A Beginner's Guide to Home Automation
Always on a quest to improve, humans have been asking, "What else can be done here" since the very first household appliances hit the market in the early 1900s. On television, home automation was prophesised in TV shows (remember The Jetsons?), movies (Electric Dreams 1984), and by prolific authors such as Ray Bradbury, whose 1950s science fiction story. There Will Come Soft Rains features a computer-controlled house that cooks, cleans and takes care of the home.
In 1965, ECHO IV became the first "smart" device - capable of computing shopping lists, controlling the home's temperature and turning appliances on and off. It was never commercially sold though, which is probably a good thing as it was apparently so big that it looked like the home was built just for the computer!
The future is upon us
In recent years, wireless technology has changed the home automation landscape tremendously. An increase in suppliers has led to a decrease in cost, and an influx of new products designed specifically to save people time and money, and make their lives safer
Multiple technologies and devices can now be connected wirelessly to create a seamless and organised living environment.
Saving time and money Automating the home isn't limited to devices. It also encompasses a variety of sustainable building practices, made popular by their positive impact on the environment and ability to save home owners thousands in electricity, gas and water bills.
By making the physical structure of a home smarter, it can do a lot of the hard work for us - such as naturally heating or cooling the home (double glazed windows and effective insulation), drawing energy from the sun (solar panels), efficiently removing waste and saving water (plumbing and drainage systems), and providing natural lighting (orientation).
These practices - which can (and should) be incorporated into every new build or remodel - allow home owners to save money, help the environment, and increase the long term value of their properties.
After all, automation has become a "must have" with home buyers all across the country.
what's next? Ever left the house and wondered if you turned something off, turned the alarm on, or left the door unlocked? Ever wished your fridge could automatically create a shopping list for you? The future of home automation will attempt to tackle these problems and more, and for those who start now, adding new technologies as they emerge will be a breeze.
As we step into the future of building in Australia, more people will be asking: not what can I do for my home, but what can my home do for me?
FUTURE BUILDING, working alongside AUTOMATE ELECTRIC - are award-winning custom home building and remodelling specialists, and experts in helping Canberran's integrate the best of home automation into their new and existing homes.