By definition, automation is using a variety of controlling systems to operate various machines, big and small.  Narrowing the definition down, home automation is an extension of building automation. It is the automation and control of the home and any household activity through the use of any mobile device and the various systems installed.  With the introduction of automation, it has provided efficiencies in producing products,  allowing mass quantities of merchandise to be produced at a single time.  Now that automation has made its way into the home, that efficiency and many benefits moves with it too.

Automation in the home adds safety and security through the use of automated door locks and control over appliances and lights.  Automated door locks allows homeowners to make sure the doors are locked securely and allows for them to be notified if an intruder attempts to break into the home via an email notification.  Forgot the lights on at home?  How about the toaster over? No problem.  Automation allows you to easily turn your lights on or off or turn off a smaller appliance from a mobile device, saving you money on your electricity bill.

Furthermore, additional safety and peace of mind is provided from the access and awareness of the home through security cameras.  A home monitoring system that allows you access to your security cameras allows you to see what is happening in and around your home, from when the kids come home from school to if there is a break-in or fire.  Email notifications further assist homeowners in providing peace of mind as these notifications immediately inform homeowners if an incident has occurred, providing ample time to prevent losses and damages.  It’s perfect for long out of town vacations as you can check into your house or control the lights while still being able to enjoy your vacation.

Automation also provides the convenience of temperature adjustments when you’re not at home.  While at work, you can easily adjust the temperature to be either warm and cozy or cool and crisp for when you return home from work.  Not only that, but it also provides homeowners the option of setting timings for their lights to be turned on.  Both of these features allow homeowners to enjoy the comforts of their home while saving them money on their electricity bills.

Some may argue that automation makes us lazy.  Instead of getting up to close a light or open the curtains, all we do is push a button and it’s done.  However on the flip side, automation is making things more convenient and efficient.  Nowadays, several families are on the go and may not have the time to do all of these little activities.  Automation makes it easier for busy on the go families to complete these activities in the home in minimal time so that they can get to where they need to be.

Additionally, automation also provides freedom and independence for the elderly or those with disabilities.  Turning off lights in a room or closing curtains is no hard task for a majority of us.  However, those with disabilities and the elderly struggle with these simple tasks daily.  Automation makes these tasks a lot much easier for these individuals as they will no longer need to worry about the struggles or the pain as it can be done by a simple touch on their device.  With everyday chores being simplified, it provides these individuals with the freedom and independence to live on their own and not depend on their loved ones.  In fact, automation can be used all individuals.  Watching a great movie with the family but don’t want to get up to turn off the lights?  No problem.  You can do that with a touch of your mobile device and not have to miss a minute.

Automation provides many benefits to the user, allowing them to live a lifestyle of their choosing.  Whether you’re looking to save money, be more efficient or are just into the latest technology gadget, an automation device is perfect for you.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.