Angie's List: Home automation system gives you peace of mind when gone

LEWISTON, ID - Have you ever left home and forgotten to close your garage door or even worse came home to an over flowing toilet?

Annie Reist and her family were moving into the house that her grandmother had lived in for 45 years so they decided to do some home automation while remodeling.

"We did the home security, surround sound, speakers, audio system throughout the house and Savant control," said homeowner Annie Reist. "So with that we can control everything from our TV to our alarm to music to audio all on our iPhones and iPads."

A home automation system can integrate all the features of your house from your audio/visual, lighting and even your alarm system.

"The great thing about home automation is you can do a piecemeal, so you can add things that are most important to you and then add additional things later, which allows you to do it with in your budget. said Angie's List Owner Angie Hicks.

There are many subsystems that can be brought together by one simple interface that can be used anywhere on your tablet or smart-phone.

"A home automation system simplifies your daily routines by integrating together your security, your lighting control, your climate control and your audio/video," said home automation system installer Ryan McDaniel. "Imagine leaving your house for the day and simply by pressing an away button on your way out, it can arm your security system and it can turn off all the lights in your house and it can turn off your televisions and music and set back your thermostat, saving energy while you are gone."

Home automation systems are not only convenient they can provide you some savings.

"I want to say our particular homeowners insurance is a 20% so it pays for itself really, so that was nice to get that," said Reist.

You can find some systems that are cheaper and do-it-yourself projects, but make sure you know what you are doing and you test it to make sure it is working properly. If you hire someone, do your homework.