8 Hot Home Automation Tips

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Elegant Living RoomIf you are considering having a home automation installed, make sure you do your research to be sure you know exactly what you want and get exactly what you pay for.

With so many different feature to choose from, this can be a confusing task. Here are a few features and tips that will make life much more convenient for you, and even save you money.

1- Get smart lights. No other home automation feature can save you money as quickly as smart lights. Modern smart lights come with sophisticated new motion sensors, which will make it impossible to ever leave a light on for hours on end.

2- Make sure you have an intelligent thermostat. The new smart thermostats detect what the weather is like outside and change the home temperature accordingly. It also detects and factors in how many people are in the home to keep the home at the most comfortable temperature possible.

3- Make sure your new system can learn and adapt. An adaptable system will take away the growing pains of a new home-automation system. It allows you to avoid the, sometimes frustrating, time it takes to set it up because over time it will conform to your habits.

4- Buy a system that allows for remote access. The best home automation systems allow you to control your home from anywhere with internet access. Remote access makes checking in on the house or the kids very convenient. If you are driving home on a cold night and don’t want to arrive to a cold house you can remotely turn up the thermostat a few minutes before arriving home.

5- Look for systems with extensive audible control. In the same way that remote access makes a home automation system that much better while away from home, audible control improves a system’s utility while at home. Audible control allows your house to understand complex sentences like “who called?” or “turn the heat up to 76˚.”

6- Link the system to your home computer or lap top. This is something that most automation systems can be programmed to do. The benefit of doing this is that many people feel more comfortable on their computer and so are more willing to explore the system’s different features.

An additional benefit gained by connecting a system to the computer is that it opens up more versatility to monitor your home while you are asleep as well as when no one is home. The software for your computer can be purchased for around $50 at most electronic stores.

7- Install the system in steps to defray costs. Because a home-automation system comprises so many different aspect of home living installing the entire system at once can be daunting to some budgets. One benefit of installing the system in steps is that it will allow you to become more familiar with every aspect of the system, whereas sometimes when an entire system is installed all at once some of the features are forgotten about and therefore aren’t used.

8- Increase a system’s utility by connecting home appliances with modules. A module is a piece of hardware that receives signals from your remote, but does not send signals in response, and then executes a function.

For example, a lamp can be connected to a module which will allow you to turn it off with a T.V. remote or smart phone. Modules are fairly inexpensive and can be bought at a store like Bestbuy or Walmart.

This is a guest post.  Rick Delgado is a freelance writer who specializes in the latest social and technology trends, specifically home automation. He is currently acting as a consultant to Vivint. You can learn more about them here.

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