The definition and benefits of Home Automation and some ideas about what to automate in your home

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Here are some great projects for getting your TV set up and working properly, whether it is fixing in to the wall with a bracket or connecting the aerial into the back of it. However this section does not stop here. There are some really great projects on Home Automation also.

In built wiring with home automation save all those cable tangles

In built wiring with home automation save all those cable tangles

What is Home Automation?

It is fair to say that Home Automation has been a long time coming, and while it has promised a lot for a long time, it has only just started to live up to this. Home Automation allows you to control remotely or schedule the devices in your home, and in some cases it can alert you if there is something that is out of the ordinary. What this means in practice is that you are able to switch on and off lights when you’re not at home to fool would be burglars, switch the heating on ½ an hour before your alarm goes off so that your bedroom is warm, or an email alert could be sent to you if there is unexplained movement in you home.

All this is possible; in fact the possibilities are almost endless, but with the adoption of smart phones it is more and more practical to achieve these sorts of things without breaking the bank. This has fuelled the growing popularity of home automation systems.

It doesn’t have to be super high tech; it is possible to automate lighting to come on in dark cupboards automatically very easily and many home now have programmable thermostats which are a form of basic automation.

Reasons for Home Automation?

There a range of reasons for automating your home and the level of automation that you strive for will depend on how acutely you feel these needs. Here are the main reasons that we have found people automating their home:

  1. Saving Money – This is particularly important for reducing your home running costs. A programmable heating system can be automated to reduce your heating cost by only being on when it is required; the heating will work for your lifestyle and will only be on when you need it. Having a thermostatically controlled system will help further, as will TRV’s (Thermostatic Radiator Valves) which will turn off individual radiators when the room is warm enough. Turning off lights when they are not needed can save on your electricity bill too.
  2. Security – Programming lights to come on and off when you are away will deter the casual thief. Home security systems can be a major expense, however it is possible to set up camera and home automations systems relatively cheaply so you can monitor your home yourself.
  3. Safety – Automating the switching on of lights in dark corridors or cupboard has already been mentioned. But it is also possible to open garage doors so that you can drive right in without getting out of the car and exposing yourself to potential danger – it is also much more convenient!
  4. Convenience – Not only is opening garage doors so that you drive right in safer it save a lot of time and hassle. This is the same as programming your heating to fit in with your lifestyle so that your home is already warm when you get home from work. You can set up lighting profiles so that you can dim the lights to the perfect level with one touch, rather than diming every individual light.
  5. The Environment – It’s not just for you! By using your home more efficiently, not only do you save money on your utilities bills but you also use less energy and therefore generate less harmful CO2 gasses.
  6. Great Gadgets – Most people love their home automation systems. They can be quite complex and sophisticated which gives people a challenge to automate as much as they can. They can be high tech which attracts some people who enjoy this, and it can simply fun show off to your friends!

The most common things that get automated in the home

The typical things that are automated in any home automation system are:

  1. Thermostats
  2. Lighting
  3. Security and access control
  4. Lighting
  5. Home Theatre
  6. Watering and garden irrigation
  7. Phone systems

There are a whole range of benefits that can be achieved from home automation. This section allows you to see how to go about it from the ground up, starting with fitting your TV to then connecting it to the home automation system that you are interested in.