Residential control systems allow a person the freedom to control any aspect of their house from one interface. Whether that be a panel on the wall or the iPad you carry around. It provides the user a personalized interface with all the control they need and nothing they don't.
Incorporating things such as whole house audio from any source, including your favorite online streaming services or the playlist on your phone are great for entertaining or just lounging around the house.
The ability to control a houses lighting not only gives you the ability to save time, instead of walking around the house, but also can have a significant effect on minimizing your energy usage.
Control systems allow a user to interface with their security system from one interface. Saving time when time can be a critical component.
Managing your home HVAC remotely is a huge thing these days. Home automation allows a user to quickly access that functionality and make adjustments in real time or simply check that the program is running correctly.
Did someone leave the TV on in the other room? Control systems let users see what rooms are in use and power down anything that might have been left on. Once again potentially saving time, energy & money.
Years ago a cell phone was considered one of those things that was a luxury. Today it's a necessity to keep in contact with your life. Within the next 10 years, home automation will be thought of in the same way. Giving users greater control of their lives while being energy conscience and helping to reduce their carbon footprint will be a main stay of a modern society.