When you think about home automation, you might picture the McFly’s in Back to the Future part II. Their futuristic home had a fax machine in every room, including the bathroom, and phone calls that allowed you to see the other caller on your TV while you spoke to them. The doors did not have any doorknobs because the sensor could tell who you were and if you were allowed to enter, and of course everyone got around on hoverboards or flying cars. While Back to the Future did not get all of their predictions right, there are quite a few systems in their home that are actually pretty close to what modern homes can do now through home automation systems. Doorknobs do not appear to be going anywhere anytime soon, but with the technology of home automation you can ditch your house keys. Home automation can allow you to unlock your doors from your phone or computer no matter where you are in relation to your home. You no longer have to worry about giving a house key to your house sitter when you go on vacation, or worry about locking yourself out accidentally. Many people may be fascinated by how cutting-edge home automation is, there are many more benefits to it than just impressing your friends. These benefits include:
- It makes your home more energy-efficient. Home automation can automatically detect when a room is empty and has been empty for a long period of time. Once that amount of time elapses they will automatically shut off any lights that were left on in that room, thus saving energy. You can even take it a step further and get rid of your light switches completely. Instead of light switches you can sensors that will detect when you walk into a room and turn the lights on for you. You have probably already seen this type of light sensor in areas like public bathrooms. There are some home automation systems that will even run reports for you to show you where and when your highest energy consumption is happening each day so that you can make adjustments as needed.
- You will save money. When you automate your lights and other electronics you will quickly see a difference in your utility bills. you will cut out unnecessary usage, which in the long term will save you money. You can also sync Home automation with your heating and air-conditioning systems. This allows you to not only program your systems so that they only run when needed, but you can also adjust them remotely. Did you forget to turn the air conditioning off this morning when you left for work? You can simply adjust it from your phone.
Perhaps the best reason for home automation is the added security and peace of mind that you will experience when you have it in your home. Your home is more secure and you have more control over it even when you’re not there in person.