Home Automation Basics
Home automation is becoming the standard for new homes. Builders are going smart, and in many ways, it is giving homeowners the edge. They have savings and convenience with a house filled with technology.
When automation is considered, consumers have been introduced gradually to basic automation through the years. The coffee machine and television remote controls are basic automation. However, when you talk home automation, the technology is much more advanced. There are automation, manual commands, and voice prompts. Lights coming on and off when a property owner enters or leaves a room, the ability to set the thermostat when away from the home and more. A smart home integrates multiple subsystems that a master controller control. The main automation receives input from all devices in the home and issues commands to control everything. It is a technology and innovation that creates comforts in the home.
Sophisticated software can be run for single or multiple actions. Smart homes learn the environment likes of the property owner. For instance, there’s no need to get out of bed once you are nicely tucked in to turn the heat down. You only need to do this once or twice, and then the system has learned your temperature likes for the time of day and will automatically set them to your preferences. Property owners can time events, or the system will respond to triggered events.
Most smart homes, home automation systems, are equipped with an astronomic time clock. The system knows the geographic location of the home and the clock will keep up with the changing sunrise and sunset events. Clocks are automatically synced to remain accurate. This feature allows homes to perform tasks at a specific time each day for instance. Suppose the property owner rises at 7 am. and likes the blinds in the home open right before leaving the house. The blinds can be timed to be raised at 8 am each morning. So, property owners can time events like opening and closing the blinds, brewing coffee, etc.
Triggered events are actions that the home automation system will execute based on something happening. For instance, when walking into a room, the lights automatically turning on, and when leaving the system turns them off. Perhaps, the property owner is away from home, or didn’t know they would be away from home well into the night. All that is necessary is to open their app on their cell phone, and they can adjust the temperature in the home. Also, if there is an issue with the HVAC, a notification will be sent to the property owner, so they can immediately address the issue. The property owner might send a signal from their phone that prompts the home system to turn up the lights and the music in the house.
Timed & Triggered Events
Property owners can time and trigger events creating a home that can do near anything. Combine the system with conditional logic like if this, when this, etc. the system is even more powerful for instance. If the property owner presses this button, and the time of day is between 9 pm, and 12 am, then turn on this light at 40 percent, else turn the light on at 100 percent.
As mentioned earlier in the article, smart homes integrate many subsystems. Some of the most common include:
- Trigger, time, or command a single light to turn on or an entire group of lights.
- Trigger, time, or command to be set at the desired level at various locations through the home.
- Smart switches/dimmers can be added to control practically any lighting load.
- Retrofit lighting control into virtually any home.
Have the blinds open and close by triggered events or time, or voice prompt. Motorized shades and blinds are built to respond to automation system commands.
HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning)
Energy is saved with temperature automation. The smart thermostat will learn the environment and the occupant’s temperature likes. It takes once or twice to turn the heat down at night or any other time of the day and then the system takes over. The smart thermostat also alerts homeowners when issues arise with the HVAC system. An alert will be sent to the property owner’s cell phone. The thermostats are also aware of outside temperatures and will adjust indoor temperatures accordingly.
Retrofit HVAC control in virtually any home.
A home automation security system is more advanced then calling a monitoring company and alerting authorities when an issue arises. The system can be integrated as part of the automation system, so you can see who’s on the porch when the doorbell rings, the video captures the individual or group, and you can automatically open the door for your visitors.
Landscape irrigation system control.
Property owners can have a warm pool or bubbling spa waiting for them when they arrive home. Home automation allows pool/spa prompts and timing. Property owners also have the advantage of being notified if something goes wrong with the system.
Command the system to turn the music on in the home, have your favorite music playing or have it prompted or timed to turn on when you enter the home from a hard day’s work.
Home automation systems are advanced technology and innovation that create a lifestyle that is comfortable and offers energy savings. From timed, trigger, prompts, and mobile devices, property owners, have complete control of their homes.