Today, the building automation industry is growing at a tremendous pace due to the merging of technology and real estate. Many advancements in technology have been made in recent years that allow for advanced monitoring and control of facilities and infrastructure, such as sensors to monitor activity, HVAC systems that can be remotely adjusted or shut down in case of emergency and intelligent lighting that will only turn on when someone is in a room.
According to smart home statistics published in 2021, there are approximately 2.22 million smart homes in the UK. Additionally, the statistics revealed that 57% of households in Britain already have a smart device in their homes.As we continue to see advancements in home automation, Brits’ interest in smart home technology also seems to continue to grow. In fact, 41% of Brits are expecting to have smart heating and a digital home assistant such as Alexa and Siri in their homes by 2024. Other smart home products that Brits are anticipating to own are smart security and lighting.
Are you looking to upgrade your home and join in the adoption of smart home technology? Below are some of the best home automation ideas you can consider.
Automatically make the household lights brighter when sunset comes around and then set them to dim when it’s time for bed. When sunrise comes, program your lighting system to gradually increase in brightness to wake you up. The benefit of this system is that you won’t have to be rudely jolted awake by an alarm clock every morning. It also increases your sleep quality, making you feel more refreshed.
Turn on/off all your household lights with a single command. You can also opt to have controls for turning on/off lights on a particular floor or room for your convenience.
Using motion sensors, set your lights to turn off when a room is vacant. Automatically have them turned off when 10 minutes or so have passed and there’s been no movement.
Turn lights on automatically when you enter a room or area in your home. Make your way to the kitchen or bathroom safely at night with the help of hall lights that automatically turn on using motion sensors. You can also set the garage lights to turn on whenever you open the garage door.
Listen to music in every room of your home and do away with unsightly cables through smart speakers.
When watching a movie in your room, set the lights to automatically darken for better immersion. And when you pause the TV, have the lights automatically go from dark to dim.
Automatically turn off the TV when it’s time for bed. Not only does this help reduce electricity costs, but it also limits TV time for kids.
Lock your doors automatically whenever you leave the house. Lock and unlock doors with ease through remote control.
Using motion sensors and a monitoring system, you can get notified if an unauthorised person is in your home. You can also activate your alarm system before you go to bed, so you have added security even while asleep.
Set up camera systems for monitoring the perimeter and the interior of your house. Get a smart doorbell, so you can easily identify your guests and communicate with them from the comfort of your room.
In case of an intruder, set your lights to automatically turn on using motion sensors. The system sends you an alert on your phone, and the sudden brightness can catch an intruder off guard.
Set the temperature at optimal levels automatically, and turn it down when you’re out of the house.
Automatically turn off your air conditioning system or heating when your windows are open to save energy and cut costs on your energy bills. You can also program your appliances and lights to turn off when you’re not using them.
Enable notifications to be sent to your phone in case of a water leak. Getting leakage alerts comes in handy when you’ll be out of the house for a longer time than usual.
Get alerts from any appliance in your home to know their status. For instance, if you’ve forgotten to close the refrigerator door, you can receive a notification that it’s been left open.
Level up your safety efforts and get smoke detector alerts directly to your phone.
Receive prompt alerts that tell you that you need to change your HVAC filters.
There are many benefits to adopting smart technology for your home. The following are just some of the benefits you can enjoy:
Monitoring your home is made more convenient with smart technology. Home automation enables you to better track the statuses of your systems, such as your alarms. It also helps you with emergency management, as it gives you a head’s up in case of emergencies.
Alerts and automated locks increase your security and give you peace of mind. It makes security management easier.
Home automation helps you prioritise energy management and energy efficiency. By setting your lights to automatically turn off when there’s no one in a room or by automatically switching your appliances off when they’re not in use, you can decrease your home’s energy consumption.
Edmont M&E offers a range of smart solutions that allows you to better manage and monitor your home. Whether you’re in the market for home security, HVAC, lighting services and more, our Wiltshire team can provide bespoke solutions. Contact one of our experts now to learn more.