Home Automation and Your Appliances

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Living with the freedom to control many aspects of your home from the palm of your hand has become reality.  This is not just true for the safety and security of your home but also for making your life a lot more comfortable.

Controlling your alarm system along with many of your home’s appliances from anywhere in the world is now standard practice for many Americans.

What Is Home Automation?

Home automation has increased exponentially over the past few years and more people than ever before are setting up their systems in this way. Who wouldn’t want to protect their home against break-ins or fire while at your job or even on vacation?

Automation is the process of setting up automatic or electronic control of your home by setting up different zones to control. You can also connect many of your home’s appliances to your home security system in order to control them.

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The ability to manage several components of your home from another location by using an electronic device is priceless.  For some, this is the only way to have peace of mind.

You have even more control of your home by alarming and disarming your current alarm system while monitoring movements yourself (if you have cameras or motion sensors set up).

So why would anyone opt for full home automation? Simple. You have the ability to protect your home from an electronic device, limit your electricity usage, and lower your monthly bill simply by using simple setups that encompass your unique lifestyle.

How Home Automation Works

Home automation systems are created from hardware, communication, and electronic interfaces. There is a main controller that acts as a computer and connects your internet network to the interfaces so it can be controlled remotely.

There are sensors that can be used to monitor things in their current state, such as a room with no activity, and turn the devices on or off. These components, the main controller, sensors, and interfaces, work to allow the two devices to communicate with each other and integrate.

When it is all set up, these automated systems can be controlled with a touch of a button no matter where you are. The alarm systems also use sensors, controllers, and actuators to adjust the settings of the home based on your preferences as conditions change. Examples of features available through home automation include:

  • Smart Lighting: Turns on when you enter the room, approach the staircase, set to a timer, or controlled from the palm of your hand.
  • Automatic Door Locks: Once your phone is detected within the zone, doors locks will activate, opening your garage and front door.
  • Heating and Cooling: Set your heating and cooling to automatically turn on at certain times or temperatures. Save by automatically turning off when nobody is there and minimizing your heating and cooling costs.
  • Smart Cameras: With smart cameras in place, you receive instant notifications when there is movement and even view a live feed on your phone.
  • Automated Blinds: Sensors that automatically detect the brightness in the room to close. Similarly, they are able to allow more sunlight when required to optimize the temperature indoors.
  • Everyday Alerts: Program the lights in your bedroom to come on when the teenagers come home. Set off a silent alert when someone enters a forbidden area. Fire and carbon monoxide monitoring. Receive notifications from your fridge that the ice is running low. The options are endless.

Many homeowners automate different scenes for different times of the day. One setting for the morning, noon, and evening. For example, the morning setting can gradually turn up the lights so you’re not jolted awake by an alarm while also reminding you that it’s trash day.