Smarten up your home
More and more homeowners are embracing the future by taking advantage of new technologies to automate their properties.
Midwest Refrigeration and Electrical owner Phil Collins said he enjoyed helping customers embrace the conveniences of ‘smart homes’.
He said home automation had come a long way in a relatively short space of time.
“Home automation is there to make your life more comfortable and easy,” he said.
“Doors can be locked and unlocked remotely, accessed via pin codes, fingerprints, swipe cards – even your phone when you’re within range,” he said.
“You can control lighting, fans, blinds and curtains, heating and cooling, security and door access, garage doors, appliances and powerpoints.”
Mr Collins said home automation was ideal for a wide range of circumstances.
“It is very good for the elderly and people with disabilities as it improves their independence,” he said.
“Switches, lighting, appliances, doors – all can be controlled without the need for a carer.
“Because you can switch and change things remotely, you can monitor an elderly family member’s lights, heating et cetera and switch things on and off without having to go there.”
Mr Collins said home automation was also ideal for people with holiday homes or rentals.
“Door control can be done remotely, allowing access to guests between certain times, with changeable access codes,” he said.
Mr Collins said new homes and buildings were fitted with fixed cabling.
“It can be done when they are getting built, either with Environexus or KNX systems, which link with products from more than 400 brands,” he said.
Mr Collins said home security was also increasing in popularity.
“We install CCTV, alarms, dialing systems et cetera,” he said.
Midwest Refrigeration and Electrical also offers complete general electrical, wiring, additions, lighting, refrigeration and airconditioning services.
“We also offer custom design lighting, electrical features and outdoor areas,” Mr Collins said.
“We work with builders and cabinet makers to come up with solutions and we focus on custom-built and installed outdoor kitchenentertaining areas.”
People can call Midwest Refrigeration and Electrical on 0475 818 849 for more information or a noobligation quote.