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Is Home Automation For Everyone?

Building an automated home doesn’t have to be complicated and overwhelming. When you have a basic shopping list,  the options can be endless!

Home automation or “Smart Home Systems”, as they are commonly referred to, are now being incorporated into most homes in some form.

In essence, home automation means that you can take control of virtually any device in your home electronically. This can be as complex, or simple as you want it to be. From controlling the lights and dimmers, to programming the air conditioning to achieve the ideal temperature based on your needs, to even having the coffee machine on with a pot of coffee before you are out of bed.

Ultimately, an individual’s budget will determine how much can be automated in your home. You can incorporate individual automation components or have a complete home integration system like the Kuipto Song Tower House.

Here are a few categories to start thinking about, however, when it comes to technology in a home the options are endless!

Thermostat Control
You no longer have to wait until you are home to physically set the temperature in a single room or in the whole house. By having your settings programmed based on the session  and your individual daily requirements you will achieve the ideal temperature at all times.

Blind Control
You can avoid your home heating up in summer while you are out. You can preset the curtains and blinds to close automatically during the heat of the day while you are out, ensuring the interior of the house stays cooler and at the same time conserves energy.
Intercom Systems
You have complete control and audio or visual access from anywhere in your home to guests arriving. You can simply press a button on your cordless phone and a door, gate or even the garage door can be unlocked.

Home Security Systems and Cameras
Safety is a priority and now, whether you are at home or away, you have complete control of the security of your home. You can arm of disarm the alarm while controlling lighting, curtains and air conditioning.  Having your home appear in use while you’re away is a deterrent to wannabe intruders.

Multi-room Music
You are now able to listen to your favourite music from anywhere in your house, controlled by the same switch that controls lighting, security and other devices. The multi-room function will permit individual music zones, to multiple-room zones, or treating the whole house as one zone. The control is at the hands of the occupant or occupants.

Intelligent Lighting
Automated lighting can now be used wherever there is a need to power lighting. From the main light in a room to accent lighting, lamps, sensors or dimmers. You can pre-set each room to suit its function or the individual needs of the occupants. Being able to turn off all the lights in a home at once is a breeze.

Automation of Electrical devices
Most electrical devices can now be automated. From the device that feeds your pets on a schedule, with pre-determined amounts of food, to setting your coffee maker to have a fresh pot ready as soon as you wake up. If it’s electrical it can be automated, tailored and controlled simply.

One or all of the above can simply be controlled via your desktop, smartphone, tablet or by units installed throughout the house (often these are the light switch panels). The key is making the system you have opted for as simple as possible. If it gets too complicated you may find that it becomes overwhelming and impractical to use.

To achieve simplicity and integration it is best to contact specialist that are across all the latest technologies and actual use cases. It is also extremely important to really think about your daily activities and the extent of automation that you require before you approach them. Having a shopping list ready of your must-haves will help you stay on track and not let the budget slip away.

Below are lists of companies to assist in getting started.

  • Clipsal Integrated Systems can make your home a smart home. With a presence in Australia since the ’60s they can deliver a system that will meet your needs.
  • Philips Dynalite smart home automation solutions give the occupants complete control of the technology of the home. They can help you design and customize a solution that reflects your lifestyle.

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