One of the main reasons a person might invest in smart technologies is to make their lives a little bit easier. Whether that means turning lights on/off, controlling a family Crock-Pot, or adjusting your heating/cooling, there are several new and innovative ways to streamline your lifestyle.
The idea of controlling all of the functions of a modern home has its roots in the early 1900s. Several of the World’s Fairs had exhibits showcasing what was at that time some of the most highly technological products available. What made the big difference in the ability to control the home remotely or automatically was the invention of the micro-controller in the 1970s. This created the industry we know today as “home automation”.
You can control just about anything in your home. Some examples include:
- Locks and Security Systems
- Entertainment Systems
- Temperature and Climate Controls
- CO (Carbon Monoxide) Detection
In order to get your home setup and automated, you will first need to do a few things that will enable it to communicate and function.
- You will need to buy and setup a controller. This is a device you can manage remotely via a computer or smartphone app that acts as a sort of centralized control zone.
- Most of the commercially available controller will need a network and internet access to function correctly. For this reason, we recommend you have a working WiFi network and high speed internet access.
- Configure your home automation controller to use the WiFi and communicate with your smartphone or computer.
So, you may be wondering, what does an automated home even look like? You might be surprised but most home automation devices look very similar to their “dumb” counterparts. The one main difference is most “smart” home automation devices have an embedded sensor and microchip to function. This is what makes the magic happen.
In the last few decades, home automation devices have come a long way and over time we expect this area to expand far greater than it has already. Most future light bulbs and household appliances will feature some sort of feature that allows them to be integrated into a home for ease of use and compatibility. Everything from coffee makers to your dishwasher will be smart enough to help make your life just a little bit easier.
If you have questions or would like to speak with someone regarding automating your home, please feel free to contact us using the ‘Contact Us’ link at the top of this page. We are always here to help.