With the home automation industry expected to produce record revenues between now and the end of the decade, millions of American homes will be introduced to smart home automation technology in the very near future. Some industry statistics suggest that more than three-quarters of American homeowners already use some form of home automation or have plans to do so within the next 12 months, so it's likely that there will be a lot of home automation beginners just getting their feet wet over the next 3 to 5 years.
Getting started in home automation does not have to be complicated. Rather, starting with a few basic devices that are easy to program is a good way to introduce oneself to some amazing technology that will one day revolutionize the way we live. Below are three devices every smart home beginner would do well to start with. You can find these devices online through dozens of retailers and home automation specialists, such as Uxari.com, for example.
Programmable Lighting Controller
Today's smart home can have completely automated lighting without having to cut into walls and rewire fixtures. Thanks to wireless smart home technology, individual fixtures can be fitted with wireless controllers all tied together through a central hub through which they can be programmed. The programmable lighting control then keeps track of all the fixtures and turns them on or off. With the right bulbs, lighting can also be dimmed or raised.
The programmable lighting control is one of the best places to start for people who are new to home automation. Programming is relatively easy to learn, and it gives the new home automation customer an opportunity to practice using something that provides immediate feedback.
The smart thermostat is another good device for beginners, and this is for a few reasons. First, almost all of us are familiar with the idea of programming a thermostat to control heating and cooling at various times of the day. We can jump right into programming a smart thermostat in the same way.
Second, the smart thermostat takes heating and cooling to a new level with learning capabilities. A smart thermostat can learn a family's normal lifestyle and routine, thereby learning how to effectively manage heating and cooling on-the-fly. Once the thermostat has learned, the homeowner only has to intervene when heating or cooling needs go outside the norm. Even then, a smart thermostat can be controlled remotely using a mobile app. Overriding current programming couldn't be easier.
Smart Video Doorbell
The smart video doorbell is a combination automation and security device. With a smart doorbell, there's no need to be physically home in order to greet guests at the front door. The device utilizes built-in audio and video capabilities that allow a homeowner to communicate with visitors using a mobile app.
From a security standpoint, the smart video doorbell keeps visitors guessing. Anyone ringing the doorbell to find out if someone is home prior to committing a burglary will have no way of knowing whether the person he or she is communicating with is on the other side of the door.
Home automation is a growing market that more and more homeowners are getting involved in. The chances are that you will be doing so yourself within the next 3 to 5 years – if you haven't already been introduced to the smart home concept. By starting with the three devices listed above, you will get a good introduction into home automation without having to try to master some of the more difficult devices on the market.