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.