Have you ever left your home, drove for a long distance or even got to your destination and can’t remember if you switched off the coffee pot, turn off the lights, lock your front door, or turn on your security light? If so, then you are definitely not alone, as a lot of people leave some tasks undone while leaving home, and they only get to remember when they have probably gotten to their destination or when they are about to come back home. This single act can completely change a day that began peacefully to a day that is full of stress and chaos.
However, with the continuous evolution of technology, these events are being changed from major annoyances to just minor inconveniences that only requires a few seconds to fix. By 2020, there will be over twenty-five billion IoT (internet of things) enabled gadgets all over the world.
These devices are already in use, and they are helping people in home automation by helping them to control the locks, temperature, and other security features in the home remotely, and the popularity of home automation is rapidly on the rise. But what is home automation and why is very useful and helpful to consumers?
What is Home Automation?
Home automation (which is also known as smart homes) has more functionality in nature, and it enables you to carry out practical tasks in your home without stress, an example of such task is controlling the temperature of your home, feeding your pets, locking your home doors, and you can do all these and more from wherever you are, all you need is an internet connection. The home automation system is driving rapid adoption and the value of global home automation market expected to be about forty-three billion dollars by 2020. Home automation system provide a lot of smart home ideas and features that make your home more secure and safe.
Tips for Choosing a Home Automation Security System
If you want to install home automation security system, and you have no idea of where to start from, here are a couple of tips to help you.
- Go for Systems that are Easy to Install: DIY options sometimes provide an effective and affordable way for securing your home, but there is nothing worse than having a box that sits at the corner of your home for days. You probably opened it and read the instructions, but you find the installation process overwhelming and difficult. So it is very important you look for a security system that is very easy to install. You can also outsource the installation or the entire contract to a home automation company, this will be less stressful, but it will cost much more.
- Internet Enabled Video: Installing an internet Enabled video system in your smart security system is a great perk. For instance, imagine someone is at your door, and you hear a knock, but you are not expecting anyone. Would it be nice to take a peep and see who’s at your door? Or wouldn’t you like to see who is at your door even if you are not home? Incorporating video into your security system is a great advantage, as you are provided with a live feed of who is at your door, or a recording of who was at your door when you weren’t around, and you also have access to these videos wherever you are. All you need to access is your mobile device and internet connection. Also, if someone breaks into your house, you will be able to see who that person is and hand the situation over to the authorities.
- Flexible Monitoring: Would you prefer a security system that you can monitor by yourself, where you get alerts regarding any activity that is happening in your home, and you can determine the next action to take. Or you can go with the option of 24/7 monitoring system which is monitored by a third party. If you are installing the security for older parents that live alone, then you can go with the second option. This way, you will have an outside party to monitor their security and manage the automation system for them. But if you want to keep track of what is going on in your home by yourself, then you should go for the self-monitoring system. The self-monitoring system is very effective, and it provides you with the ability to monitor and controls your home automation system. So it is very important you know your needs before purchasing a home automation system.
- Powerful and Diverse Application Abilities: A lot of automated homes enables you to use your mobile device and the center of command, with so many powerful features like the ability to disarm and arm your system remotely.
When shopping for smart home systems, one of the most important things you should put into consideration are your most important needs. You need to make sure that the home automation system meets all your basic needs and that of your family.