RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

MAR 2018

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RISMedia's REAL ESTATE March 2018 95 {Blog Spot} What Can Be Automated? Most home automation projects be- gin with heating and lighting, which offer clear benefits in energy sav- ings and convenience. Rather than relying purely on preset timings to control your heating or air condi- tioning, intelligent automation al- lows more flexibility. For example, you can keep your heating on a minimum setting during the day to reduce energy bills, but turn up the temperature from your smartphone as you head home from work. Take the concept further and you have intelligent window treatments. Shades or drapes can be set to automatically lower, creating shade from direct sun and reducing the need for air conditioning. This can be managed either on a schedule or by intelligent response to light levels. Alternatively, window shades can be set to operate automatically at sundown, providing increased privacy even when the blinds are in difficult-to-reach locations. Combining automated motorized shades with smart lighting can im- prove home security by giving the impression that the property is oc- cupied. This can be done either to a set schedule, or in response to external factors such as movement outside the home, changes in day length or changes in ambient light- ing. Add automatic locking of code- operated doors and windows, con- trollable cameras, intelligent smoke alarms and reactive alarm systems, and the security of a home can be controlled and monitored remotely with ease. In the kitchen, automation offers a combination of energy savings and convenience. You can start up your slow cooker while at work to have a hot meal ready the moment you re- turn. Appliances from dishwashers to freezers can coordinate their op- eration to minimize their combined energy consumption, making the best use of home-generated energy from solar or other sources. The long-predicted smart fridge, which keeps track of its own contents and simplifies grocery shopping, is now also a reality. The Future of Intelligent Home Automation As useful as current automation technology is, it's set to go much further in the near future. Already, controllers such as Echo and Home can automate devices from many different manufacturers, but there are still several competing protocols making cross functionality difficult. As the technology matures, com- munication methods are becoming more standardized, and the "inter- net of things" means that every- thing from your TV to your refrigera- tor will be connected into a single, adaptable, intelligent system. RE This article originally appeared on RISMedia's blog, Housecall. Visit us at blog.rismedia.com. Smart Devices: How Home Automation Is Taking Over the Remodeling Industry by Steve Palmer F rom smartphones to smart TVs, everyday devices are becoming more and more sophisticated and autonomous. The devices being integrated into our homes allow the house to respond automatically to the environment, preset schedules and even spoken commands. Today, systems like Amazon Echo and Google Home provide a central base for automating almost any conceivable aspect of a home, all controllable by phone, computer or voice.

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