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Tech Smart, House Smart

There are new buzz words flying around when it comes to technology for the general consumer. You might have heard the terms home automation or smart home. It sounds neat and it is. It’s the future and it’s the next big thing for a lot of home owners.

However, for many people these terms don’t really mean a whole lot because like many new things (especially in terms of technology) we need a bit of schooling on what a system looks like, what it can do and how to use it.

In a nutshell, home automation is having the ability to control day-to-day things from within your home from a smartphone or tablet for either convenience and/or security.

It can literally be as simple as being able to turn lights on and off in your home from anywhere in the world, which can be a great security feature if you’re on holidays or on a bizcation and want your home to appear as though it’s not vacant.

While that’s one of the simplest ways to create a smart home, there’s so much more that you can do. You can unlock your front door or open your garage doors remotely, you can install cameras, motion sensors and a smart thermostat.

And you can tie it all in together to get messages sent to you telling you that your front door has opened, you can adjust your air conditioner or heat, turn on your air exchanger, be notified by the leak sensor if there’s a water leak somewhere in your house or simply turn off the bathroom light because someone else forgot!

This can all happen whether you’re in New York City, just 20 blocks away at work or lying in bed. It’s about peace of mind, security and convenience.

At myITsource we carry a very affordable, fantastic home automation line called Insteon. It can be tied into larger security systems and the best part is it is easy to install.

In fact, it’s extremely simple. You don’t need a contractor or a masters degree in science to automate your home. You buy the kit, install it yourself (feel accomplished) and instantly start seeing the advantage of having a system like this in your home.

And, in case you’re wondering it doesn’t matter whether you have a new home or an old home, but it does depend somewhat on how elaborate you wan the automation to be. If you want a full wow factor with complete video and audio access it would be easier to do this during construction, but for simple lighting and security and some wow factors it’s just as easy to set up a new home as an older home.

The kit I put in my house allows me to control about 15 different lights, the garage doors, includes a camera, thermostat and motion sensors. It works great, it makes my life easier and I can’t wait to add more for not only the security, but the convenience and fun of it!

BJ – myITsource Techy & Store Manager for MTS Connect

Posted on: June 2, 2015