What Can You Automate at Home?
Wondering what you can automate in your home? Luckily for you, the answer is just about anything. With the right expertise and technology, there’s no limit to what you can achieve in your smart home.
While it may seem a little complicated and overly technical at first, the truth is that smart home technology is fast becoming the norm in every electrical household item you can buy. For the ultimate functionality, convenience and comfort, here are some of the best home automation ideas for you and your family to start enjoying today.
Lighting is one of the easiest and most impactful ways to start automating your home, with the option to be controlled via your voice, on a schedule or movement. Smart lighting can save you thousands on your electricity bills over the years, ensuring that your lights are never turned on when they don’t have to be.
Smart lighting can also transform the way you illuminate your home, adding to your lighting scheme and showing off all the features you want to draw attention to. Smart lights can be dimmed, tuned to different hues and even completely change colours, and the best part is that the power lies completely with you.
Never have to worry about losing your keys again with cutting-edge sensors that can detect when your smartphone is nearby and instantly unlock your front door or open your garage for you all on its own.
On top of this, you can set up your door or garage being unlocked to activate a chain of other systems throughout your home, such as turning on the lighting or heating. All of these systems can be individualised to each member of your family, with different settings to suit everyone’s habits and patterns.
When it comes to your blinds and shutters, you can set up sensors to detect both the brightness and temperature in a room and either close or open themselves accordingly to limit your need for any heating and cooling systems.
This means that on a sunny day in the wintertime, your blinds can open automatically to let in the heat and on a warm day in the summertime, they’ll close to keep the heat out. This means less money spent on air conditioning, less of a carbon footprint and a home that’s comfortable and welcoming any time of the year.
As we mentioned earlier, your smart thermostat can be programmed to use sensors, your geolocation or the activation of other smart devices to know whether you’re home or away. This means no more heating systems accidentally left on while the house is empty and unnecessarily inflated energy bills.
In addition, your automated thermostat can tell if the sun is heating up a room, if a cool change is coming and much more and will alter its setting accordingly to ensure your home is kept at an ideal temperature with as little energy use as possible.
As well as your door locks, you can also set up a smart home security system that gives you 24/7 access to what’s happening inside and around your home. Be notified immediately if the motion sensors in your home are set off, and if you have security cameras you can watch a live feed at any time for the ultimate peace of mind.
You can also set a bedtime alarm to secure your home when you’re asleep or away from the house, as well as an endless array of settings you can personalise to your needs. Not only can this technology be used as evidence if you fall victim to a break-in, but its presence alone can act as a deterrent and prevent these break-ins from occurring in the first place.
It’s pretty hard to come by TVs and speakers that aren’t smart these days, with an incredible range of affordable and easy-to-use options on the market. Whether you want to play any song you can think of on-demand and pick up where you left off on your favourite TV show, you can do it all with just a few words thanks to your smart entertainment system.
Then, with the help of AI systems like Alexa and Siri, you can have your speaker tell you just about anything from the weather outside to the day’s latest breaking news stories. If you haven’t already got a smart entertainment system, you’re missing out big time.