Home automation is the process of controlling various household devices with a central system. The central system can be controlled from anywhere in your home, and you can even control it from outside your home using an app on your phone or other devices. In this blog post, we will discuss ways to automate your house to make life easier!
Install a programmable thermostat
The programmable thermostat will use a preset schedule to set the temperature in your home. This is especially useful if you are not at home during the week and want to keep it cool or warm enough when you arrive back home!
Most smart thermostats have an app that lets you control them from anywhere, so ensure you have a phone or laptop to use with the thermostat. It is important to set alerts on your app so that you are alerted if there was an issue and it needs attention from you! You can also save energy by automatically turning off the heat when no one is home and having different temperature settings for each day.
Set up your lights to turn on and off at specific times
Before you can set up your lights to turn on and off at specific times, the first thing that you will have to do is find out what kind of light bulb you are using. This includes CFLs, LEDs, or Fluorescent.
The next step is finding a smart plug that allows for scheduling options as well as timers. If you are using CFLs, then the next step is to schedule an on/off time for your lights and a separate set of times for day vs. nighttime use!
For LEDs, it’s like this: You will have to find out what brand or type of smart plugs they have compatible with their lights. For example, with Philips Hue bulbs, you will have to find out what smart plug they recommend for them or which one is compatible.
For CFLs or Fluorescents: You may be able to set up your timer on the wall next to your light switch and then adjust the time that it turns off so that it matches when you want them to turn off.
Schedule for when you want the TV or radio to turn on and off
To set up the TV or radio, you will need to find out what type of remote control it has and what brand of system their device is. You may have a universal remote for your TV with one button that turns on/off all devices (either in a row or at once), but if not, then you’ll want to know which button you need to press on the remote control for it to turn off your TV or radio.
Once you know the buttons that turn on/off your TV and radio, set up a schedule for when they should turn on and when they should turn off, so it is more convenient to use them throughout the day instead of constantly turning them back on whenever you need to use one.
Program your coffee machine
There are a lot of coffee makers that have the ability to be controlled through WiFi. Setup is fairly easy, but you may need help from the manufacturer’s website or an online user guide if your machine isn’t listed on their site. You will be able to set them up so that it starts brewing before you wake up in the morning.
If you’re not a morning person, this will allow the coffee to be ready before you are in order. It’ll also save electricity if there is no one else at home since it won’t need to stay on all day long and wait until someone comes downstairs.
Once your machine has been programmed through WiFi, turn it on and select the time you want it to start brewing. You’ll be able to save your settings as a profile if you have more than one person who likes coffee at different times of the day.
Schedule your dishwasher to run after dinner while you’re watching TV
If you’re watching TV, playing a video game, or just relaxing in the evening and want to get your dishes done by morning, then set up your dishwasher for an overnight run. Just turn it on when dinner is finished and select “Overnight” if you have that option available. This will give the water time to heat up and the dishwasher time to heat up and then start working.
If you have a water heater with an electric element, turn it on while your dishwasher is running so that hot water will be ready if there’s just one final item left to wash. This can save you from waiting for the dishes to dry or having them spoil if the water is cold.
If you’re a little more ambitious, set up one of your lights to turn on when it gets dark out so that burglars know they’ve been spotted if they attempt to enter through the window at night or in the early morning hours (when people are sleeping). You can also plug outdoor sensors into an outlet.
Create an automated pet feeder with pre-measured portions of food and water
The final piece of the puzzle to your automated home is an automatic pet feeder. You can set up a pre-measured portion of food and water for each day, or you could have it dispense treats as well! I like this option because pets get bored if they are fed the same thing every day. A treat feeder could help keep your pet occupied and entertained.
If you have a dog, you can get creative with this one by setting up the food to dispense when it detects they’re barking! This will teach them that their vocalizations are rewarded, which is great for dogs who tend to bark at everything. For cats, set the food to dispense when they are near the feeder.
Install motion-sensor lights
Motion-sensor lights are the perfect way to ensure that you never need to turn on a light switch again. When motion is detected, these lights automatically turn on and brighten up the room for 30 seconds before shutting off.
Install them in your bedroom, hallway, or at any entryway into your home so that you can always see your way when coming in.
Use voice assistants such as Siri and Alexa for hands-free control of devices
Take the time to set up voice assistants and simplify your life. You can accomplish many tasks by giving a simple command, such as asking Siri to turn on some lights or play music from your favorite artist. Some devices even have an option for a hands-free mode that allows these commands without touching anything!