We are heading towards an exciting world of driverless cars, virtual worlds, and smart homes. For years, people have thought about personal assistant robots and computers that control every function in a home. In fact, in the 1930s there were several prototypes of automated homes presented at the World Fairs in New York City and Chicago. As technology advances, the idea of having an automated home has quickly moved from a fad to a fact.
Big names like Google, Apple, and Amazon have been scrambling to come up with new home automation products because it’s a market that will keep growing. Here are a few reasons why we love automation and why you should, too:
Automation allows you to manage your music library, set time to watch your favorite movies, and play different music in different rooms in your home. You can configure your connected devices to dim the lights and turn on the TV just at the time when your favorite movie is on. Smart speakers can detect when you have arrived home from work and immediately start playing soothing music to help you forget your annoying boss.
Your Electricity Bills
Thermostats help keep you warm during the cold seasons, but they can also make your electricity bills scary. With automation, you can monitor the amount of energy each device in your home uses. For instance, you can set your thermostat to lower the heat when you are not home or the lights to go off when you go to bed. You can also dim the lights in rooms no one is using in the house, and they will turn bright when someone walks into them.
Everyone hates constantly turning the temperature dial on their thermostats to get it just right. An automated home makes it easier for you by adjusting the temperature automatically without you having to stand up and turn a dial. Devices like the Nest Thermostat allow you to set the temperature using an app. You also don’t have to open the app every time because it remembers your favorite heat setting for every room in your house. This doesn’t sound like heaven; it is heaven.
Appliances or Electronics
Have you ever imagined your coffee machine turning on immediately when your alarm blares in the morning? The IFTTT app allows you to integrate various smart devices in your home whereby one action triggers several other actions. For instance, when your alarm music turns on in the morning it can trigger the blinds in your room to open and the coffee pot to activate. You don’t even have to worry if your devices are not connected because you can buy smart plugs that can automate them. Electronics and devices like TVs, speakers, toasters, ovens and more can be controlled using Wi-Fi or Z-Wave technologies.
These are not your typical light bulbs that can only be switched on and off. Smart lights are greener, long-lasting, and efficient. These light bulbs are often brighter than traditional incandescent light bulbs. Some of them are white, but there are also some that can turn into any color of the rainbow. For instance, the Philips Hue Connected Light Bulbs allow you to customize not only their color but also the intensity of each bulb using a smartphone. They can also communicate or integrate with other smart connected devices in your home. These light bulbs are designed to impress and make your home look beautiful.
Automation also allows you to monitor everything going on in your home even when you are not there. You can check on your kids or your pets when you are at work or when you are on vacation. Smart security systems capabilities vary depending on the company. There are some that have HD cameras fitted with alarms while others just have smart locks. The automated security system you install in your home depends on your needs and your wallet.
Home automation is no Google Glass (sorry Google); it’s here to stay. Various companies are already doing research on how they can embed sensors and microchips on everything in your home and have them communicate with one another. Home automation systems are quickly becoming more affordable and accessible for most homeowners. For more information on specific products, including videos and instruction manual PDFs, check out the products we feature.