House automation is one of the most significant and fast-growing technological advances in the last few decades. Houses with a smart home automation system allow you to control many systems and devices in your house simply with your voice or through a few taps in a phone app. These systems have many benefits to consumers and can be used to streamline and improve your day to day life without too much work to set up.
Here at En-Kontrol, we are experts on all things automation. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner looking to install a smart home automation system in your residence or an intermediate who wants to improve your existing system. We have created this guide for you to go over all the basics and give you information on making your smart home automation system work for you in 2021.
What is a smart home automation system?
A smart home automation system is a piece of technology that allows you to connect devices and systems in your house to the internet, allowing them to communicate with each other and to you through a smart hub. Some devices you can connect include your lights, front door, music speakers, security cameras, air conditioners, and even your coffee machine.
Once connected, you can control all your devices easily through your phone or even with voice commands. Voice-controlled systems are often the main component of secure home automation systems, and you may already be familiar with voice-controlled assistants such as Siri or Amazon Echo.
Benefits of Automation
- Convenience: above all, a smart system makes it a lot easier to live. They save you from worrying about minor details in your house and allow you to control anything from any room, simply with your phone or with speaking voice commands.
- Savings: despite an upfront cost when you first get set up, they can also help you save on energy costs over time. You can turn your lights and specific outlets on and off at certain triggers (such as when everyone has left the house), saving you if you forget to turn off your lights one day before leaving for work.
Safety: security systems allow you to monitor your house remotely. If you go on holiday and are worried about your possessions, you can be reassured that your phone will alert you as soon as it detects anything amiss back home.
Smart home automation examples
Not sure exactly what automation can do for you? Here are a few examples:
You’re on the couch watching a movie when there’s a knock at the front door. You can ask your smart home automation system to show you who’s at the door without even having to leave your seat. If you want to let them in, you can even ask your system to unlock the door for them—all without getting up and missing your movie.
Setup routines through your smart home automation system so that each morning when you want to wake up, the lights slowly turn on in your bedroom and music plays. You can even set up your bathroom to play the same music, so when you leave the bed and go to the bathroom, you can enjoy your music in both rooms without skipping a beat.
Using your phone’s location, you can set up your system to switch on the aircon before you arrive and turn on the lights as soon as you enter the front door after a day at work.
These are just a few examples, but in reality, home automation systems can work for you in countless ways, depending on which devices you decide to connect to your system and how you want to utilise them.
Secure Home Automation Systems
Safety is a significant component of secure home automation systems. You can install smart cameras, smart door locks, or motion detectors. Each will work for you to make your house as safe as possible, providing you peace of mind for your house and your family’s safety.
Cameras allow you to keep an eye on your house wherever you are in the world, as long as you have an internet connection, keeping your house and all your possessions fully protected. Smart cameras come in both indoor and outdoor options, depending on your needs. Outdoor cameras are often your first defence against thieves and are made to be durable and weatherproof, often equipped with motion sensors and night vision capabilities. Indoor cameras are a less common option but still beneficial to keep an eye on what is happening inside your house when you’re not there.
Smart Door Locks
These are replacement locks that you can put on your front door that connects via NFC or wifi. Smart locks allow your door to be unlocked with your phone or manually with a passcode. You can even set up location-based triggers so that your door detects when you arrive and unlocks automatically for you.
You can set up smart door locks to give you notifications when someone leaves or enters our house. You can even set up unique passcodes for specific guests that only give access within a specific timeframe, useful for situations such as when you are expecting babysitters or house cleaners.
Some door locks also come with motion sensors and video and audio capability, sending you a notification when someone is at your front door and allowing you to communicate with them without having to open your door first.
Home Automation Specialists and Installers
It can be challenging to know where to start with home automation systems. If you’re looking for experts to help you set up your home automation system, En-Kontrol is here to help. We are automation specialists and installers, and we offer a range of products for all your home automation needs and advise you on which ones are best for you.
If you want your whole house to be automated, our team can help you with each aspect of home automation. All our products are DIY install: they are optimised for you to install everything yourself without too much hassle or additional knowledge needed, saving you from needing to hire extra experts for the installation.