The Home of the Future is Here
Home automation is a growing trend in home design that uses smart devices to make your home more comfortable, convenient, and secure. City Electric Supply can help keep your home up to date with devices known as “smart home accessories” — the automatic and electronic control of household features and appliances. Typically run by apps on your phone or tablet, you can easily control the utilities and features of your home with smart devices connected to the internet. The sensors on the devices are connected through Wi-Fi, giving you the option to manage your appliances, lights, and more, wherever you may be.
How Does Home Automation Work?
When it comes to home automation, there are three main components: sensors, controllers, and actuators. Sensors can do several things, from detecting light and motion to monitoring temperature changes. Your home automation devices can then adjust to the changes the sensor detects depending on your preferences.
Controllers are smart devices that manage home automation gadgets. Whether you’re on your computer, smartphone, or tablet, you control the smart devices and send and receive messages about the status of the features in your home.
Actuators cause the actions these devices control. From light switches to motors, these mechanisms are what make home automations function. They can be programmed to act automatically or on-command by a controller.
A Smart Start
With so many different features available, turning a house into a smart home is easier than ever. But with so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to get started. If you want to build your smart home, here are some starting points that can get you on your way:
Security Systems — From control panels to remote access and voice recognition, the entire security system of your house can be run and fine-tuned from your phone.
Smart Thermostat — Smart thermostats, like the Nest Thermostat, keep you comfortable and save you money on your energy bill year-round. Control it from your phone, or let it learn on its own. Smart thermostats keep your house the perfect temperature all the time.
Light Automation — Adjust the lighting in your house with the press of a button. You can lower your electricity bills and even set up mood lighting or security lighting, all regulated from your smart devices.
A Growing Future
The home automation trend is growing and will become more popular as technology advances. In 2015, it was estimated that there were 4.6 million smart homes in the United States. The security, savings, and convenience that home automation offers at such a low price are what keep the smart home trend growing.
In 2013, 2.4 million wireless lightbulbs and lamps were used in households across the world. That number is expected to increase to 100 million by 2020. Homes have become increasingly more self-controlled and automated due to the sense of security and control it gives homeowners. Voice assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple’s Siri are in more and more households every year as they get more intelligent with advances in machine learning. And as voice control technology continues to improve, it’s sure to be a key feature in home automation devices moving forward.
CES Offers Smart Solutions
CES can help you set up your home for the future with home automation systems. Brands such as Lutron Caseta, Nest, and Legrand are trusted names in the home automation industry and are offered at many of our stores. Stop in today to find out more!
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