What is smart home automation?

Technology has changed dramatically in the past 40 years. For example, do you remember when your parents bought your first microwave?  Were you beside yourself when you got an Atari 64 for Christmas?  Do you remember how amazing it was when Netflix first launched and they’d send you just about any DVD you could imagine, straight to your home?

Cell phone technology continues to transform, CDs have been replaced with online music streaming services, and DVD players are all but a thing of the past. Today, the latest must-have tech consists of smart home automation devices. If you’re not quite familiar with what that is, read on.

What smart home automation is

Smart home devices allow you to control various functions of your home from an app or via voice command. For example, do you have a Google Home, Amazon Echo, or Samsung SmartThings hub (or do you know someone who does?)  Or, have you used your Alexa device to control your lights, set reminders, or to turn on your music streaming service?  Have you ever used a voice control to let your Internet-connected SmartTV to play your favorite show, movies, or series?

Smart home automation allows you to combine the functionality of all of your smart home technologies.  Instead of having separately controlled smart devices, such as your thermostat, smart locks, security cameras, and lighting, smart home automation allows your various systems together. In some cases, you can even automate various actions based on your preferences.

Your smart coffee maker can be programmed to grind (and brew) a fresh pot of coffee based on your preferences—and your smart refrigerator can help keep track of expiration dates for your milk, your leftovers, and other types of perishables. It can also recommend recipes based on the produce (and protein) you have on hand, and it can even make you a shopping list for recipes you’d like to try.

In closing

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can benefit from smart home automation, or you’re interested in learning more about the types of devices you can incorporate into a smart home automation hub, we can help. The team at Magical Home Theaters has years of experience in helping homeowners just like you with needs just like this. For more information on how to get started, call our office today to schedule a free, no-cost consultation.

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