I know there is a lot of anxiety attached to the idea of home automation, but many of these ideas are actually pretty simple to implement. I’m not going to discuss the details of all the different technology out there on the market, but what I will do is give you my three favorite home automation ideas.
One of the easiest and most cost effective home automation ideas is the ability to control your thermostat just by using your phone. I know I am guilty of doing this all the time, and I still would recommend that you do it. But with a little bit of money and some tech, you can easily control your thermostat with your phone and control other aspects of your life like your lighting, security, and even your mood.
For a truly affordable way to control your home from your phone, check out this cool app called nfc tags. As the name suggests, it connects to your nfc tag and then allows you to control just about anything on your home, including your thermostat. For more details, check out our article on nfc tags.
nfc tags is another idea I’ve been hearing about for a while now, but I never had the opportunity to test it myself. It’s pretty neat, but it’s a little bit pricey. While you can certainly set up your thermostat to set your temperature (and the rest of your home will have it set), the nfc tags app is more of a way to integrate your phone with your home so that you don’t just control it from the couch.
The app basically lets you search for certain words within a text file. When you search for “set temperature” you’ll see a list of all the temperatures that match that search. You can then swipe through and select a temperature from the list.
The app is only available for the iPhone and the iPod Touch, so if you have either of these, I highly suggest you use it. If your phone is newer than iOS4, you should definitely get your hands on it. It’s very easy to integrate and does a great job of letting you control your home from your living room.
the app allows you to control a lot of your home’s settings from your phone. It can control your temperature, turn on your air conditioner, set a timer for your blinds, and even turn on the lights if you need to do something quickly without having to turn on the A/C.
The iPhone app is also able to control your home’s security system, allowing you to lock and unlock your doors and other doors, set a timer for your alarm, and more.
You can also control your house’s lighting and the thermostat.
The nfc tag app also has a few other functions, including the ability to take pictures of your home, send them to your friends and family, and even share your home with friends on Facebook.