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
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!