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Home Automation: Gimmick or Genuine Game Changer for Modern Living?

Updated: May 30

Home automation is everywhere you look these days. My own journey into this tech trend started with smart lights. I went and put smart globes in my existing lights, hooked them up to a hub, and connected everything to my Wi-Fi. The reactions from my friends? Mixed, to say the least. Some loved it, while others... well, let's just say they didn't get it. My brother called me a 'tosser'.


At first, I felt a little foolish giving commands to my lights. But that feeling didn't last long. It didn't wear off on some of my friends though, they still think I've lost it. But, the more I used it, the more I realised that this technology is here to stay. The real 'aha!' moment was when I created a "Good Night" scene with my Google Home. All I had to do was say, “Hey Google, good night,” and bazinga! - all my lights went out, except for a gentle glow in the hallway and toilet, lighting the way for the kids. No more wandering around turning off lights. I was sold.


Next up, I started playing with timers. You see, when you connect smart devices to a Hub, you get an App from the manufacturer that lets you control your devices from anywhere. Dinner time at 6 PM? The dining room lights spark to life without a word from me. Kids' bedtime at 8:30? The lights dim or switch off, setting the perfect scene for my TV time. Morning routines became a chat with Google, who'd fill me in on the weather and my commute time, unless I wasn't in the mood, then it was just a quick “Hey Google, turn off the lights.” After integrating this tech into my daily life, it became crystal clear, home automation isn't just some high-tech gimmick. It's a game-changer for modern living. And now, there's so much more than lights to play with. Stick around and I'll walk you through what's what in the world of smart homes. Let's dig into some FAQs, and then I’ll spill the beans on all the nifty things you can do with this tech.


What is Meant by Home Automation?

Home automation is the use of technology to control and automate household systems and appliances. Simply put, it's connecting your devices to your Wi-Fi so you can control them by voice or App. It is the ultimate convenience, allowing homeowners to control parts of their home remotely through a smart device or a centralised unit within the home. From motorised roller blinds & curtains that open with the sunrise to smart lights that set the perfect mood, home automation is redefining our living experience. Simply put, it's connecting your devices to your Wi-Fi so you can control them by voice or App.


The Best Home Automation System in Australia

While the "best" system can be subjective, based on individual needs and preferences, one standout in the Australian market is the Pulse 2 Hub, a central control system for your home's devices. This hub can integrate various elements of home automation, providing seamless control through the Automate App. It stands out for its user-friendly interface and compatibility with a wide range of devices.


What Things Can You Automate in a Home?

The possibilities are nearly endless because you can buy a smart plug that allows you to plug anything into it, then it can simply be turned on and off. Here are the most common systems that are automated:

  • Motorised Roller Blinds & Curtains: These can be programmed to adjust themselves based on the time of day or the intensity of sunlight, offering both comfort and energy efficiency.

  • Smart Lights: These lights go beyond on and off, allowing you to adjust brightness, colour temperature, and even hue, with schedules or based on events through the home automation system.

  • Smart Video Doorbell: Enhance security with a doorbell that not only allows you to see who’s at the door but also communicate with them, regardless of whether you’re home or away.

  • Climate Control: Smart thermostats learn your schedule and temperature preferences to keep your home comfortable at all times while optimising energy use.

  • Home Entertainment Systems: With home automation, you can control your multimedia devices, stream content seamlessly, and personalise your home cinema experience.

  • Security Systems: Integrated alarms, cameras, and locks can be controlled remotely, offering peace of mind when it comes to protecting your home and loved ones.

The 3 Common Uses of Home Automation If you're thinking that home automation is all about showing off to your friends with party tricks like voice-controlled beer fridges, think again. There's a heap of practical benefits that come with it too. Here are the top three uses that are making a real difference in how we live our lives:

  1. Enhanced Security: Be Your Own Big Brother Smart home tech has taken security to new heights. With gadgets like smart locks, you can ditch the keys (because who hasn’t lost those at least once?). And then there's the smart video doorbell, a cracking little device that lets you see who's at your door, whether you're home or not. No more missing deliveries or wondering if it's just the neighbour’s kid ringing and running away again. Plus, you can keep an eye on things with surveillance cameras that you can peek through from anywhere using your phone. It's like having a personal security guard who never takes a coffee break.

  2. Energy Efficiency: Save the Planet (And Some Dough) The next big win is for both Mother Nature and your wallet. Home automation is a champ at energy efficiency. Managing your smart lights, motorised blinds, and even your heating and cooling systems results in using less energy to keep your home comfy and well-lit, which means you save money and give the planet a helping hand. It's a no-brainer.

  3. Convenience: Lazy Is the New Smart Last but definitely not least, is the convenience factor. This one's a game-changer. Imagine never having to get up to close the blinds or switch off the lights again. With home automation systems like the Automate App, you can control just about everything from your phone. Set schedules for your curtains to close when the sun sets, or have your lights dim when it's time to get cosy for movie night, all without lifting a finger. It's like having a personal assistant for your home, minus the salary.


Conclusion

So, what's my take on home automation? It's not about chatting with Google or showing off. It's all about the simple stuff, like my blinds and curtains knowing exactly when to open and close without me saying a word. My mornings start with the sun peeking in at 7 AM, waking us up without any alarms or shouts. And before I even think about the day, my house has already turned off the lights and the weather's ready for me to hear.


My smart blinds even look after my floors by closing up before the sun gets too harsh, saving them from sun damage. And when the sun beams into the kids' playroom, down go the blinds at 1 PM. Evening comes, and just like that, we get our privacy back when the blinds and curtains close. And these timers automatically change every day as we go through the seasons.


Every time I set a new timer, my house gets a bit more in tune with what we need. It's pretty cool, stuff just works, and I hardly have to lift a finger. Is Home Automation a Gimmick or Genuine Game Changer for Modern Living?? It's not just for tech heads, it's for anyone who wants to make life a bit easier, so for me, Home Automation is a game changer.


Home Automation: Gimmick or Genuine Game-Changer

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