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How to Automate My Home – Getting Started with Smart Homes

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During the industrial revolution, society shifted from an agricultural one to more of a manufacturing one, increasing productivity tenfold and improving the livelihoods of the masses. Similarly, the internet and technology is providing a similar effect. Gone are the days when you needed to be fully hands-on to make everything function, you can have technology and electronics handle it for you. Your quality of life will improve drastically as you will have more free time for rest and relaxation, leisure, or other productive activities that will help increase your earnings potential.

If you are a fan of science fiction then you might have an idea of how technology can be used to make your life easier and more convenient with the help of technology. If you’re not familiar with science fiction, do not worry, we will help you get an idea of how home automation systems work. With the internet and wi-fi, a lot of devices in your house can be interlinked and controlled remotely, leaving you with a lot more time on your hands. The added convenience and extra time on your hands gained from removing a lot of tedious tasks allow you to use the time for more leisure or more productive activities. As such, technology will really allow you to become the best version of yourself and to start integrating it into your home, we will discuss this with you.

Smart Home Systems 

When starting your smart home, you will need a hub where you can interconnect all of the smart devices to. Some of these hubs include Samsung’s SmartThings, Hubitat Elevation, Homeseer, Vera, Wink, Nexia, Homeassisstant with a z-wave module and others. Your smart plugs, smart lighting, smart locks and smart speakers will be hooked up with a hub or a gateway as it’s also known, to allow you to control them with your smartphones.

After hooking up to the gateway, you can operate the smart device with voice control systems like Amazon Alexa, further freeing up your hands. So let’s say you get home late at night and it’s dark, after entering your home, instead of fumbling around looking for the light switch, you can simply speak “Alexa, turn on living room lights” and the system will have the lights turning on as long as they are connected to the hub. To take it even further, you can include motion sensors that will detect someone entering the room and it will automatically turn the lights on. This is but a small sample of how smart devices can make life so much easier for you.

Home Security System

One of the more exciting features of smart homes are the added security features they can bring to your house. From things like security cameras, video doorbells, smart locks and motion detectors, you can really make your home feel like Fort Knox (not really but you get the idea). Furthermore, your security system can have a 24/7 monitoring agency keep an eye on your house and alert the authorities if there is suspicious activity happening to it.

Your home is where you and your loved ones dwell. On top of that, you will undoubtedly have many valuables there, from expensive technology to priceless possessions, all of which you will want to keep safe. So it makes so much sense to add the best security possible to your home to protect them all. Past hiring private security, the best way to do this is through the use of a smart home security system.

Ideal Year-Round Comfort

We are all very accustomed to staying in a temperature-controlled environment, which is ideally between 20 to 22 degrees celsius. Older houses had to rely on electric fans, electric heaters, and window-mounted air conditioning units to keep the house comfortable. All of them can get the job done, but they are extremely inefficient and can become very expensive in the long run. Often, they will be left running, especially at night when you are asleep, which can cost you more than you need to spend. Luckily, with a smart thermostat, you can get around this problem.

Not only can a smart thermostat monitor the temperature of your home constantly, but you can also access it from outside your home to make some changes as needed. Smart thermostats like Google Nest can be connected to your smartphone and you can make changes while away. For example, if you and your family are away, you can lower the thermostat to less than room temperature, saving you a bit of money on unnecessary heating. Furthermore, you can have the heater turned back to room temperature just before you return so it is nice and comfortable as soon as you arrive. This is a small demonstration of how a smart thermostat can help you save on energy and heating bills.

A man controlling his smart blinds with his phone.

Further Savings with Smart Shades

Along with light bulbs, you can really control your home’s light levels with smart window coverings. These range from shades to blinds, so you have all sorts of styles and fabrics to choose from. Most people tend to take window coverings for granted, but with them, you really get a lot of things. To start, you can protect your interiors from sunlight, which is a lot more damaging than you can imagine for your furniture and other belongings. Secondly, they add a layer of protection in terms of privacy, so when combined with a smart home security system, you really can almost reach Fort Knox levels of protection.

You don’t even have to worry about spending too for smart window coverings. Cheap motorized shades have become available with the advent of technological advancement, helping to lower their prices over time. The same thing can be said of motorized blinds. Furthermore, these window coverings can help with your home’s energy efficiency just like smart lights. One thing that you may not know is how much heat can be generated by sunlight when it comes through your windows. It creates a greenhouse effect that is called “solar heat gain” and can raise your home’s temperature by a lot during the noon hours. To combat this, you can have your shades or blinds programmed to close during the hours of 11 am to 4 pm, minimizing your need to use your air conditioning to keep your house cool.

More Smart Toys

Do you remember seeing robots in movies that can make you coffee, vacuum your home, and cook you eggs for breakfast? Well, this is closer to reality now than ever before. Vacuum robots like a Roomba can already do this, and you can get a smart coffee maker that can start roasting your coffee before you even wake up in the morning. So just like the industrial revolution, we are taking leaps in advancements to make our lives easier and more. Also, with technology advancing constantly, its cost keeps getting more affordable, making it easier for you to get started with your smart, automated home.