A Primer for Home Automated Design
After a long, cold winter, spring has finally arrived. And now that spring is here, the nice weather might inspire you to spruce up your home with some spring cleaning and perhaps a redesign. One way to step up the design of your home is to incorporate the latest technology. If you automate your home, you will add style as well as greater ease of use. Just imagine being able to open your back door with the click of a button to let that warm spring breeze in. With all of the different options available these days however, it can be hard to know where to start, and all of the decisions can be a tad overwhelming. So if you are looking into automating your home and you need a little help, here is a step by step guide.
Step One: The Basics
Before you can do anything else, you must first decide what you want to get out of a home automation system. Are you automating because you want to feel more secure (find out the best way to secure your home here)? Or is it because you want to save the planet? Are you doing it to save money? Or do you just want your house to look cool? Maybe it is a little bit of all of these reasons, but knowing why you want to automate is the biggest step towards knowing exactly which features you need to incorporate into your house.
Step Two: Work Out a Budget
Once you have decided what kind of home automation you want, you need to find out how much you can realistically afford. If you want an entire home automation system, you might want to look into companies who will install it for you, and let you pay it off on a monthly basis. Another way is to install just a few of your most important features yourself, and gradually add other ones each month. However, you may not save that much doing it this way, especially in the long run, so it might be worth it to pay a professional, as often installation fees are not too much.
Step Three: Automate your Home!
Depending on how much, or what kind of system, you are going to install, you may want to start with different items. If you are going for a more energy efficient home, start by installing solar panels, as everything that follows will be linked to these. If you are looking for greater home security, start by installing an alarm, and follow it with an automated lock for your door and cameras for your entry points. These are the essential features of a secure home. If you want to save money, try adding a smart thermostat and automate your lights — with either motion detectors or a remote control. Both of these things will also help you to save energy. If you just want your home to look cool, well, there is no pace to start other than with your very own home theater system.