Let’s be honest. We all grew up with inspired dreams of what “the future” would be like.
Hovercars. Jetpacks. Teleportation. Casual space travel.
While those particular innovations might remain beyond our grasp, we can still enjoy a bit of “the future” today with home automation. Put simply, home automation allows you to access and control critical systems and appliances from a remote or centralized location. With a few taps on a touchscreen panel or a couple of voice commands in your home (or even your smartphone!) you can set temperatures, turn off lights, and tweak your home’s security among other options.
While it may sound fancy – and maybe even frivolous – there are very real and immediate benefits to using home automation systems.
- Convenience – Today’s home automation systems let you manage your home…whether you’re actually at home or not! This means you can turn alarms on or off from your smartphone, or control multiple audio and video devices with one button. If you want something less hands-on, you can easily set timers to turn lights on or off, turn the temperature up or down…or virtually anything else you can think of. For instance – imagine arriving home every evening to complete comfort. The thermostat has already been adjusted to complement the cool night temperatures perfectly. You sit down and touch one button on an advanced remote that turns on your satellite TV, activates your favorite channel and launches your most used audio preset on your surround sound system. Truly automated. Truly amazing.
- Security – Security these days goes beyond wondering if you remembered to lock the front door or not. Peace of mind is everything, but it’s hard to achieve it when you’re away from home for extended periods of time. But what if you could watch live security camera feeds on your smartphone or laptop while on vacation? Or get alarm alerts immediately? Or turn your security system off if a friend needed to drop by or if backyard critters triggered it too many times? Or have your garage door shut itself if you forgot to close it? Home automation security systems make this all possible and easy.
- Energy efficiency – Home automation can pay off, literally, in terms of efficiency and energy savings. An intelligent thermostat can not only be set remotely, but can operate on week-long cycles to provide customized efficiency to fit your lifestyle. Throttle your HVAC system down when on vacation, and have it return to your preferred temperature on the day you return. Your house now works with you to manage itself for optimal efficiency. There’s no clearer-cut benefit to home automation.
Of course, these benefits possibly pale compared to the most obvious advantage of home automation: utter coolness and fun!
Many of us already manage our lives through our smartphones and tablets, so extending that to our homes is a natural and enjoyable transition. More home automation manufacturers are designing smartphone apps that allow us to use the devices we already know and love instead of bulky custom controllers with non-intuitive interfaces. So if you think home automation is limited to a huge touchscreen remote that you’ll never use for anything else….think again!
With a broad selection of products, The Home Depot can help you implement home automation all around your house to meet virtually any need.