Home automation is a technological discipline that is in full development right now. Before talking about the practical applications of this branch of technology, we will define what home automation is briefly.
Domotics comes from the Latin word Domus, which means house, and from the Greek word αὐτόνομος, autonomous (“self-governing”). In a broad sense, home automation is everything related to home automation. In a stricter and more limited sense, which is the one that interests us here, home automation is made up of those applications that allow the automated and controlled management of all the essential services that we have in a home: heating, security, communications, lighting, doors, blinds and any other element that can be automated.
Applications and uses of home automation in the home
Home automation has endless possible applications within the home. We can group it into the following areas.
In the security field, through home automation applications, we can control alarm and video surveillance systems: sensors, cameras, presence detectors, etc. We can also make remote assistance installations or close and open doors remotely.
Home automation can be an excellent ally for more intelligent lighting management in our home. We can program the turning on and off of lights in general, regulate the intensity of the lighting according to the needs of each space or adapt the artificial lighting to the level of ambient lighting to take more advantage of daylight.
We can have an automated installation and turn on the heating or air conditioning equipment automatically or remotely. The air conditioning can be regulated using thermostats so that they are activated at a specific temperature.
With home automation applications, we can control our appliances’ turning on or off. We could activate, for example, the ignition of the washing machine if it is connected to a plug connected to the Wi-Fi network. We could also activate the oven or microwave when we leave work to find the food cooked when we get home.
The possibilities are endless thanks to the internet and the game that Wi-Fi plugs give, which we can control from outside the home.
Home automation installations have a wide field for development. They are not only present in new buildings. They also have great possibilities in old buildings. Manufacturers, engineers, and installers are increasingly aware of the need to integrate this discipline into the design and construction of buildings.
Home automation has excellent advantages:
- It contributes significantly to reducing our electricity bill, which implies having a more ecological home
- It makes life easier for people with disabilities since they can automate specific daily tasks such as lifting blinds, irrigation systems, or turning on streetlights
- Contributes to improving the level of comfort in homes.
Studying home automation can be a great career option if you like technology and installations. In this discipline, computing, telecommunications, and installations come together as a modern profession with a great future.