The sun is setting on conventional electronics and interior design. The realization that new technology is not only cheaper than you think, but vastly more cost-efficient both to house-hold expenses and society, has helped spur a new technological revolution.
Home automation is simpler than you think. Thanks to the boom of mobile electronic devices, many entrepreneurs have realized the benefit of transferring cutting edge technology from the mobile bubble to the home. The result is an amazing wireless hub that interconnects every aspect of your home, while making the entire process as simple as possible.
Motion detectors, something that most of us believe belong in a wishful thinking avant-guarde 60's movie, can be installed for less than $50! The benefits are enormous. Imagine walking around your house and having the lights turn on automatically where-ever you are, and switch off whenever you are not there, saving energy and time. A simple touch screen menu can reconfigure the parameters easily, allowing you to customize the lighting's behavior or turn your home lighting automation system into a security system.
Bear in mind that the aforementioned touch-screen hub connects every aspect of your dwelling, and not only lighting. Home entertainment systems, climate control, communications and even furniture can be connected to the "grid". Nowadays, we can truly state that everyday houses can become intelligent homes.
Aside from personal benefits however, there is a large and more pressing issue at hand. Namely, the reduction of pollution and our carbon footprint. New home technology has an eye on the future in this regard. There is no doubt that new technology not only looks and works well, but is remarkably more efficient. How much more? Let's have a look:
- Drastic reduction in heating and fuel expenditure thanks to detectors of various kinds. Modern circuitry can shut off the heating if it detects that a windows is open (an example)
- Turn off power to unused electronics and appliances.
- As mentioned earlier in the article, motion detectors can switch off uninhabited rooms.
- Automate simply house hold tasks like garden irrigation when you are not around.
- Dim the lights according to the brightness in the room. This is one of my favorite aspects of home automation. Image you are reading in the late afternoon while the sun sets; the home automation system will maintain the same level of luminosity in the room, adapting to the setting sun.
Ease of access and use may be a concern to many. The idea that a single electronic appliance can control so many different aspects may invoke a healthy amount of suspicion. To these people I advise seeing what these technologies do first hand. You are guaranteed not to look back!