What Will Spur the Home Automation Trend?
06 March 2007
The advent of lower prices, broadband connections, wifi, and a multitude of home automation products from various companies is pushing technology into homes.
Early adopters have been on the smart home bandwagon for a long time now, but many have stayed on the sidelines as they waited for a dominant company to lead the way. Microsoft has been working on various software systems for home automation there is still no clear winner.
What will spur the advance of home automation into many homes?
Many people had no concept of how to have wifi in their homes but companies made it very easy for people to install network systems by themselves. Automation systems and products could follow the same path. Once people see it working in a friend or family members house, they'll want to have the same technology.
For it to take off, though, it may need a greater push. The latest trends or whiz-bang gizmos sometimes need that extra push to have many people adopt the technology. Experts have argued that the time may be right -- more and more people are looking for "green" alternatives and products and ideas for their homes. People want to conserve the environment, conserve energy, and promote more sustainability.
Home automation can provide energy efficiency in your house. How? Automatically controlled temperature and lighting devices.
By allowing a smart device to adjust temperature settings based on pre-programmed information, a home can turn off heating & cooling when it's not needed and can push it up when people are home from work or vacation. Lights can be programmed to dim and turn on or off at predetermined times to avoid staying on when you're asleep or away. These controls can, along with energy-efficient lights and bulbs, save you a lot of money on the energy bill. They are also considered to be energy conscious products that will reduce the amount of your environmental "footprint". Add to this solar panels, ceiling or whole-house fans, and energy efficient windows and doors, and you could effectively go "off the grid" and leave no environmental impact at all.
Energy conscious behavior could be the spark that creates a higher demand for home automation products.
If you'd like to talk to a custom smart home installation expert, now is the time. If you're concerned about the planet, and everyone is these days, then you could be doing your part today. Post your request, talk to a professional home automation company, and find out what can be done in your home. It's free to find a company on ConstructionDeal.com.
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