We’ve been posting some amazing educational posts lately on our blog regarding automation. But, commonly when you mention the words “Home Automation” to some people they seem very unfamiliar with the system. It’s only until you explain the functions fully, do they then only realize what you are talking about.

Home automation is not as complicated as one would assume it to be, the most common features of a home you can automate are:

  • Lights
  • TV’s
  • Audio-Visual systems
  • Heating/Cooling systems

The list is endless what you can do with a home automation system in your home. For some it seems to be a foreign language, but its not really that complicated. As long as you are familiar with the basics of automation, you won’t have to worry about all the technicalities about about automation, you can leave that part to us.

To educate you about the basics of home automation, we will be taking you through the most common areas of a home which can be automated. The question is though, are you ready?

Let us begin:

LIGHTING

In terms of home automation, the lighting of homes can be regarded as one of the most popular systems to be automated before anything else. Originally only the inside lighting of your home was automated, luckily with all the advancements in technology, the exterior lighting of your home can be automated too. Exterior lights such as pool lights, entertainment areas, walkways or just the general exterior lighting. As a safety and security system, automating your lighting is perfect, you can set the lights to automatically operate at times of the night when you arrive late from work or events. There are many uses for lighting in a home,

 

COOLING/HEATING SYSTEMS

These days automation systems are designed specifically to help homeowners save energy and costs. Automating your cooling/heating system is a great way to help save unnecessary costs and saves energy. Very similar to the automation of lighting in your home, you can do the same too. Very commonly with a normal cooling/heating system, users have access either via remote control or pad based on the wall to operate the system. It can sometimes become an annoyance, as you need to adjust the settings all the time to suit your comfort levels. Automating your cooling/system offers the user to have full control of the system using remote access such as a Tablet/I-Pad. You can create specific settings/presets, with a press of a button the system on the Tablet, the temperature will adjust accordingly to the setting.

 

AUDIO-VISUAL SYSTEMS

Commonly in a household you will find the following electronic devices:

  • Hi-Fi System
  • TV
  • Surround Sound
  • DVD Player

They all have one thing in common, REMOTES! For years, this has become a minor annoyance to people, due to there being so many remotes it can confuse any user. Luckily, with home automation, it takes away that burden from all users. With the use of a remote device, you can synchronize all your electronic devices on to one device, ie: Tablet/I-Pad. Without having to stress which remote control you will need, at the comfort of relaxing on a couch you can operate the various electronics by remotely accessing them simultaneously.

 

 SECURITY

Unfortunately, security is of high concern these days worldwide. As a homeowner, I’m sure your biggest concern is keeping you and your family safe. Having a security system installed into your home is highly advisable. With the progress of technology, some alarm companies have used the opportunity to merge their alarm systems with home automation. This entails that you can monitor the activation and deactivation of your home alarm system. Either way, if you have a home automation system or an alarm system which can match to a home automation system, it gives you the upper advantage. You can now have remote access to your alarm system without having to risk your own safety by accessing your home if a trespasser is inside.

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

In this article I have only featured 4 features of home automation, the exciting part about home automation is that there is more to what you think there is, one extra feature to mention is:

  • Shading: This can be a costly expense to add to the automation system of your home, but at the same time its useful. Instead of having to close curtains at unnecessary times of the day yourself, you can remotely control the shadings.