04 Jan How Home Automation Works(Last Updated On: August 16, 2018)
Home automation helps control various essentials like the use of electricity, heat and air conditioning.
In addition to the simplicity and convenience, it provides homeowners with extra savings:
“People with home automation see home insurance savings of 20% (on average) or $1,154 a year.”
Plus, with monthly energy savings, which is an additional $16.50 per month (on average), the average homeowner can save about $1,300 per year!
Home automation helps homeowners understand how their home operations. Plus, automation adds security and protects your home. As a result, home automation provides safety and peace of mind for your family.
Home Automation Controls Energy Usage
Perhaps the most discussed advantage of home automation remains the ability to control your home temperature.
Homeowners have had the ability to set thermostats and time changes in heat and air for many years. However, new technology enables homeowners to create customization. For example, automation enables custom schedules for your thermostat, lights and other appliances.
Additionally, homeowners that link automation software to their smartphone can enable more technology. For example, homeowners can leverage sensors that adjust your home’s temperature based on your location – not schedule. Therefore, if you get stuck in the office, then your heat or air won’t start up until you get close to home!
Home automation lets your energy system work smarter – not harder. As a result, automation remains useful for your entire HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) system. Experts advise homeowners to incorporate the following items into their home automation system.
- Use of a Smart Thermostat
- Set Up “Away” Alerts
- Ensure Mobile Control
- Get a Home Energy Checkup
If you are going through the work to control and understand your energy usage, then find a professional home energy expert to conduct a comprehensive review.
At SolvIt, we are a certified to work with Connecticut’s major utility companies, such as UI and Eversource. These energy efficiency programs provide customers to take advantage of any and all state-wide rebates. Plus, we provide free estimates for all installation work and even offer FREE second opinions. Therefore, if you are serious about understanding your energy usage, then call today to schedule your home energy checkup.
Home Automation Prevents Expensive Damage
At SolvIt, we are big fans of preventative maintenance. Regular maintenance helps homeowners reduce expensive damage when things like the furnace or hot water heater break. By actively monitoring major appliances and measuring temperature changes throughout your pipes, then homeowners are in better position to spot pending issues before they strike.
Homeowners can install some sensors to provide alerts that will help identify potential concerns, such as:
- Water Damage
- Frozen Pipes
- Excessive Humidity
The alerts will not fix any issues, but provide time to call a professional and trusted plumber to fix any problems before they strike!
As a result, look for an array of home automation solutions. For example, companies, such as Nest, offer more than thermostats. However, certain devices require some advances implementation. As a result, find a certified Nest installer, such as SolvIt when looking to implement automation systems.
Home Automation Adds Security for Your Home and Family
Leveraging software to keep an eye on your home makes perfect sense. For example, automation helps answer our standard mundane questions, such as:
- Did I lock the front door?
- Did that storm cause anything to hit the house?
Much of the talk about home security relates to sensors on your locks, but in reality, there is much more that can be done to keep your home secure. For example, smart smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors provide peace of mind. In truth, there is no such thing as having too much security.
Consumer Reports provides an overview of the security products that work.
While evaluating what you want and do not want to control, keep in mind that there are pros and cons of incorporating piecemeal systems (pieces from various companies) compared to a complete system (all purchased from the same company). Therefore, it makes sense to add simple things that ensure the safety of your family, it makes sense to add them. After all, we own homes to provide shelter and stability for our families.