Introduction to Home Automation:
Home automation is quickly becoming the wave of the future by incorporating your security, climate, and household gadgets into a complete smart home. These smart home systems can be big or small, incorporating items inside and outside your home.
A key feature in home automation is the ability to do tasks automatically and monitor or change status remotely. Common tasks include turning off lights when no one is in the room, locking doors via smartphone, thermostats that sense and memorize temperature settings, and appliances that help you cook to optimum recipe settings. Automating your home can be done in two primary ways, or in any combination of DIY or whole house system setups.
DIY Home Automation:
Do-it-yourself automation can be quick and easy, and is a great option for both budget and custom hacks. Find some great ideas from sites like Lifehacker.com or SmartHome.com's Home Automation Solution Center. These sites are great for describing exactly what you can automate and what supplies you will need. Check out YouTube and common tutorial sites like About.com and eHow for instructional videos from beginners to expert househackers.
If do-it-yourself style upgrades aren’t your thing, you might like many of the professional home automation groups available. Offered through a large variety of service providers from cable companies to home security experts to tech innovators, these groups can design and install a custom system to suit your home. Professional installation can come in especially handy for those who need to retrofit older homes and can’t use a standard plug-and-play setup.
Home Automation Benefits:
There are many benefits to automating your home. Give yourself peace of mind with improved security. Save time by using all-in-one access and controlling daily tasks with the touch of a button. Save money and help the environment by reducing wasted electricity, gas, and water.
Keep reading through each section to learn about each area of the home you can automate: