the home theater turned on and ready to play as soon as you’ve taken off your coat! Save money and energy by programming lights to turn on when motion is detected, in hallways for example, and then turn off again when there is no movement. Sensor lights outside when someone approaches is also a good idea.
#4 Windows and Doors
Door and window sensors can be programmed to alert you when they have been opened. Not only does this let you know if someone is at your home when you’re not but also serves as great peace of mind if you have young children. Other security measures include glass break sensors if someone smashes a window, perimeter sensors if someone enters the boundaries of your property and driveway sensors so you know when someone is approaching.
#5 Surveillance & Security
Home automation also allows you to access security cameras from anywhere. Cameras are becoming incredibly advanced and you can choose from options including see in the dark, hidden cameras, wireless and even infra-red. Footage from the cameras can be viewed from any PC, tablet or cell phone with internet access. Most cameras will record what goes on and can give you real-time views of every area of your home, if you set up multiple monitors. Motion sensors can be placed anywhere you might want to keep an eye on and you can also install flood sensors which can cut off your water supply in the event of a leak or break resulting in flooding.
Your landline can now be developed into a cutting-edge communications network thanks to automation. You could even answer the front door from a cell phone or tablet, provided you knew who it was from the camera at the front door. You could have the ability to answer a call from any phone and install an intercom inside the house to say goodbye to shouting up the stairs constantly! You can now easily communicate with anyone, no matter their location in the property or outbuildings.
As mentioned earlier, who wouldn’t love a fully automated home theater and entertainment system? Play music and watch videos all over the house with a whole-home audio-video distribution system. Control the volume in all and individual rooms, with totally wireless systems, also great for those renting a property who want easily moveable solutions. Program your TV to turn on and record shows while you’re out. All this can be done through touch-screen remotes, keypads on the wall or even from a tablet.