What is Home Automation
Home automation has been a buzzword of the 21st century, with new advancements and products cropping up almost every day. Every day, more and more people are introduced to the concept of 'smart homes', which is way more than just a fancy tool for tech-savvy folks. It has something in store for everybody that seeks convenience, comfort and control.
In very simple terms, home automation can be defined as a system that allows you to control lights, fans, air conditioners, ventilation and other electronic appliances remotely. A network of these devices works together to transform your home into something that is more comfortable, secure, efficient and customised. You can practically interact with your home through a connected device like a smart phone or remote to control when, how and why a device should react.
Until very recently, building automation was something that was restricted to large scale commercial buildings and luxurious homes, but the advancements in technology and the rising demand for this technology has scaled it and made it accessible for anyone and everyone that wants to have an intelligent and intuitive home.
Earlier, automation only included basic lighting controls and HVAC operations that were accessible from fixed points or touch panels on the walls. Internet of Things has brought about a revolution in the applications of 'home automation' and its various functions. The modern homes are capable of doing much more than just switch on and off our lights and appliances- they can think for us and learn from us.
So, what in fact, is the Internet of Things?
Internet of Things (IoT): Internet of Things is that invisible magic dust that is responsible for all the 'smart' and 'automation' that we see around us. It is a combination of sensors, systems and all that happens between them. It connects the smart devices to a network that enables them to complete the tasks allocated to them and interact with the system without any user input. The metamorphosis of home automation to smart homes is the courtesy of IoT.
Why home automation?
Think of a regular day in your life. Your alarm rings, you hit the snooze, wake up later only to realise that you are running late for work. Hurriedly you have to use the cold water because you forgot to switch on the water heater and you run off to work without coffee. As you are about to reach, there's this weird feeling that maybe you forgot to turn off the blower or lock the door. In normal circumstances what do you do?
But a smart home has your back, as your alarm goes off, the lights of your room also turn on prompting you to wake up, by which time, your water heater has already warmed up the water and your coffee is ready. You leave for work calmly and quickly investigate on your smartphone to check if all the appliances are turned off or not. Apart from helping during a memory slip, smart homes can simply make your home run better. Suppose, if you return from work at 7 PM, you can schedule your smart plug to turn the air conditioner on at 6:30 PM, so that by the time you reach home, you don't have to wait another half an hour to cool down.
Not just that, smart homes have an unmatched potential for energy savings. You can schedule and control your lights, fans and almost all electrical outlets or even individual electrical outlets with your phone that can be powered down during the time when nobody's home or they are not in use. The outdoors lights can also be scheduled to turn on only when the sun has set and switch off as the day starts. A basic 'going away' event for your smart home can prompt all the devices to turn off and save you from wasting electricity on all those forgotten lights and appliances.
If you are intrigued by the things that smart homes can do for you, you might as well want to integrate it in your own home. To take a step further on this road, contact us today!
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