Home Automation And Smart Home Basics

As we advance into the future, we will need to make our homes smarter and more efficient. This article will help you understand the basics of home automation and how it can be used in your home.

Home automation is a way to control and automate physical devices within a smart home. Automation can include lights, music, climate control, security, and more. There are many benefits to these automated systems which can range from convenience and safety to cost savings and environmental friendliness. Home automation devices come in many shapes and sizes: some common ones are light bulbs with smart features, doorbells with video intercoms, thermostats with Wi-Fi connectivity, security systems with voice commands etc.

The Viomi V3 Max is one such device that does not require any human

Home automation

Automation can be accomplished either by using your home’s existing electrical system or the more accessible smart home platforms such as Samsung SmartThings, Wink, or Zigbee. With smart home platforms, you can integrate different smart devices into the home in a simple and seamless way. The smart home devices connected to the smart home platform talk to each other and to the user’s phone.

While many smart home devices come with their own app, the Home Affairs team at Home Affairs have put together a guide that can help you understand how to use Home Affairs’ smart home apps.

Before we look at home automation, let’s have a brief look at some of the smart home and home automation devices available at the moment.

Benefits of home automation

Improved safety

Emphasis on energy efficiency

Home automation uses your existing electrical circuits (power strips and extension cords) to communicate between your devices. With the help of Internet of Things (IoT), you can manage your home remotely. For example, you can turn on or off your air conditioner through your smartphone while you are on your way home.

What is a smart home?

The difference between a smart home and a smart home automation system can be measured by the cost of a single automation device. A smart home automation system would usually include sensors or home-enabled devices that work with a central system to control lights, security, temperature, and more.

A smart home automation system would typically contain several smart devices

Currently, some of the most commonly used home automation products are devices from companies like Control4, Crestron, and Savant. They offer a central system that allows for the synchronization of multiple devices. In addition to the central system, there are also smart home products such as smart light switches, window shades, temperature sensors, and more.

Smart home devices and their functions

The term smart home or smart home automation has a broad definition. For the purpose of this article, I will use the following definitions and explanations:

Smart home automation refers to the integration of various products with each other to increase home security, convenience, and energy consumption. This technology is mainly focused on residential homes, especially those that are big enough to accommodate a centralized controller and high-performance products. The home automation technology can also be used for commercial spaces such as corporate offices and other commercial spaces, or even the premises of a government office.

The home automation technology is focused on the control and automation of a home-based system.

Viomi Robot Vacuum V3 MAX

With the V3 Max Robot Vacuum, Viomi has introduced a 3-in-1 cleaning solution where the robot can not only vacuum, but it can mop as well. Users will be able to choose between sweeping only, mopping only, or a combination of sweeping and mopping to get you the cleanest floors possible. Viomi is boasting that with its algorithm, the mopping function on this lidar robot vacuum can mimic manual mopping methods with 97.5% cleaning coverage, plus it can also help to get rid of stubborn stains thanks to the soft and hard fibered mop strips. It is also smart enough to release just enough water to mop your floors but not so wet that you will slip on it afterward.

As expected of most modern-day smart gadgets, this lidar robot vacuum and mop can be controlled via a smartphone. All you need to do is download the Xiaomi Mi Home app and you’re all set. It even features digital assistant integration so if you want to use your voice to command it, it will play nicely with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Conclusion

There are numerous smart home devices available on the market right now, so we have put together this list of 15 smart home devices that you can consider adding to your home. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the future is here!

You can find more information about each of the smart home devices from the links provided at the end of this article. Enjoy!

As your journey through smart home devices continues, we would love to hear your thoughts about them in the comments.

Author: David Proctor David is a computer enthusiast with strong interest in mobile tech, particularly in smartphones. You can reach him by email or on Twitter.

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