Simply put, home automation involves the control and automation of various devices and inputs/outputs found throughout the house. It includes lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, security, blinds, pool, audio visual and appliances. The list can go on and on as more home devices have the ability to be remotely controlled and monitored. Some products requires internet to work; whereas other products only use the internet for extra features, both are important parts of the Internet of Things.
In general, smart home automation is made up of five main categories which are the most commonly automated by homeowners to simplify everyday living.
1. Smart Lighting Control
Smart lighting control provides convenience, comfort and an extra level of customized design with pre-set lighting scenes. Beyond that, smart lighting control can also help save energy and reduce a home’s carbon footprint on the environment, while still allowing the homeowner to live a comfortable and modern lifestyle. For this, an integrative smart lighting system is best to maximize it values. For example, the Loxone smart home automation system provides the most lighting options of any home automation system in the market. It utilizes white, warm, and colour LEDs monitored by the homeowner and/or controlled by daylight (luminosity detectors) to automatically create a lighting environment that provides beautiful ambiance, energy savings and wow factor for the home.
2. Smart Blind Control
A true home automation system will let your blinds know when they should be opened or closed, giving you perfect morning sunshine for your wake up or a nice cool room for bedtime. In the summer when it’s sunny outside, smart blinds will close (when you aren’t home) to help cool the temperature of your room, or prepare your bedroom for a night oasis. An automated blind system, integrated with a smart home automation system senses the temperature of the rooms and, upon this sensing technology, will tell the blinds to open or close. This unique feature helps to harness the energy of the sun to heat your home so you can save more money on your heating and cooling while reducing your home’s footprint on the earth.
3. Smart Climate Control
To ensure energy efficiency and a comfortable home environment, a smart climate control systems helps to regulate the climate of your house to maintain optimal comfort. This involves monitoring, controlling and automating things such as thermostats, heaters, baseboards, gas fireplaces and air conditioner system. Smart climate control can help automate and regulate the temperature of the entire house by having custom settings for each zone or, ideally, each room. In larger households it is especially important, for saving energy, that you have room specific temperature control. This eliminates the need to constantly adjust the thermostat and waste heating or cooling in unused areas.
4. Smart Security
The smart security is a great advancement in the smart home automation systems as it allows your home to be reactive to alarms creating an extra layer of safety for your home in your absence. It brings safety to the connected houses, as all the devices; lights, speakers, TVs can react when an alarm is detected. For example, with Loxone, the security system has built in sensors that can detect any motion or door triggers, while you are away, and if a break-in occurs, you get a notification on your cell phone, and all the lights in your house begin to flash, the speaker begin to play loud music, you can talk to the individual in your house, and the blinds/curtains open to show the perpetrator in the house. On top of that the system can make a call to your designated monitoring location thereby keeping your whole-house safe and secure. Even if you are upstairs in the house, the alarm system can be armed and behave in the same manner, so you can stay locked safely in your bedroom as the house begins to scare the perpetrator.
5. Smart Multimedia
No smart home is complete without a smart multimedia system for entertainment and relaxing. With the introduction of smart home automation systems with multimedia, now you can control and integrate all your audio visual systems seamlessly. With the help of a remote control automation, you can set the music in any room according to your mood, season, time of day, etc.
There you have it, five main components for smart automated home.
Of course a smart home can also include smart appliances, smart pool, smart saunas, smart garage, smart solar panel, smart car battery charger etc. That will be for another time, so please check back often or follow us on LinkedIn or Facebook for the latest updates.