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What Can Home Automation Do?

A home automation system can provide an avenue for reducing energy usage within an average household. One way this reduction is realized is through conservation by the preprogramming of devices connected to the home's system, rather than having to troll the house looking for things to switch off before leaving and then wondering if you did.

From as simple a thing as remotely turning off electric lights, to the scheduled denying of power, to the 'Instant-on' feature of so many of today's electric appliances and electronic gadgets, savings on electric usage can be controlled automatically by today's generation of home automation systems.

Heat producing devices such as electric hot water heaters continue to consume energy, round-the-clock, to maintain their preset temperatures when savings could be realized by shutting down the device during specified, non-use, hours. A home automation system would handle this task automatically.

The on-demand feature of a home automation system is equally useful for trimming electric usage. For instance, programmable thermostats for home heating and air conditioning have been on the market for decades and live up their intended purpose, yet they are bound by their parameters - set it and forget it. Set the programmable thermostat for 5 p.m. and the furnace or AC kicks in at the appointed time, whether or not you're getting home for supper that evening nor maybe breakfast the next day. With the on-demand feature of a home automation system, using your Smartphone, you can keep your furnace or air conditioner at reduced output until you tell it otherwise.

Security is an equally important feature provided by home automation systems. Most systems are used in conjunction with a outside monitoring service provide response to intrusion and fire. Windows and doors are monitored by devices and unauthorized entry results in audible alarms and prompt, manned response.

However, with the use of add-on components, home security can be significantly enhanced. Remote controlled locks can be integrated into the home automation system allowing you to lock or unlock house doors and garage doors from your Smartphone. You can even have the doggy door tweet you when Rover uses it.

Outdoor and indoor cameras, remotely controlled and with streaming video can also be used with the home automation system and viewed on your Smartphone.

Indoor and outdoor lighting which has been integrated into the home automation system can be turned off and on, with dimmer control, even on lights which do not have integral dimmer switches.

In the event of a power outage, home automation systems also come with a long-life battery back-up system, allowing the system to maintain vigilance over your home whether or not you are there, an important feature should you and your family need to be evacuated from your home due to natural or man-made disaster. It should be noted however, that a system generally cannot provide power to any other electrical system other than its monitoring functions.

It's Time to Fool with Mother Nature: Use the Weather Forecast to Automate Your Home

We all know how to get a weather report by asking Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant for the information " or checking an app " or programming a home-automation system to present the Web-based data on a touchscreen. We can even install a weather station ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:58:00 GMT

Smart Home benefits and risks: look before you connect

Considering what's at stake, it's even more necessary for us to take stock of the situation and get a better sense of what you gain and what you lose when you make your home smart, sometimes smarter than you even. Automation is really the biggest ...

Published:  Wed, 14 Mar 2018 04:54:00 GMT

HomeKit Weekly: Getting started with Apple's Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch

HomeKit Weekly is a new series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything to do with Apple's smart home framework. In our inaugural edition of HomeKit Weekly, we're starting with the basics: becoming familiar with ...

Published:  Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:08:00 GMT

WWDC 2018: Apple, Siri and the future of mobile voice automation in iOS 12

controlling home lighting automation; listening to podcasts; asking how to spell a word; or requesting a car from Uber or Lyft. Other "Skills" were odd novelties, such as playing cat noises or thunderstorm sound effects, asking for a word definition of the ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:11:00 GMT

Seven years in, Nest is hitting its smart home stride

your Nest Cam IQ Indoor can stop recording while you're home for privacy, your Nest Thermostat E can adjust to your preferred temperature and your Nest Secure alarm system can disarm -- all automatically. That sort of automation is great when it works ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Mar 2018 04:45:05 GMT

Reply Inaugurates Innovative Test Automation Centre

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: ... By being available "as a service" , a Test Automation Centre offers companies the ability to monitor the quality of products and ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:12:00 GMT

A digital fridge magnet that acts as a home hub

Well, Triby has come of age. It now combines Amazon's Alexa technology with Apple's HomeKit home automation ecosystem and suddenly looks like a near-indispensable hub for anyone interested in home automation. This new Triby, still called just Triby ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Mar 2018 04:51:00 GMT

Angie's List: Home security & automation

BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. (WDTV) --You probably know your security system can monitor your alarms and locks, but increasingly, home automation can be tied into a single network controlled by your security interface. "You can automate many features of your home ...

Published:  Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:49:49 GMT

It's Time for a Complete Home App Makeover

You can find out more about Club MacStories and subscribe here. I've spent a lot of time experimenting with home automation gear since late last year: lightbulbs, light strips, electrical plugs, and door sensors, among other things. Most of the devices I ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:40:00 GMT



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