POSTED ON November 22, 2019
Smart homes have been a buzz word in recent years, but you may be wondering what does it really mean? Well, at the heart of smart home technology is one word – automation. It’s about making life simpler, more accessible, and more connected than ever before. If you’re ready to give your home a high tech makeover, keep reading to learn more about getting started with home automation.
Imagine a world where your home knows exactly what temperature is most comfortable, what time to dim the lights in the evening, and how to protect your home, even when no one is home. Actually, you don’t have to imagine it. That is all 100% possible today. With smart home technology, a connected home is just an app away.
That all sounds great, but just how does smart home automation work? Well, let’s dive into some of the most popular smart home products on the market and how they can help you automate your daily routine.
Smart home automation works by connecting ordinary devices in your home like lighting, locks, security systems, and more to an app that can be accessed from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Then, the technology goes one step further by creating routines that match your family’s lifestyle. Many devices can even tune into your current whereabouts with GPS integration so you always arrive to a home that’s set up exactly how you like it. There are even devices SO smart that they can measure what’s happening outside the home, like a big rainstorm, and adjust the settings inside the house so everything remains cozy and comfortable.
Alright, so home automation is clearly the way to go. Now, you may be wondering, “What can I automate in my home?” While smart home technology isn’t yet quite as advanced as the latest sci-fi shows, it does provide a lot of conveniences that make daily life easier.
For example, by utilizing smart home hubs, you can set up recurring scenes like a “goodnight scene” that turns off the lights, locks the doors, sets the alarm and turns down the air conditioning. Of course, this does require quite a few different smart devices, so don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional to help you get started.
Now let’s take a closer look at some of the top smart home technology products on the market.
Smart lighting is one of the first ways many homeowners get started with home automation. Brands like Philips Hue have made it super easy to customize your space with different lighting scenes to match your mood. There’s even an option to match your lights to the movie you’re watching!
Of course, when it comes to automation, being able to program your lights to fade on as your alarm goes off each day, or dim after you finish dinner is a huge bonus. There are endless options for lighting routines that make your family’s life easier. And, if you need to turn on the lights outside of a routine, just ask a voice assistant like Amazon Echo to turn on the living room lights.
Smart locks are another popular way to automate your home. Obviously, being able to control who enters your home, even if you’re across the world, is a huge benefit. It eliminates the need to rush home to meet a delivery driver or give a copy of your key to the housekeeper. You can simply tap a button on the app and let them in.
It also removes the worry of, “did I lock the door?” as you rush out of the house for that important meeting or trusting your teen to lock the door when they get home from school. Smart door locks provide total peace of mind because you control who’s going in and out of your home, whether you’re across the street or across the country.
When it comes to home security, the smarter the better! There’s so many different options on the market from smart security cameras to motion sensors to video doorbells. Now, you can monitor your home 24/7 from anywhere in the world with WI FI. Plus, many systems also offer the option for professional monitoring, which means that if a serious situation does occur, help is on the way immediately.
Another bonus of investing in smart home security is that many insurance companies offer a discount when you install these systems. A trusted electrician team can help you make a decision about which products will adequately cover your home and give you the best overall bang for your buck.
Speaking of savings, smart blinds are another piece of smart home technology that gives you a chance to save! Smart blinds work with the outside temperature to help you save money on heating and cooling. In summer months, you can program your blinds to automatically shut during the hottest hours of the day. That means no more coming home to a sweltering hot house or running the air conditioning all day while no one is home. On the flip side, during the winter months, your smart blinds can help let in natural sunlight to heat the house without running up the electric bill.
Even better, when you pair your smart blinds with a smart thermostat, you can more efficiently maintain a comfortable temperature in your house – all while reducing your electricity costs. Of course, you can always choose to operate your blinds on a schedule that matches your lifestyle as well so you can wake up with natural sunshine each morning. Or, if you prefer, set them up to be voice-controlled. “Hey Siri, open the bedroom blinds.”
Obviously we think smart thermostats are a good investment. In fact, they are a crucial piece to maintaining a comfortable environment at home, while saving you money with a reduced bill.
Even better, many smart thermostat models also monitor the humidity of the air, which plays a role in how comfortable your house is overall. Whether you want your thermostat to run on an automated schedule, or be tuned in to your family’s coming and going with GPS integration, we guarantee once you experience the comfort of a smart thermostat, you’ll never turn back!
If you are ready to move forward with smart home technology but aren’t sure where to get started, contact Super Electric for your home automation setup. We’ll help you pick the best brands for your needs, and ensure it’s all set up correctly and integrates with any existing or future smart home technology you are interested in.
Contact Super Electric today to get started with home automation.