Automation is a trendy business term, but it can also have a big impact on personal life, too. From lighting to climate control to automatic reminders, doorbells, and appliances there are many ways to automate your day-to-day activities.
Some of these are obvious. For instance, every smart home article starts with a recommendation to get a smart thermostat. But the automation of your life shouldn’t stop there.
Here are some more unique ways that you can automate your daily grind, whether you’re sleeping, working, or resting on the homefront.
1. Set the Stage For Smart Home Success
The bulk of your life’s automating activities are going to take place within the four walls of your home. This means you’re going to want a powerful and capable Wi-Fi system to manage all of your automated smart home solutions.
While smart homes have been around for a while now, the second generation of IoT devices is incorporating a large variety of automated factors. In other words, the goal is no longer to just reduce work on your part. It’s to remove you from the equation altogether.
The enhanced capabilities of many modern smart home devices must be plugged into a solid network if they’re going to work properly. In other words, if you have an old or cheap Wi-Fi system, it’s going to hold you back sooner or later. That’s why one of the most critical yet easiest things to overlook is your home’s wireless network.
If you’re going for full life automation wherever possible, make sure you have an advanced router that can handle the workload. It should be able to set up an adaptive Wi-Fi system that can automatically learn and grow with your IoT devices.
2. Update Your Online Security
Another essential element of automation that is far too easy to skip over is your security. The good news is that you can automate a lot of this as well.
For instance, quality security software should always have an option to set up automatic updates. This should always be turned on, as keeping your devices up to date with the latest patches and software is one of the best ways to stay secure.
In addition, it is also a good idea to keep an eye out for AI-infused cybersecurity. This isn’t a universal concept yet. However, as smart home tech advances, many of the latest models come equipped with artificial intelligence that can watch your back without the need to lift a finger.
3. Set Up A Remote Garage Door System
Shopping online and having packages delivered is a common activity in the modern era. After the coronavirus, the habit of online shopping has only become more embedded in the collective conscious.
If you have a lot of packages arriving on a daily basis, you may want to automate the process of receiving them. It can be difficult to ensure that you’re home whenever a package arrives. And yet, if you let them sit out on the doorstep, they can get wet, snowy, or even stolen.
To avoid this problem, consider setting up a remote garage door system. This should consist of a couple of automated pieces. Start with a video alert camera, like a video doorbell. This should be set up to automatically alert you whenever someone arrives at your house. It should also have a vocal option so that you can ask drivers to leave packages in the garage.
Next, install an automatic remote garage door opener. When you see that the FedEx or UPS truck roll in, let them know that you want the package in the garage. Then open the door up with your phone, shut it again, and you’re all set. While you still need to be involved, the effort is minimal, and it can keep your packages safe and sound at all times.
4. Light Things Up
Once you have a solid adaptive Wi-Fi in place and your smart home security is being protected by an AI watchdog, it’s time to have some fun. If you’ve put the work into setting up a smart home network, you always want to include a lighting element in the mix.
Automated smart lighting can be helpful in a variety of ways. For instance, you can set up a simple motion sensor as part of your home’s security system.
You can go further, though. For instance, consider setting up a smart light module to program and control your lighting. This opens up the door to a variety of auto-illuminated events.
You can have lights turn on if a security alarm goes off. You can also have a light turn on or off depending on the amount of activity in a room. You can even have certain lights programmed to turn themselves on at dusk and off in the morning sunshine.
5. Automate the Chores
Everyone has their own list of chores. And the truth is, sooner or later you’re going to have to roll out of bed or get your butt out of your favorite chair to do some stuff.
But that doesn’t mean you have to do everything. On the contrary, there are many smaller activities around the house that you can automate if you put your mind to it, such as:
- Setting up an automated feeder to deliver food to your cat or dog on a predictable schedule.
- Getting a robot vacuum cleaner to sweep and mop your floors on a regular basis.
- Setting up an automated trash can that opens with a motion sensor — some even come with anti-odor, self-cleaning capabilities.
- Looking into purchasing a smart lawnmower to keep your grass trim with minimal effort.
There are many more important or clever solutions on this list. However, if you’re trying to automate as many factors of your life as you can, it’s often the little things like these that can add up and make a big difference.
From solid Wi-Fi and strong security to great lighting, easy deliveries, and minimal chores, there are many ways to automate your life. The trick is applying some creativity to discover where you can benefit from automation the most.
As you think of areas that you want to streamline, do some research. In most cases, you’ll find a smart home device, program, or some other tabteck-savvy solution to meet your needs and simplify your life.