Getting Started With Home Automation

20 Nov

If you are interested in working with smart home technology, you are not alone. Over the past few years, Americans have bought millions of home sensors and automation products designed to make their homes smarter and safer.


Here are some ways that you can get off to a great start using home automation:


Security cameras and sensors:

Twenty years ago, you would like need to get another phone line and have your burglar alarm signal go out on a private circuit or line. Today, your options are much more lightweight. You merely need to decide what type of sensors and functionality that you would like.

It is very possible for you to choose carbon dioxide sensors that can double as fire detectors and blend that with cameras and motion sensors that can be tied to a smartphone application that will allow you to have 24 hour control over your home environment when you are not there. Another difference that you will notice by purchasing in the here and now is that the cost is much less than it used to be for the same level of coverage.

If your security system becomes too complex or sophisticated as you prepare to buy it, you might look at smart hubs that are put out by well known manufacturers like Samsung. Instead of forcing you to use proprietary sensors and cameras, most hubs are standards based and let you use most manufacturer’s equipment. You can then also take advantage of the hub manufacturer’s smart phone application to drive your security system.


Smart thermostat:

One of the most annoying things for people who live in an environment where the weather changes frequently is constantly resetting their thermostat manually. Fortunately, it is possible to upgrade your thermostat for a reasonable price.

Post-upgrade, you should be able to control it via a smartphone application that allows you to schedule when you would like it to start increasing or decreasing your temperature. So if you are in the middle of a cold winter and leave your place unheated while you are gone during the day, using a smart thermostat can take away the inconvenience of coming home to a cold apartment or home. You merely schedule it or turn the heat on while you are still at work. You can then arrive home to a warm house without wasting electricity.


Home entertainment system:

20 years ago, Bill Gates talked about a home system that would allow you to have your own identity within the home and have your house change to match your moods, matching your musical taste, your television programming taste, and your general home environment preferences. Today, it is quite possible to customize your own environment in much the same way without having to spend too much money.

One easy way to get started is to choose a smartphone application that identifies you in each room of your house to your IOT (Internet of Things) devices. You can then have it customize your experience as you move from room to room. You should be able to find applications that can recognize what temperature, music, and lighting that you like quite easily. Of course in a year or two, you should be able to also consider using the latest technology, which uses radar to identify your personal heartbeat and then pass the identification to your smart home system.


Getting started with automation in your home is much easier today than it was in the past. Locating all the features that you want by looking at available security, heating, and entertainment options can help you decide how sophisticated that you want your system to be.

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