What is Home Automation?
What benefits can you expect?
A home automation system integrates electrical devices in a house with each other. Home automation may include centralized control of:
- HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning)
- Other systems such as your security system and home theater
Devices may be connected through a computer network to allow control by a personal computer, and may allow remote access from the internet. Through the integration of information technologies with the home environment, systems and appliances are able to communicate in an integrated manner which results in convenience, energy efficiency, and safety benefits.
Installing Home Automation Technology
What is the process?
Typically, a new home is outfitted for home automation during construction, due to the accessibility of the walls, outlets, and storage rooms, and the ability to make design changes specifically to accommodate certain technologies. Wireless systems are commonly installed when outfitting a pre-existing house, as they reduce wiring changes. These communicate through the existing power wiring, radio, or infrared signals with a central controller. Network sockets may be installed in every room like AC power receptacles. The consolidation of control or monitoring signals from appliances, fittings or basic services is an aim of home automation.
In simple installations this may be as straightforward as turning on the lights when a person enters the room. In advanced installations, rooms can sense not only the presence of a person inside but know who that person is and perhaps set appropriate lighting, temperature, music levels or television channels, taking into account the day of the week, the time of day, and other factors.
Ease of Living with Home Automation
Making your life simpler
Other automated tasks may include setting the air conditioning to an energy saving setting when the house is unoccupied, and restoring the normal setting when an occupant is about to return. Home automation can also provide a remote interface to home appliances or the automation system itself, via telephone line, wireless transmission or the internet, to provide control and monitoring via a smart phone or web browser.
An example of a remote monitoring in home automation could be when a smoke detector detects a fire or smoke condition, then all lights in the house will blink to alert any occupants of the house to the possible fire. If the house is equipped with a home theater, a home automation system can shut down all audio and video components to avoid distractions, or make an audible announcement. The system could also call the home owner on their mobile phone to alert them, or call the fire department or alarm monitoring company.
Total Connect Integration
Seize control of your home’s systems
Guardian’s home automation and home lighting control products via Total Connect by Honeywell make sophisticated home automation and control practical and affordable for every home. We give you simple, centralized control over your lights, music, home theater, temperature and security system. Our wireless, IP-based products integrate your existing technology into one complete system, providing a new level of entertainment, comfort and convenience to you and your family.