Home automation is growing increasingly popular. Turning your house into a ‘smart house’ can bring you a range of benefits and allows you to control certain aspects of your home even when you’re not there. You can potentially control your heating and air-conditioning, lighting, and security system, and even connect to smart appliances like your refrigerator, washer or dryer, or your oven.

Controlling Your HVAC System

Setting your thermostat lower when you’re not home can save you money on your energy bill. You’re probably familiar with programmable thermostats for your furnace and air conditioner, which allows you to set the system to coincide with both your time at home and the times when you’re away. But, if you don’t have a set work schedule every day, this type of thermostat won’t give you much benefit. But a smart system will allow you to use your cell phone to turn up your thermostat when you leave work, so your home is comfortable when you arrive.

Varying Your Lighting

It’s a proven fact that having lights on while you’re away from home can deter burglars. Electronic timers are good, but if someone is casing your neighborhood for several days, they might make note that the lights come on at the same time every day. So, using your smart phone to vary which lights are on in your home can help improve your home’s security.

Monitoring Your Home

Some smart systems allow you to monitor who is at home. This is especially useful if you have kids who will be home when you’re not. There are even doorbells that let you see who is at your door and speak to them through your smart phone, whether you’re at home or not. This can give you a sense of security when you’re not home.

Appliance Control and Integration

Many appliances these days come with Wi-Fi capability, and if you have a smart home, this means you can control your appliances when you’re not even home. For example, you could start your washing machine during the middle of the day, when less people are using electricity in their homes. You can consult with your refrigerator when you’re standing in the grocery store to determine what products you already have and what you need to buy.

Improve Your Home’s Security

Many security systems now allow you to control your system using your phone. This means you can allow certain people access to your home when you’re not there. For example, if your parents were coming over, but you had to work late, you could access your security system and let them inside your home. You might also be able to monitor cameras inside and outside your home as well as lock or unlock doors and windows.

Assistance for the Elderly or Disabled

Home automation can also help those who are elderly or disabled. This might include emergency monitoring, medication or other reminders, and robotics like the Roomba vacuum cleaner to help keep the home clean so your loved one doesn’t have to. A smart fridge will also let you keep track of what your loved one needs from the store.

Leak Detection Systems

A smart home can also provide services like CO2 monitoring, so that if you have a gas leak when you’re not home, your phone will notify you. Certain smoke detectors can also provide you with a warning if smoke has been detected in your home when you’re not there.

Drawbacks to Home Automation

There are some drawbacks to automating your home. You’ll need special equipment like high-speed Wi-Fi and a router to control your systems. And Wi-Fi can and does get hacked, so you’ll want to take steps to prevent your system from being hacked into from the outside.

Another drawback to automation is the fact that all this technology is still young, as far as technology goes. And we all know how quickly things can change in the tech world, and how software can and does go the way of the dinosaur. Remember, your software may need regular (and sometimes annoyingly often) updates to keep it functioning properly.

Equipment

To automate your home, you will need to add some equipment to your home. This might include installing or upgrading your current Wi-Fi system, adding things like automated plugs (for lighting), adding smart appliances, and purchasing a router to run them all.

Still on the fence about home automation? Well, you’ll certainly need to research the equipment you’ll need and determine which system will work best for you. You can do this by checking out the information provided at the Smart Future; they’re packed with data for you to consider. There are many excellent benefits provided by automating your home, from controlling your lighting to increasing your home’s security. The smart home may well be the wave of the future, and before you know it, we’ll all be living like George Jetson!

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Home automation is growing increasingly popular. Turning your house into a ‘smart house’ can bring you a range of benefits and allows you to control certain aspects of your home even when you’re not there. You can potentially control your heating and air-conditioning, lighting, and security system, and even...