Smart Home Systems

So what is Home Automation anyway?

Sometimes referred to as a smart home, home automation uses a controller to automate simple processes around the home.  These processes can be controller using your smart phone, a computer with internet access, or even your tablet.

Have you ever been on the road, an hour from home and then thought, “Did I leave the garage door open?” or “Did I lock the front door?”  Well a simple home automation system will allow you to check that and much more, all from the convenience of your cell phone or laptop computer.  It can even automatically close your garage door after a certain amount of time if there is no activity detected.  Now that is peace of mind.

So what are some of the benefits of having a Smart Home?

Well like I mentioned above, being able to check on the status of your home from anywhere in the world is definitely a huge selling point.  But there are other benefits that you may not have considered.  For starters there is the energy savings that come with being able to monitor you home remotely.  For instance, you can set your system so that when you are away from the home, your thermostat will compensate for that by turning down the heat, thereby saving your heat bill.  Also, being able to remotely dim your lights to preset levels can cut your energy bills by up to 50% over the long term.

Another bonus is the ability to check on your home via webcam or security camera.  You can set your system up so that you can monitor when your children get home from school or to check that notification that was sent due to motion being detected in your home when you thought no one was home.  What about the convenience of being able to turn off all the lights in your home, adjust the thermostat and lock your front door, all from the comfort of your bed?  These are just some of the many benefits that you might enjoy from having a smart home, not to mention the fact that you would be the envy of the neighborhood.

So how much will this Smart Home cost me?

So you have started dreaming of the possibilities but as with all things, cost must play a part in the decision to create a smart home.  There is good news!  Most systems on the market today require a monthly fee or a contract which, while cheaper in the short term, will end up costing thousands more in the long run due to the long term of the contracts.  Some contracts can costs as much as $50 to $100 per month, just to monitor your security.  With our systems, there are no monthly fees, ever.  Our basic package will get you up and running with the ability to control your garage door, front door lock, thermostat as well as some of the lights and fixtures in the home.  So how much would a system such as this cost?  For less than $2000, you can have our basic home automation package, fully installed and programmed which will give you peace of mind and control over your home.  Call us now for a consultation to find out what options are available.