What is home automation? Home automation works by bringing together all of the smart devices in your home onto a single screen or mobile device, which can then be controlled from anywhere in the world. Devices which can be controlled by home automation range from lighting all the way through to kitchen appliances such as fridges. The latest technology in the field is now becoming inclusive of all rooms in the house, allowing even bathrooms to become automated, for instance the use of pre-set shower preferences which can be controlled by facial recognition. Not only are these home automation systems extremely modern and convenient, they also have many other purposes and benefits including increased security and energy use reduction.
Home automation has taken major advances in the past year, with new technological developments allowing your home to be more convenient, cost effective and safer than ever!
Now is the best time to make the change to full home automation, but why should you invest in automating your home and how can it improve your everyday lifestyle?
Energy and Cost Saving
As home automation becomes increasingly popular, you may be questioning if the investment will be worth it in the long-run. Similarly to solar energy, home automation can be costly upfront but can certainly save you a large amount of money in the future. Home automation is a great way of improving your energy efficiency, as your lighting system and heating system can be controlled throughout the day, saving you money on your energy bills.
Lighting is a central aspect of home automation and is also the main area in which energy can be saved. Smart lighting allows you to dim your lights, meaning your light bulbs last longer and electricity is saved in the process. Lights can also be programmed to turn on and off at certain times of the day, meaning no lights are left on during the day when the home is unoccupied. If you happen to leave the home without turning the lights off, these can also be controlled from your phone where you can turn them off remotely! You can even take this to the next level and install a motion detection system which powers down any electronics when rooms are not in use.
Heating your home can be expensive, especially if you are constantly forgetting to turn the heating off when you leave the house. Smart Home technology allows you to program your thermostat with timings and preferences throughout the day to ensure energy is being used efficiently. Programming your heating to turn on/off at certain times in the day can help save homeowners an average of 23% on heating costs.
Home automation can help put your mind at ease in terms of home security and protecting your home against theft and damage, and this is one of the most popular reasons people initially start thinking about home automation. A smart home security system is simple to instal and monitor, connecting your Wi-Fi and allowing you to access footage of your home remotely via a mobile device. Motion sensors are becoming an increasingly popular feature of these systems, triggering your camera to begin recording if the sensor is activated.
Have you ever been sitting at work and suddenly become overwhelmed with panic trying to remember if you locked the front door? Save yourself the stress (and time of driving home on your lunch break) by installing a home automation system which allows you to lock the front door remotely from an app on your phone. These systems can be particularly effective if you are heading away on holiday and are worried about your home whilst you are away. Using a home security system allows you to check on your home and also receive alerts if there is any unusual movement or activity. You can take safety a step further by programming a pre-set lighting system to mimic occupation and deter burglars.
Convenience is certainly a key aspect of home automation, and in a world where everyone is so busy, we are constantly looking for ways in which to make our daily activities quicker and more convenient. Home Automation focuses on getting things done easier, better and faster than previously which as a result equates to convenience. You will be able to save time spent doing many of your day-to-day tasks as your appliances are able to do these things themselves. Rather than going from room to room turning lights off, set a schedule for the lights to switch off at a certain time by themselves. Save time watering your garden by setting a timer for your sprinkler to switch on automatically. These are just several ways in which a home automation system can add convenience to your everyday lifestyle.
With advances happening every day in the field of home automation, it is important to ensure you are making the most of the systems available to you when designing and installing your smart home. Get in contact with us to ensure your home is expertly installed, integrated and programmed. If you have any questions about how home automation products can change the way your home operates, or if you would like more information on any of our services here at Mayflower, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our expert team on 0207 722 0067 today.