How To Automate Your Home In 2021

Tech­nol­o­gy has changed the way we com­mu­ni­cate, are enter­tained, and how we live in our homes. The “Smart” home might have seemed like some­thing from sci­ence fic­tion a decade ago, but today it is the norm. Smart home tech­nol­o­gy allows you to oper­ate every­thing from your home tem­per­a­ture to secu­ri­ty both from with­in your home and remote­ly.

The Smart Home

A smart home uses wire­less con­nec­tiv­i­ty to auto­mate your heat­ing and cool­ing sys­tem, light­ing, appli­ances, home enter­tain­ment, secu­ri­ty and more. It can be done with­in the home, or remote­ly using a cell phone, tablet or lap­top. Also coined “domotics”, this home automa­tion tech­nol­o­gy has not only made our homes more intu­itive, but also upped the effec­tive­ness of home secu­ri­ty sys­tems.

Inno­va­tions that are cur­rent­ly mak­ing smart homes more acces­si­ble include voice con­trol plat­forms such as Ama­zon Alexa, Apple Siri, and Google Assis­tant so you can sim­ply ask your home to make adjust­ments to lights, turn up the heat, or turn on the music. The “inter­net of things” pro­vides com­mu­ni­ca­tion between devices and mon­i­tor­ing capa­bil­i­ties while smart sen­sors can make auto adjust­ments by pre­dict­ing what you need based on set­tings you have used in the past.


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Domotics for Security

Hav­ing an effec­tive secu­ri­ty sys­tem for your home is more impor­tant than ever with over 3 mil­lion bur­glar­ies in Cana­da every year, accord­ing to the Cana­di­an Secu­ri­ty Asso­ci­a­tion. 70% access the home through vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties such as win­dows, while the remain­ing enter through the front door. As expect­ed, most break-ins occur at night.

Domotics offer many options to help pro­tect your home includ­ing door sen­sors, win­dow sen­sors, motion detec­tors, glass break sen­sors, and more. Smart secu­ri­ty solu­tions can be cus­tomized to meet your spe­cif­ic needs and bud­get using con­nect­ed cam­eras, locks or motion detec­tors. New devel­op­ments in elec­tron­ics, cir­cuit­ry, and soft­ware have made the elec­tron­ic pro­tec­tion pack­ages avail­able today more afford­able, intu­itive and user friend­ly.

Smart Home Monitoring

The beau­ty of smart home secu­ri­ty is that it allows you to main­tain con­trol of your home remote­ly. Smart home secu­ri­ty sim­pli­fies stress­ful sit­u­a­tions such as a child mis­plac­ing their key, or you for­get­ting to close the garage door. These things can be man­aged remote­ly so you always know your home and fam­i­ly is safe. Home mon­i­tor­ing also con­nects you direct­ly by phone using spe­cial apps that make it easy to man­age every­thing. You can choose to be noti­fied about changes from tem­per­a­ture to pos­si­ble intrud­ers and use secu­ri­ty cam­eras to mon­i­tor what’s hap­pen­ing at home.

Smart homes also pro­vide tech­nol­o­gy to detect fire and car­bon monox­ide. Life safe­ty mon­i­tor­ing is also avail­able using emer­gency pen­dants for direct com­mu­ni­ca­tion with emer­gency ser­vices ide­al for elder­ly fam­i­ly mem­bers at home alone.

By 2022, it is esti­mat­ed that North Amer­i­ca will spend as much as $63 bil­lion US on smart home tech­nol­o­gy. Mak­ing small cost sav­ing changes to your home’s con­nec­tiv­i­ty today can not only keep your home and fam­i­ly safe, but also pre­pare you for future advance­ments in smart home tech­nol­o­gy.