There was a time when a building automation system was strictly for commercial application.
- The installation was expensive and invasive.
All the components needed to be hardwired, requiring holes drilled into the walls. The equipment was large and unnattractive. Wireless technology has led to huge improvements. These systems have become more streamlined, less costly and added greater opportunities. More and more appliances are offering smart features that can be incorporated into the automation system. 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 house can be programmed and operated remotely for convenience, to conserve energy and make it seem like the family is at home. Smart thermostats 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 purifiers and heat recovery ventilators can be customized by way of the home automation system. There is the opportunity to elevate the safety and security of the home. Surveillance cameras offer real-time video of the property and send alerts when there is movement. It’s possible to see who is standing 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.