Home Automation

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What is “Home Automation”

Home automation is a broad term that can apply to many different types of home systems. We think of it as easy, all-purpose control that makes life simpler, safer, more fun, and saves energy: all at the same time!

A typical home has many systems in it. These can include whole house music, intercom, distributed video, networking, security, lighting control, heating and cooling systems, cameras, pool and spa control, gate control, etc. A home automation system ties all of these systems together so you can interface with them from one point of contact. With custom programming, you can automate all kinds of things to make your life simpler and make your home a safer place. For example, custom programming can allow events to happen based upon other events. A fire code from the alarm system can cause the home automation system to tell the lighting system to flash your exterior lights so your home is easy for emergency personnel to find. The fun part of custom programming is when you are ready to relax or entertain, and pressing one button starts a whole sequence of events such as setting lighting scenes, starting music in the appropriate rooms, and telling landscape lights to stay on late to accommodate a party you’re throwing.

A complete home automation system includes and communicates with all of the subsystems mentioned above. In a well-designed automation system, any single subsystem can operate independently. You can use a wireless touch panel, a wall mounted touch panel or keypad, or even an iPhone or iPad to tell your home automation system how to control all of your subsystems.

Designing an automation system that meets your needs is a process that involves discovering how you will use your home and what is important to you. Here, at Hippo’s, we have two great home automation systems: Crestron and URC Total Control. Make your home a Smart Home!

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