Summer is around the corner which means the kids are out of school and the temperature heating up. The kids are involved in activities to keep them busy while you go to work. You may have a few family vacation trips scheduled.
Summer can sometimes be as chaotic as the rest of the year, which means that home automation can come in handy in making your family’s life easier.
If you’re a techie who’s into the latest and greatest home automation technology, here are some summer home automation trends to be on the lookout for:
Climate Control and Efficiency
Power and electric bills can skyrocket during the heat of the summer as you’re A/C works overtime to keep your home cool and comfortable. Besides setting the thermostat to an energy-saving 62 degrees during the day when no one’s home and warming up to a comfortable 70 during the chilly nights, home automation such as those installed by SAV can now do much more, making your home comfortable, while making it more energy efficient.
Some home automation systems can sense movement in different rooms. When someone leaves a room, the lights are turned off and the A/C is shut off. Similarly, there are systems where your home can prepare itself for your arrival home after a long day at work, turning on lights, opening up the blinds and shades and adjusting the inside temperature to your preference. In the morning, tiles in the bathroom heat up to take away that cold shock in the morning.
The most sophisticated systems can even show you your family’s energy consumption for the day, week, month or year including your carbon footprint and how much your family’s energy consumption is compared to the national average.
Home security was one of the features that brought home automation onto the map. Many home automation security systems utilize an app such as Apple’s Control4 My House, whereby you can lock or unlock your home, view activity in and around your home via live video feeds and get alerts of unusual activity all remotely.
More sophisticated home automation products can be customizable and allow you to set timers during the day whereby the home is unlocked. This is handy for when you have children coming home from school or sports practice or when the housecleaner or gardeners arrive. These systems are especially useful for when your family is away on vacation.
Home security systems now can even save lives. Certain systems can be inserted into the flooring of the home and can recognize and detect the footsteps of the inhabitants. These foot-sensing systems can also send alerts when an irregularity in the person’s gait is detected or when there is less than normal movement or activity in the home, making these systems great for those with elderly parents living alone or with the family.
During the summer, trips to the pool will become routine. However, one can only be at the pool for so long and it likely isn’t possible to go to the pool every day. It can be hard to keep children occupied and cool during the summer.
The long dog-days of summer are a great time to escape to a cool movie theater. Even then, you can’t go see a movie every day. Movies are time-consuming and can be expensive.
With home theater technology continually advancing, watching movies in the comfort of your own home is getting closer to rivaling that of a movie theater.
Watching movies at home on a home theater can keep your kids occupied, safe and comfortable during those days when you go to work.
Home theaters are more than fancy, large TVs with excellent 4K technology. Home theater systems such as the Kaleidescape’s Terra Movie Server, can save and store thousands of your favorite movies to the cloud, making the need of keeping all those DVDs unnecessary. The system also provides movie recommendations and has parental controls, enabling you to block certain content, such as movies that are rated R or PG-13.
Lights, sound, temperature control and TV/screen projection can be controlled with a touch of a remote.
A lot has happened in home automation regarding climate control, home security and home theater. These components come in handy especially during the hot, lazy days of summer when kids aren’t in school and you take a vacation or two.