The past two years have been like no other; a once in a generation pandemic that forced all of us to change our way of lives and adopt new methods of living, working, and interacting with friends, family, and coworkers. Keeping a safe distance from other human beings, online meetings, and avoiding touching each other and things are the new norm.
While the world struggles to cope with these new realities, the harsh realities of job losses, economic downturns, and families struggling with loss, both personal and financial, are all too real. The best that we can do is keep ourselves as safe as possible while minimizing time spent outdoors, in the company of anybody except immediate family members, and fighting the urge to touch.
According to the most recent study published by the CDC, the Coronavirus and other viruses and germs can remain active on surfaces from anywhere to a few hours to a few days. While the exact time period is still up for debate, health experts generally agree that routine cleaning of common household surfaces is a great way to keep your family in good health.
The study goes on to highlight some of the most common household surfaces that come into the most contact with our skin, either accidentally or through deliberate action on our part. These range from:
- Light switches
- Electronic switches
- Elevator switches, common area furniture, and so on.
We mostly never give it a second thought, but a study conducted by the BBC in the UK found that, on average, a person touches nearly 140 things or surfaces every day. With the specter of Covid transmissions, this figure is genuinely terrifying.
This is where home automation solutions come into play; helping homeowners and their families avoid physical interaction with objects and things remotely controlled by a single device they operate. While home automation is still perceived as a luxury to some, for many, it’s an essential aspect of their day-to-day lives. Helping them keep an eye on the home while they’re at work or out shopping. Controlling the quality of the air circulating through the indoor living areas of their home or helping them secure their property, their possessions, and their loved ones. It is most recently assisting people in avoiding unnecessary exposure and maintain social distancing and minimal contact while performing essential tasks.
Areas where Home Automation is Helpful
Whether interior mood lighting or exterior security lighting, being able to control the illumination level both inside and outside your home remotely is a huge safety feature. Doable through either a dedicated desktop application or a more recently, smartphone apps for either iPhone or Android phones, Automated lighting is an ever-growing application.
Home automation systems are ideal for taking care of routine (mundane) tasks like switching on the lights automatically a few minutes before sunset or switching on the sprinklers in the garden before the neighbors wake up every morning. Taking care of these tasks without having to think about them every day is a hugely satisfying convenience. It keeps you or your loved ones free from having to venture outside or touch foreign surfaces that could be contaminated.
Door Lock Controls
Home Security Automation Systems will allow you to open doors for deliveries or let trusted friends and family into the house without physically opening the door. This allows them the space to sanitize safely and you the option of being fully in control of whom you allow into your personal, safe area,
Most modern homes are built to exacting international standards of health and safety. These standards ensure a good flow of fresh air circulating through the house’s living areas at all times, the correct amount of moisture and humidity, and most importantly, the near-constant removal of harmful pathogens, allergens, and other irritants through the air-filtration systems.
Monitoring these systems manually would require a tremendous amount of time every day spent analyzing data to optimize the comfort and safety of your loved ones. Home automation systems, however, can do this on the fly with very minimal human interaction.
Home automation systems have moved from the realm of convenience into a necessity with the outbreak of the pandemic. With no end in sight, it’s better for all of us, as homeowners and family members, to take as much precaution as we can and use modern technology to safeguard our health the best we can.