If you are currently remodeling your house, or planning to do it in the foreseeable future, you should also consider investing in a home automation system. Even if you aren’t remodeling at all, installing such a system is nothing like normal renovations. It is not nearly as noisy, dusty or any other type of inconvenience. However you do stand to benefit from the installation in terms of reducing electricity and other bills.
Many people install a security system for their homes, but what good are they if you forget to arm them when leaving. Having a thermostat is great to keep your house temperature at the desired levels, but forgetting to adjust it or turn it off when you go out results in wasted energy and higher electricity bill.
Taking this into consideration, having an automated home is extremely convenient. Home automation means that your home is getting smart. It will know when to turn the lights on or off, when to engage the thermostat, and when to disengage it – all depending on your needs and habits. Of course, for all that to work you first need to make some adjustments and configure the entire system. When properly configured you are guaranteed to save more money while also making your home a safer environment for you and your family, but also reduce the risk of a break in.
You should be aware that there are many different models of home automation systems. Automated light switches, garage doors, front or back doors, thermostats etc. are all different types of automation. There are scheduled, event-based and conditional automated systems.
In essence any home automation system is a computer. Its software consists of different if-then events. For example, if a particular button is pushed, the garage door will open automatically. Many algorithms can be put into place to enable or disable a device or an appliance in your home. For example, pushing a combination of a couple of buttons will result in the toilet being flushed. You can also set timed events. For example you can set your thermostat to increase the temperature 30 minutes before you get home from work.
By installing a home automation system you are basically teaching your home to react to changes in the environment. And it is all very simple to configure and adjust to meet your needs and the needs of the entire family with just a few buttons. For example, you can have a certain set of settings for the working days of the week and different set of settings for the weekend. You can also configure how the home should “behave” while you are away on a family vacation.
Naturally, before you actually install your new home automation system, it is imperative that you seek the help of a professional in the field. There are many companies specializing in installing these systems, and they can provide invaluable input as to how you should approach your installation.
Before they start working on your installation, they will also try to learn your daily rituals, habits and preferences in order to make your home automation system as personalized as possible. They will then prepare a highly personalized offer and present it to you. You should carefully review it and see if it meets your projected budget. If it doesn’t, do not hesitate to remove some of the features included, especially those that you find are not needed for your home. The contractors will then readjust it and once you’ve agreed to it, will start working on your personalized home automation system. They can also leave room for some of the features you removed due to budget constraints, and allow you to add them later on.
Once the installation is done, in all likelihood, you will not be completely familiar with all the features and how to operate and access everything your system has to offer. The contractors will have in adjusted according to your initial information. Following a set of instructions you can then start changing and tweaking a setting or two to make it better suited for your needs and also familiarize yourself with the system and its features.