The convenience of home automation
You arrive at your home, as you enter the living room the air
conditioning gently starts up with a soft buzz, lights in the
house automatically switches on as you enter the rooms and sets
itself dim to your pre-programmed ‘welcome’ mode and the
curtains open slightly towards the back garden just as you have
set it for home arrival. This today is all very possible with
home automation systems available on the market in these modern
Many people does not think twice to spend hundreds of thousands
of your hard earned money on a luxury car with no amount of
money being spared to have all the latest bells and whistles
available. Why not do the same in your home? You probably spend
more time in your house than in your car anyway and installing
such a system will substantially increase the resale value of
your home, which definitely is not the case with the luxury
sedan in the garage.
As sophisticated technology becomes more affordable and readily
available, so home automation will become an increasingly
standard feature in the 21st century home. Homeowners
who choose to modernize their homes stand to receive a sizable
return on their investment when it comes to the resale of the
Home automation systems are pre-programmed to your specific
needs and preferences. These can be based on factors such as
time of day, sunlight level, intrusion, your current mood, your
movements within the house, or whether you are at home or out.
Sensors in and around the house together with a central computer
automatically controls heating and cooling, lights, irrigation
and water features, security beams and locks, audio-visual
equipment and even blinds, curtains and skylights.
Three basic mediums are in use within the various available
Electricity connections in the home are used to send signals to
various devices to be turned on or off. The same system, also
called power line or X10 systems can also determine the status
of a device within the home.
A ‘bus’ or digitally connected system utilizes an extra cable
alongside the conventional wiring of a device for the
intelligent controlling of such a device.
The devices are inter-connected by means of radio signal
transmitters and receivers.
Using one or a combination of the above mentioned systems,
various controlled devices are deployed throughout your home to
control the devices of your choice. Add personal remote controls
and a central logical control computer and your home becomes
more than a mere living space, it becomes an opulent experience!