An Introduction to Home Automation

An Introduction to Home Automation

For many people, it still sounds like something out of science fiction, but the truth is that home automation – also known as domotics or smart home technology – has existed since at least the early 1900s, when electrical power distribution first made possible the existence of washing machines, electric kettles, and water heaters. The advances we’ve made since then, however, are nothing short of astonishing.

Centralised home automation systems are quickly gaining traction throughout suburban Melbourne. With the help of a skilled Electrician Frankston, Mornington, and surrounding suburbs have become home to hundreds of centralised home automation systems. In this blog, we provide you with an overview of the possibilities currently offered by domotics.

Ventilation and Temperature Control

Automated ventilation and temperature control systems manage the climate and moisture levels in your home. They can save you money and lessen your carbon footprint by warming only the rooms that you are currently using and can be set to pre -heat or -cool at designated times. For example, an automated, split system air conditioner and ducted system can be programmed to ensure that your room is adequately warmed by at the time you normally wake up, or to cool your entire house at the time you get home from work.

Temperature control systems use a combination of timers, motion sensors, and thermostats to maximise energy efficiency. For example, a system that uses all three could be set to heat your home to a specific temperature (thermostat) at specific hours of the day (timers) but will automatically switch off when you leave the room (motion sensors).

Automated Lighting

Like temperature control, automated lighting systems use timers and sensors to control the lighting in and around your home. Outdoor security lights are activated when they detect movement, thus alerting you to potential security threats while also acting as a deterrent to intruders.

Indoor systems can be used to create optimal lighting conditions; a daylight sensor on a window can automatically adjust the light level of a room using dimmers or even by adjusting the curtains.  

Appliance Control and Integration

An integrated system gets all the different elements of your house working in unison, with numerous benefits. Combined light and temperature control systems can be used to set custom ‘scenes’, so that the climate and light levels are exactly to your liking when you arrive home from work each day.

Appliance integration can also be used to generate maximum efficiency in your home. For example, if you have solar panels installed, a smart meter can be set up to run your dishwasher or washing machine at the time of day when the sun is at full force.

Home Automation for the Elderly and Disabled

This kind of home automation uses the same technology and principles employed by the systems described above but customises them for the needs of elderly or disabled people. For people experiencing impaired memory function, for example, timers and sensors can reduce or eliminate the risk of fires and other mishaps by automatically switching electrical appliances off when the person leaves the room. For those with reduced mobility, voice activated systems can be used to control lighting, climate, and almost any other aspect of the home environment.

How Do I Find Out More About Home Automation?

Whether you are designing a new home, building an extension, or looking to upgrade your existing home with an integrated home automation system, our team at Charlyn Group have the experience and expertise to make your vision a reality. We pride ourselves on providing innovative solutions tailored to suit the needs of our customers. Get in touch today for a free quote or call us on 0400 302 533 to discuss your project.

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