What is Home Automation?
Home automation is part of the ‘Internet of Things,’ and is making common, seemingly futuristic, technological dreams such as having a Smart Home, a reality. Simply put, home automation is a system that uses the internet to give you access to monitor and control the devices and appliances in your home from a mobile device, anywhere in the world. Home automation gives you remote control for everything in your home, including lights, appliances, heating and cooling systems, sprinkler systems, alarm systems, and even all of your doors, windows and locks.
The system works with two main characteristics. The first is general automation, which gives the user the ability to program and schedule events within the network. For example, telling your system to unlock the front door to let your kids in from school at a certain time each day or programming your outdoor lights to turn off when the sun rises in the morning. The second characteristic is the system’s ability to work with unscheduled events, such as turning on floodlights outside your home if your security system is triggered. Once you master these basic components of your system, the opportunities to make your life easier, safer and more comfortable are endless.
- Convenience: The ability to control every device and appliance in your house with a touch of the finger makes life very easy and convenient. If you are sitting on the couch and begin to feel a little chilly, simply pull out your phone and adjust the thermostat. If you are out of town and worried about your home, you can monitor all of your systems without asking your neighbors to check in. Home automation makes life easy.
- Safety: Home automation offers you peace of mind that you, your family and your valuables are always safe inside your house. The network can provide security and safeguarding for your home through security cameras for live surveillance, automated door locks, outside lights for when you get home in the evening, motion detectors that send you alerts when there is unusual activity around your house and much more.
- Energy Savings: Home automation allows you to use the systems in your home efficiently, which will save you money on your utilities. No more paying needlessly high bills because you always forget to turn off the lights when you leave for the day. By only using your home’s appliances when you need them and making sure they are off when you don’t, you can save big and do good for the environment, too!
With new products and technology becoming easily accessible, homeowners across the country are upgrading their equipment to make their home automated and allow control right from their phones. It’s not just a dream anymore, it’s a reality! Give Miller’s Services a call today at (804) 758-4314 for more information about home automation and to find out how our technicians can introduce it into your life.