The Benefits

The benefits of home automation typically fall into a few categories, including savings, safety, convenience, and control. Additionally, some consumers purchase home automation for comfort and peace of mind.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the biggest benefits that home automation provides

1. Security

Many home automation technologies fall under the umbrella of home security. Consumers purchase these devices because they want to make their homes safer and more secure. Automated lighting thwarts would-be burglars, and motion sensors help people enter doors and walk hallways late at night.

Security cameras offer benefits through either remote monitoring of package deliveries or real-time video of home inhabitants or unwanted visitors.

Tap your finger to turn on the lights when you get home or automate the lights to turn on when you aren’t home.  Door locks are another automated home product that can increase your home security, allowing you to lock and unlock doors remotely, doing away with lost keys or doors left open.

2. Energy Efficiency

Increase your home’s energy efficiency by remotely powering off systems and appliances when they aren’t in use. In addition to the standard home automation products that give you active control, some products actively monitor systems and arm the homeowner with knowledge, insight and guidance to achieve greater control and energy efficiency.

3. Savings

Home automation often pays for itself. When you are able to use home systems and appliances only when needed, the savings will show on your  energy bills. No more wasting money on lights left on when you aren’t home, or spending money on petrol to drive home because you forgot to lock the door. Monetary savings are apparent, but you’ll also be saving time. No wasted trips home, no running through the house turning everything off, no time spent worrying about what was or wasn’t turned off.

Furthermore, Smart Thermostats and Smart Lightbulbs can help also save energy, cutting utility costs over time. Home automation technologies can monitor water usage, too, helping to prevent exorbitant water bills.

4. Convenience

Don’t you hate having to rely on neighbors to watch your house when you’re gone? With home automation, convenient control of your home is at your fingertips. You don’t have to trust someone else with your most valued possessions.

The ability to remotely answer the doorbell, see who is at your door and then decide whether to open the door from them brings great convenience to people wanting to take deliveries and allowing tradespeople to enter.  It also avoids having to give out your keys.  Alternatively, special keypad PIN numbers can be set up to allow certain people entry to the home at certain times, providing another great alternative to handing out keys to relatives or friends.

Being able to turn on the heater/aircon either on schedule or remotely on your way home is another great convenience factor, ensuring your house is at a comfortable temperature when you arrive home.

Not to mention the garden watering that you need your neighbour to do when you are on holidays.  With Home Automation you can set and forget your watering schedules.  The system can measure the water levels and also know when it has rained or is about to rain, adjusting the watering accordingly, saving your plants and saving water.

5. Comfort

With the heating/cooling automated to ensure a consistently comfortable temperature when you are home and sensors ensuring that you are not heating/cooling unused spaces, additional comfort can come from setting up specific scenes for the house.  Set up a party scene, a cooking dinner scene, a goodnight or goodbye scene and your home can be automated to react accordingly.  Dim the lights and play a party sing list, turn on kitchen lights and upbeat music for cooking time and turn off heating/cooling and lights when you leave your home.  Create an inviting environment for all occasions with adaptive lighting, sound, and temperature.

6. Peace of Mind

One of the biggest hidden benefits that comes with home automation is peace of mind. No more worrying if you turned of the lights, locked the door or turned off the television. For people who have a lot on their plates, being able to easily check these items off the to-do list and stop the obsessive worrying, home automation is reassuring and definitely worth the investment.

With a range of remote cameras, your house can always be at your fingertips, allowing you to take a sneak peek at the dog/cat or the kids.

Commonly installed features of Home Automation

  • Lighting Automation via sensors and smart switches
  • Heating and Cooling automated based on occupancy
  • Remote Monitoring and Control with Smart Phones (e.g. iPhone)
  • Entertainment Management linking all your Audio Visual requirement
  • Security Surveillance
  • Energy Management
  • Blind Control

These solutions are:

  1. Easy to Use
  2. Expandable
  3. Adaptable for any situation
  4. Different Solutions for Different Budgets
  5. Scale-able from single bedroom apartment to any size home