By Tim Smith If you’re anything like me, you live and breathe online, Tweeting your interesting thoughts, Instagramming your dinner, posting photos of your kid on Facebook. We’re living in a world where we have so much more than we’ve ever had right at our fingertips. So controlling your home with smartphone apps and automated systems is a no-brainer — this technology makes life easier and takes the headache out of many common tasks from vacuuming to flipping on light switches.
Here are five automation products that will cut your energy bills, keep your home secure, and lighten the list of everyday chores:
This device allows you to control the heating and cooling settings remotely, with programming for weekdays, weekends, and individual preferences. If your schedule changes each week, this is a great product for you. The initial costs are more than made up through energy savings throughout the year.
Starts at $58
The CWA2000 detects motion in your business, your home, or your yard, and it can be installed for indoor or outdoor use. It has adjustable sensitivity control and can be adapted for up to eight sensors. With a 120 degree wide sensory ability, it detects movement at up to 30 feet.
Cost for a single camera is $99.99, with a monthly charge of $9.99, based on a 24-month agreement
Are you concerned with home safety while you’re away? This package contains one camera, for outdoor use, and can be programmed to take live video or a snapshot. Additional cameras can be added if desired. This equipment is available through AT&T.
Starts at $199
The technology for robotic vacuuming continues to improve. The newest Roomba model, the 800 series, uses an AeroForce Performance Cleaning System to pick up 50% more dust, debris, and dirt, with very little maintenance. The newest Roomba sells for $599.99, and the basic iRobot Roomba Model 560 starts at $199.99.
You can turn your lights on — or off — from anywhere in the world using your smartphone, iPhone, or iPad. This controller replaces a standard light switch and works through your Wi-Fi system. This is simple enough for most DIYers.
Take advantage of the technology at your fingertips, and save time and money through the use of automated systems. For more home automation ideas check out Modernize.com.