The future of home security looks much like the future of telephones and cable TV–it’s more about being able to interact with your home, rather than having to type in a code. The entire point of a smart home is to effortlessly connect multiple electronic devices in the house (including, but not limited to, a camera, an alarm system, and a thermostat) without having to physically touch them.
The integration of multiple electronic devices at home will eliminate the need for multiple-step authorization. In other words, with an ever-increasing number of smart devices, the “one-touch” rule will simply become a thing of the past. By implementing automation systems into the home, the entire house can be secured and remain protected.
Many homeowners are concerned about the increased cost of purchasing a home security system and integrating it with the likes of HVAC units, lighting, and other home electronics.
However, automation is actually not all that expensive when compared to typical home security system functions. For example, while it can be costly to integrate lighting systems into an overall system, it can actually be quite inexpensive to automate certain lighting functions.
Home surveillance systems typically contain many different hardware components, such as cameras, sensors, motion detectors, video recorders, lights, and more.
With internet security and integration, homeowners will be able to monitor their home surveillance system remotely via their smartphones.
Automation light sensors in lighting fixtures such as recessed lighting, exterior lights, porch lights, and outdoor lamps can be quite cost-effective.
These lights are usually quite sensitive and respond quickly to outside temperature changes and movements.
While automation of specific lighting functions can be quite expensive, automation of all lighting functions can be relatively inexpensive since many modern HVAC appliances come standard with some degree of automation.
One of the primary benefits of smart homes is the overall convenience these systems provide. Rather than being tied down to small knobs and buttons on exterior lighting and appliances, homeowners can now have access to a plethora of functions.
For instance, a smartphone can be used to control multiple functions of a HVAC system such as temperature control, fan speed control, and more.
Beyond convenience and additional security, another benefit of a smartphone-driven home is cost efficiency. Smartphone technology allows users to control their home appliances and security alarm system all from the same place. This means that a homeowner does not need to travel home to make adjustments to certain functions such as thermostat settings.
Security and lighting systems have long been considered luxuries to be enjoyed only by the wealthy. In recent years however, smart home technology has become more affordable for most consumers. For example, integration of motion sensors into outdoor lighting can allow for outdoor lighting to turn on at a time and dusk through to night without the homeowner having to manually switch the lighting on and off each time. Likewise, smartphone integration into HVAC systems can allow for heating and air-conditioning systems to be automatically programmed to turn on at a time period determined by the homeowner.