Top Five Automation Gadgets to Integrate in 2018
The modern smart home is always evolving – and burgeoning technologies are making it easier to conserve money, time, and even stress. Integrated technologies have the capacity to boost your quality of life while cutting down on energy costs and ramping up your home’s security. From distributed audio and video to automated lighting, and from smart door locks to remote-controlled thermostats, these automation systems are intuitive, user-friendly, and highly adaptable within integrated homes. Read on for the top five automation gadgets to integrate this year.
Distributed Audio/ Video System
Distributed audio and video systems enable homeowners to keep all A/V gear in one unified rack-style location, mitigating the clutter that so often comes along with audio and video equipment. Plus, storing all A/V gear in one location reduces noise and heat exuding from the machines. Having a distributed system gives users the ability to access any of the home’s source content in any room, at any time.
Making use of “Follow Me” technology allows homeowners to pause a show or movie in one room, then pick up where they left off in another location. Although a distributed audio/video system is more costly to install than its non-distributed counterpart, the price is typically worth it – fewer cable boxes and sources mean lower cable costs and less necessary sources.
Smart Door Locks and Garage Door Monitoring
Automated technology makes it easy to remotely monitor doors and garage doors, giving the homeowner the ability to lock and unlock doors – whether she’s on the premises or off. Smart door locks and garage door monitoring offer supreme peace of mind – you’ll never have to worry whether you closed the garage door on your way out, locked the front door as you left the house, or left the keys for your dog walker – remote access means you can let anyone in, even when you’re far from home.
Automated Lighting Control System
Automated lighting allows the homeowner full control over the home’s lighting systems, inside and out. By making use of timers and sensors, you can transform your home into a truly smart abode that tracks and saves normal activities from day to day. Smart lighting allows you to put your home on “vacation mode,” enabling selective lighting designed to deter intruders by giving the impression that someone’s inside. Automated lighting systems are programmed to turn lights on and off at certain, pre-set times and days of the week. Typically, modern systems use the astrological clock, which ensures seamless transitions between daylight savings shifts, changes in the seasons, and more. With automated lighting, the sky’s the limit – endless possibilities exist for customization.
Remotely Controlled and Monitored Thermostat
Smart thermostats do a lot more than just warm up or cool down your home – today’s thermostats have the power to track someone’s presence in the house, following their normal “traffic” patterns from room to room. Smart thermostats can be programmed to turn on only when the room is occupied, saving electricity and driving heating and cooling costs down. Some thermostats can even be programmed with service prices, so the customer is able to see cost savings displayed directly on the thermostat’s monitor.
Camera System with Remote Viewing
With integrated cameras and remote viewing, it’s easy to keep track of the comings and goings at your home – even if you’re far away. Advanced surveillance systems can be programmed to track movement and even follow a target from camera to camera, which offers a cohesive picture of every visitor – invited or not. Automated camera systems can also be programmed to focus on a single drop-off point – for example, your front door, where deliveries are made. When a package arrives or is picked up, the system sends an email or text to inform you that an action’s been recorded. Typically, these systems are connected to an automated doorbell or driveway trigger, which automatically alerts the user each time it’s triggered.
For optimized safety, security, comfort, and cost-savings choose integration and automation to enhance your home. This year’s sophisticated technologies are streamlined, with minimal clutter and sleek design. Plus, the automation options of 2018 are more user-friendly than ever before, working each moment to “learn” homeowner behavior in order to better serve each inhabitant, twenty-four hours a day.
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