Home automation refers to the use of smart devices that communicate and work together seamlessly. These can respond to triggers like schedules, temperature fluctuations, motion or doorbell rings for instance.
Automating multiple things together, like setting a “Wakeup” scene that turns on lights, lowers thermostat temperature, and plays soothing music is one way to automate multiple aspects of daily living.
Use smart lighting automation to easily manage the lights in your home. Switch them on or off from a single device app or voice assistants like Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant and more; have entryway and pathway lights turn on as soon as you approach via geofencing; fade lights to mimic sunset before bedtime or set them to brighten gradually to wake you up without harsh alarm sounds – these are all benefits of smart lighting automation!
Vibration sensors allow you to automate laundry by notifying you when either the washer or dryer complete a cycle, and smart scales that keep track of weight and BMI can also be great automation ideas, while smart toilets allow users to control lights, fan speed and water flow with just the tap of their phone! HomeKit, IFTTT and Alexa Routines provide ways of connecting home devices – for instance IFTTT rules could send notifications when electricity prices reach certain thresholds which is an efficient way of automating notifications to set up automations between devices – for instance IFTTT rules could send notifications when electricity prices reach such thresholds; etc etc
Smart thermostats not only save you money on energy costs, but can also give you greater control of other areas of the home. Connected to a hub, such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home, they will learn your patterns over time and adjust accordingly based on time of day and location.
An automated smart thermostat can keep your home warm when you’re away, turning on the furnace or increasing heating output when it senses your arrival home. This home automation idea is especially useful in vacation homes or properties left vacant for extended periods.
Smart thermostats can also detect water leaks by monitoring moisture sensors that detect moisture. Notifications will arrive via smartphone or tablet when moisture detection occurs so you can act immediately to mitigate potential problems before they escalate into full-scale emergencies. Furthermore, these smart thermostats automatically turn off lights and fans in bathrooms when closed to prevent accidental light leaving on.
Smart home systems serve as the central nervous system of your smart home environment, connecting all the different devices and appliances into one centralised location. It may take the form of wall-mounted unit or software available over the Internet; more sophisticated solutions may feature multiple hubs like HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Home or Wink, so be sure to pick one compatible with all your existing devices before selecting a system.
Sensors can help keep an eye out for changes around the home. Water, motion and multipurpose sensors work with smart home systems to notify you when there is something unusual happening that they detect through notifications on your smartphone.
Install a contact sensor in your mailbox and program it with an AOL theme of “you’ve got mail”, turning on garage lights so that packages can be found more quickly, or add one to your washing machine so a smart light switch can automatically switch on/off bathroom lighting when completed cycles have completed.
Simply install compatible devices, add them to an app and set automations – creating a smart home is as straightforward as that! For more complex systems you may require a hub, but most automations can be completed through apps built into smart devices or IFTTT.
IFTTT is a free service that connects smart devices. For instance, it lets your lights connect with voice assistants to automatically switch on at sunset. Or set alerts for your pet leaving the backyard or remind you when its cabinet needs opening for fresh air.
Automating a smarter home is an exciting and satisfying project that can increase comfort, safety and security for you and your family. Automating can also save money on energy costs while simplifying life – for instance by setting a “Wakeup” scene that opens curtains, activates coffee machine and starts playlist on time each morning!