Home automation years ago was only a dream, but now it is a dream come try for homeowners who can access and control home appliances, thermostat, lighting controls, security and allows video monitoring of a home and so much more from a remote or centralized location. Complete home automation may still be complex and expensive but smaller systems are affordable and easy to install. Home automation systems are ideal for home management in places with busy lives. It provides security and is energy efficient. Chennai a fast city with large crowds and fast lives, with several old and modern buildings, needs home automation systems. Home automation system in Chennai may range from the simplest installation of security systems to video surveillance and lighting controls and a lot more.
Home automation to the futuristic mind has several ideas, for now, the area is being explored immensely and provides a wide range of automation solutions that allow to remotely control smart devices and also automates the devices to turn on and off based on choice, behaviour or environment. While home automation may be expensive, once installed it is convenient, energy efficient and often safeguards homes.
Benefits of home automation
Energy efficiency: In a world concerned with running out of energy resources the focus of architecture and appliances is upon energy efficient designs and products. Home automation too aims at energy efficiency. A well known and already applied home automation system is that of automated thermostats. Automated thermostats are smart in their ability to regulate indoor temperatures based on outdoor temperatures and time of day. The automated thermostats can be programmed as required to turn up or down based on requirement.
Automated lighting systems with automated blinds can function according to the time of day to save energy. Sprinkler irrigation systems too have been automated to water plants at programmed times of the day to save water and prevent loss of water due to evaporation. Home automation can great reduce the loss of power by vampire power which refers to the leaking of electricity due to unused outlets or leakage into unused electronic devices. Some automated devices like coffee machines and lights can even be remotely controlled with settings on the mobile phone.
Home automated smart appliances help manage energy consumption. They can even be synced with appliances with real-time energy information and function at the best times with low electricity prices and usage.
Video surveillance and safeguarding homes: Video surveillance, when combined with a good automated security system, will help remotely monitor and safeguard homes. The automation systems employ cameras fitted inside and outside of homes to monitor effectively. The security system may even incorporate automated locks that can be programmed to lock and unlock from a remote location, the key to which lies in the fact that the lock does not have a physical key. Good common safety practices along with these high-tech automated security systems will help ensure safety. Since the lock functions on a high safety password, it also needs to be highly secure. The locks can be programmed to unlock at a particular time, for example, to allow maidservants in and out or dog walkers. Certain automated systems can even notify the homeowner of unusual activities in and around the home via text, email or SMS.
Convenience: Home automation’s main theme and focus are on making lives convenient and comfortable. Automated blinds, lighting, appliances, coffee machine, thermostats are all set to enhance the convenience of the user without having to manually set them daily. Smart lighting and blinds light up or down the room to suit your preferences, a smart coffee machine keeps your coffee ready just when you need it and the thermostat keeps you warm or cool according to your preferences to keep you cozy at all times.
Home automation disadvantages
Complex: Home automation is based on programming. The automated systems and appliances are usually synced with mobile phones or devices and are operated through them. Understanding, syncing, operating and programming the complete system to work efficiently can be quite complex and will need assistance. It would be best to consider what kind of automation would be most desirable.
Expense: Home automation trends are relatively new in the market and as they employ high-end technology they can be expensive. These expenses are sure to come down as the demand for home automation becomes popular. Until then it would be wise to invest in certain areas that you would like to automate for convenience and maximum impact. Make an expense that will be worthwhile.
Incompatibility issues: It is easier to automate different elements in the home but getting them to operate from a single platform can be an issue. Not all smart appliances or devices use the same technology and thus they cannot all work from the same platform. There has been a rise of centralized control systems like Z-wave and Zigbee that addresses this issue. Look for automated devices that are compatible with each other.
Home automation is worth the initial investment if the plan is well thought out and if on a limited budget it would be ideal to automate only that which is necessary. In the near future, we can look forward to all sorts of automation and there are homes out there that are already automated to a great extent. The benefits that home automation has to offer surely will override any drawbacks it may have.