Smart Home Automation: The Home of the Future
Do you remember the cartoon family of the future, The Jetsons? Everything they needed was at the push of a button. Want a home cooked meatloaf meal for 4? Push a button and it was done. Spilled something on the floor? Push a button and Rosie the robot maid was there to clean it up. Anything they wanted was at their fingertips and made for convenience, from a daily shower to walking Astro the dog. When the cartoon first aired in 1962, it is doubtful that many people thought Americans would eventually have homes that virtually took care themselves, but 54 years later, the future has arrived.
Smart Home Automation is the latest trend among tech-savvy homeowners. It is now possible to turn your lights on and off, lock and unlock your doors, reset your thermostat, vacuum your carpet, and feed your pet without even being at home simply by pushing a button on a smart phone app. The home from The Jetsonsmay have just been an invention of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, but the cartoon did inspire new technologies that are in use today, such as video conferencing, microwaves and voice activation.
There are several advantages to having an automated smart home. For one thing, it can save you a lot of money. Ever go on vacation and realize when you got back that your air conditioner had been running on full blast with no one at home? With a smart home, you can adjust your thermostat so that your energy bill stays down when you’re not using the AC, making a smart home also a green home. Not only can you save money on your energy bills, but you can also be less wasteful of energy and water. Another advantage is that smart homes are more secure. Home monitoring systems are nothing new, but with a smart home, you can also use a hidden camera system to keep an eye out for burglaries, fires and medical emergencies. Some apps send you an alert when they sense motion next to a door or window, allowing you to activate a camera for that area and see what’s going on. If there’s a suspicious person lurking around, you can use that same app to turn on the lights and call the police to prevent a crime before it starts. Furthermore, a smart home makes life for the elderly and disabled a lot easier. A couple of decades ago, “the clapper” made turning a light on and off easier just by making a clapping noise. Now a person who has mobility problems can simply use their voice to turn on lights, fans, lock doors and even call for help. Finally, an automated smart home saves a lot of time. For example, a self-cleaning cat litter box eliminates the time it takes to scoop the litter and take out the trash. A robotic floor cleaner frees up your time so that you can do something else you’d much rather be doing.
Smart home automation is where modern homes are headed. With smarter technology that is easy to use and affordable, the dream of The Jetsons is now within reach. Now if we could just get those flying cars…
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