“Home automation” hardly even qualifies as “the wave of the future” anymore. It’s such a built-in part of so many people’ lives that to not have home automation almost renders those without it obsolete.
So, needless to say, you want to be brought into the 21st century and are wondering exactly how to begin the process of home automation. It’s easy to get confused and overwhelmed by jargon and devices and standards. The simplest way to begin your home automation is to eliminate the clutter and focus on what you actually want to do.
How Much Should You Spend on Home Automation?
Your budget will go a long way toward determining what you can do. You also need to account for how much time you’ll be need to set things up. The good news is that the sky is the limit on things you can automate your home, but there are several basic things you can do:
- Automate your lights to turn on and off on a schedule, remotely, or when certain conditions are triggered.
- Set your air conditioner to keep the house temperate when you’re home and save energy while you’re away.
- Open your blinds during the day and shut them at night (or when it’s particularly hot).
- Feed your pets on a schedule and with pre-determined amounts of food.
- Open your garage door with voice commands.
- Set your coffee maker to have a fresh pot ready as soon as you wake up.
These are, of course, only a few examples of automation. The fact is that anything you do repeatedly can probably be automated. Just about everything that runs on electricity, and several things that aren’t, can be made smarter and possibly even hooked in to a central system.
What kind of system should that be, though? Well, there are a few approaches you can take. Let’s begin at the beginning.
The simplest way to get started with simple home automation tasks is to buy tools that are specialized for certain tasks. For some things, you can use simple timers and sensors to turn the ordinary devices you already have into smart robots.
If you want to get into some more advanced systems, however, you’re going to need to start choosing a network protocol that allows your various peripherals to communicate with a central device. That’s where ITG comes in.
ITG Can Help With Your Home Automation System
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Want to get started with Integrated Technologies Group? Call us today at 1-800-560-3280 or visit our online contact. We will find the location closest to your home to ensure you receive efficient and quick service.
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