Monday, January 11, 2016

Home Automation and how it's helpful

Home automation is the automation of the home and household work or activities through the use of items that can be controlled through a timer, motion sensor, smartphone, or other avenues. 
This kind of automation can be used to streamline one's home and can also be used to increase the quality of life for those who may otherwise need specialized care through a caregiver or an institution such a group home. The use of items that can automate one's home can be pivotal in allowing people to maintain their independence while also enabling these people to be able to engage in the activities that are meaningful to them. Homes that have this capability have also been called "Smart Homes", implying that the home has the ability to achieve tasks that other homes without home automation would be unable to do.

Home automation tools that can be used through one's smartphone can be pivotal to being able to effectively use these tools, and without a smartphone or similarly associated tablet, it may be difficult to utilize home automation tools to their full potential. Being able to properly access these tools will allow the user to turn on lights, lock doors, control the temperature in the home, control appliances, maintain home security, and do a variety of other tasks. For more on what different kinds of home automation tools can do for you, and how these tools could work for you, follow this link: home automation possibilities. One of these home automation systems is the Iris by Lowe's. This system is connected through the home's Wifi and can be used to control most of the above areas that were touched upon above.

From locking doors at night, to making sure all the lights are off before bed, Iris allows one to access the full use of their home without having to make all the individual changes to the home one at a time. This could be very important for those who are currently living a disability or with a limitation that does not allow them to reach all parts of the home in a timely and safe manner while they are alone. For these people, having a smart home where a person can ensure their home is safe and secure without having to go and check each area can be key in maintaining one's independence. Use of a Smart Home to Adults with Disabilities

Whether one decides to use the Iris system from Lowe's, or one if prefers to go with a custom home automation system like the one in the video above, it is clear to see that home automation can be effectively used to help people maintain a higher quality of life, especially in regards to the elderly or those with disabilities.
Home automation enables people like the elderly or those with disabilities to be able to engage in the activities they need and want to be able to do without taking away their independence or sacrificing quality of life to do so. However, this is an avenue that many homeowners and people with a steadily declining quality of life such as the elderly or those with disabilities do not seriously consider. This may be because of how new this technology is and it therefore has not become widely known as a possibility for these people, or because of its cost and perceived difficulty to set up. When considering the cost of a daily aide or another vehicle to help one accomplish a similar goal, modifying the home to make it a "Smart Home" is a cost-saving option that one does not have to keep paying for in order for it to work for you. Approximate cost of making your home "smart". As far as difficulty is concerned, one may be surprised that setting up a home automation tools are not as complicated as one might think. Getting Started with Home Automation. Modifying one's home with home automation tools in order to create a smarter home may be an effective way to increase the quality of life for oneself, or a loved one, and should not be overlooked when considering methods to maintain independence. There is no one right answer to how to properly approach maintaining quality of life without sacrificing independence for each individual, but a smart home may just be an overlooked answer that could help a good amount of people.
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