Home automation is something we’ve all dreamed of—waking up and having coffee made for you, or being able to turn your lights on with your iPad. These perks have always seemed too out of reach or futuristic. While we may not have a contraption that can flip our eggs for us in the morning, there are plenty of tech-savvy trends to automate your home. From automatic lighting and security, to remotely accessing to your appliances, these are great ideas that can not only save time, but money too. If you’re sick of forgetting to close the garage door or leaving your lights on, read on for these awesome trends!
Thermostat & air conditioning
On those scorching hot days, there is nothing worse than coming home to a stuffy house. You can now buy and install products that let you control the temperature of your house, even when you’re not home. In some cases, you can even program them to automatically turn on or change temperature at different times of the day!
Lighting & appliances
If you’ve ever been halfway to work and had that sinking feeling you’ve left the iron on, stress no more! The home automation market has grown so quickly, you can now buy lightbulbs and electrical switches than can be controlled from your smart phone. Not only is this a whole lot safer for those occasions where a hot appliance has been left burning, but it can also be extremely energy saving. Notice that lights are left on at home while you’re at work on your lunch break? Switch them off with the click of a button!
Whether you have pets home alone, or just worry about your valuables, investing in a good security system is a great option. Rather than old-school security systems that make a lot of noise and not much else, you can now get cameras set up around the home that notify you of any suspicious behaviour. Is someone walking around your yard? The camera will pick up the movement and send you a notification on your smart phone, so you can check whether it’s just the postman or something more sinister! In conjunction with lighting and appliance automation, you can even feign being at home while you’re away on holidays.
If you’ve ever been in a rush to leave for work in the morning, you’ve probably forgotten to lock the front door or close the garage. You can now get sensors that let you know when a door has been left unlocked, is ajar or (in the case of your garage) is wide open! Depending on the product, you can even close and lock doors, or just be notified if there is an issue in your home.
While we’ve all heard of safety switches that are designed to protect appliances from damage, often these are reactive and don’t stop the issue from occurring. Whether you’re using smart switches to turn off hazardous appliances, or monitoring blown bulbs via your smartphone, home automation can make your home a whole lot safer. You can even get heat and water sensors, so you’ll know straight away if there’s a fire in your home, or if flood waters are rising.
While some home automation products can be easily installed yourself, others will need a qualified electrician. Check out these electricians and home automation specialists across Queensland who can give you some advice!
Do you need help installing a new security system or light switches in your home? The team at Ultimate Projects Electrical will be able to discuss your project with you—including any local rules and regulations that may your dream home. Call the trusted team at Ultimate Projects Electrical for a quote today.
Laser Electrical is a local electrical contractor on the Sunshine Coast. Specialising in home automation, they can work with you to plan out your new smart home. These skilled electricians will be able to work on any project—big or small—and even offer 24-hour service for emergency repairs!
Servicing: Sunshine Coast
If you live in the Cairns region and want to start implementing some automation in your home, contact Techsmart Designs. They can do everything to turn your home into a tech-savvy haven, from design right through to installation. Give the team at Techsmart Designs a call if you want to be able to control your home lighting, security and doors with a single remote!
Servicing: Cairns, Port Douglas, Innisfail, Tully and Portsmith
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