Is Your Home Smart? 4 Ways Home Automation Can Help Your Family
When you think of home automation, what’s the first thing that pops into your head? It’s probably not a family home.
When home automation began, it was expensive and, to some, frivolous. Now, however, home automation has become accessible to all. That’s especially true for in the family home. Here are four reasons why you should automate your home and how doing so can help your family.
One of the biggest advantages of home automation is the long-term energy savings. From temperature controls helping to lower your heating bill to automated shutoffs on appliances and lighting when you exit a room, the potential energy savings are multiple.
Smart controls are also able to monitor what energy you use and, in some cases, provide you with insights as to where you can potentially cut down. It can also predict when you prefer a certain temperature, or when you’re going to be using the water heater. If you already know these times, you can simply set them yourself and avoid frivolous energy consumption.
With all that money you save, you’ll be able to spend on things you can do with your family. Like that holiday you’ve been planning.
Another advantage of home automation is the potential security it can provide. Besides automated locking systems, you can also install movement activated cameras. Once activated, push alerts can be sent to your mobile or computer for you to see what’s actually happening in your home. Don’t forget about sensors on doors, windows, and anywhere else you want to make sure is secure.
You’ll be able to leave your family at home with the knowledge that if anything happens, you will know about it. Moreover, if the children come home and have forgotten their keys, you’ll be able to let them in with the push of a button on your phone instead of having to drive home.
Is there someone in your home who needs just an extra bit of attention or care? Home automation can help to reduce the burden on you by automating some of that. Safety devices put in place can send out alerts to family members or even emergency services. Automated lighting can help those who are visually impaired, as can automated voice response.
Don’t forget the inclusion of smoke, carbon, and water detectors in your home automation plan. As soon as any of these are activated, you’ll be immediately notified with a push notification, keeping you and your family safe.
Smart homes can keep every room in the house connected. In the living room? Connect with the kitchen to find out what’s happening. Curious what’s going on in the dining room? Do the same thing. A combination of cameras, microphone, and other monitoring devices can potentially provide you with information on everything that is going on under your roof – and in the garden.
Moreover, with some things, you won’t even have to stay in the know. There’s always someone who forgets to turn the lights off, or the TV, or doesn’t lock the door after they leave the house. Smart locks and appliances stop the inevitable arguments by automatically turning them off when you leave the room.
Now all you need to do is decide what to watch on the TV – home automation hasn’t gotten that far yet.
Home automation for the family home is a great way of taking all the stress out of home management. Keep track of your loved ones and know they’re safe and secure, all whilst making savings.