No doubt you’ve heard about smart home technology – AKA home automation – but you may be reluctant to install it because of the unknown factors and costs involved.
“Is home automation worth it? Will setting up a smart home really improve my quality of life?” you ask. Let’s dig into your questions and come up with some informative answers that will help you make a smart decision.
How Does Home Automation Work?
In today’s hectic life, home automation makes your daily routine simpler and keeps your home safer. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint.
If you’re wondering what the term “home automation” even means, it can be defined as the process of controlling your home’s electronic devices automatically.
To accomplish this, your devices must be connected to the internet via smart home protocols like BlueTooth, Z-Wave, or Wi-Fi. Once they’re connected, you will be able to control them with the help of either a mobile app or a voice assistant (such as Alexa, whom you may have already “met”).
Home automation allows you to do 3 types of tasks:
1. Monitor. Use an app to keep tabs on your in-home devices remotely. The best-known example of this process is a smart security camera, which provides you with a live feed.
2. Control. Control the positioning or functioning of electronic devices, from a remote location.
3. Automate. Organize two or more devices to interact with each other.
What Are The Benefits Of Home Automation?
1. Save Energy And Cash
Using a smart thermostat to control heating and cooling will help reduce your energy footprint and save you money on utilities. Smart lightbulbs will cut your electricity usage and automatic monitoring of your water consumption can lower your water bills.
2. Keep Your Home Safe And Secure
Smart home features such as outdoor security cameras and motion sensors will deter burglary attempts and package thefts. Devices like “nanny cams” let you check that all is well inside your home. You can even remotely check whether you left the stove on – and turn it off, from anywhere in the world!
3. Make Your Home More Convenient
Simplify the smooth running of your home with automation. Programming several smart gadgets to interact will streamline your regular routines. As an example, you could connect your lights with a smart lock, so that they switch on when a family member unlocks the entry door.
4. Make Your Home More Comfortable
Your home is your haven, more than ever these days. Create yourself a comfortable, cozy retreat with home automation, which can enhance the atmosphere with adaptive temperature, sound, and lighting.
How Can Home Automation Enhance My Living?
Smart switches permit you to control your home lighting system with a smartphone or tablet. You’ll be able to not only adjust your lights remotely, but also pre-program a schedule, check whether you accidentally left your lighting on, and receive alerts that warn you when the lights are turned on or off while you are away.
Protect your home indoors and out with a wide variety of smart home security options, such as smart locks, smart surveillance, or smart doorbells which can show you a live feed of your front door wherever you happen to be.
Smart speakers will do much more for you than just let you listen to your favourite music or broadcasts (though they handle that task very well). With the help of a virtual assistant, they also answer your questions, control your other automated devices, and program alarms and reminders.
A motion sensor that triggers outdoor lighting is the best-known example, but other sensors perform equally valuable tasks. Imagine a sensor that will signal you when any door in your home is opened or closed, or one that warns you of carbon monoxide leakage, flood, or fire.
A smart thermostat will make your HVAC usage much more efficient, keeping you comfortable while saving you money. It may be programmed to your liking, or set up to ”learn” your heating and cooling preferences as well as when you leave and return home.
Can Home Automation Save You Money?
Yes, indeed it can. The most obvious area where a home automation system will cut costs is heating and cooling, one of your household’s largest energy expenses. Smart lighting and water systems are likely to save you even more money. What’s more, an often-overlooked saving is the protection which home automation offers against fire and water damage.
DIY Or Hire An Electrician?
If you’re the handy type, you might want to test your skills with a relatively uncomplicated installation like a smart thermostat. For larger home automation projects, though, especially ones that need to be hardwired to the electrical system of your home, turn to Sun Electrical.
We don’t carry or provide every piece of equipment available in home automation, but if you do your research, and have a clear idea of what you want your system to do, count on our experienced home automation installers to wire up your system the right way.
How to get started? Simple. Contact us to discuss your home automation needs. We’ll review the options and then offer an all-inclusive, no-strings-attached quote.