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Can You Live Without Home Automation?

By Michael FLum

Home automation systems are no longer do-it-yourself kits like the ones produced in the early 1970s by Sears or Magnavox. Savvy homeowners expect their Home Automation system to not only control their lighting systems, but they want the HVAC, the pool, and the audio/video controlled by a central control unit.

Most people are tired of the enormous array of electronic gadgets on the market today that require ten remote controls to run them. They are also tired of the hours needed to learn and master the new electronic device they just bought. How many electronic devices are underutilized or never used because of a lack of understanding of how to operate it? How many people never use all the functions of their TV or DVD player because it is just too complicated to understand or use?

Home Automation systems today must be simple to use and must perform their functions flawlessly. Behind the scenes is a complex computer server similar to the ones used in large businesses. The owner is isolated from the complex integration required to implement a home automation system as it should be. The owner can choose the level of detail they are comfortable with, from a single push of a programmed preselect to full interaction with the home automation control system.

A home automation system scenario would look something like this: The homeowner comes home from work, walks to the home automation touch pad and presses a single preset or press a button on single remote. The system then sets all the lights in the house to a preprogrammed level, closes the window coverings, turns the HVAC system on, and turns on the audio/video/Internet system.

In another scenario, it’s time for the basketball game finals and guests will be arriving soon, the snacks and drinks have been set out in the home theater. The owner walks over to the home automation touch panel and presses a single button. The large projection screen drops down from the ceiling; the lights come on to a predefined level, the Roman shades close and the video projection system warms up.

When a Home Automation system is fully integrated with all of a home’s electronics, lighting, and HVAC systems, amazing things happen. Home automation systems today are about combining all the complex electronics packages together into a simple and seamless system easily controlled from a single control.

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FLum, Michael "Can You Live Without Home Automation?." Can You Live Without Home Automation?. 22 Jun. 2010. 10 Sep 2015 <>.

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