Today's technology cleverly merges your family's lifestyle with home automation products and energy management tools that control your TVs, security systems and appliances. What exactly is home automation and when did smart home technology first appear?
More home automation manufacturers are designing smartphone apps that allow us to use the devices we already know and love like programmable thermostats and alarm systems instead of bulky custom controllers with non-intuitive interfaces.
It wasn't too long ago that the idea of a smart phone seemed unnecessary. Now how many of us would be able to do without one? That same premise exists today with the advent of home automation, letting us to turn our house into a smart home that can be easily controlled with a tablet, computer or smartphone.
Requiring a minimal investment, you can start saving energy and money with as little as a smart light bulb, allowing you to turn your lights on and off from your phone. Turn your lights on before you get home, or automate your lights to turn on and off while traveling for additional home security. One of the most valuable home automation devices is the smart thermostat. Saving as much as 30% on your annual home energy use, the smart thermostat is easy to install and allows you to set the needed temperature without the system running for longer than needed.
In addition to the convenience of smart bulbs and thermostats, you can delve into a wide variety of home automation devices for added security. From Wi-Fi enabled cameras to keep an eye on the inside or outside of your home, to motion sensors, smoke and CO2 warnings, smart locks and more - smart home security systems are a simple way to take care of your most valuable asset, your home.
Other great money saving smart home devices allow the user to control their sprinklers or turn the water heater on and off while away. The best news, all the devices we have talked about are no harder to install or require more time than the 'dumb' devices we currently use. The systems are secure as well, The Home Depot teams with the best national products to safeguard all your systems. So automate your life, save money, and take that first step to join the home automation revolution. It really is as easy as screwing in a light bulb.