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 Technology continues to improve and continues to make our lives easier. Our homes are one area that can now be controlled remotely and easily by home automation systems. With a few clicks on your phone, you can turn lights on and off, change the thermostat and more! While our lives are getting busier and fuller, smart home automation systems are helping to simplify the everyday tasks.

Home automation systems can do a wide variety of things.

  • Security

You can now lock your home away from home. This means you no longer have to worry about whether or not you locked the front door before you left, simply log into your system and enable to door locks. No more worry or lost time returning home to double check.

Going away for holidays? You can set your lights to turn on and off at predetermined times to give the appearance of someone being home and make your home safer and less likely to be targeted.

  • Safety

Even kitchen appliances can now be run using an automation system. Smart fridges and stoves can be accessed remotely to see what is in the fridge while you are at the grocery store. Not sure that you shut off the stove? Just check and see. With so many new advances in technology, it is becoming limitless what you can do.

Need a fresh cup of coffee ready for when you get out of the shower? Utilise your home network to turn it on from your phone while you are still showering and get out to a nice warm cup of coffee ready for you.

  • Cost-effective

Speaking of showers, home automation systems will even allow you to adjust the temperature of your hot water tank to save you money. If no one is going to be home all day, why waste money and electricity keeping the tank hot. Instead, you can automate it to warm up to whatever temperature you want just before you get home so that you can hop into the shower, knowing that it didn’t spend all day wasting your money keeping that water warm.

The heat level on the water tank isn’t the only way you can save money with home automation. You can also set it to adjust your thermostat to specific temperatures. Just by dropping a few degrees at night while you are sleeping, and during the day while the home is empty you will be able to reap the rewards of spending less money, which will help cover the costs associated with your home automation system.

  • Heating/Cooling

Some systems can further save you money by even controlling your blinds. During the hot summer heat, you can set it to close your blinds to prevent the heat of the day from heating up the house. Have the system then open them at a specified time when the sun is not blazing through and take advantage of the passive heat. This also works during the winter in keeping the cold weather out.

  • Lighting Control

A wireless home automation system can also allow you to easily adjust the mood of a room by changing lighting levels. Apart from having control over the ambience, an automatic lighting system can save you money!

  • Retrofitting Existing Homes

Would you like to turn your existing home into a smart home? Home automation and energy management systems can be retrofitted using new wireless technologies such as Z-WAVE and ZIGBEE. These new wireless home setups allow you to monitor, manage and mitigate the consumption of power in your home by seamlessly integrating devices you already own. No need for new wiring. No need to change your lifestyle. You achieve all the gain, without the pain! Another benefit of wireless home automation is you can add products as your needs or budget grows, giving you even greater control of your home.


If you are looking for more ways to save money or to get your own home automation system set up, visit us at McCormick Concepts and see how we can help you join the future!