Would you agree that we live in a fast-paced world that moves more quickly than anything our parents or grandparents experienced? If so, here is another question: is the fast-paced nature of modern life such that you find it difficult to give any real thought to home security or efficiency? Welcome to the modern world.
Technology has given us the ability to do so much more with less. But it has also made us busier. Since global communications are now nearly instantaneous, for example, all of us are expected to make better use of our resources to produce more work. And that's just one area of our lives. Most of us are constantly on the go between work, social obligations, medical appointments, and taking care of the kids. We do not have the time to think about ways we could be more secure and efficient at home.
Fortunately, there are solutions – including DIY home automation and security systems. With a very reasonable investment of money and time, the average American homeowner can create a safer and more efficient home that will only improve in the future.
Wireless Home Security
When home security was first introduced back in the 1970s, it was based on hardwired systems that required access to a home's electrical system and landline telephone. Because of the construction involved, security systems were largely the domain of wealthier individuals and new home construction. More than 40 years later, wireless technology has turned everything upside down.
The modern wireless system can be installed without any construction required. It relies on lithium-ion batteries, wi-fi networks and cellular signals to provide the same kind of protection against burglary, fire and carbon monoxide poisoning that a hardwired system provides. Best of all, anyone capable of setting up a home wi-fi network can install a DIY security system.
Another advantage of today's wireless systems is that they can be either self-monitored or monitored by professionals. With either option, a home is watched 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Wireless Home Automation
Home automation technologies have been around for a while now. Still, the home automation industry is currently enjoying a surge thanks to wireless technology. Consumers are being introduced to the concept through wireless home security that can be enhanced by home automation features for greater home efficiency.
Wireless home automation uses the same wi-fi networks and cellular signals to do what it does. Once a system is programmed, it can do everything from turning lights on and off to controlling the thermostat. Home automation can be used to control window blinds, exterior lighting, home audio and video systems, and even appliances.
Imagine being able to program a system so that exterior lighting always turns on (after dark) when you are within two miles from home. It is now possible. You never have to return to a dark house again. And that's just one example of what home automation can do.
The Future Is Now
For decades, we have been dreaming of the day when our homes are both secure and able to essentially run themselves. Well, the future is now. Wireless home security and automation technology still have a long way to go before we can say we have mastered it, but it is far enough along that we can now do things that were never possible before.
The smart home of 2016 will get smarter in 2017 and beyond. As designers and engineers come up with new ways of using technology to make us safer and more efficient, our homes and lives will be transformed.