What Is Home Automation?

Home Automation is the integration of a home's subsystems into one control station, allowing a homeowner to access these systems locally or remotely from one central interface. These subsystems can include, Security, Lighting, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Shading and Drapery, Irrigation, Audio Video and Intercom systems.

1. Increased Security

Security is a big factor in today's world. Home automation systems allow a homeowner to seamlessly integrate a security system and/or a CCTV camera system into their daily living. Automated lighting can be implemented into a homeowner's security plan utilizing time of day events, vacation modes and event triggering when their security system goes into alarm.

2. Intercom Systems

In a large home, an intercom system brings needed room to room communication. The front door can be equipped with a door station and a build in cameras so that the homeowner can view and talk to the person at the door. Rooms can be monitored while the kids are playing or the baby is sleeping. All room paging can be accomplished at the push of a button; calling the kids for dinner or a family meeting.

3. Centralized Lighting Control

Lighting control is one of the most popular aspects of home automation. A lighting control system allows the homeowner to control a light or groups of lights from keypads and dimmers strategically installed throughout the house. Landscape lights are generally programmed to turn on and off at pre-determined times of the day. If a lighting control system is installed during construction, keypads and dimmers can eliminate light switch wall clutter making the home more esthetically pleasing.

4. Automated Shading

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Shading and Drapery control is a growing category within the home automation field. Many popular brands such as Hunter Douglas and Somfy can be controlled to open and close via a remote control touch panel or mobile device. The main benefit to automated shading is energy management. Time of day events can be programmed into a system to manage the home energy costs. During the summer, shades and drapery can be programmed to close during peak sunlight hours hence reducing Air Conditioning energy fees.

5. Heating and Air Conditioning Control

Most HVAC or Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems operate with local thermostats installed by the HVAC contractor. While this method is sufficient for many homes, a home automation system allows the homeowner to view temperatures and control their systems from local remote controls, touch panels and mobile devices. One of the most unique advantages of having HVAC incorporated into a home automation system is remote access. If a homeowner travels a great deal, remote access affords them the opportunity to view and control temperature status while they are away. on a cold winter night, they can turn the temperature up from anywhere in the world.

6. Irrigation Control

The first lawn sprinkler was invented in 1871. Since then, sprinkler and irrigation systems have evolved in many shapes and forms. Today, most sprinkler systems operate on a time of day basis. Home automation systems. on the other hand, can not only turn the water on and off at a certain time, but they can also function based on the forecasted weather. By polling national weather forecast agencies, the system will know not to turn on if rain is expected for the next three days. The benefit, of course, is convenience and savings in water usage.

7. Audio Video

Today's consumer electronics and audio video systems can be very confusing to the average person. Four or five remote controls are needed to navigate yourself to watch a DVD or even the local news. An automated system eliminates this frustration. Universal remotes, IPad and Iphone apps can be custom programmed to operate your system from a single unit. One touch convenience brings the enjoyment back to your TV and movie viewing.

8. Remote Access

Nowadays, most people live a very busy life between work, family and home. Mobile devices have revolutionalized access to the internet while on the go. Home Automation systems have followed suit by providing mobile apps and web based interfaces to monitor and control all of the subsystems in a smart home. Thermostats, lighting, irrigation and security systems are now available at the touch of a button anywhere in the world.

9. Affordability

Years ago, Home Automation systems were so expensive that only the rich and obscenely wealthy could afford such a luxury. Today, these system are being offered by cable providers, utility companies and specialized installation firms. From the simple to sublime, home automation is no longer just for the rich and famous. The average homeowner can access these products and services for reasonable and affordable prices.

10. Peace Of Mind

Today's homes have very sophisticated HVAC, lighting, shading, irrigation and AV systems. A Home Automation system brings all of these technologies together under one control umbrella. A home automation system makes controlling and monitoring your home an easy task. When everything is automated, you can come home and do the things that are most important to you with out worrying about all of the subsystems that need to be operating on a daily basis.

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