6 Simple Ways to Integrate Home Automation into a Sleek Home Design

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Home automation is still a relatively recent development in the history of home design. While timers for electronics and motion detectors have been in homes since the late 80s (and thermostats have been around for substantially longer), the digital era has resulted in an explosion of home automation technology. No longer an option only for the super rich, home automation technology can today easily be integrated into the residences of people of all incomes. Reviews for Vivint, Nest, and other home automation companies have pushed companies to make home automation technologies subtle parts of modern home design. Here are six of the best ways to fit home automation sleekly into your home design plans:

Heating and Cooling

Have you ever left the heater on without realizing it? Your energy company certainly noticed. Incorporating heating and cooling automation into your home's design is a great way to avoid gigantic power bills. Many technologies allow you to set your home's temperature by the time of day, or by the heat outside. Thermostats are so advanced these days that you can even control your home's temperature through smartphone apps!

Lighting

Lighting is a very visible method of integrating home automation into your home design in a way that will impress your guests. Using motion detectors, you can set the lights to turn on when you enter a room. You can also use lighting automation to dim lights for certain times of the day. One super sleek way people are using this technology is for their kitchen and bathroom drawers; instead of stumbling through a dark cabinet at night, you can purchase LED lights that are set to turn on when the drawer is opened. Automated lighting is a perfect way to dip your toes into the world of home automation because it tends to be slightly cheaper than other types of automation and can quickly impress your guests. It will set you on your way to have a futuristic smart home.

Security

Another common reason people invest in automation is for home security. Now more than ever there are affordable options for protecting your home. Some of the most popular choices include monitors at doors and windows; if anyone tries to break in, a signal is sent to your security company that a burglary is in process. CCTV cameras are another very common home security investment. These cameras help to record what happens around your home. If you experience vandalism or an attempted robbery, these cameras make it much easier to catch the culprit. Vivint and several other home automation companies offer home automated security with cameras.

Vehicle Detection

Home automation can also be used to let you know when vehicles arrive. Whether you're trying to throw a surprise party, or just down in the basement and don't want to miss a UPS delivery, vehicle detection can alert you to guests.

Pool

One type of automation people don't often think about is pool automation. Pool automation is an excellent option to pursue, however, because it allows you to avoid cleaning the pool every few weeks. By controlling the temperature and continuously monitoring the chemical composition of your pool water, you can stop algae and bacterial growth before it starts.

Irrigation

Out of all the options listed, irrigation automation has possibly the biggest environmental impact. By using a predetermined amount of water at certain times throughout the day, you can avoid drowning your plants or frying them in the sun. Watering your lawn and garden manually causes you to drastically overestimate your water usage, which could result in a huge bill. Irrigation is one of the most popular types of home automation technologies because it saves people tons of money while giving them a better looking yard.

 

 

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