Using Your iPad to Control Your Home

The possibilities for energy saving and technology control depend on your own creativity. Using new home technologies will help you to create an efficient space.

Take the technology in your home to a new level by incorporating iPad home automation tools. With this new home automation technology, your iPad can replace several expensive and space-consuming devices all by itself. Your home automation system can now control home security systems, lights, fans, electrical sockets, HVAC systems, universal remote controls, and even home furnishings.

 

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Apple also offers the Homekit, which features an array of products, both physical and virtual, to make your home more convenient, accessible, and safe.

 

Over 50 brands are compatible with the Homekit. This gives you the freedom to choose the tools that you want to control from your device. When shopping for Homekit products, be sure to look for the “Works with Apple Homekit” symbol, whether you’re purchasing them online or in-store.

 

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Compatible Products

Let’s explain what we mean by having control of your electrical sockets.

 

It may seem like a foreign concept, but it’s efficient and simple to use. The Elgato Eve Energy outlet, compatible with the Homekit, gives you full control of the appliances you plug into it. Through Apple’s home control app, you can turn appliances on and off, set a timer for when these items are in use. They can even be used with Siri. Your ceiling fan can be controlled the same way with brands like Hunter providing different models for your particular style.

 

For lighting options, Phillips offers the Hue Ambiance Extension Bulb, which is available in white and colored light. This is a nice touch for a family room or reading nook. These lights can change temperature and intensity with your command.

 

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Security

The security features available with iPhone home control and partnering technologies have made it so easy to know exactly what’s going on in and around your home that you can monitor the tiniest movement from a safe location.

 

The Elgato Eve Door & Window Wireless Contact Sensor will notify you about when and for how long the windows and doors in your home are opened and closed. This is an essential tool for areas that can be easily broken into, like the garage doors, cellar entrances that lead to your basement, or low windows. You can also install a camera in your doorway to see who’s at the front door without having to get out of bed. Live camera feeds can be seen through your Apple device for additional security.

 

The benefits of securing your home with iPad home control are not only the convenience of the products, but also the ease of installing them, and the affordable prices. A wireless security system controlled by your device will be more inexpensive in the long run. A traditional home security system requires installation fees but a wireless system can be installed as a DIY project.

 

One other benefit is that your wireless home security system will also go with you wherever you move, unlike a system hardwired to your home that has to stay in place.

 

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Energy

As an added touch of eco-friendliness, the Homekit’s quick and easy access to your home’s lights and outlets can translate to reduced energy costs for users.  You can now control the HVAC systems in an empty house and apply the temperature you’re comfortable with before getting home. Your laundry appliances can also be controlled by plugging them into a smart outlet.

 

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The possibilities for energy saving and technology control depend on your own creativity, and that’s what makes the Apple Homekit one of the best home automation tools available on the market.