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Going the smart way
Gaurav Ranjan,
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Home automation is both easy and affordable today.
If you thought smart homes were only for the rich and famous, think again. Now with just a simple device, you can control everything from temperature to lighting even when you’re not home.

Why should you automate?

Besides being affordable and easy to install, here are more reasons why home automation is a good idea:

• Saves energy & money: By automating your home, you can ensure that you are only using energy and resources that are necessary at any point in time.

• Safety made simple: With automation, mot only can you ensure that the lights and AC are off when you leave the house, but also turn the lights on at certain times when you want to make it look like someone is at home. If you’re out late or not in town, with a simple click, you can increase the safety and security of your home.

• The gift of convenience: A lot of the tasks we do on a daily basis are repetitive in nature. Now, they can be automated or accomplished with fewer steps. For example, it’s movie night and you’re all settled in. Instead of turning off or dimming different lights to set the mood, home automation allows you to do this without moving an inch.

• Peace of mind: Do you walk out of the house every day and wonder if you forgot to turn something off or on? Well then, automating your home is the best way to check and be sure everything is the way you want it to be when you’re not home.

• A family matter: If you don’t want to take care of all the tasks, you can add users and assign devices to them. This can be a fun task and also gives everyone a sense of responsibility.

Here are some features of home automation devices or apps:

• One unit controls four appliances. So, you can control your TV, AC, lights, fans, set-top boxes, audio systems and any
remote-controlled (IR-based) devices.

• It is controllable from anywhere via Wi-Fi, 4G, 3G and even 2G-enable systems.

• It doesn’t require any rewiring to set up.

• Devices can be scheduled so you can time your AC to switch on when you leave work and have the house cool and ready when you arrive.

• You can also check the usage statistics of every appliance on the app.

(The author is category manager, Housejoy)

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