How Does Home Automation Work in Stokesdale ?
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 Stokesdale 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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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.
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Is There A Possibility To Find Affordable Home Automation Equipment?
At first glance the terms "cost effective" and "home automation" don't sound right in the same breath. The reason I say this is not unusual that home automation costs can reach up to a hundred thousand dollars or more. So you are going to be happy to hear what I am about to say.
Please allow me to explain.
It is wise that you do your home work into the various home automation manufacturers lines available before choosing one to invest in. Some of the frugal home automation systems rely on technology that seems to hit and miss at times.
Some of the designer label products have such astronomical programming labor rates that go with them that could reach up to $50k, and thats only for the programming. (Then you need to add in the design costs, home automation equipment purchase, & installation fees.)
Now you can see why I recommend to choose an affordable home automation system that will give you the flexibility to start off with a affordable controller and then add modules to automate even more things down the road.
To begin with why not start off with an all in one remote control for your entire surround sound system. Instead of Putting all of your money in one of those smart universal remote controls--
For just a little bit more you could own a home automation control device, that not only talks with your Television, 5.1 surround sound Receiver, & Satellite Receiver it can look at your DVD & search the web for the jacket cover art & display it on your plasma screen.
Whereas you used to have 22 remote controls you now have one home automation remote that can seamlessly assimilate all of you home theater equipment with a mere push of a button.
Now if you had just bought one of those smart remote controls you would be limited to working surround sound equipment only.
But thats not the case if you had invested in a genuine home automation controller. Your home theater controller will offer you the flexibility to upgrade your home automation functionality as you can afford it. Down the road when you have a few extra dollars set aside to put a little more on your home automation system then you can add something like 4" wi-fi or Ethernet touch screens & keypads.| The best thing though is that you can actually add features like integrating your burglar alarm system, heating and air, distributed audio, and even automate your lights, a little at a time as you can afford it.
One home automation control can now control all of these devices and cause a chain reaction of events to occur with a click of a button.
Imagine this for a moment when you wake up in the morning instead of an alarm clock waking you... you awaken to your favorite XM station, the heat kicks on because the floor will be too cold to walk on, your electric shades open to allow the mornings light to fill your room & your TV comes on with the morning news!
Let that sink in for a minute, an affordable home automation setup that you can add home automation control modules to as you can afford them. This way your equipment can grow with you as you can afford to do it instead of having to settle for less features in a system or having to put off having your home automation system all together.
Let us bring your home in Stokesdale into the future of technology. Contact us today for a free estimate for your smart home automation project.
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