The following aspects of the home may be automated:
air-conditioning and heating
telephones and intercoms
home theatre systems
audio systems (stereos)
blinds and curtains
gates and doors
pools and spas
To operate the automated components of your home, there are several options available such as touch screens, wall-mounted keypads, television screens, remote controls, and access via the Internet or mobile phones. Home automation works by having these operating devices - keypads, remotes, touch screens etc - connecting to a single hub, which acts as the "brain" of the system.
The best time to install a home automation system is when you are building or renovating your home. This allows the professional to have the best access to the wiring systems, and in turn, this makes installation cheaper. Homes can also be retrofitted with automation systems even if access to wiring is not available thanks to new wireless technologies. However, before installing any system, it is a good idea to research what is available on the market, what costs you are looking at, and also to decide what will best suit your needs.
The cost to automate your home has dropped but the cost will always be dependent on what your requirements are. Most homeowners opt for more than the bare minimum. To get an accurate idea of what your home automation system will cost, it is best to consult a professional. It is worth noting that due to advances in technology, items from different companies can now be connected to the same system. This can give you more options within your budget.
Remember that home automation is about enhancing your home and lifestyle, so any system that you install should be easy to use. This allows your whole family to enjoy all the benefits of the system.