Discover all you need to know about smart home automation. From what is it and what it entails to the overall costs, learn how smart home automation can transform your home and its safety for the better.
A smart home is a home set-up that is integrated with internet-connected devices that can be programmed and controlled remotely, either via an app or a smart device. These devices can then be used to automate and schedule certain tasks and actions, either individually or by working together. Smart homes are part of the ‘Internet of Things (IoT)’ and therefore when all connected and operating in tandem, can share relevant usage data to perform automated actions.
Smart home automation is the ability to set up triggers and actions with a smart home’s connected systems and devices (smart home technologies). Home automation can be as simple or complex as the user wants and overall, acts to make a household’s lifestyle more convenient, their home’s energy usage more efficient and their home security stronger.
Smart home automation enables a user or household to control all of their smart devices, systems and technologies from one control panel, usually in the form of an App or smartphone.
Some common smart home technologies include:
Smart home automation can make life easier and prove to be a great convenience. Automations can be customised and tailored to each household’s preferences and alterations can easily be made. From smart doorbells answered via a smartphone to scheduling lights and different light levels to come on at a certain time, smart home automation can help you create the home experience you want.
Having smart home automation in place can provide peace of mind to households, knowing that they have total control of their smart technologies and home systems. This is especially important when away from home, such as on holiday or at work, due to knowing that you will still be able to control key systems remotely. Whether you left the oven on or forgot to turn a light off, with a smart home you’ll be able to turn these off via your smartphone.
Smart homes, their ability to set up automation and monitor a home’s systems remotely can help improve the safety of your loved ones, especially those who are more vulnerable, like the elderly. Whether it’s controlling left-on appliances, remotely monitoring security cameras or using a video doorbell and intercom system, your loved ones will be able to stay safe and comfortable within their home.
Many security devices and systems have smart features and therefore can be integrated into your smart home automation set-up. Being able to view the status of each system and control it remotely significantly increases your level of home security. No longer will you need to worry over your home when you’re away or stress whether you locked the front door, as all can be seen and managed via your smart device.
Due to all systems being connected and integrated, major efficiencies can be made, in terms of day-to-day life as well as energy usage. Setting up automation such as only watering the garden when needed, with the exact amount of water is a great example of being both water, energy and time efficient. Again, setting the heating to only turn on when the temperature drops to a certain level and to turn off when no one is at home is another improved efficiency of smart home automation, as well as being cost-effective!
Each smart device that’s integrated into your smart home will have sensors and be connected to the internet, usually via WIFI. This allows you to manage them all via a smartphone or App remotely, from anywhere in the world. There are many Apps available that you can use to control your smart home, depending on your system set-up. Whichever one you choose, it will act as the central control point, sensing and processing data and then communicating wirelessly to the relevant devices. This allows for full control of all home automation and systems in one place.
Smart homes and devices are designed to simplify and streamline tasks and day-to-day life. This is done via automation which works by a matter of cause and effect. Therefore, when something triggers or activates a smart device or system, you can choose how that device or system will react.
Below are some common triggers and reactions that can be added in various combinations to form sufficient smart home automation.
With technology advancing and smart homes and devices becoming a key part of our everyday lives, the cost of smart home automation is a lot more accessible than it once was. There are various levels of smart home automation systems available too, ranging from more simplistic options that are at a lower cost, to more complex and advanced systems that will tend to be more costly.
When looking to get your smart home automation professionally set up and installed, the cost can be influenced by various factors. These include the size and complexity of the smart home set-up as well as the number of systems and elements to be implemented.
For the most accurate cost, we recommend you get in touch with the team, discuss your home and smart home requirements and we can provide a FREE, no-obligation quotation. Get in touch here.
Some people worry about the safety of smart homes, due to being connected over the internet and the data they hold. Hacking is a safety concern for many and with all smart technology, there is always a risk. However, there are many steps you can put in place to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of smart home hacking. These include using trusted manufacturers and installers, using strong passwords as well as two-factor authentication when you can.
Get in touch with Homewatch today to see how we can begin your smart home automation journey. We are NSI Gold approved and have extensive experience in smart homes and automation, partnering with the very best manufacturers in the industry.
We specialise in smart home security systems, such as smart CCTV and smart video doorbells, but can also help set up entire smart homes to include smart lighting, gates, appliances and thermostats, all to be controlled via the Homewatch App.
Get in touch with the team today to get started. Call us on 0330 094 7404 or click here to fill out our online form.
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