While we may not have Rosie the Robot yet, advances in home technology have made leaps and bounds in the past decade. These days, phones, cars and homes are all smart and getting smarter. Homes in particular are advancing thanks to remote controls and automated home systems.
From a home remote control, you can change the temperature of your house, preheat the oven, turn on the lights, shut off the sprinklers and check on your home’s security cameras all in a matter of seconds.
A remote’s practicality and ability to keep one organized are helping to make the devices more and more popular with homeowners each day. The fact that you can turn on your home theatre, microwave your popcorn and start heating the hot tub in one fell swoop doesn’t hurt either.
Arguably, the most appealing features of automated home systems are their safety features. Systems, such as Home Remote, have the ability to notify parents when their children come home from school or when they turn on the TV. Other great safety features include turning off forgotten-about appliances, securing your alarm system, locking the doors or notifying police in case of an accident or burglary.
Several companies like HomeRemote and Universal Remote have made a name for themselves solely through providing home automation services, but larger technology companies such as Sony, Panasonic and Sylvania are getting in on the action too.
In addition to remote controls, smart devices can be made into remotes as well.
To no surprise, Apple is leading the way in advanced home automated systems. With an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch you can download the Control4 MyHome Home Automation or the iHome remote for the Indigo server app, allowing you to control anything from the lighting in your aquarium to watering your flowerbeds directly from your favorite smart device.
Other smart phones and tablets have been wired to work with home automation systems as well. Logitech recently launched Harmony Link, its newest home theatre remote that syncs HDTV, Blu-ray player, set-top box or compatible game console, and is compatible with both Apple and Microsoft’s Android products.
With all of these conveniences also comes a complicated electrical system. Systems that may be driven by wireless technology, yet requiring in-home modifications to ensure safe operation and connections are made. Wiring your home for smart technology shouldn’t be taken lightly. Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric has more than 37 years of experience in wiring homes in the Boulder and Denver metro area. Our licensed technicians are available to assess your electrical needs and provide safety precautions so you can set your remote capabilities up safely and efficiently.