Whether you’re shopping for San Francisco audio systems or hoping to install a new security system at your condo, you’ve no doubt come across the buzzword “Home Automation.” What does it mean to put key home maintenance functions on autopilot? How can you safely and cost-effectively “dip your toe” in this new technology before you commit to a total overhaul of your systems?
San Francisco Home Automation: Some Backstory
Over the past several centuries, we’ve developed ingenious technologies and processes to eliminate mundane, repetitive, back-breaking labor. The flush toilet and indoor plumbing, laundry machines, dishwashers, and refrigerators all revolutionized urban life and fed seismic political and cultural shifts. Home automation may harbinger a similar shift (on a smaller scale).
Here’s the gist. Using a mobile device, tablet or home computer, you set up and regulate ongoing tasks, such as lawn maintenance, home security, heating and electrical control, climate control, and so forth. For instance, let’s say you want to water your lawn and garden twice a week. Instead of calendaring this event and manually turning the water on and off, you put the task on autopilot. Sophisticated technology lets you customize the set up. For instance, perhaps a local ordinance prohibits you from using water on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can program your system to bypass the command to water if it falls on one of those days.
Benefits of Automation
- Home automation is really easy to install and use.
- You can potentially save a lot of money because you can optimize your home energy, water, and electricity use — thus, you only pay for utilities that you really need.
- It’s also helpful if you travel a lot. For instance, if you’re away on a business trip, you can access your home control panel from thousands of miles away to switch lights on and off, check your security cameras, and so forth.
The promise of home automation is profound, but you might be concerned about the costs or confused about how to get started effectively based on your needs. Connect with the home theater installation team here at Karbon Home Theater today for a free consultation about best practices: 925-798-7600.