It's not surprising that guys love all the new home automation products that are on the market today. After all, these gadgets let them control their heating, air conditioning, and sprinkler systems remotely. An added bonus is they can help you adjust sound and video components too, with the touch of a button.
Boys and their toys, right?
But home automation systems aren't just for the guys. They're a great tool for single women and really all women homeowners, who want more security at home for themselves and their families.
Home Automation Isn't Really New
Most home automation systems evolved from home security systems that send alerts to a security monitoring center when tripped. Someone there would call your home to determine the nature of the problem, and request help from the appropriate services – police, fire, ambulance, etc. These systems have used your home telephone line but now, many homes no longer have what we call “land lines”.
Modern home automation systems perform these functions as well, but they connect wirelessly with your smartphone or tablet computer and you don't have to involve a security monitoring company like ADT. If your home alarm system detects a burglar or fire, it can automatically send you a text message. You might still want a security company backing you up, as there are times when you won't have access to your smart phone, as the important thing is to the proper emergency personnel involved quickly.
Home Automation For Locks and Lights
Home automation systems let you control your door locks and lights. Using your smartphone, tablet or computer, you can set the times at which your lights (or appliances like televisions or stereos) turn on and off. That way if you forget to turn on today's timers, you can remotely set things up as it's important to give the illusion that someone is home (read Home Security Tips For Your Home).
You can also control your exterior doors. If your kids come home from school before you finish your workday, you can arrange it so that the doors lock and the security system arms behind them. If you want to confirm that your cleaning service locked up when they left your home, you can do that too and lock doors if necessary.
Control Home Automation Systems From Anywhere
Perhaps the most attractive perk of today's home automation systems are the video cameras. Compact cameras can be placed anywhere in or around your home – your front door area, baby's bedroom, garage or any other room in your house. You can access the video feeds from these cameras at anytime, and from anywhere that you're able to get online.
Imagine the peace of mind you'll have monitoring your children's interaction with the babysitter or even better, when they're old enough to be home by themselves but you want to make sure they're safe.
Home Automation is Affordable
And here's the best news: home automation systems aren't just for the ultra-rich anymore. An all-in-one wireless home automation system only costs a few hundred dollars, and they come with technical support and all the software you need. Most systems are expandable, allowing you to add cameras, sensors, and other features without having to purchase a whole new system.
So if you think that the safety of you and your family could be improved by the installation of a home automation system, you'll want to do more research (visit DC Home Systems blog) to learn about the many functions available, and once you prioritize, you can find the products to fit your needs, lifestyle and budget. You don't have to be a technology geek to appreciate additional security.
What questions do you have about home automation?