Home Automation Services & Control Systems Installation in Rural Hall
Today’s home is a smart home thanks to the technology innovations of home automation companies. Whether it’s front door locks and home protection, climate control, or appliances, your home in Rural Hall is now completely under your control from the office, car, or other remote locale because many home automation companies now provide a mobile app.
If you are considering remodeling your home, you should consider installing a home automation system. Home automation installations create less dust, noise, or inconvenience than most other upgrades to your home. It also offers benefits that help defray the cost of the improvement by reducing consumption of resources by your home. Below I discuss the basics of automation and working with a consultant to design your system.
The home without an automation system will meet your needs, but only if you are attentive to them yourself. The alarm system you forget to arm before leaving will not be armed when you return home. The thermostat will continue to keep your home comfortable, even if nobody is home to enjoy it. The lights your teenagers have only learned to turn on will remain on unless you turn them off yourself. This can be costly if a burglar or utility bill arrives.
For your home to serve you, it must be capable of controlling its various systems automatically, based on various conditions and events. Your home should behave differently when you are away for work than it should when you are away for a vacation. Your home should tell you when there are problems that require your attention, or notify you of events that concern you, such as the door to your private office opening. It should help you avoid wasting resources, and should offer you comfort when you are home.
Not all automation systems are the same, because they do not all use multiple types of automation. There are several types of automation: scheduled, event based, or conditional. Some systems operate by a rigid schedule only; an irrigation controller is an example of this- on and off based only on the time of day. Some systems are event based; an automatic garage door opener is an example. The event is you pushing the button or using the remote, causing it to open or close automatically. A thermostat is an example of conditional automation. While the temperature changes, multiple conditions exist before the thermostat turns anything on. If the temperature is higher than the thermostat is set for, and the heat/off/cool switch is in the cool position, then it will turn the air conditioner on. If only one of these two conditions exist, the air conditioner would remain off.
Automation systems can use schedules, conditions, or events as inputs. Essentially, an automation system is a computer, and its programs are simple if-then statements. If button one is pushed, then turn on light three. These programs can have conditional statements to modify the simple if-then statement. If button one and button two are pushed, then turn on light three. Some automation systems can integrate multiple independent systems. When integrated, the security system can control the thermostat and the lights, and vice versa; the automation system acts as a bridge between the various systems.
This may seem (and can be) tedious, but what it means is that your home can now react to you and a changing environment. It also means that the reaction of the home is adjustable by simply changing the program statements in the automation system. This means that your home will not only serve you, but it will serve you differently as your needs change. If are injured or ill, or as you age, your home's software can be changed to accommodate your different needs. Perhaps a new position at work requires travel; your home can simulate occupancy, reduce energy consumption, and prepare the home for your return.
The primary step would be to work with a consultant to design your system. You need someone who is familiar with the various systems, technologies, and solutions. You should have a realistic budget in mind, and you should be comfortable sharing this budget with your consultant before up front. Your consultant should begin by asking you questions, learning about you, your habits, what your daily routine is, and how you use your home. You might wonder what this has to do with making your lights work, but your system should be custom designed for you. If your consultant does not ask you these questions, what kind of design will you get if all your consultant asks is your billing address? You should avoid the temptation to look through the parts list and start eliminating parts based on their price. If the design exceeds your budget, a good consultant will work with you to trim costs by removing features, not equipment based on price tags. Your consultant should also be able to advise you might items you might want to add later, when your budget permits.
When your system is installed, you probably will not have a complete understanding of how your system will work. The initial programming will reflect your anticipated activities based on your consultant's questions about your normal activities. You should make notes of quirks or changes you would like to make; your installer should follow up with you after you have had about a month to explore your system. Software changes usually do not require a site visit, and your contract should cover software adjustments for several months after the installation.
To maintain the value you just added to your home, maintain contact with your installation company. Prospective buyers of your home might view an automation system as a drawback if they think they will not be able to alter the system to meet their needs. If your installer offers a service contract, seriously consider accepting it. Your system will have batteries to replace, software to adjust, and upgrades that will become available. Wait until your system is correctly adjusted before offering any referrals to your visitors; this will provide added incentive for your installer to ensure your satisfaction!
Home Automation - Some Affordable Suggestions
So your thinking about investing in home automation for your new home or remodel. Here are a few interesting things that you may not know about Home automation equipment.
1) Certain home automation equipment allows you to start small. I don't know about you but just the idea of a $50,000 price tag for home technology can be overwhelming to many people. Now while it is very easy to spend that and more on a true home automation system... it is not necessary with all systems. Many homeowners start off with using the basic brain of an automation system that will allow you to grow with it. They usually use it as a smart remote control for their home theater system. They may then add on additional home automation modules as they see fit and can afford to. Down the road a few light switches can be added in to the system. Even further down the road you can tie in your security system & thermostats. Some people even add music throughout their home with this system. Just remember that you can start off your home automation with one project at a time-- yet still have a system that integrates everything seamlessly.
2) Certain systems allow you to turn on your television and see a copy of every DVD movie that you own. When you combine them with the Sony 400 disc DVD player, the system accesses the Internet and automatically searches for the DVD jackets cover art. Now you no longer have to look for your movies or worry about them getting scratched by the kids. The Movies stay in the DVD player all of the time. All you have to do is turn on the TV and with your Controller-- simply click on the "video" button. Instantly you will see a picture of every DVD movie you own. Choose a movie by clicking on it & the system does everything else. No more wrestling with 6 remote controls.
3) Some Controllers use Wi-fi, Ethernet and a relatively unheard of technology called...Zigbee 802.15.4 mesh networking standard. Believe it or not the name "ZigBee" is comes from zig- zag patterns made by bees when they go flower to flower to collect pollen. This is similar to the invisible webs of connections existing in a fully wireless Zigbee system. So what that means in simple English is that the more Zigbee devices you add to the system...the stronger the connection will be since each device will feed off of the next. All of the lighting dimmers are Zigbee based. The LCD keypads may be Zigbee based or hard wired via Ethernet.
4) What does this mean for you? Zigbee technology means that if you live in an existing home that does not give you access to run wires for home automation technology...you still can use this system. By taking advantage of the Zigbee protocol and Wi-fi, you can add complete home automation to your house including your lighting, thermostats, security and movies. In fact, if you want to add zones of distributed audio (music in other rooms) there is even something called a wireless Speaker Point. This allows you to deliver remote audio throughout the home without running any wires back to your audio source.
5) These systems afre very user friendly. You do not have to have an engineering degree to use it. In fact... I have had clients choose it instead of some of the more expensive systems just for its simplicity and ease of use.
Home automation and smart home technology are here to stay. Why not look for an affordable home automation system that can grow with you, add value to your home and give you pleasure at the same time.
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