It wasn’t long ago that the idea of managing your home from the palm of your hand seemed futuristic. Today, using your phone, tablet or other Web connected device to control your home via home automation is not only mainstream, it is gaining momentum. In fact, it’s expected that by 2017 almost 17 percent of North American homes will use home automation.
There are plenty of reasons why home automation is such a hit. Not only might it make your home more secure, it may also help your family avoid common household mishaps like these.
1. Your son is locked out of the house, again!
You’re in a meeting and get a text from your son saying he forgot the house key, or worse yet, lost it. Sound familiar? Pair home automation with a remote door lock and instead of heading home to unlock the door you can do it right from your smartphone or other Internet connected device. Best yet, you’ll never have to “hide” a key under the mat or leave your house unlocked for the housekeeper again.
2. That leak in the basement is back.
The plumber assured you the leak was fixed, but you just returned home from shopping and discovered the basement is flooded. If your home had been outfitted with a water detection sensor and home automation, you would have received a text message alert the moment water was detected. Add smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to your home automation system and further enhance your home’s safety.
3. You’re worried you forgot to lock the front door.
You got kids dressed, packed lunches and darted out the door to work. Once settled behind your desk, you get the uneasy feeling you forgot to lock the front door. Rather than worry all day about a break-in, or take time off work to go back home, you can check the door’s status from your smartphone and lock it remotely. You can even configure your home automation system to send you a text or email alert if the door has been left unlocked, or every time it’s opened.
4. You left for vacation without adjusting the thermostat.
Your family is off on the adventure of a lifetime when you realize no one adjusted the thermostat. Home automation can help you correct the problem in just seconds. From around the corner or around the globe, you can adjust the thermostat to the ideal “away” setting. Just before you return home, adjust it again and the moment you walk in the door your home will feel comfortable.
5. You get the feeling your kids aren’t staying on task.
Your kids promised they’d start homework the moment they got in the door, but you’re not convinced. With the help of a home security video camera and home automation, you can see exactly what’s going on in your home in real time.
6. Your lights are on, but you’re already on the freeway.
You’re pulling out of the driveway and see your tween left the bathroom light on. That gets you wondering if she also forgot to turn the curling iron off. No need to run back inside or stress all day about wasted electricity or a potential fire. Pick up your smartphone and turn the lights off, and then check on the status of curling iron. With home automation you’ll enjoy the convenience of remotely turning lights and small appliances on or off.
Investing in a home automation system may not only boost your home’s security and possibly save you time and money, it can also fend off some of life’s little misadventures. If you’d like to learn more about the many benefits of home automation and home security, start with this home security comparison tool.
Written by Alexia Chianis
Wanderlust junky and mom of two, Alexia is a former police officer and U.S. Army Captain who draws on her experiences to write about a myriad of safety topics. Learn more