Home Design Guides: Home automation
A living automated home, provided that it's designed right, is often far safer and more efficient than a regular home. Learn more about the many advantages of good home automation.
See why rather than simply saying 'yes' to every fancy home automation gadget available, you need to be able to plan your smart home based on your needs, and decide what will benefit you most.
There's more to a truly 'smart house' than simply a clever TV or a sprinkler system on a timer - and an amazing range of things that automation can do to make your home better...
Interested in building a smart (or 'smarter') home? Here are 10 tips to help make sure you're doing it the right way.
Ever wonder what it takes to make a home 'smarter' - or who to call to make that happen? Learn more about custom installers, what they do and how they do it.
Want to retrofit 'smart home' technology into a house, but not sure what's involved? The first thing you'll need to do is figure out what sort of systems you're after, and how they'll be integrated.
There are some significant differences in smart home design, depending on whether you're building from scratch or making an existing home 'smarter'. Find out more about these two different approaches.
A professional integrator can ensure your home automation system works seamlessly every time.
Allowing your lights to be controlled by motion sensors can save you money, and also make your home more secure.
In conjunction with other home automation functions, your home can be set up so that cooling and shading are controlled automatically according to your needs.
Sensors are an vital part of any smart home. They can be used to detect intrusions, to tell when it's getting dark, and to establish the temperature, among many other things.
Timers are another way that automation systems can help to ensure that your smart home activates the necessary functions at the right time of the day.
Smart meters allow your electricity provider to communicate with and control specific appliances, and to provide information to your home automation systems. Read on to find out more about how smart meters work.
Smart homes can create great opportunities for people with disabilities or physical impairments, providing them with the means to better take care of themselves.
Smart home automation systems can do a great deal not only to make your home comfortable and secure, but also to ensure that your lighting, climate control and other systems are set up for maximum efficiency.
Automated security systems are normally an integral part of a home automation system. Find out how they work, and what sorts of technologies they employ to keep your home and family safe.
Connecting your smart home's Internet-enabled devices via a wireless access point is fast, easy and inexpensive. Having said that, wireless Internet may also be more susceptible to intruders, or limited by range.
Linking the Internet-connected devices in your smart home via wires has several advantages, the most notable of which include security and reliability. Wired networks are also more complicated and expensive to set up.
There are a great many ways in which a smart home can use technology to improve and automate climate control. Find out how automated climate control might suit your home.
Open platform systems provide a means with which many different home technologies and applications can be automated. Learn more about what open platforms are, and how they can be used in smart homes.
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