Home Automation World - Smart Sensors
There are a thousand and one different home automation devices either already in existence or being developed as we speak.
From smart light bulbs to smart security cameras to smart speakers, there’s something for every home function possible…or at least there will be soon. Whilst these intelligent pieces of kit are amazing, they wouldn’t be able to do their jobs without the unsung heroes of the home automation world – smart sensors.
Sensors are the part of the automation network that inform smart devices on when to work and how to work. In this article, we take a look at just a few of the different types of home automation sensor and how they help everything operate as it should.
So, let’s take a look…
Door & Window Contact Sensors are able to detect when windows and doors have been left open. When the contacts aren’t touching, a message can be sent to a smart device to tell you if you’re being burgled, your kids are breaking their curfew or you’ve simply left something open when you left the house.
Motion Detector Sensors can be used as either a internal/external security device or to automate the use of heating and lighting, allowing it to be turned on or off when it’s occupied or vacant.
Water Leak Sensors are invaluable to the homeowner, as they do just what their name suggests. If you have a broken pipe caused by freezing temperatures, you’ll know about it long before it’s able to cause lasting damage to your property.
Indoor/Outdoor Temperature Sensors are able to trigger heating of many different kinds, meaning that energy is only used to warm a room or building when it’s required.
Water Temperature Sensors are useful little gizmos too and they’re often employed in heating ducts, providing ultra-precise readings to homeowners.
Wire Temperature Sensors are amongst the smallest of their kind. Almost invisible to the naked eye, they can be attached to a single wire and used to detect small temperature changes.
Ultrasonic Sensors are used to measure both distance and liquid depths, which are perfect for those who are harvesting rainwater. The sensor in question can also be used to inform you when liquid levels drop below their recommended levels.
Brightness Sensors are, like some others we’ve mentioned, not new to the home automation market, but are very useful for automating lighting systems.
Wind Sensors are interesting pieces of hardware that can shut down sprinklers, close retractable awnings or shut storm shutters if it detects high winds.
As you can see, there’s a dazzling array of sensors for all manner of purposes and this small list is just the tip of the iceberg. Without the data that smart sensors provide, many of the helpful functions they provide just wouldn’t be possible.
You could say they make sense of everything.
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