An automated home lighting system allows you to turn on or off lights remotely—either from another room in the house or from somewhere off site, 像办公室. 除了更方便, 舒适和安全, home automated systems provide the added advantage of energy efficiency. 如果你不小心落下了东西, you can turn it off from as nearby as an adjacent room or from as far away as another country.
More comprehensive and sophisticated home automation systems integrate all household electrical devices—暖通空调(采暖, 通风及空调), 娱乐, 制冷, 灌溉, 安全, surveillance and more—enabling their operation and monitoring from a single source, 通常是电脑或无线设备.
一种节能方案是调峰. 许多智能电器都是可编程的, so that homeowners can take advantage of lower utility rates at times when the demand on the utility is low. More sophisticated home automation systems can communicate with utilities so that appliances such as washers, 热水器, 暖通空调(采暖, 通风 & air conditioning), are automatically deactivated during the peak demand periods.
Home automation systems operate as programmable 恒温器 and regulate household temperatures on a room-by-room and zone basis, 而不是整栋房子. When hooked up to 入住率传感器, the zones are only activated when occupied. In one high-tech application, people carry sensors that are programmed to their personal preferences. The system reads these when people enter a room and adjusts the environment accordingly.
光电传感器, occupancy and remote control technologies have a proven track record of energy savings and are also the first energy-saving applications in home automation systems.
Occupancy sensor technologies save the automated home’s owner energy and money by limiting lighting, appliance and space conditioning use when rooms or zones are unoccupied for a certain length of time. 光电传感器s adjust the lighting in a room to take advantage of daylight. 当与家庭自动化系统捆绑时, heating and cooling systems can be adjusted to account for passive solar heat gains. Systems connected to a home automation system can also be turned on by telephone, 所以当主人来的时候，这个家很舒适.
单个设备只能控制一个设备或功能. 例子包括可编程挫折恒温器, 运动探测器, 入住率传感器, 光电管照明控制和定时器. Individual control device applications range from outdoor lighting to 安全 sensors.
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