The time we live in is unlike any other. Our lives became incomparably easier than ever before, which is very convenient for us since the fast-paced lives we live can drain the hell of our energy.
As everything is SMART today, in recent years, inventors have made great strides in making homes smarter, too. Simply put, this technology allows a homeowner to run his or her home remotely, often on a Smartphone or a tablet. In fact, these homes are labeled ‘smart’ because they are able to think on their own, in a way. This ability to think means that the home is automated and it can help homeowners in a number of ways; from the appliance and lighting control, securing safety by managing the locks, increasing awareness with remote cameras, through adjusting temperature to meet your expectations and saving time, to contributing to economy with the moderated use of energy. Let us look at 7 hilarious aspects of automating your home.
It’s all the better for you if you have fewer things to do at home, especially after you’re exhausted by a stressful day at work. Temperature is one of the most crucial factors for achieving the feeling of convenience at one’s home. With the automation of your house, you can turn on and off the air conditioning to freshen up the air and enjoy the temperature you like the most, not to mention you can save up some money by simply turning your AC off after forgetting to do so while leaving your office.
Time is also of the essence; most people don’t have time to run back and forth and check stuff at home, given the fast-paced world they live in. With an automated home, no longer will you have to reschedule your important meetings in order to let your children in, after they finish their classes. Should you leave your stove on, grab your Smartphone or iPad and press one, simple button.
Finally, imagine arriving home every evening to complete comfort. You don’t need to adjust the thermostat, your satellite TV awaits to be turned on with an advanced remote and entertain you with your favorite shows on the air. How could you resist such coziness?
First and foremost, your home should ensure you the respective level of safety and security. Home automation comes in handy for absent-minded people who share the tendency to lose keys. No longer will you find yourself locked out and waiting on a locksmith because you misplaced or lost your keys – all you need is your Smartphone and you will be able to unlock the necessary doors. On the other hand, when you have a busy day and you’re worried about leaving the doors locked to keep the home safe from burglars, one simple device will spare you trouble.
Although we just cannot be everywhere at once, with a home automation system, you can easily see what is happening in your house, when you’re absent. Should an unwelcome guests arrive unbeknownst to you, you’ll be able to track your front yard and be sure not to let him or her in. Moreover, security cameras improve family safety by recording clips and detecting movement even at night.
All in all, security these days goes beyond wondering if you didn’t forget to lock the front door or not. Security is about the peace of mind; however, it’s hard to achieve when you’re away from home for longer than you’ve expected. If you ask your friends to look after your greenery when you’re away, you will be able to turn off your alerts immediately, should they arrive. Speaking of arrivals and departures: how many times did you have to drive your car back in order to check whether you closed the garage or not? With a home automating system, you will shut the garage as soon as the memory kicks into your mind.
Home budget and contribution to economy
Let’s face it: automated homes have a great deal to offer to the economy since we only use the amount of energy that is enough to maintain our needs. Given this, your energy bills will be reduced by at least one-third, and you, in turn, will save more money for extra spendings. Additionally, you will save on gas costs as you’ll never need to stop by the house in order to turn something on and off. The last but not least, household appliances left on in your family’s absence will no longer cause financial trouble.
As far as the air conditioning is concerned, the biggest complaint their owners have is about combining the system’s efficiency with the lower cost of energy consumption.
Automating your home is quite easy a task since we’re already control our lives via Smartphones and even Smartwatches; hence, the extension to our home routine will be a pleasant and practical transition. Intelligent thermostats not only can be set remotely, but they can also be set on a cyclical, week-long operation program. Simply put, you turn the AC down when you leave the town, and then, get it back to your preferred coolness and temperature level. See? Home automation pays off… literally!
As for contributing to a greater worldwide economy because you ensure that your family utilizes the resources that it needs, without additional dump being pushed into the already contaminated air.
The feeling of control
You’ve probably asked a neighbour or a friend to look after your home when you’re away, haven’t you? No wonder you’ve done so, for many home activities cannot be performed remotely, such as feeding a plant, receiving the physical mail or taking care of the pet. However, there are some drawbacks incorporated into such an extended trust margin.
Many of us are worried whether it is right to give your neighbors unrestrained access to your belongings.Giving a neighbour or a friend a key is a great liability, as the person will reign over your house, have an access to your intimate space, or even deal accidental damage to your property, let alone the possibility of losing the key.Thanks to home automation systems, you will set some of the areas of the home entirely closed while enabling the access for your friends to the spaces that need to be looked after. Finally, you can make sure that the chores are actually being completed; you know, if a friend of yours or admires the comfort of a smart home, he or she may be tempted to put the deeds aside, for the sake of entertaining themselves. The Big Brother sees everything and now you will have the opportunity to get your keys back, have your private space secured, and your mess done. Oh, sweet technology!
Being close to your children
As weird as it may sound, being close to your kids doesn’t mean that you have to be somewhere near the house to ensure that they are in no danger. If you’re a rookie, fresh parent, you are probably crazy about your toddler’s safety. Fear not, as the smart nanny will let you know if the child goes beyond the safe area, or if it has any problems with breathing.
On the other hand, if you’re a parent of some rebellious, young adults, your automated home security and camera system will notice when your kid enters the house after heavy drinking, to ensure that the only thing you’ll have to worry about will be to ensure the right level of vitamins for the youngling.
Having elaborated enough on the safety of your children, let us take a moment to stop by your wallet and check its volume. It is quite big, right? Why is it so empty then? Have you been robbed by your kid’s recklessness? We all realize how often our kids leave the light on or forget to turn off the TV; as soon as such an event occurs, your smart home will make sure that you stay informed and react to the issue immediately.
Peace of Mind
This benefit will apply mostly to those people who care about having everything under control. Simply put, if you are a perfectionist, you will drink from the chalice of peace if you own an automated home. This is quite essential for the individual who leave each day and can’t stand a minute without wondering if everything is in order. Stress is a silent murderer, and the main factor behind all major diseases, so if you’re capable of reducing it by simply tapping your finger on your favourite technological device, do not hesitate to do so.
Being the admired one
Every one of us has the urge to stroke their ego from time to time. Home automation is the ultimate way to not only brag about your house but to show the real proof to your statements. Whether you’re a masculine huge screen-lover, a fan of the interactive, smart kitchen or you’re just an exemplary housewife dedicated to her duties, being an owner of the automated home will give your jelly friends many sleepless nights.
What does the future hold?
As much as we understand that there’s a limit to everything, we do not share the outlook of some nit-pickers, who claim that this ‘whole automation craze’ will soon meet its end. Such a statement is anything but true, as long as the necessity is the mother of invention. There is a video on YouTube, A Day Made Of Glass, in which we are shown the future opportunities for increasing the comfort, security and the peace of mind of the homeowners.
For example, you will be able to moderate the level of light in your bedroom by simply playing with photovoltaic glass. Your large LCD glass TV will wake you up with your favorite tunes so that you can drink your morning coffee in peace while browsing family photos on an interactive glass fridge surface. Should your mom catch you in the middle of preparing a meal with her phone call, you will be able to put your smart glass phone on a fully interactive countertop, so as not to get burned or sink your phone into the pot. Well, it all BOILS down to your comfort #punchline.