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When a product or appliance is controlled remotely, or programmed to function automatically, it is said to be automated.
In the past, automating your home involved the installation of extensive wiring and multiple modules. Not only was it expensive to purchase and install these systems, they were also very complex to program and to operate.
Significant enhancements in wireless and cellular technology have allowed automating your home to become an affordable, easily to install, and simple to use solution.Why Should I Automate My Home?
Everyday homeowners use gadgets that in a less sophisticated way mimic the function of home automation devices. Here is a list of the most common items:
- Baby Monitor
- Electric timer for decorative holiday lights
- Motion activated night light or security lights
- Audio activated light switches
- Programmable Sprinkler and Pool Valves
- Hand held wireless intercom
- Electric door chime
Nothing about our home is more important to us than feeling safe and secure. Automating your home can provide the same level of confidence as a professionally installed security alarm, but include many benefits that a traditional security alarms cannot. Wireless Door Sensors, Motion Detectors, and Low Voltage Modules are still the back bone of the security in your automated home, but with the addition of a smart home controller like the Insteon Hub or the Revolv these components can also act as triggers for other devices in your home.
Are concerned about the kids playing in the pool when you’re not home? Using a wireless IP camera you can have and have a real time video feed on your smartphone or tablet device anytime someone enters the pool area.It’s About Doing More With Less:
Imagine being able to manage every major device in your home from your smartphone, tablet, or PC? Turn on the porch light, adjust the temperature on your thermostat, turn on the radio, lock the doors, turn off the sprinklers, check in on the kids in the recreation room, close the garage door, and turn off the ceiling fan in the dining room – All while seated on the living room couch!It’s About Saving Money:
Often times the cost of heating and cooling the home is the biggest portion of the energy bill. Automating your heating and cooling allows you to create programs around your family’s schedule- ultimately saving you on energy costs by managing the temperature of the home based on whether you are home or away. You can also increase the efficiency of your system by installing door and window contacts, thermostat(s), and smart home controller. Programs can now be created that trigger your thermostat when a door is opened after a certain time. You can even safe more energy by programming your thermostat not to turn on anytime a window or door is lift open.