What is Home Automation?
Home automation utilises the best of modern technology to make everyday items smart. From controlling your lighting from anywhere in the world, to knowing your home will automatically manage its own temperature, security and even its own cleanliness! Home automation is a great way to improve your home this year with many new technologies hitting the market.
If you are just starting with home automation, we can recommend looking first at smart lighting. With a range of options you can control your home’s lighting from your smartphone–creating on/off scheduling, dimming your lights and changing each lights colour based on your mood. The next step to a smart home is installing a power monitor or a smart thermostat. These devices give you much more control over how you heat and power your home and help you to monitor your energy usage, often providing guidance and tools to lower your household bills. You can liven up your home with a range of smart media devices, from streaming technology such as our Amazon Fire TV to smart TVs and wireless speakers.
Away from home? Security locks can be fitted to your property allowing you to lock and unlock your doors from your smartphone. Webcams are also a perfect tool for home security as their motion detecting technology is ideal for monitoring your home while you are gone. Or if you are dreading coming home to a mess, robotic vacuums and robotic lawn mowers may be the device for you–while you are away they map your floorplan and begin cleaning. Don’t stop at just automating your home! You can take smart devices with you and apply them to your own fitness. Activity trackers are designed to monitor your lifestyle and quantify your daily activity.