How to Make Your Home Smarter in 2019
Four Ways Smart Automation Makes Your Life Easier
There are many day-to-day routines in home life that may not take up much time by themselves, but collectively take up a surprising amount of time that could be used for something more productive – or fulfilling. For example, are you continually turning your outside lights on and off at dusk and dawn? If you rush out the door for work or an appointment, do you wish there was a way to remotely turn on your alarm system and “away” lights because you forgot to do it again?
One of the best things about smart home automation is its ability to streamline the routine. You might ask, haven’t other ways existed to automate these functions? True, you may have things like rain sensors for irrigation, electric eyes for detecting daylight to trigger outside lights on or off, mechanical timers, and other methods that have been used to automate manual tasks. But those methods are no match for today’s technology, because today’s devices, powered by software, are much smarter than ever before. With these intelligent devices networked together and connected to the Internet, they now have far more functionality and work together in ways that were never possible before.
Let’s look at some of the ways you can use smart home automation to make your life easier in Miami.
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Controlling and automating your lighting is more flexible than ever before. Smart lighting systems like those from our partner Lutron offer the convenience and luxury of controlling lights from anywhere you have an internet connection – like your car or smartphone. You can set scenes for moods and activities, time your outside lights to the Florida sunrise and sunset, and automatically turn off lights in rooms that aren’t in use. Smart lighting can also integrate with smart security to make it look like your home is occupied when you’re away. Spend less time – or no time – turning lights off, and make your look lived in without effort when you’re gone, saving time for things that are more important.
Motorized shades that go up and down with the push of a button have been around for years – but they now have a graduate degree compared to a few years ago. Smart features allow them to be raised or lowered automatically according to information from heat and light sensors. The South Florida sun can be fierce in the height of summer, and heat makes our air conditioning systems work overtime. Smart motorized shades can be raised or lowered automatically according to a schedule, interior temperature, or even heat and UV sensors to protect your interior finishes and furnishings.
Smart Security and Surveillance
There is a vast range of intelligent security and surveillance cameras and systems available today. The smartest ones have motion detection, can be panned remotely to view what’s going on, and offer a range of notifications to let you know what’s happening. If you want to monitor pets or children, some have 2-way audio communication so you can talk. The best new feature is the use of facial recognition to detect people, just like the technology in the latest iPhones. Some can also recognize pets. With this technology, the system only notifies you of unusual activity when the face isn’t familiar. Isn’t that much smarter than getting a call from your security monitoring system that an alarm has gone off?
What once was thought of as science fiction is now a reality. You can now command voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home to help you accomplish a wide range of home automation functions. For example, you can say “Bedtime” to turn off the lights and AV systems and set a comfortable sleeping temperature. “Movie Night” can automatically dim the lights, turn on the home theater gear to all the right settings, and lower the shades. The types of commands you can issue grows seemingly every week, and smart home automation companies have been quick to add these features to add yet another control dimension to intelligent home systems.