There was a time when a building automation system was strictly for commercial application, but the replacement was costly and invasive, then all the components needed to be hardwired, requiring holes drilled into the walls. The unit was giant and unnlovely, and wireless technology has led to huge improvements. These systems have become more streamlined, less lavish and added greater opportunities… More and more appliances are offering smart features that can be incorporated into the automation system, and coffee makers, microwaves, ovens, dishwashers, dryers and washing machines are just some of the options. There are refrigerators that include touchscreen displays that can show the video from surveillance cameras, weather forecast, grocery list or even favorite photographs. The lights throughout the cabin can be programmed and operated remotely for convenience, to conserve energy and make it seem like the family is at home, then smart control units can be added to the hub to maximize energy efficiency, reliability of the heating and cooling and superior comfort. Air quality accessories such as dehumidifiers, humidifiers, air cleaners and heat reclaimy ventilators can be customized by way of the cabin automation system. There is the occasion to elevate the safety and security of the home. Surveillance cameras offer real-time video of the cabin and send alerts when there is movement, however it’s possible to see who is sitting on the porch and even converse by way of a speaker even if the homeowner isn’t on the premises. There are motion-activated lights, smoke detectors, moisture detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and alarms for doors and windows that integrate into the automation system.