People look wide eyed when they hear the term Home Automation. Perhaps hundreds of questions crop up in their minds. Automation is a term traditionally associated with manufacturing processes and so “Home Automation” may sound like an oxymoron. Even the few who have some basic idea of what it is all about many have misconceptions such as – Too Complex, Expensive & Unaffordable to install, Difficult to Maintain and No Tangible Benefits. Many think about Home Automation for their new or remodelled homes but decide to keep away because of such misconceptions. If you are one of them the following should help demystify such myths and help you make a definite choice.
TOO COMPLEX ….
Anything that involves technology and electronics is considered complicated. Something that can interfere with the normal functioning and add new problems to the household rather than adding any benefit. The earlier systems required a central processor and number of controllers distributed around the house with kilometres of wiring done to carry signals back and forth between the processor and controller could be categorised as complex. They needed significant engineering time to plan the device and cabling requirements, the space and routing for cabling. But the advent of smart phones, wireless technologies and the internet has brought about a huge change in this area resulting in remarkable simplification. The present day Home Automation systems consist of a controller or hub the size of the wireless router in your home. This hub configures automatically over the internet when plugged in to the home power supply and the wireless router. These Hubs are controlled through dedicated Home Automation Apps of their manufacturers. The sensors and control devices such as the switches, thermostats, motion sensors, light sensors communicate wireless with the Hub. Setting up the devices to communicate wirelessly with the Hub is as simple as setting up your new smart phone; all you need is to follow the instructions.
EXPENSIVE & UNAFFORDABLE, DIFFICULT TO MAINTAIN……
Installation of the legendary wired systems involved considerable design & engineering input to be done at the building planning stage and this is a cost. In addition cost of the processor, controller and wiring pushed the cost quite high and they were and the wired systems still are expensive. But the wireless systems do not require complex engineering because there is not much of installation work and there is minimal wiring; can be installed even in existing apartments and buildings without much change in the electrical wiring. That is something to rejoice about because this makes automating our homes a viable option for those of us who may be living in rented premises. We can have these systems installed and dismantle and take it along for use in our new premises whenever we move. So in many ways it is re-usable. Also one can modify the scheme or arrangement as many times unlike wired systems where making changes will involve rewiring and cost. Apart from being affordable, they are reliable and literally maintenance free.
NO TANGIBLE BENEFITS…..
Most consider Home Automation as some kind of a fancy thing with no tangible benefits that they can live without. This is not true. A well thought out system that controls lights, appliances, AC and sensors that give feedback vital information can prevent incidents and enhance safety security and comfort levels at our homes. The list of benefits is long; the following are only a few examples to drive home the point.
⁃Lights controlled based on presence sensors in rooms can save energy by preventing the lights remaining ON even when there is no occupancy. This can also enhance safety when you get up from sleep and try to grope your way to the toilet; the presence sensors can have the lights switched ON sensing your movement.
⁃Appliances like the water heater can be switched ON at predetermined times of the day or based on your waking up time rather than leaving them ON throughout the day saving enormous amounts of energy.
⁃Exterior lights can be controlled based on the actual sunrise and sunset times, actual ambient light.
⁃Airconditioners can be switched off automatically if windows / doors are left open by installing door sensors. They can be set to maintain different temperatures depending on occupancy / no occupancy status based on presence sensors.
⁃Installing Carbon mono Oxide, Air Quality sensors can give us timely feedback if a smouldering fire is taking place so necessary preventive action can be taken to avert a major fire
⁃Installing video cameras, proximity sensors, door sensors in a planned manner will help prevent unauthorised access, intrusion, theft.
By now you ought to have some clarity on the subject of Home Automation. However, before investing in a Home Automation system you are advised to educate yourself a little further on the options available, type of the systems that can be installed. Visit the online store atknsn.com take a look at the available choices, read the related blogs and find out for yourself. There are simple, affordable DIY kits that you can buy from the store and install it yourself in your room or studio apartment. We can assist in installation through our approved installers for both DIY kits and also for custom designed installations. Whatever may be your level of requirement Mr. Atknsn can and is ready to help.