Automation Made Simple
It's the 21st century, and the world is more connected than ever. Not only are we connected to each other, thanks to the power of the Internet and mobile communications, but now we can also be connected to our homes. With recent advances in technology, things that you once upon a time might have had to ask a neighbour to check on can now be handled remotely with just a few taps on an app or mobile device. When it comes to high-tech kitchens, living rooms, playrooms, dens, and even home appliances, it’s easier than ever to get setup, get connected, and get rolling. Here’s how to get started.
Security and Home Monitoring
Home surveillance is now more affordable than ever, thanks to a growing range of affordable camera and home monitoring systems. Now, with the tap of a finger, you can maintain security and check in on what's going on in your home from virtually anywhere. Whether you just need to make sure everything is okay with loved ones or to sound the alarm, you can take on full control tailored to your needs from a variety of high-tech options that are now available on the market. Plus, DVRs and other storage devices can help you record hours of video footage, just in case you missed something.
Lighting and Remote Controls
One method people frequently like to employ to ward off intruders is the use of lights to tell others that "someone is home." However, a savvier trespasser might notice if those same lights are on at all times, day and night, thus tipping them off to your little ruse. With automated and remotely-controlled lighting, however, you can have the lights in your home come on and go off in your home whenever you feel like it. In addition, a number of solutions are also available that can help with a variety of everyday household uses, letting you set the lights in specific areas of your own to dim, go off, or turn on at specific times of day.
Thermostats and Temperature Commands
As with lighting, you may need to keep tabs on the temperature in your home, and there is no better way to do that than with a remotely adjustable thermostat. Whether keeping things comfortable for pets or simply trying to conserve energy until it's time for you to come home to a house that's comfortably warm/cool, you’ve now got more control over home temperatures than ever. What’s more, several new connected thermostat and power management devices can even learn your habits, automatically adjusting temperatures and usage times to match.
Taking care of your pets is a must, and unfortunately, some can't be trusted to take care of themselves. Sure, leaving a bowl of food filled to overflowing sounds like a good idea, but in practice, your dog might be more likely to eat it all at once and spend the rest of the duration regurgitating it. Instead of dealing with that ugly scenario, a much better solution is to get a pet feeder that is operated remotely through your smartphone so that you can dole out necessary portions on a more regular schedule. Likewise, some manufacturers are also introducing connected tracking devices that use GPS systems to monitor your pet’s location. Using them, you could, for example, determine when they’d wandered outside of your yard, and even – via built-in microphones – issue commands to send them scurrying back home.
Home Appliances and Equipment
When you're at work, shopping, or doing any number of things that take you out of the house for a good chunk of the day, you may not be afforded the luxury of being home in time to get your dinner plans started from scratch. However, with a bit of forward planning and a wi-fi-controlled oven range, it's easy to set things up to cook remotely from wherever you may be. So while you worry about getting your errands done and driving home, you’ll have one less task to deal with when you get there. In similar fashion, you can also find a number of connected home appliances – e.g. washers, driers, and even refrigerators – that allow you to access online information, or that will alert you when certain things happen, such as when your clothes have finished drying.