Home Automation Is Here To Stay
Forget 1984, it’s January 2017. In the doldrums of winter, it's a great time to consider home automation. HA has come a long way in just a few years. It is also referred to as the "internet of things". Is it for everyone? Probably not, but if you are just a bit tech savvy, it's something to consider.
Newer "kits", such as Samsung's Smart Things, make it easy to get started. All kits will include a hub, which is the "brains" of the system and connects to your Wi-Fi network. A fast internet connection is best for communications between the various devices. Components can include door and window sensors, motion detectors and a siren for a burglar alarm system, moisture sensors to detect leaks near water heaters, dishwashers, etc., door locks, smart bulbs and lighting automation. You can set schedules for lights going on and off when away, arriving home, or when motion is detected. You can even set some smart bulbs to gradually turn on when it's time to get up in the morning. Some systems can be set up to turn on your home theatre system, while turning down the lights. Possibilities are endless.
Another great feature of most smart systems is the ability to receive notifications via call, text or e-mail. Systems that include smart cameras, will notify you when someone is at your front door, such as a package delivery. Several of these cameras even allow you to communicate with the person at your door. This is a great feature, whether giving instructions to the delivery person, or making a possible intruder think you are home, even when you are not there.
I have just mentioned one smart home kit, but there are several on the market now and more coming soon. Whether just keeping it as simple as installing a smart lock, or controlling lights and music throughout your home, the possibilities are endless and the future is here now.