Gone are the days when each household would have a single computer with a single internet connection. Now, each member of a family tends to have multiple devices of their own that all rely on a constant wireless network connection.
In recent years, connected technology has expanded in all rooms of the house, even to appliances like thermostats, washing machines, and refrigerators. The automation conveniences that a smart home can provide have the power to simplify a family’s day-to-day life.
The thermostat was one of the first devices to be re-imagined in the smart home revolution. In the past, homeowners would have to manually raise or lower the temperature in order to control heat and cooling. Some thermostats had options for setting a schedule, but they often had clunky interfaces and were difficult to use.
With modern smart thermostats, all of the control is put onto a homeowner’s phone, tablet, or computer. That way, families can adjust their temperature setting from anywhere in the house or even from remote locations.
In this case, smart home automation technology makes it easy to save on electricity bills without sacrificing comfort for the family.
Energy conscious homeowners often like to set up automatic timers to turn on/off indoor and outdoor lights while they’re at work, traveling, or on vacation. The smart home revolution has made this incredibly easy to do, as smart light bulbs can connect to the internet and be controlled through a smartphone or tablet app.
In addition, smart home lighting systems offer a range of other features, including custom color and dimming options.
For a homeowner, nothing is more important than the security of the house, your family, and your precious possessions inside. Security companies have offered home monitoring solutions for decades, but this is now much simpler thanks to smart home automation.
A homeowner can purchase web cameras and smart alarms that link up with the internet and can be accessed from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. This way, a family can visually monitor the current state of their home and be alerted right away if a threat is detected.
Appliances like washing machines, dryers, and refrigerators all seem to have a very straightforward function. However, they can turn into smart devices through home automation.
For example, washing machines and dryers can connect to a home wireless network and keep self-monitoring metrics about their own status. This way, any issues or maintenance problems will send an automatic alert to the manufacturer, helping the homeowner can avoid costly repairs and wait times.
Smart refrigerators have the ability to monitor the products stored inside of it. With a touch screen display on the door of the fridge, a family can quickly see what they are running low on and quickly create a new shopping list.
By switching to a smart outlet setup, a homeowner can save on their electricity bill and make life more convenient for the home family. Smart outlets connect to a home wi-fi network and can be turned on or off right from any internet-connected device. This means a family member could turn on the coffee machine without needing to get out of bed.
Perhaps the largest new development in home automation is the rise in popularity of voice control devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. These internet-connected devices function as both a microphone and speaker. Family members can simply speak commands from anywhere in the house, and the device will process the request over the internet and announce the results back through the speaker.
These types of automation devices can be used for everything from playing music to checking the latest weather forecast. In addition, many of these voice control devices can be linked up with other smart tools, so that families can control their lights, appliances, and thermostat using nothing other than their own voice.
Multi-room audio video distribution systems are easy to use, clutter-free, and they put total control over your in-house entertainment right at your fingertips. By routing audio and video over IP or throughout your home’s network, you can fill every room with limitless high quality content—all from a single robust automation platform.
If you’d like to learn more about how to simplify your life with smart home automation technology, contact Texadia Systems—the fastest growing systems integrator in North Texas. We specialize in helping today’s homeowners harness the benefits of residential A/V technology to enhance their home’s value, security, and efficiency.