Smart technology is becoming ever more prevalent in our homes, even if we don’t quite realise it. So many appliances we buy now are ready to be synced up to a smart home, and for many, digital assistants like Siri or Alexa have become an essential part of daily life.protect your home.
But once you start accumulating these devices and the apps to control them, it can end up feeling like a part-time job to keep everything running like clockwork. This is where home automation comes in, and with it the installation of a smart home operating system. This system ensures that all of your devices work perfectly in sync, offering you the best in home entertainment, security, and convenience.
1. Subtle luxuries
Picture waking up to the sound of birdsong, a gradually brightening yet gentle light, and the smell of hot coffee brewing — this dreamy awakening can be yours every day with the help of an automated wake-up routine that connects your lights, speakers, and coffee machine. Or imagine arriving home from work — upon entering your personal door code, your home subtly adjusts the lighting to just how you like it, and starts playing your favourite post-work playlist through your
multi-room speaker systems
. These kinds of scene-setting ambient features may seem small, but are really priceless in terms of how much they can improve your quality of life.
2. Better home security
Not only can smart homes offer very practical home security solutions, such as individual door codes, smart locking systems, alerts for any windows left open, and the ability to keep an eye on your CCTV footage while you’re on the move, but you can also run a program on your system while you’re away to replicate your normal daily movements in a realistic way. This feature, known as “mockupancy,” is seen by many to be a great step forward in terms of keeping homes safe from break-ins.
3. Entertain with ease
Smart home technology is simply brilliant for throwing parties. The ability to create custom light and music scenes, then activate them with voice commands, means that you’ll be able to get the party started with a simple voice command. Your smart fridge will be able to tell you when ice is low and ramp up production so you never run out. Home automation will also ensure you get the best out of your home cinema, automatically dimming the lights as soon as the film starts and putting your devices onto a “do not disturb” mode for the duration of the screening.
Get the best out of your home cinema with smart lights that dim automatically when the film begins.
4. A helping hand with the kids
Smart homes can really help to make your life easier when it comes to everyday trials and tribulations of raising children. If your little ones are always pushing their luck in terms of keeping the lights on for too long at bedtime, or clocking up too many hours on tablets and smartphones, you can use your smart home hub to give them a ten minute warning before powering-down all lights and devices, so they know that it’s time to go to sleep. If you have certain cupboards in the house that prying eyes, or hands, shouldn’t be such as medicine or alcohol cabinets, you can set up remote locks to ensure they’re kept shut, or receive alerts if they’re suspiciously opened.
5. Care from afar
Some of us may have an elderly parent or relative who could do with the assurance that you’re keeping an eye out for them. Smart home technology is proving to be invaluable at offering this extra peace of mind to many who can’t live near their loved ones, but want to provide care from afar. Not only can you install CCTV into each room to make sure that they haven’t suffered a fall, but integrating speakers into various rooms means you can also check in on them for a chat with great ease. They will also reap the benefits of convenient hands-free technology like voice activation, so they don’t have to fiddle around with tricky devices when they want to make a call or change the television channel.
These are just some of the ways in which home automation can improve your day-to-day life — the possibilities really are endless. As proud installers of full Control 4 smart home integration, we will be able to advise on the best solutions for your home, to make sure you’re getting the best. Contact us now to arrange a consultation.