Age of the smart home

Automation in the house is a growing trend.

Gone are the days of worrying whether you’ve turned the lights off and locked the door, because home automation has made the jump from science fiction to reality.

The future is here, and it looks like personalised temperature control and gourmet dinners when you walk in the door.

Nicknamed the ‘Internet of Things’, home automation revolves around smart versions of household products that can be controlled remotely through an internet connection – think talking fridges and automatic coffee machines.

The products can be controlled through digital applications and even send you information. With this technology, running out of milk will be a thing of the past.

Smart products can also communicate between each other when operating through the same system, meaning the fridge can do the shopping and order you an Uber.

Benefits of automation

Smart homes can do everything from closing the blinds to heating a room, making everyday life easier. By taking away those little things that drain energy and use up valuable time, there’s more left over for the things you love.

Home automation also extends to security, with affordable systems that can remotely monitor, communicate and report information. Whether a family member is home alone or you’re off on holidays, home automation can keep your house secure at all times.

How safe is it?

Home automation is not without its downsides. Many people have asked to what extent we should allow technology to invade our personal lives. Smart products often store personal data such as when you’re home, how you get to work and other important information on your daily habits.

While smart appliance hacking is fairly uncommon, it is still a risk you take when purchasing home automation products. Luckily, as home automation becomes more popular, experts are creating new ways to keep your information safe.