January 18, 2017
Smartphones are a part of our daily lives. Having a miniature computer in our pocket has had a profound effect on our ability to access and assimilate information. Because of the powerful implications of this technology, it has become a ubiquitous part of western culture and is sweeping even the remotest, poorest regions of the planet. In recent years, mobile-integrated home automation has become a very big selling point of new homes. There are many different types of home automation that make modern living easier, more efficient and more convenient. The industry of home automation is growing by leaps and bounds every year. New advancements in home automation are very exciting to implement into our homes. Let’s look at some of the recent innovations.
Advanced security systems
The best home security systems incorporate Smart home technologies to make safety and security more accessible. Doors and windows can be opened and closed, locked an unlocked remotely. Cameras can feed directly to your Smartphone or accessed from a tablet or laptop, preventing intrusions and providing you with the ability to check up on your children while you’re away. Most professional security services will offer monitoring plans that will alert their dispatchers if the alarm system is triggered. If the dispatcher deems it appropriate, he or she will contact 911.
Remote control of utilities
Long past are the days of paying high utility bills due to forgetting to turn off the heater or lights. With new home automation technology, you will be able to see exactly what you might have accidently left on. You will also easily be able to turn off your heater or switch off lights from your Smartphone while you are on-the-go. Some systems can even detect when the interior temperature gets too high for electronics or too low for the plumbing system and adjusts automatically, preventing pipes from freezing or laptop components from shutting down.
Utilizing alternative energy sources
Alternative energy has become increasingly popular over the past decade due to the availability and increasing effectiveness of this technology. One of the most popular forms of alternative energy right now is solar energy. Even if you live in a cloudier area, some panels can ration energy until needed.
State and federal incentives are making this otherwise cost-prohibitive technology available to average home-owners, enabling them to save upward of $1,000 or more in electricity costs while at the same time decreasing the strain on municipal power grids. With advanced home automation, you will be able to effectively manage your energy intake and battery unit storage, and track how much energy your home is putting back into the grid, increasing your family’s quality of life while making a difference to the environment.
Remote entry with smart locks and garage door control
If you are on-the-go like many Americans today, you may not be home to let in your children after school. Remote access to your home is easier than ever before. You could be in a different state and still unlock your front door or open your garage for your family and friends. Cameras and pass-codes can be used to verify the identity of guests remotely.
We rely on our appliances daily. Without our appliances, we would not have clean clothes or a warm home in which to sleep. With Smart appliances, you can set schedules for when certain tasks like dishwashing will be done. Much superior to mechanical timers, these timers can be set with a computer or Smartphone, and can easily be recalibrated. This can create a much more streamlined home.
With the use of home automation, you will find that your home is more relaxing that ever before. Your home should be your sanctuary. By using home automation, you can ensure that your house will be your favorite place to spend your time.
Rachael Murphey is an entrepreneur and writer on topics of business, marketing, finance, leadership, and personal success. She currently lives in Denver, CO with her dog Charlie.