Home automation can be a technological marvel. It can be as simple as a system to regulate the on/off of outdoor lighting or complex enough to raise and lower window coverings each morning and night, remember and play a favorite music playlist at your parties and monitor your home for safety from intruders.
A home automation system consists of multiple electronic devices and systems linked together into one main control system that functions as the “brain” of the home. The central control receives and sends data to each device connected to the automation system. Devices and systems can be controlled using timers or triggers. For example, programming an outdoor light to turn on when movement passes its sensor is a triggered activity. Setting a living room light to turn on each night at 5 p.m. is a timed activity.
Many items in the home can be connected to an automation system. These include lights, window coverings such as shades and blinds, alarm systems, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems, entertainment systems, outdoor irrigation systems and pool or spa elements such as pre-heating and pump failure notification.