What is Home Automation and Why Should I Get it?

what is home automation

What is home automation? You may know it’s popular, but that alone doesn’t help you understand it any better. 

Home automation uses something called the Internet of Things. In the first days of dial-up AOL service, we accessed the Internet through desktops. We can now access it through laptops and phones too.

The Internet of things expands that playing ground even more. It allows us to connect local area networks (LANs) to washing machines, coffee makers, and more. In turn, that allows us to place automation control systems on our smartphones.

Keep reading to find out more about how home automation devices work. 

Home Automation is Convenient and Secure

The Internet of Things helps devices talk to each other in ways they never could before. That makes life easier for you. 

Let’s say your sister wants to drop off a gift for your daughter, but your work schedules don’t quite line up. With home automation, you can say, “come by the house at 2 p.m. on your way to work.” 

Once she confirms that she’s going to do that, you can go to an app on your smartphone and unlock the door for her. You can also disarm any smart home security systems before she arrives. Doing that ensures police won’t show up at your house to find your sister holding a wrapped gift.

When your sister leaves, you can lock the door behind her and rearm the security system until you get home. 

Home Automation is Cheaper 

Automated systems might sound expensive. You will have to spend a little money to set up your home automation devices. But your system is going to start saving you money the minute it’s up and running. 

Here’s how: A lot of people don’t like coming home to a dark house, especially if they live alone. It can feel downright spooky in winter when the sun sets before you get off work. A lack of sunlight is depressing enough without adding a pitch-black house into the mix. 

An automating house lets you set a timer to turn on some lights 5 or 10 minutes before you usually get home every day. If you get home at 5:30 p.m., you can set the lights to activate at 5:20 p.m., for instance. 

You can help your seasonal blues, feel safer, and lower your electric bill at the same time. 

Home automation also works with your thermostat. What if you’re at work when you see a weather forecast calling for an extreme cold front? There’s no need to rush home at lunchtime and adjust your temperature settings. 

Instead, you can go to your phone’s smart thermostat app and adjust the settings from there. Coming home to a warm, well-lit home is much more relaxing than the alternative. 

What is Home Automation? 

You should now be able to give a basic answer to “What is home automation?” but there’s still so much more to learn about home automation devices.

Smart homes are changing and evolving every day as technology gets more advanced.

Interested in using home automation in outside spaces as well?  Check out our blog post on that topic.