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Getting Started with Home Automation

What is Home Automation?

Home automation is "The Internet of Things", right? Well, our industry is full of hype and has been for the 20+ years that Smarthome and INSTEON have been in business.

Once you get beyond the hype, home automation gives you remote and automatic control of a wide array of devices in your home. Home automation can also alert you to events that you might want to know about right-away while you are gone like water leaks and unexpected access to your home, or any part of it. At any time, you can grab your iPhone, Android device or other remote control and change the settings in your house as desired. For automation, you dictate how a device should react, when it should react, and why it should react. You set the schedule and the rest is automated and based off of your personal preferences thus providing convenience, control, money savings, and an overall smarter home.

Be careful of the hype, take your time, do your research and find the best technology and products for you. You’ll find the most hyped products to be the most expensive and the least available. Also, be aware that while a brand might be very trusted, you can’t trust it to last in the home automation industry. A partial list of brands that have entered the industry, only to leave abandon it:


Control and automate just about every device and appliance within your home whether you are at home or far away. We've all gotten used to controlling our TV from the couch; just wait until you are able to dim the lights as well.

Imagine adjusting the temperature from your bed or controlling the volume of your whole-house audio system from any room. Or imagine the wall/ceiling heater in your bathroom coming on automatically on chilly mornings 5 minutes before your alarm clock goes off so that it is warm when you enter. Many Smarthome products also save energy -- we'll all agree that's a nice convenience.


Always on guard and at the ready, home automation provides security, safeguarding your home. From a security camera’s peering eye to a water sensor that will alert you of a possible costly leak, an automated home keeps your property under surveillance so you can react at a moment’s notice.

We're all used to opening the garage door from the car, but you'll be surprised how much safer you'll feel coming home to a lit home and even turning on more lights from your keyfob remote upon your arrival. With a couple of basic products you can have your whole house light up like Fort Knox when there is motion detected at any corner of your house. Imagine your house sending you an email if there is motion where there shouldn't be any. Or you can have your security system call you if there is an alarm, which might include your typical security alarm or even a low or high temperature or water in the laundry room or basement.

Energy Savings

Home automation works efficiently for you, saving money on your utilities and providing overall convenience.


Home automation gets you involved. Set your personal preferences and actions, then sit back and enjoy using the latest in home automation technology. Though such technology is quite complex, it remains completely flexible and user friendly making for a fun experience.High-tech products for the home are fun to use and share with others. Whether viewing visitors at your front door on your TV or tuning your stereo by using voice recognition, you'll find home automation surprisingly enjoyable. And when it comes to impressing the friends, you'll be happy to show off your newfound applications.

With the broad selection of home automation products offered by Smarthome, you can control just about anything you wish in your home. If you have questions about a particular product please contact our expert technical support team - they're happy to help you find exactly what you are looking for.

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