Before you begin setting up your smart home, it’s important to think about what you would like your home to do. Usually it’s a good idea to begin with a few basic automations to make setup simple, but now is also a great time to consider what you may want to add in the future. This way, you can make sure that you select technology that will be capable of incorporating the other automations you may want to add down the road. We recommend creating a list of ideas you have about what you’ll eventually want to accomplish, such as:
- Opening and closing the living room blinds based on the time of day, levels of daylight, and internal temperature of the house
- Unlocking the door for my teenager when she gets home from school
- Alerting me when a delivery person brings a package to my porch or when someone rings my doorbell
- Dropping the temperature of the house after the last person goes to bed and raising it back up when the first person wakes up in the morning
- Adjusting the temperature of the house to make sure that energy isn’t being wasted when no one’s at home
- Programming my television so that my children can only watch at times I’ve allowed
- Feeding my pet the right amount of food at the appropriate time each day
There are countless more possibilities for automating your own home, and as the technology develops, more options will become available. Having a reference list like this can help you when you’re researching and budgeting your home automation plan.
Now that you have an idea about what you’d like your house to be capable of, you will need to choose the specific technology, or home automation protocol, that you will use to create a basic framework for your home’s automation.