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Top 10 Benefits of Home Automation
By Freshome.com - Interior Design & Architecture Magazine on Jan 17, 2013
We live in a time unlike any other. With so many technological advancements at our fingertips, our lives are made easier, which is fortunate considering the fast-paced lives most of us lead.
In recent years, great strides have been made in making homes a bit more "tech savvy." This technology, in short, allows the homeowner to run his or her home via remote, often on a smartphone or tablet.
In fact, these homes have been labeled as "smart" due to the fact that they can seemingly think on their own. This ability to "think"—also known as being an automated home—helps homeowners in a number of ways: ten ways, in fact.
What are the ways in which a home automation system can benefit you?
Benefit #1 – Adds Safety Through Appliance and Lighting Control
One advantage of home automation is added safety for both your family and home. You have the ability to control the small appliances and lighting, again with the simple tap of your finger, on your favorite technological device. You can always check to make sure your daughter turned off her curling iron or ensure that your oven has been flipped off from the morning family breakfast. Your home and family also enjoy an added measure of safety through your ability to control the lights. Not only does this allow you to make sure lights are off when you are gone to save electricity, it also allows you to turn them on at specific times if you would like it to look like you are home. This also helps increase the safety and security of your home.
Benefit #2 – Secures Home Through Automated Door Locks
Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of an automated system in your home are automated door locks. How often have you left for work in the morning only to realize that you forgot to lock your front door? Through an automated system, you can lock your doors with the tap of your finger. This quickly eases your mind, so you can focus on your day’s work rather than who may or may not be entering your home. This is also a great benefit for you if you have to leave for work before your children leave for school. Often, children run out the door to catch the bus and forget to lock the door. You can easily have control of the situation by locking the door from your office each day. The fact that you can be alerted each time someone enters your home also allows you to monitor who is entering your home at all times, even when you are not there.
Benefit #3. – Increases Awareness Through Security Cameras
Unfortunately, we just cannot be everywhere at once. This means that we often miss things that happen, perhaps even in our own home or yard. With a home automation system, you can easily see what is happening. Now you can make sure no unwelcome guests arrive unbeknownst to you or your family. Security cameras increase family safety by recording clips when detecting movement or at specific times of the day or night.
Benefit #4 – Increases Convenience Through Temperature Adjustment
Often we leave for work early in the morning and forget to adjust our thermostat. As a result, we come home to a house that is severely too hot or too cold. This is inconvenient, as it usually takes a good amount of time for the household temperature to increase or decrease after being adjusted. However, with a home automation system, you can simply adjust the thermostat from the convenience of your office a few hours before heading home. This is both cost-effective and saves on energy, and it helps you stay "on top of" your life when you have run out the door first thing in the morning without considering much else besides arriving to work on time.
Benefit #5 – Saves Time
It is no secret that today’s world is busier than it was in days past. If you are like most people, you are constantly running from place to place while working to accomplish everything on your never-ending "to-do" list. Because of the high-tech nature of a home automation system, you never have to worry about running home to open the door for your children after school or making a quick stop at home in order to adjust household items. In short, you easily save precious time and experience more daily productivity.
Benefit #6 – Saves Money and Increases Convenience
As mentioned earlier, a home automation system saves money. The most beneficial impact the system will have is on your monthly utility bill. No longer will you be spending money for household appliances left on in your family’s absence. You will also save on gas costs, as you will never need to stop by the house in order to turn something off or on. This is certainly convenient. You will have complete control to make sure costs are low without exerting any additional effort
Benefit #7 – Contributes to Economy
Simply put, you are contributing to the economy when you purchase and utilize a home automation system. You ensure that you are only using the energy and resources that are necessary while you are home.
Benefit #8 – Increases Peace of Mind
Perhaps this benefit will not apply to everyone, but for those who habitually worry about whether or not they have taken care of everything at home before leaving for the day, a home automation system is a perfect investment. In short, it offers peace of mind. This is quite beneficial for those individuals who leave each day, obsessively worrying about whether everything is in order. With so many stresses in daily life, it is nice to take at least one off the list by being able to see what is going on at home without physically being there.
Benefit #9 – Allows You Control When Out of Town
Have you ever gone out of town and given a key to a neighbor? Many do this in order to allow the neighbor to perform household chores that cannot be neglected, such as feeding the plant, taking care of the dog, or delivering the mail. A home automation system allows you just a bit more control than simply turning over a key, which is a great relief to some homeowners. You can easily set up a time for the person to enter your home and let him or her in yourself through your smartphone or tablet.
This allows you to stay in control of the situation. You no longer need to worry about the neighbor losing that key or having complete, unrestrained access to your belongings. In addition, you can make sure the chores are actually being completed, so you do not have any surprises when you return home.
Benefit #10 – Keeps Tabs On Your Children
Through a home automation system, you can easily keep tabs on your children. You can ensure that they make it safely into the house each night, letting them in without getting out of bed to greet them. You can also see their comings and goings on security cameras, and you can make sure the porch is lit when they arrive home.
This helps you keep them safe and helps you know what they are up to each day, something that can be quite helpful for a busy parent. In sum, investing in a home automation system will benefit you in several ways. It is cost effective. It will save you time and energy. And perhaps the most important? It will keep you and your family safe and your home secure.blog comments powered by Disqus