Home automation has traditionally been controlled either through remote controls of some kind, or (increasingly) through an app. These apps can either control one single automated function, or they can be used to control every piece of automation which is present in the home. The difference between remote controls and apps is mainly that apps actively use Wi-Fi to send their signals across, while remote controls are only capable of using Bluetooth. The apps are therefore a much better choice for most people, especially if they want the added advantage of being able to control their home automation from outside the house.
Home automation apps which can control your home are pretty cool, particularly when it comes to being able to change the way your rooms are set up, such as by having lights change color, music turn on, or have a drop down TV lift from a ceiling.
1. Savant Pro
One of the best automation apps out there right now is Savant Pro, which starts off by allowing the user to see their entire house on a mobile screen. Home automation is represented by room, with the user being able to control things in the kitchen, or the bedroom, or the living room, as they choose. This applies to all the home automation which is present in those rooms.
One particular feature which people like about the Savant Pro is the notifications that it can send to its user. It can send notifications about turning lights on or off, about the locks on your door, or anything else you want. The user can also set patterns for what they want to have happened, with relax mode being something which can dim the lights and close the curtains without any effort on your part.
So long as Crestron is on a device which is connected to the internet, it can control the home automation it is connected to. This app allows the user to lower any light in the house, or change the temperature to whatever they want it to be. They can also set an alarm or turn it off, play music, or anything else that their home automation allows them to do. Crestron promises the best in both user-friendliness and results, and the company that made it has managed to create an app which both comprehensive and intuitive.
This app is developed and owned by Samsung, but that does not mean that it only works with the appropriate home automation, although it does need users to have a subscription to Control4 4Sight. The app is probably one of the best available in the app store right now, and one of the most functional.
Users of SmartThings can work and control their home automation by room, the app itself also offers something beyond that: if homeowners have a particular piece of home automation that they use above the others, then SmartThings allows them to use a feature called ‘featured devices’ to keep that automation at the top of the screen permanently, for ease of access. This means that, rather than needing to go through all the home automation devices that might be present, users can simply press the device at the top, and close the doors, put off the lights, or do whatever else they need to do.