Automation In Home – Is It Really Safe?

Is Home Automation Really Safe?

In today’s world, there is a strong focus on technology and how it can help us with daily activities in our lives. We have voice-controlled electronics to help with cooking dinner or when we’re pulling up to our house at night. There are also voice-controlled home appliances that will turn off the oven for you.

Is automation in the home really safe? Some of the safety concerns with home automation include hacking, burglary, and even fire. However, when you use proper safety measures, these concerns are easily addressed. Overall, home automation is safer now than ever before.

With voice control aspects, one could say that they want to get rid of touching items altogether. This presents an even larger problem than what was initially thought because voice control technology requires a great deal of power. Even the smallest voice-controlled devices such as a radio alarm clock need a ton of power to use voice controls all day long.

Voice-controlled electronics will drain your appliances’ electrical usage in just ten minutes by about 5 percent. This is similar to having a mini laptop turned on continuously for 10 minutes. Let’s take a closer look at the true safety of home automation.

How Do Home Automation Devices Recognize Your Voice?

The voice control features are also said to be less accurate than its user would expect them to be. When someone speaks to their phone, tablet, or Bluetooth speaker, there are unseen barriers that these voice commands have to go through before they get recognized by one’s electronic device.

These voice recognition systems need something called ‘context awareness’, where the voice assistant has an understanding of the user’s voice and knows how to interact with them in a more personal manner.

Battery Life With Voice Control

Voice control technology requires so much power. Because of this, it can potentially decrease the battery life of devices such as phones. The voice control function uses the same applications for voice recognition and voice synthesis which causes it to come at a great cost.

This is why voice controls on phones drain the device’s battery three times faster than normal compared to using touch controls. Once these voice-controlled appliances become more mainstream, they will most likely be required to have their electric source instead of just tying into someone’s home automation system.

This would mean that voice-controlled devices may not always be listening and ready for voice commands at all times. Many voice-controlled devices have alerts that notify the user when voice control is turned on or off. This can be a serious problem if voice-controlled home appliances are needed in any sort of emergency.

What is a Smart Device?

A smart device is an electronic product, often handheld or portable, that has access to the internet for additional features. This allows it to store large quantities of information and perform complex tasks simply with user input.

These features might include multimedia capabilities (e.g., camera, video player), the ability to connect wirelessly with other devices (e.g., Wi-Fi), or increased memory capacity at lower costs (e.g., USB flash drives, external hard drives).

Things to Consider When Using Home Automation

There are many benefits to automation in the home. However, there are also some safety concerns as well. When thinking about automation in the home some important things to consider are safety and comfort. Automating certain parts of your everyday life can make it easier. But it also raises the question of how safe is too safe?

Benefits of Home Automation

A few of the benefits that can come from automating major appliances in the home are:

  • convenience
  • cost savings
  • safety
  • comfort
  • water conservation

Safety Risks of Home Automation

It is great that automation can help families save money but it also raises the question of how much are we willing to give up for safety?

For example, a washing machine has a sensor that turns the water on and off. If clothing becomes stuck in a wash cycle or some other malfunction occurs, pushing and holding down the cancel button usually stops the machine. If this doesn’t work, you can also pull the plug.

However, not all safety features can be overridden by simply pressing a button. As we continue to automate more appliances in the home we will also see more safety concerns.

Luckily modern devices have alternate ways they can be turned off. A new breed of hair appliances includes a phone app that allows you to turn on the curling iron from anywhere. This means it can be turned on or off from an entirely different location. Having a backup plan in case the power is out is also important. You need to be able to control the devices manually if need be.

As families continue to use more and more technology in their homes some safety concerns should be considered to make sure that safety is at the top of every family’s priority list.

Automated Devices for the Home

There are numerous amount of devices, appliances, and gadgets that are considered smart and provide voice control options. These devices can play a part in everyday life from alarm clocks to refrigerators. Some other types include:

  • smart speakers
  • TVs
  • lights
  • vacuum cleaners
  • cameras
  • door locks
  • heating and cooling systems
  • security systems

 

The variety of devices that are available for voice control is vast. It is astounding to think about the number of different devices that can be automated in the home. This is what makes something that makes using voice control so appealing!

Adjusting to Automated Devices in Your Home

With advances in technology, more and more appliances are being automated. For example, refrigerators have sensors to tell you what is in them and when something needs to be replaced. If homes were able to monitor their power usage then families could save on their energy bills by not having appliances that are not being used or are set on timers.

Automating the use of water when doing laundry can be challenging if your family has different needs. You can set them to turn on automatically after you leave the house for work or before you arrive home from work.

But, what if someone wants to do laundry at midnight? How about a family member who does not want to use the automatic settings and wants to do laundry while they are home? It can be hard at first to get used to smart washers and dryers, but they can be beneficial to you and your family!

Helpful Automation in Daily Life

Technological advances are changing the way parents monitor their children, monitor their homes, and conduct everyday activities. The benefits of technological advances are far-reaching to today’s families.

Smart Phones

One popular example of a technology that benefits many people is the smartphone. They allow people to stay connected with others via social media networks, access maps, and conduct other useful applications. Parents can monitor their children’s movements via the use of GPS features on their cell phones.

Home Monitoring Systems

Another technological advancement that benefits parents are home monitoring systems. These devices allow them to monitor doors, locks, temperature control for rooms including baby rooms, and more from a portable device such as a smartphone. They can also monitor audio and video from cameras within the home.

Home automation is not just for monitoring and washing clothes. It can also be used for profit and connecting with others virtually. Many households use smart devices to aid in their businesses and online connections.

Home Automation’s Role in Business

Home-based businesses are also benefitting from technological advances. Businesses can exist solely on the internet without a physical location where products are sold to customers. For example, an online educator can conduct classes with students all around the world. Consumers can also conduct business with companies from their living room, such as bakeries and florists.

Online Gaming

People can interact with others around the world in a virtual environment. These benefits children who may be home-bound due to illness or injury because they can socialize with others in an online environment.

Also, today online gaming is becoming a more popular way to earn income. Those who dedicate time and effort to online gaming have been able to make careers from their homes.

Music Streaming

This allows families to listen to their favorite artists without having to purchase or download songs. The benefits of this are that the consumer saves money, and there is no danger of losing the song file if the device breaks down or becomes lost/stolen.

Also, streaming music allows for a more active lifestyle. Consumers can listen to their custom playlists while doing almost any activity.

In Conclusion

The use of modern technology can be helpful in your day-to-day activities but just make sure you are protecting what is important to you. Make note that all your devices are password protected and monitored by you and those who are connected to them.

These devices give you access to information about your appliances, monitor water, and heating usage, and provide peace of mind by sending you notifications about emergencies, security breaches, or other abnormalities.

You will also be able to lower your monthly bills and save time. You can track and control your energy usage, automate routine tasks, and be alerted to traffic conditions if you would like. There are so many ways to use these devices!

Matt McWilliams
experthomereport@gmail.com

Hi there! My name is Matt and I write for Expert Home Report. I enjoy writing about everything related to home improvement, home tips and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either spending time with my family, doing a DIY project or learning a new skill.