Recently more attention has been brought to smart homes, otherwise known as homes with a Building Automation System (BAS). But what are they and what are the advantages? Let’s take a closer look.
What is home automation?
A smart home utilizes a BAS, which centralizes the control of the home’s heating, AC, lighting, security, ventilation and any other necessary system. It also gives you an automated control, making them accessible through a remote or even an app on your phone.
How does it work?
A home’s BAS is made of several different electronic devices that monitor the various systems of your home and make sure they’re functioning correctly. A professional HVAC company, like L&M Heating and Cooling, will be able to set up your home automation system.
What are the benefits of home automation?
Smart homes have lower energy costs and utility bills since you’re able to set your heating and cooling on a schedule for different zones of your home. This means you don’t need to heat or cool areas that don’t need to be, when they don’t need to be, saving lots of energy and wasted funds. You are also able to control your AC, heater or even the lights even when you’re not home. So for example, if you decide to stay an extra day on vacation in the dead of winter, you can turn your heat on even when you’re not home, saving yourself from possible emergencies like frozen pipes that can cost hundreds of dollars in repairs.
Is it expensive?
The average cost to install a BAS in your home could be anywhere from $500- $2000 depending on the size of your home and the systems you want to be controlled. But on average, you can save hundreds of dollars a year on energy costs, plus you have the priceless added convenience.
If you’re considering upgrading to home automation, contact L&M Heating and Cooling today.