What Is Smart Home Automation

August 16th, 2022

With the rapid advances in technology we have gone from a telephone on the wall with a cord to to having a tiny computers with the world at our fingers. It is only natural that the next step is to manage all the devices in our (blog.city)) homes from that tiny computer. Smart home automation refers to any systems that connect into a common network. Your home is a system. So when all the parts of your home technology work together, it is considered a “connected home”. An example would be your home security, thermostat, lights, locks, and appliances are all connected into one common system. This system is controlled from your smartphone. As technology continues to grow, home automation will continue to make life easier and more enjoyable.

Five Benefits Of Installing Smart Home Automation

Many Chico homeowners may think of smart home automation as an expensive toy, only for the wealthy, or for homeowners to show off. But the reality is there are some very practical and important advantages to smart home automation. They include:

1. Convenience:

Imagine being able to control your home from one place. The convenience is huge. All you need to do is learn to use the app on your smartphone and you can manage all functions and devices throughout your home? Forgot to close the garage door? Done. On vacation? Turn lights on and off so it appears you are home. Checking up on the kids after they get home from school? Yes, you can do that too.

2. Maximizes Home Security:

When you add security and surveillance features to your smart home you are not only making it nearly impossible for criminals, you can also save money. Most homeowners insurance companies will provide a discount for home security. Home security systems can include smart locks, motion detectors, cameras. With Smart home technology you get real time notification of any security alerts no matter where you are.

3. Controlling Home Functions:

Today’s smart home allow you to control all of your home functions at the tip of your fingers. Unexpected hot day? Adjust your air conditioner before you leave work and come home to a nice cool house. Have to hit the store before going home? You can have the oven start to preheat and ready when you get in the door.  

4. Increased Energy Efficiency:

Gone are the days of dad grumbling about the electric bill as he goes to turn down the thermostat. With the use of smart home technology you can make your home more energy efficient and save hundreds on your electric bill. You can program your lights to turn off or on automatically when someone leaves a room. Your thermostat can learn your schedule and temperature preferences and adjust accordingly. You can even program motorized shades to go down automatically when the sun hits the window.

5. Flexible:

Unlike your smartphone or tablet that seems to be obsolete everytime you turn around, smart homes are flexible. As time goes by you will be replacing your appliances, or purchase newer technology for your indoors or outdoors. With smart home technology you will be able to integrate your new purchases into your smart home seamlessly.

If you are ready to turn your Chico home into a smart home, you have a lot of great options. The best strategy to make sure you get all the latest and greatest features is to work with a professional. They can help design a system that works beautifully and offers all the features you could ever need.


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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators