There’s no better time to give your house some much needed TLC than in the summer months. Whether it’s decorating the spare bedroom or finally building that conservatory you’ve been planning for ages. The summer weather makes the whole ordeal a lot more pleasurable and is some cases easier, especially if you’re waiting for paint o dry. Then when everything is finished, the best way to celebrate is to invite a group of close friends round and show off your hard work. But if you really want to make your friends jealous, perhaps consider a home automation system.
Home automation is a broad term that often refers to home security, home entertainment and home energy management. Many companies offer home automation packages that conveniently include all three areas. A good energy management system should show you how much energy you are using, show you how much energy is being used by each individual device, offer suggestions for improvement and provide optional remote monitoring and control. These intelligent home energy management systems incorporate a software interface with energy generation and energy storage using the most efficient electronics and appliances.
Smart home automation gives that extra piece of mind when you’re able to control the security of your entire house through your smartphone or tablet. Modern technology allows you to view all of your CCTV cameras through your tablet no matter where you are in the world. You could be on a beach in the Bahamas and you’d be notified immediately should there be a disturbance in your home. You can also pre-set the ‘holiday mode’ in the app that will mimic your regular habits such as turning the lights on in various rooms to make it look like you are home.
You can also enjoy features such as lighting dimming, appliance and light on-off scheduling and heating and air conditioning away setting. Through home automation you can control and programme your thermostats to allow you set the inside temperatures when you leave for work or just before you come home from work. That means no waiting for ages for the heating to kick in when you get home on a chilly night, plus not foolishly leaving the heating on all day when there’s nobody home.
A home energy management system allows you a good sense of what, where and how much power your appliances are using. The system would also come equipped with a smart meter that lets you know exactly how much power in going through your household. More advanced systems offer sensors attached to your power lines that go to each appliance or electrical load and would then log the power data using information to a console. The data is user friendly and can be displayed in a way that reveals potential excessive load issues.
Home energy management software can alert you and suggest the best times during the day or night for certain appliances to be used. You may find that the best time to use your electric clothes dryer is between midnight and 6am. With the useful remote control you can set it to turn on and off at scheduled times so you can sleep and not worry about the machine being on. You can control all of your appliances through your smartphone, tablet, laptop or any other device that is connected to the internet. It can work your surveillance cameras and monitors, remote controls and can even cook your breakfast.