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3 Home Automation Ideas to Simplify Your Life

Updated January 21, 2020
Ryan Hanson
Ryan Hanson

Designing and building a new home is often stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s where Ryan comes in, who is the Partner and Co-owner of S9. Ryan manges the day-to-day operations of the build, and ensures that our clients are satisfied through regular updates and budget reviews. At S9, the client always comes first and Ryan makes sure that they are involved in the building process and aware of how the project is going at all times.

Every day, new technologies and features are being introduced to the home market, all of which are aimed at simplifying your life and helping to make your home the perfect place for you and your family.

Today, we’re focusing on features that specifically reside in the home automation department. Do you know how there are some coffee makers out there that can be set to brew your coffee at a certain time in the morning? Well, these three home automation ideas take that idea and expand on it.

3 Home Automation Ideas

Automatic Lighting (Dimming in the Evening and Brightening in the Morning)

Getting up early—whether it’s for work, a workout, or if you’re trying to sleep in less—is tough to do. But, one trick that always works is turning on the lights. Once those lights are on, it’s a lot easier to get up and out of bed. With automatic light fixtures, you can set your bedroom lights to slowly get brighter and brighter as your alarm time grows closer. So, by the time your alarm goes off, you’ll wake up to your preferred amount of lighting, which will make it all the more easy to get up and get out of bed and tackle the day. Consider this the ultimate life hack for being productive in the morning.

On the flip side, massive lighting isn’t great before going to bed. To remedy this, you can set your automatic lighting to do the opposite of what it does in the morning by having it dim as the evening goes. This way, you’re limiting the amount of light you’re being exposed to before going to bed, which will make it easier for you to get those well-deserved z’s.

Smart Climate Controls (Save Energy With a Self-Regulated Thermostat)

The weather in the Midwest can be extremely volatile. In the morning, it may be cold and rainy, but by the afternoon, the sun may be out in full form, and the weather considerably warmer. Overnight, the temperature may also change dramatically from what it was when you went to bed.

That’s where home automation tools like the Ecobee 4 come in. The Ecobee 4 can regulate the temperature inside the home based on the conditions outside. The Nest Thermostat is also an excellent option for those who want more accessible and automated controls for the climate inside their home. Both of these smart devices will help you cut back on energy costs substantially.

Amazon Echo Plus

The Amazon Echo is a great, all-in-one home hub that allows you to connect different technologies and apps into one centralized location. For example, you can play all your favorite music from it, as well as connect it to speakers throughout your home. The Amazon Echo Plus’ smart home hub has the power to connect and control your home’s devices, including light bulbs, smart locks, and security cameras for your convenience.

The Echo Plus also has a low-power Zigbee smart home hub to connect each product for a better connection, and built-in Amazon Alexa manages all smart home devices using voice commands. And the Alexa mobile app allows you to connect smart home gadgets for a seamless experience quickly.

Home automation devices are a great way to simplify your life. For busy professionals and for those who have kids at home, sometimes even the smallest automation feature can help make things much easier for you. So, go out and try some of these impressive devices! Let us know if you have any favorite home automation features or smart devices that you can’t live without in the comments!

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Ryan Hanson
Ryan Hanson

Designing and building a new home is often stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s where Ryan comes in, who is the Partner and Co-owner of S9. Ryan manges the day-to-day operations of the build, and ensures that our clients are satisfied through regular updates and budget reviews. At S9, the client always comes first and Ryan makes sure that they are involved in the building process and aware of how the project is going at all times.

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