I like to make improvements around the house. Since buying the house, ten years ago, I’ve remodeled every room. I’ve painted, installed windows, put down new rugs, and replaced light fixtures. I’ve sanded down the wood moldings and varnished them, built a deck on the back of the house, and paved the driveway. I’ve replaced the furnace, air conditioner, hot water heater and all the kitchen appliances. Since I’ve nearly run out of projects to tackle, I started looking into ways to make my home more efficient and easier to manage. I did some research and discovered home automation systems. I hadn’t realized that this type of advanced technology was affordable. My local HVAC contractor provided the design and installation of the automation system. It links the various appliances and systems in the home to a common control and provides wifi accessibility. From my smartphone, I can now program and make adjustments to heating, cooling, humidity levels, lighting and door locks. I get notifications if the furnace, air conditioner, washing machine or dryer need maintenance. A security camera provides real time footage, showing me who’s at my front door, and sends alerts to movement or an open window. I remain in touch with all the important systems, even when I’m away from home. I no longer waste energy, running the furnace or air conditioner, when the house is empty. I can change which lights are on to make it seem like we’re at home. The home automation system has improved comfort, convenience, safety and the overall management of everyday tasks. Plus, I’ve saved quite a bit of money off my monthly bills.