How Does Home Automation Work in Welcome ?
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 Welcome 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.
Home Automation Creates a Lifestyle of Comfort and Convenience
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.
What Home Automation Can Do for Your Family and Home
When it comes to the question of whether or not you should invest in a solution for home automation, price is no doubt an important factor. And that is especially true, given the current state of the economy. After all, with unemployment being as high as it is, and people tightening their belts and struggling to make ends meet, you might think that the last thing on peoples' minds is home automation. Price points may justifiably make it out of reach for many people, as the use of this type of technology is considered by many to be a frivolous luxury.
Their argument is that who in their right mind would want to control a toaster oven, a vacuum cleaner, or a coffee maker from their computer anyway? They posit the question that have we become so lazy and have we geeked out so much that we can't simply just control our appliances the old-fashioned way. But what these people don't realize is that while it is true that for some people, it is just a luxury that they can do without out, there are many others who can actually benefit from and may actually even need home automation. Price is not an issue, when you look at the issue through the lens of someone who actually needs and is dependent on this technology in order to function, or from the perspective of someone whose life could be improved or could operate more smoothly with the implementation of this technology.
Let's take a look at some practical applications of the use of home automation technology and how it can benefit our lives:
- Physically challenged people are perfect candidates for home automation technology, and could stand to greatly benefit from it. Whether you are handicapped or you are elderly, you can leverage the use of home automation technology to make the job of managing your household easy to do with a few mouse clicks. Simple tasks that many of us take for granted can be automated so that people with physical impediments don't ever have to worry about them. Such tasks include: * Opening and closing window blinds * Regulating or operating room fans * Programming thermostats * Timing and automating the locking and unlocking of doors and windows * Managing the general security system * Programming lawn water sprinklers Using a state-of-the-art home automation system, each of these aforementioned functions, and many more, can be centrally managed from a computer.
- Can you ever put a price tag on your personal security? When it comes to home automation, price should not trump your safety and security. Safeguarding your property and your person takes priority over all else. A home automation system can provide an all-inclusive, complete security solution that includes the management of windows and doors, locks, gates, garage doors, motion sensors, motion-triggered lawn lighting, surveillance cameras, alarm systems, and 911 emergency notifications. Home automation systems can be retrofitted for both home as well as commercial properties.
- Child-proofing is a common problem that millions of parents have to deal with as their toddlers learn to walk and interact with their environment. Child proofing is yet another practical application of home automation. Price should never be a constraint when it comes to keeping your children and your household safe. If you find that your toddler is constantly getting into things or fiddling with appliances that he or she should not be, then you can manage your home's child-proofing needs centrally from your computer. Managing electrical appliances and the locking and operation of windows, gates, door locks, and blinds is easy to do with a home automation system. Keeping your children out of harm's way is every parent's primary responsibility. Keeping your home secure and safe is the first step in managing risks. Home automation can bring you peace of mind.
- Many cost-conscious homeowners would be happy to know that there is yet another very practical application of home automation: Price control over out-of-control, skyrocketing utility bills such as electric, gas, water, and sewage. Home automation systems can be leveraged to help you conserve energy. The automation of windows and blinds to allow sunlight in, or to keep cold or heat drafts from coming through is one example of how it works. Other examples include thermostat control, as well as the heating and cooling of water and the shutting off of unnecessary appliances during the day when nobody is home.
Let us bring your home in Welcome into the future of technology. Contact us today for a free estimate for your smart home automation project.
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