When you're at work, away for the weekend or running errands and you realize that you forgot to shut off the lights and adjust the thermostat, you might be worried about all the money you'll be spending on your upcoming utility bill. Instead of paying more on your utilities than you need to, you can have a home automation system installed that allows you to control all of your home's systems with just a tap or a swipe on your smartphone, tablet or other device with an Internet connection.
Controlling Your Home's Heating and Cooling System
While most homes today have a programmable thermostat rather than a manually controlled unit, you still have to remember to set the temperature and program the device in order for it to work. A power outage or change in your schedule could mean that your settings no longer make any sense. Home control equipment allows you to update your home's heating and cooling set points with your smartphone. This means that you can tell the furnace to lower the indoor temperature while you're gone and then increase it so your house is nice and toasty when you arrive back at home. You won't have to pay to heat a house that you're not currently residing in.
Turning Off the Lights
If you have ever arrived back home at an empty house only to find that someone left all the lights on, you may have wondered if there was a better way. Home control systems allow you to shut off any lights in your home without having to be inside of it.
Home control equipment can be integrated with your security system. If you forgot to set the home's alarm system before leaving, you can do so anywhere there is an Internet connection. You can also remotely change your password with the control system.