What is Home Automation?

It is automation of the home, housework or household activity with the use of one or more computers to control basic home functions and features automatically and sometimes remotely. Home automation may include centralized control of lighting, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), appliances, security locks of gates and doors and other systems, to provide improved convenience, comfort, energy efficiency and security.

In the past, home automation was wired to a local network. Currently home automation has become wireless” and more recently, with the advent of the cloud, home automation systems can be reached and serviced globally with nearly any handheld device.

An automated home is sometimes referred to as a smart home.

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What is Z-Wave?

z-wave_logo-150x68Z-Wave is a wireless technology that makes regular household products, like lights, door locks and thermostats “smart”. Z-Wave products “talk” to each other wirelessly and securely and can be accessed and controlled on your phone, tablet or pc.

By using a Z-Wave gateway you can connect to the things inside your house whether you’re at home or while you’re away. Currently Enerwave provides over 30 different Z-Wave products that all work together so you can choose the products that are right for your home.

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Why Should You Consider Home Automation?

You’ve heard about home automation and are wondering what all the fuss is about? If you’re like most people, you don’t do things without a good reason. Just why should you automate your home?

Here are 8 good reasons:

1.    Make tasks more convenient

Many tasks that are repetitive in nature can be accomplished automatically or with fewer steps using home automation. Instead of turning off or dimming four different lights when you want to watch a movie, home automation allows you to accomplish this task with one button.

2.    Save money on utilities

Utilities can amount to several hundred dollars per month. Home automation can turn off lights or lower the thermostat automatically when you aren’t using them and easily lower your utility bills by 10% to 25%.

3.    Increased home safety

Many accidents happen in the home because of poor lighting. Home automation can automatically turn lights on in closets, stairways, and other dark places when you enter and decrease the chance of accidentally tripping or running into things.

4.    Home security

Although home security is a priority for everyone, high installation cost or monthly monitoring charges make security systems cost prohibitive for many homeowners. Home automation provides a inexpensive solution to home security.

5.    Good for the environment

In a time when we are all becoming more environmentally aware, home automation provides a good solution to help preserve our natural resources. Home automation products can reduce power consumption and automatically turn off lights and appliances when they aren’t in use.

6.    Peace of mind

Never again worry about your home while you’re away. Using home video cameras and an Internet connection, you can check on the status of your home or kids from anywhere in the world using a PC or web-enabled phone.

7.    Learning experience for children

Technology is here to stay and the more your children learn about upcoming technology the better prepared they are for the future. Turn your home into a classroom, as your home automation projects become a learning experience for your children.

8.    Something the whole family can enjoy

A family that plays together, stays together. Although home automation is all of the above, most of all it’s a lot of fun for the entire family. You will find home automation will bring the family closer together as everyone learns about the technology’s capabilities together.

Taken from an article by Ron Fritz—Wireless/Networking Expert
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