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SCI-FI movies and hi-tech luxury inventions have distorted our perception of what home automation looks like, Smarthomeworks owner Guy Holden says.
Once considered the domain of the rich and famous, Holden says the trend of integrated technology in the home is something that Australia has been at the forefront of for many years.
“We’ve got some equipment that makes it much cheaper than most places in the world,” he says.
The advancement of internet and phone technologies have now made integrated systems much easier and affordable to use.
Holden says the services his business installs are linked to the features already found in most new homes.
Integrated systems like Savant can be used to control features like lighting, security, airconditioning and music from your phone or one remote control.
“For anybody who is renovating, you should get some advice about what sorts of cables should be put in,” Holden says.
Ceiling speakers are a popular option that stream different pieces of music to each area of that house.
“If you want background music, it should be in the ceiling because music that is next to your ear is distracting,” Holden says.
The systems can also give homeowners many advanced options in security.
“You’ve got the ability to open the front door from anywhere in the house or anywhere in the world,” Holden says. “You can also have a button by your bed that turns the light on if you hear a strange noise outside.
“If you press the button and hold it down, the alarm goes off and if you press it three or four times it sends a panic message to the back to base security people and they will call the cops.” Find more information at smarthomeworks.com.au