Benefits of home automation systems

Published On: Dec 30 2012 10:01:33 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 31 2012 05:40:00 AM EST

A home automation system integrates all of the subsystems of a home – from temperature and lighting controls to security and audio/video systems – into an easy-to-use interface that can control the various systems via a remote, smartphone or computer. Many automation systems include alarm systems for things like fire and carbon monoxide, water and motion detection. Home automation systems can also help reduce your energy bills.

There are many subsystems that can be brought together by one simple interface that you can use anywhere with your tablet or smart phone. The options include:


Home automation systems are a significant investment, start around $2,000 but can grow to ask much as the homeowner wants. It can certainly make life easier and safer and you can even save money from your Home Automation system.


Different methods of integration:

Wireless integration:  Wireless integration of automated home systems uses a set of routers that are similar to the wireless router that you may use for home Internet. Instead of website information, these routers relay information from remotes to various appliances around your home. This is a convenient option for people who don't want a full automation of their home. It will require you to purchase new appliances that can couple with the routers and can be executed very easily with little to no technical assistance.

Hardwired integration:  Homeowners generally spring for a hardwired integration of their automation system if they are interested in larger-scale automation. It can become very expensive to automate an entire house full of appliances with wireless technology. Hardwired integration allows users to connect all of the systems in their home in a more permanent way. This type of integration will generally require the assistance of a qualified home automation professional.