Home automation technology is something which has been around for several years now, particularly in the form of thermostats and security cameras which can be operated remotely, or in the form of TV lifts which make it easier for individual people to tweak the TV placement to their liking. TV lifts as a whole are one of the easier ways in which to incorporate automation into a home, particularly now that linear actuators are becoming more popular. TV lifts are used primarily as a means of saving space, as they mean that the area which a TV would normally take up can be used for other purposes while the TV is away. They also mean that TVs can be adjusted more easily to suit the person using them. Home automation is now moving more into being used to control heating and lights, which is useful for many reasons, but primarily as it can be used to save money and contribute to an overall greener environment for everyone.
Automated lights and heating are useful and take a lot of the stress out of everyday life, since homeowners who have them no longer have to worry about the effects of leaving lights on all day. What is rarely mentioned is the greater degree of control which people have over their homes if some or most of their systems are automated in nature. Having a smart thermostat which is linked to a remote device means that the heating and hot water can be controlled while people are away from the home. This level of control means that money can be saved on heating and hot water, as they will have a much better idea of when to turn the heating on if, for example, they are going to be late home from work, or are perhaps changing their plans to come back home later.
Home automated systems do the work for you as the homeowner. There is the obvious advantage that comes with the ability to switch off lights which have inadvertently been left on, as well as the ability to change the heating settings if plans have been changed suddenly.
What is less well-known is that automated systems can use motion sensors as well. These motion sensors can be hooked up to the lights (the most common use) to switch them on only when someone comes into a room. Motion sensors can also be used for heating, with some forms of smart thermostats – more in-depth models can allow homeowners to control what rooms are heated, using information given to them by motion sensors.
Smart thermostats not only allow homeowners better control over their heating and hot water, they can also give information on how much energy and electricity is used and when. This information can mean that homeowners become greener and more cost-effective in how they run their homes, as the additional information will allow them to make necessary changes.
For example, if electricity is cheaper at night, it might be more cost effective for a home to do its washing during the night, or possibly to run the dishwasher during that time. Alternatively, the information gathered by home automation systems can also show homeowners if it would be more cost-efficient to buy new appliances which are cheaper to run in the long-term.