Home Automation to your Clients

By: Dalvin Rumsey

There is absolutely no chance that you have never before heard the term "home automation" mentioned in a wide range of situations. It has somehow become a topic of common interest, as each and every home owner has the dream of having such an automation system installed. However, do all these people actually know what it means? Do people have a clue about pre-programmed or plug-and-play systems? I guess not! Alternatively, is it the experts who need to decide what the term refers to? This is a very tough question, as no matter how many of them you might ask, you will never get the same answer twice!

Generally speaking, a home automation system is intended to automate your entire home. It will trigger events and routines involving the security contacts, lighting devices and audio/video gear. These home automation systems will also control the heating or cooling system based on the time of day, temperature or any other condition that the owner of the house might select. Therefore, when a sensor detects a vehicle in your driveway, a home automation system could turn on the lights, so that you will not have to do it yourself. The installer of such a system must by all means be an electrician, so that nothing will go wrong.

Some people might see these home automation systems as being a collection of subsystems. I take it every one of you understands that a subsystem is a system that can also operate by itself, in order to offer all the benefits of a whole system to a homeowner. The most frequently installed subsystems are the security, lighting, entertainment and heating or cooling systems. Some people might also have devices like motorized drapes and basic appliances installed. A home automation system puts two or more subsystems under the control of one central controller, so that the press of one button can issue several commands to a variety of different electronic products.

Most of the whole-house systems have two main components, as their builder designed them: a central processing unit and user interfaces. Homeowners may choose to use interfaces such as keypads, touch screens, handheld remotes or a PC to interact when necessary with the different systems connected to the automation central processing unit in their homes.

The main point of this matter is that each automation system has a different degree of intelligence, level of flexibility, ease of programming and other features. The prices can also very a great deal, according to the functionalities they provide.

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