Home automation is amazing us more and more everyday. It’s only been a few years since the first home automation gadgets hit the market, and already we’ve seen the technology grow exponentially in breadth and scope. We’ve reached the point where a whole host of devices can be integrated together, making a whole new set of smart home functions possible for the modern homeowner.
Smart locks are one of the most exciting inventions in home automation for this very reason: they can be integrated with multiple other systems to produce useful, practical, and great functions for homeowners.
Cameras are one example. Smart locks can be integrated with smart cameras any number of ways. When the lock is deactivated, a camera can be programmed to automatically capture/record the person entering into the house. That recording can be automatically recorded and sent to your phone, so you know every time someone enters your home. If you’re the type of homeowner who doesn’t have a lot of people coming and going (or if you’re exactly that type), this can be a really useful security feature.
Smart locks can also be cleverly integrated with your thermostat to change your at-home climate controls, depending on whether or not anybody is at home. These settings can result in real energy savings that add up over time — not to mention the convenience of having your thermostat automatically detect when you’re home, and change the climate according to your specifications.
Lighting is another exciting, and simple, example of smart lock integration. Why not program your smart lighting systems to communicate with your smart lock, and react when the lock is activated or deactivated? No more leaving lights on in the house when nobody’s home, for one thing (other smart appliances can be programmed to automatically shut off as well, when the lock is activated). The other nice aspect is that you can program your preferred lighting configurations to automatically active when you enter the home. How convenient would it be to have all the lights you need automatically turned on the moment you enter the house?
The list of functions that homeowners can have is constantly growing, but these three alone make smart lock integration worth consideration.
Putting all the pieces together
All of these features, and many more, can be accomplished with smart home installations. The problem is, getting the best results on your own isn’t as easy as you might think. Every manufacturer wants to make things easy for you, but when you’re dealing with multiple brands, makes, models, routers, wiring situations, and other variables in your home — getting everything to work as it’s supposed to can be a stressful undertaking. For this reason, more homeowners who are interested in home automation are hiring expert consultants to ensure that they choose the right products to accomplish their home automation goals, and then providing professional installation, setup, and troubleshooting services. This takes the guesswork out of home automation and allows families to quickly reach the full benefits of home automation.