Home automation is a hot topic, not just among the technologically savvy crowd and remodeling enthusiasts, but also among increasing numbers of mainstream homeowners.
Automation is quickly picking up speed as the must-have consumer technology, and for good reason. From setting the alarm via smartphone to turning on lights automatically and programming the air conditioning, technology brings enhanced convenience, comfort, and safety for consumers where they need it most—at home.
Many homeowners have already taken advantage of this technology, and more are joining the ranks every day. Homeowners who are planning to make the switch to an automated or smart home should ask themselves –how would my home function when power is down?
What happens in a connected home if the power goes out?
Which of your smart devices will still function and is this really a big deal?
Be prepared for most smart security cameras to stop working when the power is down. Where systems using cellular radio will manage to remain operational without power, those using VoIP (Voice-over-Internet-Protocol) need an on-line connection to run. When the power dies, so do these VoIP systems.
Smart Lighting and Power Outages
Unsurprisingly, without electricity, your smart lights are not so intelligent. They will not do anything at all. The same goes for your smart switches and smart outlets.
Routers plugged into standard power outlets will die when the power goes. Is there any way at all to get around this?
Fortunately, there is! A UPS (uninterruptible power supply) is a battery back-up that serves double duty as a surge protector. Whenever the UPS notices a power drop or a power surge, it will protect your device against any blowback with its battery serving to power the device until normal power is restored.