Smarten up your home

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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.

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