3 Surprising Home Elements You Can Automate

November 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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Home automation is a home security and efficiency-enhancing technology that is bound to grow in the coming years. Most homeowners are enticed with the flexibility offered by home automation techniques. You can automate virtually any existing house elements to achieve your efficiency needs. For obvious reasons, cooling, heating, security and lighting systems are the most common automated home features. But, there are numerous home elements that can be automated to boost efficiency and save you money. Here are a few examples.

Window coverings

Blinds, shades, and drapes are used to control the amount of light and heat that enters your home. You can have the ideal window coverings that block heat and light during summer and allow adequate light in during winter. But, their effectiveness may be questionable because you may forget to open or close them at the right time. Automating your window coverings can maximize effectiveness especially during fluctuating climate conditions. You can easily save up to 20 percent of the energy you consume. They offer numerous light and heat controlling options that can be accessed from a smartphone. 

Door locks

If you have forgotten to lock your door when rushing to work and only remember when you are in the middle of a crucial office meeting, you understand the importance or automating your door locks. You may choose to supplement your existing lock through adding a smart lock or replacing it entirely with a smart lock. You then sync your smart locks with your smartphone so that you can receive real-time notifications if you happen to leave the door unlocked or it’s unlocked when you are away. Also, the smart lock allows you to lock and unlock your door without a key and from any location. Some require a single-use digital key that you can share with guests or emergency service providers who need to access your home when you are away. 

Smart appliances

Homes contain a number of appliances and some like a refrigerator are a must have in every home. Due to the growing demand and use of smart devices home appliance manufacturers are offering smart and connected appliances. Smart appliances have the potential to boost your home’s efficiency and save on energy consumption. For instance, a refrigerator that tracks your grocery supplies notifies you when you are running out of a specific product making it easy for you to plan your shopping. Smart cooktops and ovens can determine when it’s time to turn themselves off in case you get busy and forget to turn them off when cooking. 

More and more homeowners are discovering the advantages, security, efficiency and convenience offered by home automation. Smart technology is making homes in America more enjoyable, livable and valuable. Above are just a few examples of the home elements that you can automate in your home.