Home Automation You Can DIY

Posted by on February 21, 2016

Home automation provides a convenient way to operate your home’s devices remotely. Traditional home automation systems can be costly, not to mention, involve complex wiring, which may prove a bit difficult to the average homeowner. However, the latest advancements in programmable equipment provides an affordable way to incorporate home automation into your home yourself and without the need to rewire your entire home.

 

What is Home Automation?

 

Home automation, sometimes referred to as a smart home, is the electronic and automatic control of household appliances, activities and other household features. Home automation can be used to describe a single programmable device or homes with nearly everything controlled by an automated network such as lighting, electrical outlets, automatic blinds, appliance, sprinkler systems, heating and cooling systems and more. It could also include the alarm system, windows, locks, all of the doors, smoke detectors, surveillance cameras and other security devices.

 

How it Works

 

Home automation uses one or more computers to control your home’s functions. With this automated system, homeowners can monitor or activate various household devices or schedule automatic operation of household features and activity from anywhere in the world using an internet connected device. Home automation allows your home to work for you, while also saving energy, and you can receive text messages and alerts whenever your home’s alarms are activated.

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Home Automation and DIYer’s

 

Home automation doesn’t have to involve costly or time consuming rewiring of your home. In fact, homeowners can automate their home just by replacing existing features with automated ones. Switch out your existing light bulbs with smart ones, replace your non programmable thermostat for a programmable one or upgrade your current security system with a smart system for instant home automation.

 

Smart Products for the Home

 

Where most traditional thermostats operate by reading the temperatures in just a single room, leaving other rooms uncooled or unheated, the Ecobee3 contains remote sensors that allows homeowners to control the temperatures in any room they want. It is easy to install and set up, and the Homekit-enable feature allows homeowners to control and monitor their cooling and heating from anywhere and anytime using an iPod Touch, iPad, Apple Watch, and Siri. Ecobee owners, on average, save approximately 23% a year.

 

The iSmart Alarm is an HD video, motion and sound detection device with sound recognition that notifies you of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. The unit includes simple to install magnetic installation and on demand video streaming from your smartphone. The iSmart Alarm can be installed as a complete system or install stand alone units for home security.

 

The Nest Protect, Smoke and CO Alarm is a battery operated, voice activated system that alerts you if it senses carbon dioxide or smoke. The unit is easy to install and conveniently links to the Wink home automation network. Simply connect the unit to your Wi-Fi to receive phone alerts when the alarm is activated.

 

The Belkin WeMo Switch is a switch that enables you to control your electronic devices from anywhere using your home’s Wi-Fi network. Simply plug the switch into any electrical outlet in your home, then plug any device you want into the switch for remote access using your tablet or smartphone. The Belkin WeMo Switch is easy to install and can even be scheduled to turn on or turn off your devices.

 

The SkyBell smart video doorbell enables homeowners to hear, see and speak to visitors at the door. This unit is easy to install and includes a free app for various Android and iOS devices, so when a visitor rings the door bell, the unit can send live video feed to your smartphone when you’re away.

Home automation is a fun and convenient way to control your home’s features and save on energy costs, and with single programmable units, now DIYer’s can get in on the fun too. To get started, simply swap out non automated features for automated ones to enjoy energy savings and instant access to your home from anywhere.

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