The Best Beginner Systems for Exploring the Benefits of Home Automation
If you’re ready to invest in home automation but don’t know where to begin, start here
By now, you probably know at least one friend or family member who has a smart device or smart home system in their house. And perhaps your interest has been piqued by the convenience and ease with which your friends can control their home lighting, temperature, door locks, surveillance cameras, entertainment systems and more, all from their smartphones.
Now you and your family are ready to give home automation a try. But with hundreds of smart devices and systems to choose from, you may not know where to begin in your Waco, TX, home. One of the great things about smart home technology is that it’s very scalable — you can start with one device or system and work your way up as you gain familiarity with the technology.
Keep reading to learn two recommendations for smart home beginners!
Smart lighting is a simple and cost-effective way to get familiar with the benefits and conveniences of an automated system. It’s one of the most useful smart systems to have in your home since you interact with and adjust your lights multiple times a day.
With smart lighting, take the hassle out of flipping switches every time you walk into a room. You can control all the lights in your home through a smartphone app, handheld remote, on-wall keypad or even voice control.
You can further personalize your lighting experiences using customized schedules and scenes. Schedule your front hall lights to turn on at 6 p.m., right around when you get home from work. Or create an automated scene that turns random lights on and off throughout the day, to make it appear like someone is home.
Smart lighting is also appealing if you’re interested in energy-efficient smart devices. You can incorporate sensor technology that prompts your lights to turn off in unoccupied rooms, and dimmable LED bulbs that control the amount of light in a room and preserve the lifespan of your bulbs.
A smart thermostat is another great system for home automation beginners. Climate control is essential to feeling comfortable at home, and a smart thermostat helps you optimize indoor temperatures and humidity levels throughout the day.
Your thermostat uses advanced machine learning to understand your normal routines and adjust the temperature automatically based on the time of day, the weather outside, and whether anyone is home. If you’re changing the temperature manually, you don’t even need to get up from the couch… or be in your home at all! Using a smartphone or touchscreen tablet, change the temperature to your liking from wherever you are.
One of the most convenient customization options with a smart thermostat is zoning. You can divide your house into zones with zone control and set the ideal temperature for each room. Multiple zones ensure that everyone in your household is comfortable. Additionally, you can save energy by directing less airflow to rooms that aren’t in frequent use.
Where Do I Go From There?
If you love the one or two smart systems you have, and you’re ready to expand, call ASAP Security Services. We can help you bring all your smart devices and systems under a single home automation system from Control4 or Savant. What does that mean for you? It means that you (and your entire family) can control lighting and climate from a centralized smartphone app, remote, or touchscreen tablet. And you can build your smart home with additional systems for distributed audio/video, automated window shades, home security and so much more.
Are you ready to transform your Waco, TX, home into a smart home? From one room to whole-home, ASAP Security Services has the home automation solutions you need to add comfort, convenience, security, and luxury to your life. Call us at 877-418-ASAP or reach out online to set up a consultation.