Best Home Automation Ideas for 2018

Robot vacuum cleaner

The inventive ways in which technology has improved our lives is mind boggling.  With so many products now accessible and making entertainment, safety and cleaning far faster and easier, our homes are on the doorstep of practically running themselves with no input from us at all.  Are you looking to update your residence with some innovative ideas?  Here are just a few of the ways that technology can have an impact on your day to day.

The Hub of your Home

Whether you prefer to activate and operate things in your home via the buttons of a remote control or by voice activation, you’re in luck.  There are a number of ways in which to bring it all together with one simple device.  Beyond controlling just your T.V. or stereo, a hub can easily and quickly connect with every Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, ZigBee or any infrared devices in your home. Using a voice activated hub is also handy, and you can create a set of recipes using the “If This Then That” technique.  It’s like having a personal assistant at your fingertips, only he or she never takes a holiday or needs to sleep!

Surveillance or Security Cameras

If you’re away on holiday or for work, it can bring a sense of comfort to keep watch over things at home.  Security systems for outside the house are easy to install, and weatherproof.  Some have rechargeable batteries, a loud siren, and even USB connectivity so that you can store video on a local USB drive.  There are also versions with sound triggered recording, which can help keep unnecessary recording to a minimum.  If you’re in the market for a surveillance or security system, look for a wireless set up which gives you plenty of versatility when it comes to locations for the camera.  You can monitor the whole thing from a website or from apps on your mobile.

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Locking your Home Remotely

This home protection feature can certainly be a boon when you need to let a neighbour in for something but don’t feel good about leaving keys with them or giving them your door code.  Some versions mount right over your doors’ deadbolt switch requiring minimal installation, and providing you with easy access to the locking mechanism from your smart phone.  Some locks offer a subscription based monitoring program that you pay for on a monthly basis.

Newly installed security system

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Heating and Cooling Systems

Sure, you can already set your furnace or air conditioning on a timer, but if temperatures take a plunge while you’re out of town, it’s nice to know that you can protect your pipes, house plants and pets with a quick connect through your phone, PC or even your tablet.  The displays on the newest models are larger and easy to read, have more sensors, and have the capability to check multiple monitors in several different rooms in your home so you have more control over different parts of the house.

Thermostat

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Lighting up your life

You may already control your lights by turning them off and on via a remote control or voice activated hub, but did you know that bulbs are now being made which allow for control over not only different colours but also their intensity?  The systems are fully compatible via a number of different platforms.  Set the mood for that multi coloured strobe light party and then it’s a quick switch to candlelight dinner with your honey without ever having to change the bulb.

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Cooking and Baking

Imagine connecting your food scale to a baking app for precision recipes and great results every time!  This is no longer a whimsical dream and will be a great tool for experienced chefs and wannabes alike.  Your BBQ is about to become your best friend when it comes to grilling and smoking for neighbourhood guests, and you don’t even have to be home to do it!  An electric smoker on the market lets you control the temperature remotely on your phone and even notifies you when your meat of choice is done to perfection.   If you prefer sous vide cooking (where food is immersed to cook in water after being sealed in a plastic bag) then you’ll love advancements in this type of food preparation.   New immersion circulators can be controlled via your phone from temperature to cook time, and an application lets you know what’s happening at every stage.

Cleaning it all up

A robotic vacuum isn’t all that big of a deal anymore, but new designs mean a more thorough cleaning job (getting into tight corners for example), and the ability to control your vacuum remotely means that the job can be done before you arrive home from work!  There are also robotic mops on the market right now which means your floors aren’t only vacuumed but end up sparkling clean without you having to ever lift a finger.

Robot vacuum cleaner

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The newest and best designs in home automation make our lives a lot easier and simpler, and helps to keep our families safer even while we’re out of town or even out of the country.  Technology keeps rolling out better versions of the product before it, and there’s no telling what’s headed our way next!

Thank you to Katie Mills who wrote this article. Katie is a guest author from Poshh.co.uk and is a respected and expert voice in a plethora of health related subjects with over 10 years of writing under her belt.

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