Home automation products, while not new, haven’t gained widespread adoption. However, interest continues to build. Among all consumers, 48% said they were either “extremely or somewhat interested” in purchasing home automation products. Among smartphone and tablet owners, the numbers are higher with 62% of consumers saying they are “extremely or somewhat interested” in purchasing.
With families becoming busier than ever, it’s important to stay on top of the newest advances in making our lives simpler. That’s why we love discovering new products that offer innovative solutions to constantly being on the go. Here are the top ten automation products for your home that we think you’re going to love.
1. Home Control Systems
These automated systems work perfectly with almost any device that accesses the internet – making them an available product that makes life simpler. They typically come with built-in features that help keep your home safe and secure while you’re not home. You’ll be able to access your home’s lights, alarm system, thermostat, security cameras and door lock systems – using an online portal (like a smartphone or computer).
2. Automated Light Switches
Perfect for outdoor lighting systems or virtually any room in the house, these automated light switches make the perfect accessory to an individual on the go. Just access your app with any device compatible with WI-FI and turn your lights (or electronics) on or off effortlessly. Pay attention to the programming requirements for the automatic light switches – some require an Apple product, where others allow basic WI-FI access to use.
3. Wireless Camera Monitoring Systems
Long gone are the days of installing large clunky security cameras; new wireless and monitoring systems take only seconds to set-up and offer exceptional viewing capacity. With automated recording, two-way talk, scheduling options and comprehensive software – these cameras can help keep your home safe and secure, even when you’re thousands of miles away.
4. Automated Thermostat Products
Although programmable thermostats have been around for a long time, new wireless options are making home comfort a top priority. New systems have been designed to control and monitor the temperature in your home based not only on a set degree – but on the indoor and outdoor temperatures and humidity levels too. This helps regulate the actual temperature, giving a better climate control over all.Systems also work with most smartphone systems, meaning you can adjust the temperature inside your home, from virtually anywhere.
5. Automated Electronics with Motion Sensors
Control your home electronics and appliances by using movement as the switch. By installing a motion sensor switch, your home will only use the items (like television or light) when you’re in the room. You can use the system to arrange lights to turn on when you arrive home – without having to fumble in the dark or turn off a fan or appliance when you leave.
6. Electronic Door Lock System
Never worry about forgetting your key again with a new automated door locking systems. These systems install much like a traditional deadbolt. However, you’ll also receive a wireless ability to lock and unlock your door with a simple touch (provided you have your smartphone with you.) Most systems also work on a key fob system, which is ideal for families with children needing to let themselves into the home.
7. Automated Kitchen Appliances
For families on the go, finding the time to eat together can be nearly impossible. Factor in the time it takes to prepare and cook the meal – and it can be a lengthy process. That’s why new improvements to everyday kitchen appliances are so important.New appliances are programmable to work with your smartphone – adjusting the temperature, cooking time, starting and stopping the appliance—all with the touch of a button. You won’t have to worry about hitting traffic on the way home, or over cooking your pot roast again.
8. Smart Energy Switches
Much like the automatic light switches, automated energy switches can be controlled with most smartphones or electronics with WI-FI access. You’ll be able to log into the software or app and automatically turn off the power to any device that is plugged into it – saving you pricey wasted energy throughout the year.
9. Automated Smart Cam Products
If you’re stuck at the office, have peace of mind throughout the day with an automated camera system. They can be installed virtually anywhere in the house – connecting you to a live view of your home while you’re away. You’ll be able to check in on the kids, pets or property from virtually anywhere with an internet connection; using audio and motion detection and two-way talking options too.
10. Lawn Maintenance and Irrigation Systems
Whether you’re on vacation or simply don’t have the time to maintain your grass on a daily basis, automated lawn care systems are easily installed for homeowners on the go. With the ability to set the time and duration of watering – you’ll never be left with burnt grass again. Most systems include pop-up style irrigation systems meaning you’ll never trip over sprinklers again when you’re outside enjoying the sun.