Everywhere we look we can find the use of smart technology; in our cell phones, tablets and now in our homes.
How can you get the most from the smart technology available to you now in your home? Follow our ‘Top Ten Tips’ to discover how to take advantage of what is on offer:
- Control your home through one simple smart pad: get video, data, telephone, wireless, climate, security, lighting and other factors in your home to run more efficiently through ‘on demand access’ to all of the systems in your home while you are at home or away from home.
- Kitchen appliances now pair with smart technology allowing you to play music or watch videos on a screen right on your fridge. Control your appliances with a smart pad, letting you turn on the oven remotely. And save water with faucets that turn on and off without touch.
- Smart technology is not just about remote access. It is a way to save costs, keep your family safe and make your life comfortable. For example cooktops that start only when metal comes into contact with them and shut off when the metal is removed, giving you a safer, more efficient kitchen.
- Consider what aspects of your home life could be made easier by having smart technology installed. Would you feel safer being able to control your alarm system, lighting and heating remotely or to be able to monitor your children via video. A professional consultant can walk through your home with you and come up with a solution to meet your needs. Being able to control your entertainment systems throughout your home, turn on lights before you pull up in the driveway and check your security system while away from home can add peace of mind and comfort to your life.
- Take smart technology into the bathroom and at the touch of a button select each family member’s preferences for water temperature in the shower and music to play through sound tile speakers.
- Save money on your water bill by using smart water fixtures that use less water while feeling totally luxurious. Choose a shower head that changes the water wave pattern to use less water. Motion sensors in faucets cut water wastage and LED lighting can show water temperature before you put your hands under it to ensure safety.
- Even the temperature in your home can be controlled with smart technology. A monitor that controls your home’s climate can ‘learn’ your family’s preferences and connect via Wi-Fi to control your home’s temperature from any smart device.
- The design of your home can be made smart, too, by careful placement of windows and doors to take advantage of the natural seasonal changes. A ‘passive’ house is one designed to heat itself in winter and cool in summer. The siting of the home takes into account the way the sun moves across the sky, the trees that surround the building and the direction of wind. Architects are using more of this technology in designing new homes.
- Many new ideas are being developed and will soon be in our homes; a coffee table that allows you to surf the internet while you control your home’s lighting and climate while entertaining guests is not far from reality in everyday homes. Samsung are just one of the companies working to develop these smart technologies.
- And, of course, automation is another smart technology we already have. The ability to open and close blinds and awning to controlling lighting and music is already part of our lives.