Modern technology continues to shape and affect the way that regular people live their lives. One of the areas that technology is beginning to have an increasing influence on is inside our homes in the form of home automation systems. Home automation is a rather broad umbrella and it can cover a variety of different types of automations, but in a nutshell, home automation is the ability to access systems and devices that are in your home from a mobile device and from any location in the world. There are a variety of different types of home automation; some of them only require a small upload to your mobile device, whereas others require extensive construction in your home in order to make the automation compatible.
One of the more common areas that home automation systems have become prevalent is in the area of home security systems. Now many home security systems give you the ability to monitor your home from afar, as well as turn your alarm system on and off as needed. However, home automation systems are capable of doing so much more in the home! They can not only control your home security alarm system, but they can also be used to control your climate settings (turning the heat up or down) the landscape settings through the sprinklers, and even your lighting system and other appliances in your home. It is truly remarkable how widespread home automation can be if you let it. You even have the ability to lock and unlock your windows and doors from a remote location (you will never have to worry about losing your house keys every again!)
When you look at all of the different ways that your home can be brought online with automation, it almost sounds like a house out of a futuristic Sci-Fi movie, but these abilities are all very real and attainable. You may even be using home automation in your own home without realizing it. Have you ever forgot to set your DVR to record your favorite show at home, and then logged in from work to do it? That is home automation. Have you ever set a timer on your lights while you are out of town? That is also home automation. What about setting a timer on your thermostat so that it starts to heat up your cold home just slightly before you arrive home from work? You guessed it: home automation.
The characteristic that is making home automation even more cutting edge is that now all of these automation services do not have to be set from inside your home. Instead, these settings can all be made to be accessible from any internet connected or mobile device. If you want to set up an alert when your front door lock is activated to track when your child ones home from school, then you can do so. With home automation, you can have the control of all of the all of the features of your home at your fingertips.