Home automation is the control of the appliances and hardware of your home with a remote or even your smartphone. With the help internet, you can turn on and off any utilities at your home for safety and savings on electricity bills. Earlier it was applied on programmable devices like sprinkler systems and door locks, but now the technology is available in nearly everything in your house such as lights, appliances, electrical outlets, Air Conditioners, home theatres etc. For home security, it includes alarm system, windows, locks, smokes detectors, surveillance cameras, etc.
How does it work?
Home automation is a programmed interface of hardware, communication, and electronic interfaces connected via internet to control everyday devices at your home. Each device has sensors connected to their functioning, which is connected to wifi, which can be controlled by your smartphones even from miles away. It will allow you to turn on and off the hardware and lightings and also change settings in most advanced cases
The main elements of a home automation system are sensors, controllers, and actuators. Sensors monitor their surroundings for any changes such as temperature, daylight, or motion detection and deliver it to you. You can then adjust the settings according to your requirement.
Controllers are the devices which are used to operate the automation system. It can be software on your laptop or an application on your smartphone or tablet. It can also be an exclusive remote control designed specifically for home automation. The controllers help to send and receive signals
and messages about the status of automated devices at your home.
Actuators is the part of the device which controls all the mechanism to function on users command. It may be switches, motors, or motorised valves which control the actual hardware. They are programmed to be activated on a user’s commands form a controller.
What are the benefits?
Home automation is supposed to make the life of people easier by handles the devices at home, which can consume the time of people. For example, if you know that the time to close the windows at night is 8 ‘o’ clock every day, you will have to do it manually each day. But, with automation, you can set as a schedule where the windows shut down on their own at the right time so you can invest that little amount on time in something else.
Here are some of the other benefits of a home automation system
Preprogramming your thermostat with your preferred settings will always keep the temperature in check so you can enjoy a comfortable temperature all the time. Set up speakers to play music when you enter the home or in the morning. Adjust your lights according to your mood or occasion.
It helps in saving a lot of time worrying about appliances that you forgot to turn off before you left your home or even forgot to lock the door properly. You can relieve yourself from this stress and focus on other things.
Smart fire detectors, carbon monoxide monitors, pressure sensors and other security features like locks can protect your home from disasters and robberies. Home automation will also allow you to be more energy-efficient and save a lot on your home bills.