Home Automation: Commands & Responses

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Today everything is automated and home automation is the new buzz word. A home automation system is an integral part of a smart home that controls lighting, climate, entertainment systems and appliances to give life impeccable comfort. One of the most interesting features is that home automation works on your commands.

Electrical gadgets & energy savings
Home automation systems have proved to be extremely useful when it comes to energy savings. One can easily pre-program the temperature of the day or week, adjust lighting settings, control volume of the audio-video system, and calibrate the content of the television and so on via internet enabled devices. Although, energy savings depend eventually depend on the type of the device being used and its automation capabilities, on an average it is estimated that consumers can save anywhere from 10 to 15% off of heating and cooling bills.

Enhanced security
Security is of utmost importance and home automation enhances security. Through internet enabled security system, home automation system not only connect the main door but also all other openings of the house to provide comprehensive security. A homeowner can have a live feed of a specific area in the home. On any sort of intrusion, the system would intimate the homeowner via SMS or email or voice call or sound hooter and intimate security personnel at the gate. The automation systems can be also coupled with safety sensors such as smoke detectors and gas leak detectors.

The response of home automation also adds to sustainability. Through the systems, energy consumption can be regulated. Automated homes have multiple sensors that monitor ambient light and air temperature and accordingly alter the settings of electrical gadgets. This would regulate energy use by automatically engaging systems when needed and disengaging them when the parameters are satisfied. Air conditioner, for example, is turned on when the temperature goes up and automatically turns off when the temperature is reduced to the required level.

Costs hardly matter
Cost is one of the major parameters that need to be taken into consideration. Nonetheless, though a smart home will cost 20% more than a conventional one, however, the former pays for itself within a few years via savings accruing from less use of power and other resources.

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