Home automation has existed for decades, but in recent years, the technology has given rise to an industry all its own, and the term “home automation” has evolved into a popular buzzword. No longer do we discuss “home security” as a standalone concept. Now it’s all about “security and automation.” But what exactly is home automation, and what does it entail? If you haven’t yet jumped on the automation bandwagon, it may be time to upgrade your home.
Home automation is all about putting your home to work for you. It encompasses all of the technologies, processes and devices used to control the various visual and environmental aspects of your home. From lighting to temperature, security systems to gate access. Home automation enables you to power your entire home with the click of a button, often from the comfort of your chair. Control music throughout your home, manage your intercom system, or lower your blinds from across the room. This isn’t science fiction; it’s real life.
How it Works
A home automation system can be either wired or wireless. Wireless systems have become exceedingly popular in recent years, and they operate using one of several popular wireless communications protocols (typically over radio frequencies). Popular protocols include X10, Z-Wave and Universal Powerline Bus (UPB). When building a home automation system, it’s important to ensure that all of your components use the same protocol. This will enable the most fluid communication and the most streamlined system.
Shopping for a Home Automation System
The great thing about a home automation system is that it can easily be customized to suit your needs. Choose only the components that will make your life easier, like intercoms, lighting controls or audio systems. If you’re looking for easy installation options, make sure to shop for wireless products, and stick with popular protocols like Z-Wave. This will afford you the greatest flexibility and freedom as you expand and enhance your system over time.
The Home Security Connection
As previously mentioned (albeit briefly), home automation and home security go hand in hand. With a hybrid security/automation system like the GE Interlogix Simon XTI w/ Z-Wave & GSM, you can arm and disarm your alarm system while also managing lighting control devices, thermostats, door locks and HVAC systems (separate Z-Wave components are required). Any Z-Wave security system will function effortlessly with the full range of Z-Wave home automation products, as Z-Wave is fully backward compatible.
Automate Your Home
If you’re interested in learning more about home automation, or if you want to start putting your home to work for you, check out the full selection of automation essentials at Home Security Store. You’ll find a wide array of home appliance and lighting controls, power supplies, intercoms, door chimes, and audio speakers, along with our full range of home security equipment. Bring your home into the 21st century, and experience the freedom of total automation.