Home Automation do I need it?

Posted by Home Health Tech on

Even though not many people may see the use of having their appliances connected to the internet, other people may find that having the knowledge to control security cameras, lights, thermostats and some other home appliances is very useful. If you are one of many people who are curious to add smart devices to your home, then getting enough knowledge about home automation is very important. Read on to this article to learn more about this!

What Is Meant by Home Automation?

Home automation was also known as domotics. Back then it was quite complex requiring both knowledge of electronics and programming. Home automation is the process of building automation for a home, nowadays it's more and more called Smart House or Smart Home. It involves the automation and control of lighting (on/off, color), appliances like vacuum cleaners, thermostats, and other devices at home. Furthermore, home automation is one of the many areas of the Internet of Things (IoT) –and is frequently called more specifically Home IoT. E.g. when connected to the internet, home devices are an essential component of the IoT AND you’re able to control from work, holiday etc.!

The joy is, that automating your home has become easy, as in foolishly easy! Where in the demotics era it was for techies and rich people (who were able to pay technicians for installation), now anyone can do it. Also, because we all have smartphones and Wi-Fi at home you do not need any upfront investment in a control system anymore. So why would you wait, or maybe the better question is where you should start. Cause there are huge advantages:

  1. It saves you time and gives convenience
  2. It saves you money
  3. It makes your house more safe

And what does it cost? Like said, what the home automation system needs is the, in most houses already available Wi-Fi and Smartphones or Tablets, on top of that you only need a few totally free Apps. Of course, the devices need to have Wi-Fi receivers and some intelligence built in, so these are a bit more expensive, but that’s the only thing and it’s getting cheaper every time you blink your eye. Logically it also depends a bit on what you want to start to automate, therefore we advise to start simple and build from there. For example, a vacuum cleaner robot needs a lot of intelligence by itself so therefore it is more expensive.

So, interested in saving time or improve convenience? Sure, the most valuable thing there is: time. When I say, Hi Google, Goodnight, nowadays my whole living room shuts down, I mean lights out, heating down, television off even my phone goes on: Do not disturb. In the same way you can have other routines, e.g. wake up, binge watch etc. of course depending on the devices you have that are Smart Home ready (more and more devices are, e.g. most recent TV’s are). For convenience you can, depending on the size of your wallet, go increasingly further with automation e.g. adding: opening and closing of your curtains, air purifiers, vacuum cleaners etc. Adding modern Smart LED Lamps also adds the possibility to change the light color which helps to set the mood and increase convenience to.

Switching to LED lamps also reduces power usage, assuming you’re interested in saving money? Thought you would, who isn’t! But how about becoming more environmentally friendly, ah, we already thought you had a green heart, but it’s good for your wallet to. Buy a couple of these Smart power sockets  , they can be programmed to turn on/off the lights (or whatever is plugged in) after a certain time, resulting in less power usage. Also you use these to shut down devices that use still to much power in stand-by. From CNET:  'Smart thermostats from popular brands such as Nest and Ecobee claim to save you between 10% and 20% on your heating and cooling bill.'

You can also use the Smart Power Socket to switch on/off the light when you're dining out, so throw away your old time clocks to keep the burglars out, now you can setup dynamic patterns of lights switching on/off e.g simulating toilet visit or going to the bedroom. Which brought us to the: Making your house safer topic. Other options for making your house smart safe:

  • Adding smart alarm for CO and/or fire detection
  • Smart doorbell with camera which add convenience but also can record unwanted visitors coming to your door
  • Automatically switch the light on when you enter an area
  • Window opening or break detectors
  • Movement detectors

Did we already mention it gets even more fun when you add voice control? Instead of having to start an app on your phone, you just talk to your phone (or if you want you can also setup a special device like Google Home mini (great deal here [we're not involved but we did not want to withhold, but do your own research too]), or echo dot). Adding voice control also adds a lot of other functions like: tell me a joke, what will be the weather, what’s the time, how’s the traffic to work, start Netflix, play U2 song In the name of Love… etc., etc.

Hey Google, switch on the lights, call my mother and set a timer for 15 minutes ( throw away your kitchen timer 😉)

What Is The Best Home Automation?

The rapid advancement of wireless technology & connectivity means more and more opportunities to create home automation systems, which control everything from entertainment centers, appliances, lighting, to heating. Having said that, the variety of smart products keeps on growing. Therefore, it is not easy to say what is the best home automation today. But this is not to big of a problem, we advise to pick as much as possible the devices that use open standards as those in our shops

Below we have some of the best home automation systems that include easy integration with voice control:

  1. Amazon Echo 

This is one of the most popular voice systems for home automation, using Alexa –Amazon's proprietary voice-powered technology. Amazon Echo can work even just as a standalone device, connected to a cloud-based service for music, set up alerts, make calls, request for traffic and weather reports, and ask questions among others.

  1. Google Home

This is yet another common system that can be used in setting up a home automation system,  this uses Google Assistant in performing tasks by using voice commands, by adding a free App like Olisto or IFTTT you can easily expand functionality.

Furthermore, it also works as a central home automation hub and connects easily with a lot of other smart devices. With Google Home Hub, you can control heating, lighting, security, as well as the common range of smart home via voice commands or user-interface by tapping or swiping screen options as necessary.

  1. Apple Home kit 

This is a home automation system that is particularly made for Apple devices users. It uses a macOS or iOS application to control a wide array of devices at home remotely. It can be used either through voice commands via Siri or even touchscreen.

Now, there is a great range of additional hardware available when it comes to video or audio, thermostats, cameras, sensors, and lighting but less then the other hubs above. Siri voice control is not as strong as the others and integration with other vendors is lower. But when you’re already using an Apple ecosystem this might not be a problem.

 

Final Say

It is undeniable that home automation is very beneficial. It’s matured, it works and it has become easy.

You don’t need to worry anymore if you forgot to turn off the different devices you have at home. You get control to the basic home devices and systems with your phone from a remote point, you can add a lot of convenience and safety. You can detect a burglar and scare them away by spookily switching your lights on and off.

You can start small and build further to your liking. It certainly will be worth your investment. You might even earn it back on your power bill. So next time you buy electronics also look for the Smart variants! 

We don't mind if you start with the same good start as we did >>>here<<<

Intro discount buy 2 get $4,-  with coupon code @ checkout, use: SMARTHOME1901

 

HHT & Ryan Oak

 


Share this post



← Older Post Newer Post →