Wikipedia defines "Home Automation" as: the residential extension of building automation. It is automation of the home, housework or household activity. Home automation may include centralized control of lighting, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), appliances, security locks on gates, doors and other systems, to provide improved convenience, comfort, energy efficiency and security.
When an appliance is controlled by another device, the process is referred to as automation. A number of appliances are combined to make a system. The systems within a home may include climate, entertainment, lighting, cleaning, irrigation, security or a variety of other electronic systems. Each of these systems is made up of one or more appliances.
For example, the climate system is created by linking the controls of a number of appliances, which may include one or more of the following:
- Air Conditioner
- Ceiling Fan
Each of these appliances can be controlled individually or in conjunction with one another. By controlling the system "climate", a home owner has the ability to change each room independently and set a program that works by day of week and time of day as well as make a temporary change to their current desire. This program is easily modified using a smart phone or a proprietary handheld remote control.
Home automation works by consolidating, simplifying and providing remote access to every electronic system in the home. This consolidation permits a single device to control divergent systems like window curtains, garage doors, security settings, entertainment and much more. Combining the control of these devices permits the elimination of the individual controls of stereos, TV, lights, security systems, and thermostat; while adding the ability to automate each of these systems both individually and in conjunction with one another.
The purpose of a "smart home" - home automation - is to simplify your life by increasing your comfort, ease of operation and security. This results in the ability to control your home and view your security cameras on your television as well as your computer, smart phone or pad from anywhere in the world. You can program your home so it appears to be occupied while you are at work or on vacation. A smart home makes the complicated electronic systems easy to use.