Home automation is the future, and the popularity of Smart Homes is simply growing. Who doesn’t want a house that you can control remotely with just a push of a button? Can you imagine a home that you can secure online? But there are risks and rewards to home automation.
Automating your home takes the mundane, day-to-day activities involved in home management off your hands and under the control of a computer or app. Sure, you still need to configure and program the system, and push a button or two, but that’s as much human intervention as needed to automate a house. What used to be science fiction has now become a reality.
Advantages of home automation
Minimize power consumption
Through home automation, you can control when lights are turned on or off, or set it on a schedule while you’re away. You also have an option to schedule heating and cooling, and adjust the temperature remotely. For instance, you can set the lights to turn off when a room is not in use, or turn on the thermostat a few minutes before you arrive to achieve your desired temperature. Doing all these help you minimize power consumption, and save on utility bills.
Simplify day-to-day activities
Rather than feed your pet manually, you can automate food dispensing, or open and close pet doors remotely. You can also adjust blinds based on the time of the day, allowing for better heat and sunlight control. You also have an option to see who’s at the door from anywhere in your home, and give them entry with just a push of a button. With better system integration, you can also control multiple devices with just one touch. Suffice to say that home automation combines several different things into one simple process.
Improve security and safety
Safety and security is a major priority in smart homes. A good deterrent to burglars, for example, is creating an illusion that someone is at home by turning on exterior lights and the TV. Through automation, you can easily implement this strategy, even when you’re away from home. Smart home technologies can be combined with security features as well, such as CCTV monitoring and security alarms.
Disadvantages of home automation
One of the biggest perils of a connected, smart home is hacking. You need to be online to control your home, after all. Programming and configuration of the system usually happen through an app as well, which can be vulnerable to interception. They will have the ability to bypass security codes.
The good news is there are ways to protect yourself against security risks, such as buying products made by trusted companies, and keeping the system updated to minimize vulnerabilities and to fix bugs.
The advantages of home automation clearly outweighs its disadvantage. Security concerns can always be addressed. So why not enjoy the convenience of a smart home?
What are your thoughts? Do you like the ideas of a smart home?