The busyness and complexity of modern life has made peace of mind a hot commodity, leading many to ask, “Should I invest in smart home automation?”
Here’s the deal: If you’re looking to customize your home security, control appliances and functions remotely, be surrounded by technology that adapts to your lifestyle, and save money – all with the swipe of a finger – the answer is yes.
What is home automation?
Home automation helps you control basic home systems, security and appliances remotely – usually with a mobile app. You can monitor (as well as set personal preferences and schedules for) things like your home temperature, lighting, locks and security cameras, oftentimes with the sound of your voice. Check out the video below.
In the last two years, there has been a 64 percent increase in the number of smart home devices worldwide, and this year the number of devices shipped is predicted to increase to 130 million. Why? It’s affordable and easy to implement.
Save money with customized preferences
Smart home automation leads to more energy efficiency and lower utility bills for multiple reasons:
- Interconnected devices can be remotely activated and deactivated, or easily programmed to operate at different capacities at certain times of the day. Install leak detectors on your faucets, program your sprinklers to turn on when there hasn’t been enough rain, command the lights to turn off as soon as you leave home, and set the temperature to decrease after you fall asleep. (Heating and cooling costs can make up nearly 50 percent of your energy bill.)
- Increase energy efficiency by remotely powering off systems and appliances when you’re not using them. When you accidentally leave the lights on or forget to lock the doors when leaving for work, you won’t have to waste time and gas money on a return trip home.
- Some products and systems tell you how to achieve greater efficiency.
- There are oftentimes no monthly, licensing, programming or app fees.
Feel secure at all times
Feel safe from burglars and know when someone is approaching your home with devices like surveillance cameras, smart locks and door entry detection.
If someone unexpectedly tries to gain access to your home, a notification can be sent to your phone in real time. From there, you can decide whether to grant access by opening doors remotely. (No more hiding a key under the doormat and hoping a stranger doesn’t pick it up.)
- In addition to entryway cameras, your smart home can include built-in speakers that allow you to talk directly to individuals at your front door. Most camera/security systems are built to operate in all weather conditions.
- Video can be stored on a cloud system whenever there’s movement nearby. Additionally, devices can now sense if motion is coming from a person, an animal or an object moving in the wind.
- Smart sensors are another benefit. They can be used for a number of applications, including making sure your garage door and windows are closed, or if someone has broken into a certain part of the house.
- Keep tabs on your kids by making sure they made it home safely, letting them in without having to leave your location.
Enhance your lifestyle
- Tailor your smart home to your interests and habits. (Ex. Upon arriving home from work, you can have your home programmed to light up in areas you use the most at that time of day, such as the kitchen and living room.)
- You can also utilize a whole-house intercom system. (Ex. Integrate multi-room speaker systems with your Pandora or Spotify accounts, pausing the music for when you want to communicate to family members in other rooms.)
- Voice-activated devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Home help you manage your day-to-day. While you’re going about your usual activities, you can stay up-to-date with top news and control other mobile apps.
Be amazed by the level of detail
With smart home automation, you can customize your lifestyle in incredible detail.
Program your coffee maker to brew when your alarm rings, get alerts from your refrigerator when you need to cook ingredients that will soon expire, monitor your kids when they get home and when they’re in another room, or set your garage door to open when your car is within your home’s customizable radius.
There are almost no limits to the settings you can think of.
Should I invest in smart home automation? Yes
An investment in smart home automation ends up paying for itself, so it’s a great investment. It’s the perfect option if you’re looking for a more secure and customized lifestyle.