Today, everything in your life is connected, so why not connect your home? Managing the mechanical systems in your home is easier than ever, and it has the added benefit of helping you save money. With good design and the right system, you will be able to manage everything from lighting to home surveillance and security systems. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your investment in home automation:
1. Security and Video Surveillance
The use of home security and surveillance was once a costly home improvement that many average homeowners could not afford. Today, there are many affordable options for home security and surveillance systems that can be integrated into home automation systems. Some of the improvements can include mobile connectivity, which will allow the alarm to detect movement and send live video feeds to your mobile device. This is a great way to keep an eye on your home when you cannot be there. These systems are also more energy efficient than ever and can be powered with POE devices.
2. Entertainment and Leisure
Entertainment and leisure can also be automated with modern automation systems. A home server can be connected to a TV or projector and allow you to control everything with the same controls you use in other areas of your home. With smart lighting solutions, you will also be able to set the mood for movies and music using an energy efficient lighting system. The newest lighting solutions not only are used for entertainment, but can also help you save energy. If you check the surveillance feeds on a mobile device, and notice a light has been left on, just turn it off using your phone.
3. Lighting and Mechanical Systems
Lighting can be made to be energy efficient in many areas of your home, including areas like the kitchen and bathrooms or for outdoor landscaping. For landscaping, you may want to consider solar lighting with motion sensors. The mechanical systems in your home can also be automated with modern controls, which allow you to control the energy use of your heating and cooling, as well as get real time data on energy consumption and conditions in your home from anywhere.
These are a few tips that will help you make the most of your investment in home mechanical systems. Contact an electrical repair contractor to help with adding home automation and smarter controls for the mechanical systems in your home.