How Does Home Automation Work in Colfax ?
It is hard to explain how Home-Automation works because there isn’t one universally accepted protocol. The technology varies from country, company, and type of automation. Often, because the Home-Automation market in Colfax is so lucrative and fast-paced, companies will withhold new developments.
Technology has been growing at insane speed, and it isn’t slowing down. Things we once only saw in science fiction are now a reality. You can call people from your watch like James Bond, talk to your computer like Hal 9000 (though hopefully not just like Hal) and now you can have a smart home like Iron Man.
Smart home technology has actually been around for a few years. Bill Gates started building his smart home in 1988 and finished in 2005. Today, you don’t have to be a billionaire to own a smart home, and it certainly won’t take 17 years to construct. Whether you want to run your home through a central system, or are happy with app-based devices your options are very broad, and just keep widening.
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Imagine walking into your home and the lights turn on, the temperature adjusts to your comfort level, drapes open, and music begins to play. It sounds like something out of a science-fiction movie. However, with home automation technology, this type of convenience can become a reality.
Home automation is generally defined as technology that gives you remote or automatic control of appliances and devices around your home. An automated home controls security, temperatures, audio/video, lighting, and more. It offers the homeowner convenience, energy savings, and safety. Whether you automate a little or a lot, turning your residence into a smart home offers many advantages to individuals and families that enjoy a technologically advanced home.
Convenience: The most obvious advantage to automating your home is convenience. Having your home programmed to perform routine functions automatically saves the homeowner time and effort. You are able to control many components in your home from an easy-to-use color touch panel, remote, or customized keypad. Total control of your home is always at your fingertips. Imagine getting ready for bed each night and all you have to do is push a button to turn off all of the lights, close the drapes, arm your security system, and turn down your thermostat. This type of convenience makes home automation an appealing option for many homeowners.
Energy savings: Home automation technology makes it easier than ever to reduce your monthly energy bills. By managing the energy-consuming devices and appliances in your home, you are able to reduce the amount of energy you consume. This technology allows homeowners to regulate the operation of lights, HVAC system, entertainment components, water heater, and many other household devices so that they are only on when needed. When leaving the home, there is no worry about wasting energy by leaving lights on or forgetting to turn the thermostat up or down. This type of automation is not only good for your wallet, it is good for the environment as well.
Safety: Home automation means that you never have to come home to a dark house. You can program your exterior lights to turn on as you enter the driveway and your interior lights to turn on as you enter the door. When you leave town, you can have your lights turn on and off throughout the day to appear as if someone is home. Plus, your system will notify you via email or phone call if something happens while you are away. If you should happen to forget to set your security system before leaving, you can log in from a phone or through the Internet to arm it.
Many homeowners begin by automating one or two devices in their home. Once they realize how much home automation increases the comfort and convenience of their home, they continue to automate even more. If creating a smart home interests you, be sure to work with a qualified installer who offers experience and a commitment to quality. A professional technician will guide you toward a home automation system that makes the most sense for your lifestyle.
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The modern home has so many automated devices in place, some obvious some not. Home automation may seem like something Q would equip James Bond with, or that only the wealthy have. But when you think about it many facets of technology in your home are already automated - heating timers, underfloor heating in some rooms, security alarm, security cameras, perhaps your garage door. These are all elements of home control technology on an individual scale. The real trick is to have that one all-encompassing system that combines all the smaller automation elements in each autonomous system and combines them into a single neat interface for you and your family to live with. The control system can then "listen" to all it's connected devices and react to alerts either for security reasons, entertainment reasons, or just for convenience!
Security alarms nowadays are much more of a complex beast than before. Many have built in home automation features in addition to the traditional network of PIRs, contact sensors and sounders. Already it is commonplace for an alarm to automatically call out to the police when activated, perhaps send an alert to a call centre or to your mobile. But with a control system in place the alarm (or a panic button press) can be listened for and can go on to activate a series of events. All the lights can turn on. All the windows and doors will close/lock. The cameras all go into record mode and display on the tv screens which have also all turned themselves on. Perhaps the outside lights flash on and off to alert the neighbours to a potential danger. With a control system like this in place you are making sure you and your family are safe. Neighbourhood safety is increased too (assuming you like your neighbours!).
Home automation isn't all serious and boring. Your home automation system can embrace your multiroom audio and multiroom video system. With the same keypad on the wall that you can flick on the lights, your automation system will also let you turn up the music, turn on the TV. Every morning have the house automatically play your favorite song or radio station as an alarm. When you come home at night and you press your garage door button in the car, the home automation system will pick up your personal flag and put the TV onto your favorite channel, turn on the lights for you, open up the rooflights maybe. Having friends over? With a push of a button on a keypad the ambient lighting will come on over the drinks table, some cool music will play through the speakers, the fire may ignite. Hand around the wireless automation controller or iPad and you can choose music to play with one another.
Your Home Automation system will make your life easier. Most of the time running automation tasks in the background that you aren't even aware of! With lighting pathways in place come home and press WELCOME on the home automation keypad and the hallway, kitchen and stairwell lights will all activate. In the background the system will make sure you are only using the amount of brightness necessary to illuminate the way, saving bulb life and energy bills. Go to bed and press GOODNIGHT and the home automation system will close the curtains, turn off the lights, shut off the TV, leaving you to have a peaceful sleep knowing you are safe and secure in your automated home.
Combining security and convenience (and potentially even entertainment) with modern iPads and similar devices you can log on to your home automation system on the move! Check your security cameras from work to see that the cleaners are doing their job, or that the kids are safe. Forgot to turn off the heating before going on holiday? Pickup your laptop and load the home software and shut the heat off. Make sure the lights are off too!
Having home automation is an unobtrusive elegant solution. It takes the wall acne of a thermostat, light switch, blinds switch, CCTV screen, door entry phone, music keypad all being on the wall together, and replaces it with an elegant single keypad or touchscreen interface. It doesn't necessarily need to be whole home automation, perhaps just the key rooms in the house. Or just the ground floor living areas.
Let us bring your home in Colfax into the future of technology. Contact us today for a free estimate for your smart home automation project.
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