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Published On: Wed, Aug 2nd, 2017

Top benefits for automating your home

What is home automation?

It is something which has been gaining in prominence over the past few years, but that doesn’t mean that the majority of people will be intimately familiar with it, especially considering that for most of its existence, price has made it unattainable for many people.

Home automation is something which takes household processes and makes them more easily handled by the homeowner. These processes are made more efficient, and, instead of being controlled directly, can be controlled from either centralised location in the house itself, or through the use of a mobile device.
Home automation is something which can sound very far-fetched and science-fiction-esque, but it does not have to be. There are varying degrees of automation which can be indulged in, from the very basic automation to the involved smart homes which are becoming more and more common.

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One reason for home automation becoming more commonplace is the introduction of linear actuators into the industry; this revolutionised the way in which automation could be carried out, particularly in the use of lifts for TVs and chairs, a move which essentially doubled the amount of furniture which was available to the average homeowner without him needing to actually buy more furniture.

While home automation may seem like something which is an insurmountable task, it is much less difficult that it seems. Getting started can be as easy or as difficult as the home automation system which has been chosen, and the benefits to most home automation systems far outweigh any potential disadvantages they might have.

Economical

If people are looking to save money on their monthly energy bills, home automation can help them. The most obvious methods of doing this are by installing a smart thermostat, which will allow them to control their heating remotely. Having a smart thermostat will not only allow people to set timers and programs, and to control them remotely, but will also allow the homeowner to switch the boiler on or off at will, thereby allowing them to save energy more directly.

Smart plugs are also becoming more popular as a means of saving electricity, because not only can they be controlled remotely, but they can also show the homeowner the energy consumption of the appliance which is attached to them, allowing a decision to be made about the future of that appliance.

This is a more recent phenomenon, but the use of motion sensors is becoming more and more commonplace within home automation, and lighting in particular. Having lights attached to motion sensors means that there is very little chance of them being left on accidentally, thereby wasting the lightbulbs themselves and energy generally. Having the lights on a motion sensor means that they will go off automatically.

Convenient

TV Automation is perhaps the best proof of this, but home automation in generally is something which has a lot of convenience for the homeowner. TV lifts are designed to allow for the greatest number of people to watch TV in comfort without needing to sacrifice money or time to figuring out a solution, and certain types of lift can be controlled from a remote location, such as a mobile device.

Other home automation is similar – the smart thermostat which was discussed above can be controlled from a mobile device, as can other types of home automation, allowing them to be controlled without the need for a physical presence.

Author: Adam Smith

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