Without stating the obvious, technology is amazing. It has already revolutionised just about everything that we interact with on a daily basis; from ordering greasy pizzas when you’re hungover to finding yourself a date, you can do it all from the palm of your hand. Now, technology is changing the way we experience and interact with our homes, flicking a light switch is becoming a thing of the past. But what will houses of the future look like?
Not only will home automation improve the quality of your home life but it will increase the value of your property as well. Pretty soon, everyone is going to want this technology in their homes if they don’t already have it.
So what can home automation do in my home and what products are available on the market? Partnering with home automation specialists, Integrated Technologies Australia, here are some gadgets to fully automate your home so you never have to lift a finger.
What is home automation?
Home automation is a general term for a wide range of technologies and systems that are designed to give you easy control of everything in your home. You can control your heating and cooling, your security, even your appliance and lights, all from your smartphone or with a voice command.
Basically, anything that in your home that runs on electricity can be improved with home automation technology. You can also set all of these systems to turn on or off automatically, depending on the time of day, the weather, or just about any other condition you want.
You can now have your lights turn on automatically to wake you up in the morning, set the heater to the perfect temperature and have your kettle or coffee maker turn on at the same time. Getting up in the morning just got a whole lot easier.
What can you do with home automation?
There are a huge number of products that are being designed specifically with home automation in mind. One of the coolest home automation products you can get is the Amazon Echo. Just a few years ago, this was the kind of thing that you only saw in sci-fi movies. You use it to control all your other systems by talking to it. You activate it by saying “Alexa”, the name of the AI voice software, and then giving it a command.
- “Alexa, turn the lights on.”
- “Alexa, play some jazz and turn the volume up.”
- “Alexa, turn the heating on.”
You can do all these and so much more with the Echo and other home automation devices. There are a huge number of compatible systems, here are just a few of them.
Wi-Fi connected lightbulbs might sound ridiculous if you’ve never used them before, but they will change your life. Not only can you use them to turn your lights on or off with your phone or with a voice command, but you can also change the colour, brightness, and tone of the lighting as well. Setting the mood for a romantic date just got easier.
The Hue bulb from Philips is one of the best examples of smart lighting currently on the market. As well as the colour and control features already mentioned, Hue bulbs also have pre-set colours and tones designed by experts to make things like reading easier.
Having an amazing home theatre system isn’t just about a big screen and comfortable chairs anymore. Now you can get TVs with ultra-high resolution screens and built-in streaming apps for Netflix, Stan, YouTube, and more.
Not only that, but you can control it all from your phone or by talking to Alexa. You can also set your lights to dim, close your curtains, and turn your sound system to the perfect volume, all simultaneously and automatically. Now that is an impressive way to Netflix and chill.
Heating and cooling
During the hottest and coldest months of the year, people used to have to choose between using their heating or cooling, and saving on energy bills. But these days you can be environmentally conscious and comfortable in your home.
You can set your heating or cooling to the perfect temperature and have it turn on just before you wake up in the morning, turn off while you’re out, and turn back on just before you get home from work. You can always be comfortable in your home without overusing your heating and cooling. The Nest smart thermostat is currently the most advanced option. It’s smart enough to learn your schedule and your preferences after about a week of normal use.
You can get all this and more in your home. Not only will it completely awesome, but you’ll increase the value of your property.
Author: Digital360 is a full-service digital agency based in Melbourne. They help Australian businesses to succeed using digital technology and online marketing services. Listed in both the 2016 BRW Fast100 and the 2016 SmartCompany Smart50, Digital360 is one of the country’s fastest growing agencies.