A major benefit to home automation is that it allows you to control the temperature in your home and turn lights on and off remotely. So if you’re on your way home from work and you want to turn on the heat so it’ll be warm by the time arrive, you can do that with ease. Similarly, if you’re not sure whether or not you turned off your lights, you can easily verify it without having to go all the way back home.

Home automation does more than just control appliances in your home, as you can also use it to control who has access to your home when you aren’t there. Applications that are compatible with your smartphone and other Internet-enabled devices allow you to unlock and disable your home security for visitors, even if you haven’t made it home yet. If you have connected motion sensors, window sensors and cameras installed, you can keep track of any triggers by enabling text or email notifications, should any problems arise. Some sensors can detect water leaks, monitor carbon monoxide levels and other environmental concerns.