A Beginner’s Guide to Home Automation


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Home automation is the wave of the future in residential security and system management technology. Home automation integrates the operation of your home’s lights, heating and cooling system, appliances, security devices and electrical outlets within one centrally located control panel.

You can also use your Internet-enabled laptop, smartphone or tablet to monitor and control the various system components remotely — you can perform functions such as raising and lowering the thermostat, locking and unlocking doors and turning lights on and off, even if you’re at work, running errands or traveling.

What Are the Benefits of Home Automation?

The many benefits of home automation technology include:

  • Convenience: With home automation, you can control your home’s systems with just a few clicks on a keyboard or taps on a screen. If you forget to turn off the lights or the lock the door when you leave for work, you don’t have to rush back home.
  • Energy efficiency: Having greater control over a home’s thermostat can result in significant energy savings. It’s also possible to preprogram the thermostat to keep your home at the desired temperature throughout the day and night, increasing your HVAC system’s efficiency.
  • Security: In addition to being able to lock doors remotely, home automation enables you to control who enters your house at all times. You don’t have to worry about hiding a key under the doormat or inside a potted plant on your porch. You also won’t have to deal with the potential security issues involved with leaving a spare key with a neighbor who is looking after your home while you’re away.
  • Peace of mind: Knowing that you’re always in control of the operation of your home’s systems — no matter where you are or what you’re doing — is a comforting feeling that gives you greater peace of mind.

How to Get Started With Home Automation

If you’re not sure if a “full-blown” home automation system is right for you, you can test the waters by trying out one component. For example, you can purchase a home lighting starter kit consisting of several switches and a remote control or interface panel. If you’re happy with the results, you may wish to consider a more comprehensive home automation installation.

Getting Professional Home Automation Assistance

If you’re ready for a full-scale home automation installation, consulting with a professional home security system provider is your best bet. A knowledgeable provider can do a “walk-through” of your home with you to help you identify the areas where home automation would prove beneficial. The provider can then work with you to design a system that works for your needs and budget.

Titan Alarm, Inc. Can Help You Explore Your Home Automation Options

If you reside in or around Phoenix or Tucson, AZ, Titan Alarm can assist you in choosing the right home automation solution. Our services include professional design, fast installation and reliable maintenance and repairs. Contact us for more information and to schedule a free consultation today.

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.