The word “smart home” conjures an image of advanced electronics and futuristic machinery in a commercial or industrial setting, but at its core, smart home technology is merely a simplification of the way that human needs are met—the simpler and faster, the better. At their most basic, these needs are focused on security and the preservation of personal resources, both of which are centered on the home.
Your home is the center of your vulnerability, where everything most important to you is compacted in a small area—your family and your personal items. The more precious something is, the better its protection should be. You do not want to spend your entire day at work thinking of the security of your home, and neither does your boss. You do not want to spend your vacation worrying if you forgot to turn on your alarm system, or if you locked your front door.
Modern technology takes some of the load off of your shoulders and allows you to lend a measure of intelligence directly to your home, and that is exactly where the idea of a smart home comes from. With a flip of a switch—or the touch of a screen—you can do more than vacuum your floors or make the perfect toast.
Mobile Control – Be In Control, Even from a Distance
The primary purpose of automating a smart home system is to minimize your active involvement. Remote management takes this even a step further and allows you to be in control even when you are away from home. To accomplish this, your remote home automation system relies on a wide range of hardware which serve as your eyes, ears, and hands. These devices usually include image sensors or video cameras, smoke and gas detectors which can alert your phone directly, electronic door locks (which allow you to lock and unlock your door remotely, from your phone), and the like—all of which you can pick and choose from to best fit your home protection needs integrated into central smart home control. Traditionally, these hardware devices are connected via actual wires, but this old-fashioned method has resulted in many a security breach as intruders have learned to creatively access and disarm these physical connections. To circumvent this, more and more home security companies are turning to wireless networking, which is what we provide.
Another benefit of this wireless technology is that it functions off software that is regularly updated and more easily maintained than physical wiring systems that require a much greater effort to upgrade once laid to place. This also improves monitoring stations abilities and your own ability to remotely monitor the setup. Current smart home systems give you a lot of customization options in how and when you receive security alerts— the two most common ways are scheduled alerts via mobile phone messaging or email, and activity alerts such as when your motion sensors or smoke and gas detectors are tripped. In addition, the way that these systems report to emergency response institutions are also constantly improving which gives you a significant edge over a basic security system.
With mobile control, you can also unlock your doors from your smartphone, or anywhere you can access the internet. This removes the potential security concern of leaving a physical key—which can be lost or stolen—with your children or their daytime caretakers. This also makes it easier for you to allow a friend in should they need to pick something up from your house, or open your front door for a relative who’s coming to your house directly from the airport while you are not home.
Better Energy Management Means More Savings
The cornerstone of a smart home energy management system is integrating your thermostat into your alarm system. It’s a powerful new technology that can help save dramatically on you energy bills.
Heating and cooling and are the largest energy users in the house, and are often the reason for incredibly high utility bills. With an integrated smart thermostat, you can save $20 a month, and possibly much more.
To demonstrate the function of a smart thermostat, we’ll use Eric as an example. It’s Fall, and where Eric lives, the weather still gets hot in the daytime but cold at nighttime. It’s 6p.m., and Eric is about to leave his house to go to a family party. When he arms his system in “away” mode, the thermostat too knows he’s gone stops cooling the house. Additionally, Eric has the option of changing the thermostat temperature right from his phone, which makes like a lot simpler. While Eric is gone it becomes cold outside, and normally the heater would kick on to warm up the house. However, because the house is already warmer due to the cooler being turned off earlier by the smart thermostat, the house temperature naturally balances itself out. This directly translates to energy savings which not only benefit you and your family, but also reduces your home’s carbon footprint. In addition, this extends the life of your electrical and lighting devices due to the reduced load on them.
Integrated Camera Systems
If you feel that text messages and email alerts are not enough to alleviate your home security concerns and you wish for something more directly visual, you may also have the option of integrating cameras into your automated smart home network. At any time during the day, you can take a peek at what’s going on in your home. When you are coming home late because of work overtime, your cameras allow you to check in on your children whenever you want. You are also alerted with a live video feed whenever your motion sensors pick up on movement.
A remote automated home security system essentially turns your cell phone or computer-away-from-home into the ultimate remote control. With the wide range of choices that modern technology has made available, you can have a security and automation system that perfectly suits your home protection needs, as well as let you manage your energy consumption more efficiently. When you allow your home to “think” for itself, you can go about secure in the knowledge that your investment pays itself off every second that the people and things you hold most dear stay safe.
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