What is Home Automation and How Does it Work?

Home Automation

You caved and got the new, shiny Alexa, Google Home, or any other voice-activated pal. You think it’s pretty cool that it answers questions, sets timers, or maybe even calls people without you having to pick up your phone. But, did you know that it can turn on your lights, open your garage, and in some cases can even change the temperature? What else can we do that takes our home out of our physical hands? Welcome to the land of Home Automation.

According to Security.org, “Home automation is the automatic control of electronic devices in your home.” What does this mean? You don’t have to worry about doing things on your own. You can have your lights set to turn on as you’re still coming home, or your home security system can arm after you leave automatically. There is a wealth of different things that you can automate in your home, the possibilities in today’s world are just about endless. But how does it all work?

Internet of Things

If you’ve explored the world of home automation, you’ve probably heard of the Internet of Things, IoT. The IoT is anything in your home that you can connect to the internet that wouldn’t normally connect. This might be a smart lightbulb, a smart fridge, a smart toaster, smart anything. Big tech has made just about every home appliance “smart” these days, and it’s almost impossible not to notice. You can connect just about anything to your phone, and control it from there. Home automation, however, takes those IoT items and levels them up a step.

Integrating the IoT with Your Life

Home Automation using the IoT certainly makes things easier. All you need are three things: Electricity, Wifi, and a smartphone. With these three things, you can automate your life through all of your smart devices. Here are the three levels that home automation works on:


The first level of home automation is monitoring. This is for things like a nanny cam that’s connected to an app on your phone, or your home security system that has cameras. Ring cameras are arguably the most notorious of this group.


The next level of home automation is controlling. This category covers your IoT that you can control remotely. This can include a thermostat that you can adjust while at date night, smart lights that you can turn on and off from wherever you are, security cameras that you can pan, and so many more. You can control things through apps, or through a voice assistant like Alexa or Google Home.


The last level of automation involves setting up separate pieces from your IoT to work in conjunction with each other. This could mean that you have a security camera that triggers an alarm when it senses motion, or that you have a timer attached to your lights that turns them off when you go to bed.

There are a number of ways to integrate home automation into your life. The elements of home automation aren’t cheap, but they’re worth it every penny. Having your life made easier by not thinking about things like locking your doors as you’re leaving or turning on and off your lights is a great luxury that you deserve to experience. 


Don’t know where to start? Let PHT Security help you out with developing your home automation system today!

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