Homes of the future are right around the corner!

Homes of the future are right around the corner!

Doors that lock automatically, thermostats that can be programmed to your routine and habits. Are smart homes just around the corner?

An interview with Francis Adam, a home automation specialist with Maison Adam.

What is home automation?

Home automation is the centralized control of all your smart appliances by means of a simple user-friendly interface.

What are the benefits?

Home automation is above all a means to improve quality of life by simplifying the use of the many smart appliances we use on a day-to-day basis. They also improve home security and in some cases reduce energy consumption. Finally, the integration of home automation increases your home’s value, especially for the years to come, with the growing interest in this type of solution.
Some examples of home automation

There are currently a number of examples of home automation in use:

  • control of indoor and outdoor lighting, including multicolour LED displays
  • control of multiple audio zones with built-in speakers or a home theatre system
  • remote control camera surveillance system and alarm system
  • remote locking/unlocking doors
  • audio/video distribution of multiple appliances on different TVs
  • remote access and full control of heating and cooling systems, programmed to ambient temperature

And luckily, these technologies are simple and easy to use! With home automation, a simple touch of a button is all it takes to connect several different smart appliances.

For example: you want to watch a TV series or a movie. So you turn on the TV, programming decoder, home theatre, and dim the lights. With home automation, you press one button and all the appliances including the lights turn on and adjust. Gone are the days of multiple remote controls and getting up and down to turn the lights on or off.

How much does home automation cost?

There’s no magic answer to this question. It all depends on the customer’s “basic services.” Some people go for music and multiple zones, while others focus on lighting or security, or a little of everything.
Each component of home automation (i.e., audio-video, security, lighting, temperature) comes with a price and some are much more expensive than others.

To give you an idea, you can get smart locks for under $300 or a set of five smart light switches, a remote control for music, universal remote control for the home theatre system, two smart thermostats and a smart touch lock for about $2,000.

What are the risks?

As in all fields, there are the so-called experts who aren’t really experts. Which is why it’s best to deal with an experienced certified dealer.

There’s also a lot of talk about hacking. Of course anything’s possible! That being said, the systems coming onto the market are becoming increasingly more secure. To date, I haven’t heard of any incident of a home automation system being hacked.

What does a smart home of the future look like?

The smart homes of the future (which already exist in some parts of the world) will give you continuous monitoring of the food in your refrigerator. Need something for a recipe? An order will be dispatched to the grocery store of your choice and the groceries will be delivered to you.

In smart homes of the future, all lights and audio zones will turn on and off depending on where you are. Switches will be a thing of the past.

Doors will unlock via facial recognition or fingerprints only.

An advanced vocal control will operate all the smart appliances in your home.

Robots will cook, do dishes and even the housecleaning. It may seem like something out of a science fiction novel, but there are already robots that clean, cook and even make cocktails to impress the guests. In short, everything will be automated to minimize household chores and maximize time for other things.

Francis Adam
Home Automation Specialist, Control4 Tech1
Maison Adam