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CONVERGE | Technology

6 Easy Ways to Build Your First Home Automation System

August 31, 2018

Are you trying to create your own smart home? Here are a few simple ways you can easily get started.


By: Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Smart technology is making tasks and maintenance around the house easier than ever, while even saving energy and money. Outfitting your smart home can include everything from climate control monitors that anticipate your perfect temperature, smart locks that enable you to lock your doors from an app, or even a fun refrigerator device that tells you if you’re low on eggs.

Home automation technology can be intimidating and overwhelming at first, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re trying to automate your home, here are six easy areas to explore to get you started.

1. Lighting

Lighting can change the entire mood of your home, for better or worse. Smart lights put you in complete control whether you are home trying to enjoy the ambiance, or away and trying to preserve energy. You can easily turn them on remotely, so you never have to come home to a dark room, or you can even program a schedule to save energy and money on your electric bill.

2. Home Security

There’s nothing more important than the safety of your family and belongings. A home security system offers peace of mind that the things most important to you are completely safe whether you’re home or away. Some systems offer overall alarm, keypad, cameras and motion sensor options that can be activated through apps, while others specialize in HD door bell cameras.

3. Door Locks

Upgrade your traditional deadbolts with easy-to-use smart locks. Imagine how convenient it would be to open your front door without fumbling around for keys with an armful of groceries (or kids), or being able to give trusted friends and family members their own “digital” keys to house sit when you’re away. With the Smart Door Lock from Cox Homelife, you can lock and unlock your doors, or check the status of your locks from anywhere with the Homelife mobile app.

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