What Is Home Automation?

What Is Home Automation?

Home automation means using connected "smart" devices to automate and simplify tasks around the home.

A few examples of home automation include:

  • A thermostat that adjusts the temperature according to your schedule.
  • A garage door that closes automatically if you leave it open by accident.
  • A voice assistant (like Alexa) that turns off house lights upon command.

A home that's been outfitted in this manner has another name as well: a smart home.

Home automation has exploded in popularity in recent years. But many homeowners still have questions before taking the plunge into this exciting world of new technology.

  • How does home automation work, exactly?
  • What are the benefits for homeowners and their families?
  • What systems and devices can be automated?

We'll cover all of these and other questions in the article below.


If you've got burning questions to ask about home automation before or after reading the article, you can always call Ackerman Security.

We've been installing home automation systems since home automation was a thing. So don't hesitate to call us at 800.552.1111 or schedule a consultation with an Ackerman security consultant.

How Does Home Automation Work?

Home automation requires three things to work:

  • Smart devices: A growing number of appliances and home systems are being developed with automated capabilities, including thermostats, door locks, light switches, security cameras and more.
  • Smart phones & voice assistants: Homeowners need a way to speak to all these new connected devices. Smartphones and voice assistants like Alexa and Google Home let homeowners set schedules and give commands to all their devices.
  • Wireless networks: A wireless home network is essential to both manage and speak to all of these automated devices.

Pretty simple, right? A homeowner can install as many smart devices in their home as they want, then speak to those devices using a phone or voice assistant.

A lot more goes on under the hood of course. But these are the basic components of any automated home.

What Are the Benefits of Home Automation?

The benefits of home automation range from vastly improved home security to never burning another piece of toast.

Here are some of the most significant reasons why adoption for home automation is skyrocketing.

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  • Makes home security more effective: Smart doorbells warn you when a visitor is at your door. Security camera video feeds can be live streamed to your phone.
  • Saves homeowners money: Smart thermostats can reduce utility bills by hundreds of dollars. Smart lighting turns lights off when you're not there.
  • Gives time back to families: Mundane tasks like vacuuming can be automated around the home. Voice commands can turn on ovens and set timers. Smart toasters learn exactly how you like your toast.
  • Keeps families connected: Keep track of when a child returns home from school, and reach out through a home intercom system from your smart device.

What Can I Automate in My Home?

Home automation has come a long way since The Clapper. These days anything from appliances and lights to door locks can be controlled from a cell phone app or by your voice.

Here are a few of the most exciting systems you can control with home automation:


  • Refrigerators
  • Vacuums
  • Dishwashers
  • Washers and dryers
  • Coffee makers
  • Microwaves

Security devices

  • All types of alarm systems (burglary, CO, smoke, flooding, etc.)
  • Smart door locks and garage door openers
  • Smart doorbells
  • Indoor and outdoor security cameras

Home systems

  • HVAC systems and home temperature control
  • Indoor and outdoor lighting systems
  • Entertainment systems, including speakers and smart TVs

This is not an exhaustive list. And many other devices will become automated in the years to come.


All of this new home automation technology begs the question: How do you begin seeing the benefits of the smart home revolution? Where do you start?

We'd recommend starting with Ackerman. We can help guide you on a path toward a safer, smarter and more convenient home lifestyle. A lifestyle that gives you greater comfort and yes, better toast.

Ready to get started? Give us a call us at 800.552.1111 or schedule a consultation today.