Imagine turning on your home air conditioning system from your office before you leave so the house will be cool upon your arrival. Think about the convenience of setting the security alarm and turning off all of the house lights from your bed upon retiring for the night. Consider opening and closing drapes and turning lights off and on in your home while you're away on vacation so that it appears as if the home is occupied. Thanks to the explosive growth in home automation technology and increasing demand, what was available only to the very rich until recently, is now within reach for most any budget.
Home automation is nothing new with most enjoying the convenience of such automation systems as garage door openers and automated thermostats. What is new with today's "smart homes" is that entire systems can be automated with simple touch panels and controlled from anywhere in the world with internet access or iPhone. Some of the most popular home automation systems include:
Security: This is frequently one of the initial areas of home automation for the control and peace of mind it offers. The system can be armed or disarmed and doors can be locked or unlocked from remote locations to enable access if needed. Alarms will automatically notify authorities in case of intrusion or fire.
Climate control: This is a real money-saver for energy costs going beyond the capabilities of programmable thermostats. It allows for complete control at any time from remote locations to turn systems on or off and control the temperature in different areas of the home.
Lighting: Remote lighting control is useful for security and safety and can be automated for both indoor and outdoor lighting.
Home automation is a great investment to consider when building or remodeling a home, adding convenience and home value. You can choose to start with a basic automation system and work up to more comprehensive automation as the budget allows. It puts you in control.