Maybe you control your heating from an app or use a voice activated home assistant. You’ll certainly have access to WiFi and probably Bluetooth. If so, then you’ve already created the conditions that will help you automate your home.
By providing a communication channel that links devices, sensors and software into a network that can transmit, analyse and store relevant data, you create the conditions for more sophisticated automation to take place.
So just what is automating your home and how can it save you money on your energy bills, improve home security and make your life more comfortable?
What can automating your home do?
Home automation specifically refers to the tech in your home that can be programmed to act on your behalf to control your environment, protect your home and even entertain you. It’s a system that ties sensors, systems and software together to gather and process information and then act on it to make everyday life easier and hassle free.
The idea of automating your life can seem overwhelming, but the chances are you’re already doing it. You might have been using analogue switches to control your lights while you’re on holiday for years. The only difference in a digital automated home is that you can control a smart switch from your smartphone or tablet.
You can experiment yourself by using a home hub or choose to use a dedicated company to install a bespoke system for you, such as http://digitalinteriors.co.uk/project/home-automation-systems/, to fully automate your life.
The benefits of automating everyday tasks
You may already be familiar with using a thermostat that can be controlled from your mobile. It’s easy to use, convenient and you’ll see the difference in your energy bills. Now imagine applying this same convenience and simplicity to all those everyday tasks, from automatically unlocking the front door to having granular control over the lighting in your home, so you don’t waste energy and money.
Whether you want increased control over your home security, or you want your dinner cooking in the oven as you walk in the door, technology exists that can be automated to do that. The beauty is that your level of automation can be as simple or as complicated as you like, and can be designed specifically around your patterns of behaviour for a home that works for you.