Hanna-Barbera made some predictions in the 1960s about home life that were spot on: flat screen 3D TVs, video calls and conferencing, electric toothbrushes and more. The Jetsons had all these impossible-seeming modern conveniences we now take for granted, but few of us would say we’re living the fully-automated lifestyle they enjoyed.
That’s because their version of automation isn’t what we truly need. Even billionaire Bill Gates, with his pool’s underwater music system and rooms that change temperature to accommodate the person entering, has stopped short of hiring a sassy robot maid or putting a conveyer belt floor in his hallway.
Real home automation isn’t just for fun. It exists for specific reasons designed around the lives of the people who reside in each place.
What are some of those reasons? I am so glad you asked. Here are four reasons you might consider automating your home.
1. It will simplify your life.
Many of the little tasks we do each day don’t take up a lot of time, so we think nothing of doing them. But those repetitive activities add up. Taking them off your to-do list allows you to spend time on things that matter and stop stressing the small stuff. And, according to psychologist Dr. Lawrence W. Smith, an automated life is often a happier one:
“Imagine a peaceful morning before work—waking to the soft sounds of classical music, the lights slowly rising in brightness every twenty minutes, a hot pot of coffee starting to brew at 6:30 sharp. Sound better than that loud alarm clock? If so, a home automation system may just be the ticket to your serenity.”
An extra ten minutes of sleep while the coffee prepares itself? That might be the definition of happiness for many of us, but even if it isn’t yours, it’s just one example of how home automation can pare down the number chores you do each day.
2. It will save energy (and money!).
The new Nest thermostat has gotten a lot of press for being able to learn the heating habits of a home, but the truth is most appliances, HVAC systems, blinds, etc. can be programmed to your schedule—which reduces energy consumption.
“There are many options for conservation,” Dr. Ray Kamada, a solar energy consultant, explains. “For example, you can deactivate your appliances automatically during peak hours. You can install an automatic thermostat. You can even set your sprinkler system to turn on [only] when the ground is dry.”
Perhaps these seem like small gains, but according to Ron Fritz, a home automation professional who writes for About.com, these adjustments add up quickly. When you set your lights to turn off or the thermostat to lower automatically, he says you can “easily lower your utility bills by 10% to 25%.” Those are significant savings.
3. It will help you achieve peace of mind.
Who can’t think of a time when we’ve left the house and only realized later that the lights were left on, the back door was unlocked, or we left our youngest son home over Christmas vacation (well, hopefully not that one).
With the right home automation system, you can receive text message alerts on your phone if something’s wrong. The alerts can be set for occasions ranging from lights left on, doors left open or unlocked, breached home security, and more. Not only will you be alerted, but in many cases you can fix the problem remotely by using an app on your smartphone or tablet. You’re not left wondering and worrying about problems at home.
4. It will make it easier for you to use the equipment you already own.
According to Bill, who had his Texas home automated with a BitWise system installed by Dynamic Audio Designs, choosing the right home automation solution made it easier for everyone to use the video and audio system because they could control it from an iPad app:
“I couldn’t be happier with the BitWise system you installed on my iPad. My wife and kids can now use the system without me having to do everything for them. Also, being able to control the speakers in the house and patio makes using the system so much easier, it’s seeing a lot more use. It totally blows away that Control4 system that was previously in place.”
When you use one app to control all the components of a system, it’s a lot easier than keeping track of half a dozen remote controls…much less remembering what each one is for and how they all work.
There are many reasons to automate your home, and you probably can think of some that weren’t listed here. When you’re ready to look at automation options, we hope you’ll consider BitWise Controls. Get in touch with us, and we can find you a local, authorized dealer who’ll help you figure out what you need.