Lifestyle Benefits of Home Control
Integrating home automation into your lifestyle isn’t just about the technology; it’s about synchronizing your home systems with your home routine, and using the technology to make the two a better fit. Here are some of the key benefits of home automation.
First and foremost, automation systems will reduce many of the minor tasks you perform to accomplish something. One smart LCD touch panel on the table can bring your home theater to life without you needing to find 12 remotes and remember which input each of your components needs to be set to just to watch a movie. Nearly any electronic home system (entertainment, lighting, HVAC, security) can be integrated with automation, making access and control easier and more user friendly.
For most people, multi-room audio means having a separate radio, CD player or iPod dock in each room of the house. A multi-room audio system will rely on centralized source components (CD player, media server, satellite radio, Internet streaming) and distribute signals over a wired or wireless network to the rest of the house. With some configurations, users get localized control panels for selecting your music as well as adjusting volume. Multiple sources can be played over one system, allowing different music in each room without having to install separate stereo systems.
Video sources can also be set up to allow access and control from multiple sources, so for instance, you can start a movie in one room, pause it, then continue it in another room without missing a second.
Alarms and cameras help to contribute to peace of mind, but an integrated system can compound that several times. Home automation can integrate your house lights, alarms, cameras, recorders, along with your home entertainment system, to make it easier check the status of your home at any time, from any room or even remotely.
An automated home can actually be a more energy efficient home, despite the added technology integrated into it. First, when combined with an HVAC system, you can more easily control the temperature. Lights can be programmed to automatically dim or to turn on only when people are in the room. Temperature and lighting can be controlled remotely allowing you to save energy when you’re not home. Controllable blinds and shades can automatically let sunlight in or block it off, depending on the time of day or year.