A Homeowner's Guide to Efficient Home Automation

By Jackson James - 2017-01-06

If you have heard the term home automation, and you are now interested in learning more, here is your chance. Home automation, which includes both very  simple tasks and really complex ones, is a way to make your life simpler by making your home smarter.

Here is how you can get started with home automation, even if you know pretty much nothing about it and you have never tried it before.

1. Think about your holiday lighting

In fact, you might have already performed a simple home automation task before, without even realizing it. If you have used an analog timer to control your holiday lighting, this is a simple form of home automation.

Analog timers can also be used for other things. For example, you can program one to turn a lamp on and off during the day, while you are away on a vacation. This makes your home smarter while keeping thieves away.

2. Use your imagination

There are a variety of home automation devices on the market, and it’s easy to feel lost if you don’t know what you need and where to look. Start by deciding what you would like to accomplish with home automation, and it will help you figure out what you need.

It’s possible to get the lights in your home to turn on and off, to get your blinds to shut themselves at night, or to ensure your coffee maker has plenty of coffee ready for you when you get out of bed.

3. Get plug-in timers

Analog timers and plug-in timers are the perfect home automation accessories for you if all you want is to program some of your home appliances to start and stop at certain times during the day.

All you have to do is plug the appliance of your choice in your timer device, and to program it. Your lamp, coffee maker or television will turn on at a certain time everyday, and will turn off at the time you have chosen.

4. Install smart thermostats

There are different models of smart thermostats that can be programmed to keep your home at the temperature of your choice at any times, and to save energy. Some thermostats can even be controlled by your phone.

This makes it simple for you to turn off the heat while you are gone, and to turn it back on just before you come back home, to enjoy some warmth right when you open the door. This will help you save on your utility bills. Learn more about smart thermostats with the detailed guide available at TheWirecutter.

5. Think about motion sensors

Motion sensors are another type of home automation device that can be used to control certain things in your home. You could install a motion sensor in your garage, and one in your basement, so the lights turn on as soon as someone comes in.

A motion sensor can also be used to start an appliance as soon as someone comes near. The more you learn about automation, the more you will see that your imagination is the limit of what you can do.

6. Get an automation controller

If you want to take things even further, learn more about automation controllers. These devices can be connected to many peripherals all over your home, and you can control them easily using an automation software.

These systems will be more expensive than simple home automation accessories, but they will allow you to connect your thermostats, appliances, lights, security cameras and alarms, and pretty much anything you want, and to control and program them so they will do whatever you want, when you want them to. For more information on home automation systems available, visit AARtech Canada for additional resources.

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