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Demystifying Home Automation Kits for the Modern Homeowner

By Ben Shepardson | August 14, 2019

The modern homeowner has moved beyond décor aesthetics to tech-based home improvements. Home automation is one of these trending tech-based ideas today. 

Home automation kits give you control over multiple devices in your home via a mobile device. From the thermostat, security system, alarms, lighting, access doors, entertainment system to sprinklers, you can now control everything with a touch of a button. 

Home Automation

The idea of a connected home might have sounded futuristic a decade ago. Today, a recent survey shows a third of US consumers already use interconnected smart home devices.  As a homeowner, it is imperative to learn everything you can about this new home improvement idea.

Breaking Down Home Automation

Imagine an everyday scenario.  Every evening you drive up to your gate, get out of the car and open the gate and drive into your compound. You still have to open the garage door and later close it, open the access door, set the thermostat and turn on the lights. After a tough day at work, you need some music, and this means going to the entertainment suite and setting everything up.

Now, imagine you can interconnect all these systems with an app on your smartphone. This would mean using your phone to open the gate, garage and access door. The thermostat settings are already on your app, and with a click, your house is ready for you. The same applies to your music system and other appliances. This is home automation in the simplest definition.

Home automation rides on the Internet of Things (IoT) technology where every device has an assigned IP address making it easy to monitor and control it remotely.

Through home automation, you can program and schedule events for multiple devices or control them remotely using a mobile device. For instance, you can set time-related commands for your outdoor lights. 

At the same time, you can use a mobile device to monitor your home remotely. It is also possible to give commands to different appliances and systems in your home from a mobile device.

Getting Started With Home Automation Kits

The first question that comes to mind when thinking of home automation is how you can get started.  Advances in smart homes have seen many brands launching home automation kits in the market. These kits include the hardware and software you need to connect, control and manage multiple smart devices in your home.

An automation kit offers the necessary technology and platform to control, customize and manage interconnected devices. The automation kits on the market use advanced communication protocols such as Z-wave and Zigbee mesh networks. These protocols help connect multiple smart devices from a central hub.

When choosing an automation kit for your smart home, you should consider:

  1. Consider your home automation needs ( are you after security, convenience or energy efficiency)
  2. Ease of use
  3. Compatibility of the kit’s technology with smart devices from different brands
  4. Capacity to handle multiple devices in your home
  5. Customer support from the kit’s vendor
  6. Multiple features including alerts via text or email
  7. Consider voice control commands

The best automation kit for your home allows you to manage all your home appliances from one place. It offers flexibility in home management and maximizes home security.

You can control home functions remotely and monitor your home even when away. A good home automation kit also helps make your living space more energy efficient.

Final Thoughts

Home automation kits can make you more comfortable and secure. A good automation kit also makes it more convenient to operate home appliances and monitor every aspect of your property. This revolutionary technology makes it even more exciting to be a homeowner.

Ben Shepardson is a Realty Biz News Contributing Writer and has a long track record of success in online marketing and web development. While pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems, he worked doing enterprise-level SEO and started an online business offering web development services to small business customers.
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