The wide availability and falling price of smart internet-connected technology in recent years means that a degree of home automation is within reach of most households for the first time. For many people it remains a gimmick, but what practical benefits does this technology deliver?
Safety and security
One of the main benefits automating your home can confer is improved security. Being able to turn lights on and off when you are not at home, for example, can help to deter burglars. You can go further if you want and add automated door locks or remotely-activated security cameras to further protect your property.
Security cuts both ways, of course, and it is important that you ensure any smart devices you introduce into your home are properly protected and do not provide hackers with a back door into your network.
One of the most popular aspects of automating your home is control of your heating system. A home automation company can install a smart thermostat that enables you to control your heating remotely; for example, you can turn the heat down if you are going to be late home from work. The most sophisticated devices can ‘learn’ your habits and adjust the heating without intervention.
You will also never have to worry that you have gone out and left your hair straighteners or your grill switched on. Smart sockets enable you to switch devices off remotely for extra peace of mind.
In today’s busy lives, we are all doing more and more with our time. We may be too busy to ask ‘what is home automation?’; however, it can help us get our schedules back on track. It means you do not have to worry about being back on time to let your children or a trusted tradesman into the house. It means you can check on your pets when you are not at home, or have the oven pre-heated to cook your meal when you get back from work.
We have already mentioned checking on your pets, but home automation also helps you to know when your children get home or when visitors arrive. You can ensure that their path to the door is lit, and you can even let them into the house without leaving your armchair.