Home Automation Provides coordination and automation to the many electronic systems in the home. Over the years home automation has been loosely defined to include any device or system that controls an appliance or device in the home.
Timers to control lights and thermostats to set the temperature differently at various times of the day are examples of home automation.
More elaborate home automation systems may allow you to:
- Open and close drapes and blinds
- Control gas fire places
- Control audio and video entertainment systems
- Use your TV to answer the phone or view your back yard
- Have fresh coffee waiting as you awaken each morning
- Raise the house temperature as you awaken each morning
The homeowner can control almost anything electrical.
- Outdoor lights
- Indoor lights
- Water Heaters
- Alarm Systems
- Ceiling Fans
- Pool equipment
Typical Features of home automation include:
Control of heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) while the homeowner is home or away.
- Turn on and turn off at certain times or at dusk and sunrise
- Flash when the security system activates or push of a button
- Turn on when someone enters a room
Time scheduling of functions
- Program alarm clock to wake to music, TV or Internet
- Control lawn sprinklers
- Warm up the spa
- Turn on/off an electric blanket
- Refrigerator can track groceries, monitor diets, shop online
- Microwave can read bar-codes and cook food to perfection
- Connect wireless cameras to security system, send images to PC