Basics of a Home Automation System

Posted On: 02-16-2019

A smart home automation system improves your life. The biggest selling points of home automation are convenience, security, cost savings and energy savings. Thanks to the internet of things, we can add functionality to everyday household appliances and fixtures and interconnect them through the home Wi-Fi or electrical networks. This will effectively turn your living space into a smart home that will even talk back if you want it to.

Is a simple home security and lighting system all you need? Maybe you want a smart home with all the bells and whistles, with a talking fridge and workout equipment that tells you that it misses you just like the household items in the fairytale Beauty and the Beast. Whatever the case may be, here are the basic elements that you need in order to turn your home into a responsive, living thing.

The aspects of a home automation system

1. Home automation devices

For every system that exists in the home, there is a smart device that can control it. Most smart devices are designed to respond to input from their sensors. In a nutshell, they comprise a power module, a sensor, a response mechanism like an actuator and a communication module.

Here are a few common examples of smart devices:

  • For the lighting system, smart lights and automatic blinds
  • Smart cameras, video doorbells, access control panels and smart lights for security systems
  • Smart sprinkler controllers for irrigation systems
  • A home water control and monitoring system that heats water and checks for leaks
  • A smart entertainment system made up of speakers and displays set up in different parts of the house
  • A smart pantry and fridge

2. The device interface

Smart devices usually come with software that allows a person to view the device output from a control panel or remotely from their phone or computer. If the smart devices are controlled from a central device, the output is also forwarded to the controller. A homeowner can then view and control the devices through the controller’s display or remotely through the internet and an app installed on a PC or phone.

3. Interconnectivity

Take a security system. The doorbell camera has to communicate with an alarm, a floodlight, the homeowner's phone and the security company. This requires connectivity between different devices in the home and communication with the outside world. With the ubiquity of the home Wi-Fi network, the most popular way to interconnect smart devices is through a wireless connection like the ZigBee protocol. Earlier home automation devices also communicated wirelessly via Z-wave RF technology.

4. A central controller

In a smart home with many systems, a central hub helps a homeowner to monitor and control all devices from a single interface. Popular smart home controllers carry intelligent systems like Alexa and Google Home assistant.

You can set up your smart home bit by bit

The idea of getting your home fully fitted with smart devices can be intimidating. To make it easier, you can take an incremental approach to the setup. Maybe start with the lights or the entertainment system and go from there. Give us a call to learn more about the benefits of a home automation system and how to install one.

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