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Do you have a home that is not connected to the world of automation?

There are many ways to start small and create a more automated home. This post will cover five ideas for starting out on your journey toward creating an automated home.

1) Start with simple lights that turn off when no one is in the room or motion-sensors that light up when someone enters a room. The first step is to make things simple and move on from there. Using inexpensive LED lights can be a great way to start because you will not have a large upfront cost for hardware or the electricity that they use. Additionally, this sort of lighting does not take any special installation, making setting it up very easy.

2) Put sensors on windows so they open at just the right time, or close if it's too cold outside. The next step is sensors that can detect your presence and automate your windows. For example, putting sensors on a window could allow you to use your phone to close the blinds before an afternoon storm rolls in or open them when it's time for you to get home from work. While there are many other types of sensors out there, choosing something basic that easy to install and affordable, like contact sensors or heat detectors can be a great way to get started with automation.

3) Create schedules for lights and other electronics based on your schedule so everything turns off by itself after dinner time, for example. The third step is to create schedules and routines for your home that are tailored to your life. For example, if you know dinner time is between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., then you could set the lights to dim from 100% brightness down to about 75% at 4:45 p.m. every night! You can also create an automation that turns off the lights and any other electronics after you go to bed at night, as well.

4) Use voice control to switch between music channels without using your phone or TV remote control . The fourth step is to add voice control to your automated home. After lights and windows, this is one of the most popular requests we hear from homeowners who have already started to automate their homes. Adding voice control will allow you to turn on the right lights or music just by asking Alexa, Siri or Google . You might not see it listed as one of the "top 5" steps to getting started with home automation, but this step can add a new level to your comfort when at home!

5) Turn up the heat or air conditioning before you come home from work. The last step is to automate the changes you would like to make that are a little more complicated. Using an internet-connected thermostat for example, can give you the ability to change the temperature of your home with your voice, phone or computer-from wherever you are in the world!

We hope this article helps answer some questions and gets you excited about all the possibilities that are available to you!