Stay in con­trol, even if you’re not home

Herald Sun - Property - - NEWS -

WHEN Brighton East res­i­dent Danny To­bias and his fam­ily were ren­o­vat­ing their home, they de­cided it was a good time to add home au­to­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy.

“We live a very busy life­style so we’re not at home dur­ing most busi­ness hours and we wanted to un­der­stand what was hap­pen­ing at home,” Mr To­bias said.

They had the house net­worked with in­ter­net points around the house and in­stalled alarms, se­cu­rity cam­eras, in­ter­com and air­con­di­tion­ing with smart phone con­nec­tiv­ity that could be ac­cessed through ap­pli­ca­tions or apps.

Mr To­bias, who is tak­ing his four-bed­room home at 12 Meyer Court to auc­tion at 2.30pm today, said they looked into a full au­to­ma­tion sys­tem but it was too ex­pen­sive for what it de­liv­ered.

He said the main rea­sons they in­stalled the tech­nol­ogy was se­cu­rity and con­ve­nience.

They could keep an eye on their pets dur­ing the day, but also speak with couri­ers de­liv­er­ing pack­ages to their home and al­low them through the gate to make de­liv­er­ies.

Mr To­bias said he could also con­trol the ducted air­con­di­tion­ing from his phone, cool­ing down cer­tain rooms be­fore they got home.

His ad­vice was to do plenty of re­search into what the ap­pli­ances of­fered in smart tech­nol­ogy and pick the right in­staller that un­der­stood the prod­uct.

benn.dorrington@news.com.au

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