What You Must Know About Your Home Automation System

Gone are the days when everything wanted a manual organization. From parking to temperature regulation everything was dependent on us, but now the scenario is completely different. Things have gone tech-savvy now. With homes becoming fully automated, the need for physical labor has significantly reduced. Today, right from waking up to the moment of sleeping, we are being automated. The right temperature, precisely optimized light, self-regulated doors and gates have become an important part of our lives. Thanks to the home automation system that has beautifully simplified the home care.

Today, our homes themselves have become a gadget. You just need your fingertips to control its different corners. From the entry to the exit, things can be remotely controlled now. The style of living has become fully computerized, a hub for technologically advanced gadgets and gizmos, serving you with ultimate comfort and security. Here is how technology is controlling and helping you at different points in your home:

A Self-maintained Refrigerator: No more worrying about your fridge’s cleanliness and maintenance as it is now smart enough to take care of itself. If you are ignoring its clean up for the past few days, it will alert you on the same with a smart indication. Not only this, it will also inform you when you are running low on grocery or eggs, thus making your life really simple.

A Remote-controlled Washing Machine: Washing clothes are no less than a fun activity now. It will wash your clothes according to their fabric and the amount of dirt your clothes have. Even the speed and drying mechanism are remotely controlled, offering a convenient washing.

HVAC & Lighting Control: The installation of these DIY home automation systems is really a boon for physically dependent people. Now, they don’t need to call out others to adjust the room temperature or switch on or off the lights for them.

Full Control Over Garage Doors, Windows and Intercom: With home automation system you can excellently integrate your windows, garage doors and intercom, which lets you regulate all of them on your single command. Besides this, your sprinkler systems, coffee makers and even your hot tub will work as per your directions, in a way giving full authority in your hands.

Complete Security at All Levels: The wiring together of different corners of your home with a home automation system makes it fully protected. As soon as somebody arrives at your place, the lights will get automatically on with simultaneous switching up of your heaters or air-conditioners. Apart from this, you may even enjoy automatic door locks for your home with these hi-tech systems. Thus, making your place a highly secured one to live in.

So, if you also dream of living in a fully automated home, then it’s the right time to enter into this sci-fi world with an effective home automation system installed. Make your home a smart home by making a smart move today!

Wireless Home Automation System – The Total Control Is Under You!

Living in a home where all the devices can be controlled by a single control panel or a small remote control is not an idea from the movies. It is very much a reality. You would remember that televisions and computers were once believed to be the products of fiction. Today, you can fully automate your house and control your devices with the help of a single control panel.

Many people have installed home automation systems in their houses. The technology has proved to be a blessing for those who lead busy lives and has made their lives more comfortable and secure. You can use your home automation system to control each and every electronic appliance in your house.

Previously, home automation systems were not wireless. They were controlled by a hard-wired control panel. Thanks to advancement in the field of computer technology, wireless home automation systems are now available in the market to enhance the quality of life of people.

Automation manufacturers have now integrated wireless technology in their home automation solutions. Some of us have already used hard-wired automation systems. Now, just consider the benefits of wireless technology integrated into a home automation system.

A home automation system comprise three parts: a computer-like microprocessor, a structure wiring, and a connection center. A professional usually does the structured wiring and connects it to the connection center, within which the microprocessor is located. The microprocessor, which you control, in turn controls the entire automation system. The microprocessor has only one function–communicate with the devices in your house. It translates your commands in a language that your home devices can understand.

A wireless home automation system uses a touch screen wireless control panel, which you can carry with you. Consider the following scenario. You are watching a movie, and you suddenly remembered that you have left the kitchen lights on. You don’t have to get up and go to the kitchen, thereby interrupting your movie-watching experience. Simply touch an icon on your touch screen wireless control panel, and the lights in your kitchen will go off.

Certain home automation systems can be programed to respond to your voice. It records your voice first, and thereafter, obeys all your spoken commands. Besides the touch screen wireless control panel, you will be able to control your devices through your voice alone. Simply use a command and your computer will record and store it. When you give the same command again, your computer will match your voice with the stored recording, and will instantly turn off or turn on the respective lights or electronic device or watering system.

You can now connect your home automation system to the Internet. Irrespective of where you are, you can access the devices in your house via the Internet. For example, if you are caught in traffic, you can turn on your PDA, go online, and through the Internet, you can turn on your air conditioning to cool the temperature of your house, the music system to play your favorite music, and the coffee maker to make a cup of hot coffee for you. Once you reach home, you will find your home set to the perfect temperature while your favorite music greets your ears and a cup of freshly brewed coffee waits for you.

With a wireless home automation system, you can control what happens in your house irrespective of where you are. Home automations of the future might bring more wonders. Maybe future home automations will integrate robot technology, and one day, you will have your own personal robot to do all your work for you. Your robot might even have a hot dinner ready for you by the time you come home from work.

Technology has made life safe,secure, and easy. You can live in a “home of the future” today itself. Simply install a wireless home automation system.

Using a Home Automation System to Reduce Energy Consumption

It may seem strange to use a home automation system to save energy – after all won’t the control system itself use energy? Surely a minimalist approach to electrical hardware is the best way to save energy?

A well designed home automation system can provide huge benefits and savings in energy consumption:

Lighting Control

Lighting control systems can save substantial amounts of energy. The dimming mechanism can save up to 70% of the energy of a non-dimmed lamp which when coupled with activity detection and daylight sensing can save huge amounts of energy. Put simply the home automation system will determine if the room is occupied and if it is whether the existing light level is sufficient. Big businesses have been using this technology for years, and making huge savings, and now the likes of Crestron have started releasing lighting keypads with light sensors built in for the domestic market.

Heating Control

There are many ways a home automation system can save on the costs of heating your home – individual thermostats in each room ensure the house is never over heated and allow temperatures to be reduced when the room is not occupied. These temperature reductions can even be tied in to your alarm system so setting the alarm when you leave the property will reduce the required temperatures, even a few degrees savings can reap substantial savings. Individual controls of different rooms can allow different temperatures throughout the home, similar to the radiator temperature dials we are all used to but much more reliable. A home automation system also comes in to its own with renewable energy solutions – biomass boilers and stoves can be controlled to ensure maximum efficiency. As an aside it is also worth considering convenience – imagine being able to dial up your ski chalet on the last run of the day to switch the stove on – ensuring a welcoming warm lounge when you get home!

Intelligent Power Switching

Switching things off when not required is an easy way to save energy. Modern equipment has been designed to use a lot less power when in standby which is why our control systems are programmed to switch devices off when they are not required. With certain devices – which we know to be inefficient even in standby – we can automatically switch off all power to the devices. Our modern multi-room amplifiers are Class D models which means each output has it’s own power supply and consequently only portions of the amplifier are switched on at any one time.

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Although we have already covered Heating Control it is important to think of heating as part of the bigger picture. Modern buildings tend to contain a lot of glass which can cause temperature swings – too cold part of the time or too hot when the sun is streaming through the windows. The same Crestron heating thermostats can let us know when the temperature is rising and, coupled with the lighting keypad light sensors, determine if the blinds should be closed. This pre-emptive measure can save huge amounts in air conditioning costs whilst protecting the fabric of the room. Security can also be increased by closing the curtains or blinds when darkness falls. Control of air conditioning can not only make the system easier to use but ensure the system is only operating when the room is occupied and the conditions demand it.