Reasons To Invest In Home Automation

Is there anything smartphones can’t do? In todays world it seems that everyday we rely on technology to perform some important function. We communicate with clients through email and texting, listen to music, socialize, shop, watch movies and TV shows and even play games on the little device that sits in our pocket. If this isn’t enough, home automation is making smartphones and tablets capable of even more.

What is Home Automation?

Imagine being able to control your home while sitting at work or on vacation with your family. What home automation essentially boils down to is the ability to control the functions of your home from a remote location. Some products are designed for entertainment purposes, such as to turn on a movie and adjust the audio while others are meant for security, like watching live video feeds of your home while you are away. No matter what you use it for, there are several ways it can be of benefit in your life.

It Backs up Forgetfulness

We live in a busy world that only seems to get busier as time goes on. With so much to do in our lives, it can be easy to forget small but important tasks. For example, you may be in such a rush to get home in the morning that you forget to lock the front door or shut the garage. You don’t have time to drive home but you know your forgetfulness has created a serious security threat. Some home automation services allow you to lock your front door from a remote location so this never has to be a problem.

It Saves You Money

If the facilities in your home that tend to boost your energy bills, such as lighting, heating and electricity are automated, you will end up saving a lot on the monthly bills. You will never again realize that you left the lights on in your home and have no way to turn them off. All you would have to do is pull out your smartphone and push a button. The same goes for temperature control. Some products are even programmed to pick up on your habits and mimic them in the future. Despite the initial investment, many people find themselves saving money down the road.

Convenience

This is really the purpose of a lot of technology today, especially home automation. Making something convenient doesn’t mean that it makes you lazy however. It just means you can spend more energy on the things you really value. If your home is programmed to perform all its necessary functions, everything from maximizing heating efficiency to watering the lawn, you can focus on things like work, school and family.

Imagine how convenient it would be to have an automated home theater system. When your friends come over all you have to do is push a single button and watch the curtains open, the movie turn on, the lights dim and popcorn start.

About the author:

Lindsey Patterson is a freelance writer who specializes in home improvements involving home automation.  She is currently acting as a consultant to Vivint.

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