Do you need a smart home? If you want to make your life at home easier and more enjoyable, then yes, you should consider investing in a smart home automation system. Like many technologies, there are different levels and the good news is that most systems are scalable providing the opportunity to start small. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the benefits of using a smart home automation system. We will also explore the different types of systems and how they can turn your home into a comfortable, convenient, and fun place to live.
The Benefits Of A Smart Home
One of the benefits of having a smart home automation system is that you can control all of your technology with one central device. For example, if you want to watch a movie in your living room, you can use your smart home remote to turn on your TV, dim the lights, and adjust the volume. You can also use your smart home system to schedule when your lights turn on and off, set the temperature in your home, and even receive alerts if there is a security breach.
Another benefit of having a smart home automation system is that it can automate routine tasks that you would otherwise have to do manually. For instance, you can program your system to turn on the lights when you come home from work or to turn off the TV when you go to bed.
In addition to making your life easier, a smart home automation system can also make it more fun! For example, you can use your system to play music throughout your house, create a custom lighting scheme for a party, or even set the mood for a romantic evening with your significant other.
Levels Of Home Automation Systems
The first level of a smart home is a voice assistant like Google's Alexa. It's voice-controlled and performs basic tasks like turning on the lights, shopping for us, or setting the temperature. Most of us have experienced this type of smart home or know about it. Many devices such as Google's Nest, control temperature and come with an app, so you can manage it from anywhere. It would seem like every device now comes with an app to operate.
The next level up of a smart home is a system like Lutron Electronics Lighting System which controls lighting and shading. This system can be programmed to set lighting moods in conjunction with shading. You can also program lighting and shading to go up and down at specific times.
The highest level of a smart home is a fully automated home with one app that controls lighting, audio, video, temperature, and more. A fully automated home is one in which all of the systems and devices are interconnected - controlled by a central operating system. Whole Home Automation Systems like Control4 and URC are compatible with other systems and devices, so if you started with one or a few of these entry-level to intermediate systems you can connect them easily.
The Advantages Of Whole-Home Automation
The major advantage of have a whole-home automation system is that you will have one app that operates all the tech in your home, instead of having many. Another advantage is that you can program many devices to operate at the same time, with one touch or voice command. For example, you can say or touch one button, "Goodnight" and watch your entire home shut down, saving you the time of walking around your home and turning things off and on for the night or worse, laying in bed and thinking about if you shut the garage door. The same thing happens when you leave your home - you can say, "Goodbye" and know all the right things happened like temperature adjustment, shades for privacy coming down, garage door shut, and more. A whole-home automation system will even cover devices outside of your home, extending to your entire property to include gates and surveillance.
Preparing For A Smart Home
It seems like most tech devices and systems today are wireless and many people get the feeling that everything can be wireless, but unfortunately out-of-the-box networks aren't set up to handle it. A whole-home automation system requires a strong network, and the more hardwired devices the better to free up Wifi for the devices that must be wireless.
The best time to start planning for a whole-home automation system is during preconstruction. Even if you will not use or install a fully automated smart home immediately. The trick is to have the wiring done when the walls are down. This can save you tons of dollars and make it more convenient when you are ready to finally install a whole-home automation system. With that said, it is still possible to install a whole-home automation system after a home has been built.
Some of the other things you will have to think about are having a closet or location to house equipment. Then think about where you would like to start. Is it whole-home audio, a home theater, security, lighting, and shading? What are some of your family's lifestyle routines you would like to automate?
The next step would be to consider who you would like to help you design and install a smart home automation system. Not all integrators or smart home automation professionals are the same. You want to be sure to find an integrator who will help you determine the best system for your needs and budget as well as someone who has experience installing in homes like yours.
We design and install smart home automation systems that are easy to use and we have a good understanding of construction, electrical, and of course smart home systems. Our team is professionally trained and we work with the world's best brands in the smart home automation market. We invite you to visit our showroom in Greensburg, Pennsylvania or you may reach us by chat, email, or phone. We are here when you're ready!