Home automation integrates your space. Instead of treating your home as small units you can now unify it to be one big space. Home automation is not a new concept it has been around for many years now, but it was in small scale and was not predominantly visible. Washing machines, HVAC systems, and refrigerators are all home automation systems. The modern Chennai home automation companies have gone a step further into advanced technologies like lighting appliances, heating and cooling systems, home theatre and security systems. The role of home automation is to integrate these individual devices into one centralized control that could be operational from anywhere, anytime.

Leaving the job to the experts is the right way to get your home automated. All that needs is a little research and planning for your adventure to begin. To start with follow the steps below

Start afresh
Forget all you have heard and read about home automation. Though this could be a little tough, it is always best to start afresh. The reason being decisions are taken in the wrong order, and this could lead to chaos. Home automation is an elaborate subject, and a little knowledge of everything could only be a disaster. Keep your mind ready to accept things afresh by putting aside old preconceptions.

Write it down
Sit in a room and decide on what needs to be automated. Jot down the points, as it could be anything from a lighting, stereo, home theater, shades, music system, door entry, etc. Go room by room to find out what needs to be automated. Each room has different automation needs. For instance, the kitchen will need refrigerator, cooking range, kettle and other appliances to be automated. In the bathroom, the geyser, in the garden sprinklers and the list goes on. Make a final list before you call upon a home automation service.

It’s time to think
Get creative when you decide you automation list. Find out what you want to control and how you want to control it. The how can be defined as control triggers. Some of the appliances and devices you can trigger. Even a simple light switch comes with a whole lot of triggering possibilities including, switch on/off based on the sunrise and sunset, changes in the home, especially when the security system is alerted or when the doorbell rings, voice recognition, phone bell or conditional triggers. Apart from these, there are vast possibilities of triggers, and it depends on the needs of the homeowner.

Types of controllers
Controllers can be divided into hardware based, software based and hybrid controllers. Each has their own advantages related to power, reliability, and flexibility. The key is to have the right balance. The hardware-based controller is simple and designed for basement or closed structured cabinet. It comes with a central processor limiting the option for automation triggers. The software-based controller is complex and is capable of using varied technologies. These are powerful and versatile, available with scripting and plugin support.

For reliability opt for a dedicated personal computer. Hybrid controllers are complex and need the highest level of reliability. It comes with the flexibility of both hardware and software based controller. These are expensive but do not mind to pay that extra bit to get a powerful processor. It comes with no moving parts and supports advanced functions like text to speech processing, voice recognition, and remote access.

Choosing a control technology
There are many technologies available including cables, power line, wireless, serial cables, Ethernet and Infrared controls. Pick the right technology meeting your automation needs.

Remember to try out samples before making a big investment. Find out which system suits your needs and take the right decision.