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In an age where technology has a place in every aspect of our lives and there are products that can assist pretty much anything and make it more efficient, more and more homeowners are considering installing home automation systems. Installing these automation systems can help reduce the time you spend tracking and adjusting your heating, lighting, AC, and various appliances. Installing an automation system in your home can be more economical and also much more efficient. There’s significant variation between the type of home automation systems and their cost, so it’s likely that you’ll be able to find a system that fits what you’re looking for, and most importantly, your budget.

What do they do?

Automation systems in your home allow you to connect different electrical devices together and then control them from a single source, in a simple way. Instead of walking all over your home and possibly forgetting to turn some lights off, or accidentally leaving your home with the stove on, home automation systems allow you to use a single remote to control the various lights, appliances, and electrical products. For newer homes, these controls are usually connected through a wireless network and then controlled through your computer or smartphone and can be accessed when you aren’t even at your home. In older houses, the controls are wired into the electrical grid and have a panel to control electrical products. There are four main categories that people opt to use home automation systems for: security, lighting, HVAC, and outdoor sprinklers.

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Security

Luckily, there is a huge range of different home security options, which can be adapted for any household and individual family’s needs. You can start with simple security options, such as devices that beep when a door or window is opened, or have more sophisticated installations, like motion detectors, cameras, and automatic call systems, which alert authorities if a break-in occurs. You can also get systems that allow you to monitor and arm your security systems through apps on your wireless devices.

Lighting

You can easily purchase an automation system that allows you to set the lights in your home on a timer, which often saves energy and can deter criminals. By having set times that the lights turn off, you won’t have any issues of family members forgetting to turn a light off and then leaving it on the entire night. If you’re away on vacation, you can set your lights on a timer, so people will still think you’re home. Fully integrating your lighting system can be costly, but there are other, affordable options for standalone systems.

HVAC

By automating your heating and AC, you can save a significant amount of money and energy! You can easily regulate the home temperature or even set different temperatures in different rooms, such as lowering the heat in a spare room if no one’s using it. Automated HVAC systems can also be set ahead of time, so you can check the weather and adjust your system accordingly.

Sprinklers

Automated sprinkler systems are one of the most common forms of home automation. With your sprinklers integrated, you can easily set them to run at certain times and not have to worry about turning them on and off yourself, especially if you’ll be away from home for long periods of time.