OTechnology designs have an optional digital control center device to monitor and manage all essential services. We offer a range of automation options, including the ability to monitor energy performance or remotely manage heating and ventilation. At the high end, our systems will provide full control of not only heating and ventilation but also entertainment and security within the home or building.
Home automation systems allow you to control lighting and electrical needs, landscape watering, heating or cooling, renewable energy systems, security, and your entertainment systems via an outside system. The home automation system is particularly of interest if you have any renewable energy systems: you can control when the renewable energy source is given preference over the home system by automatically lowering the house control set-point for the period of activity that the renewable energy system supplies electricity, hot water, or thermal energy to the building. The same concept works with landscaping water needs, reducing the amount of water used so things aren’t over watered. All of these automated functions help to use fewer resources, like water and energy, and synchronize a renewable energy system for optimization of supply and demand needs with your home.
Health and / or Social Benefits
An automated home provides the convenience of saving your time and effort by having your home automatically do routine functions such as watering your grass (but only if it has not rained recently), or turning off all lights, setting the thermostat to economy mode, or arming the security system when you retire for the night. This helps you to save natural resources without worrying about it.
Home automation also provides security—allowing you to look in on your home remotely from anywhere in the world and receive notifications on your phone if anything is amiss. In the event of a fire, home automation can automatically wake you, shut down gas and ventilation systems, call the fire department, and turn on a lighting path for your escape. The benefits of an automated home are only limited by your imagination.
By assigning your home the responsibility of regulating the operation of lights, water heater, HVAC system, entertainment components, appliances, and irrigation system, you save money and electricity since these devices are on only when needed.
Home Automation the Next Step in the Green Evolution?
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Number of Home Automation Systems to Hit 4 Million in 2013
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