Smart homes proving popular
Clever technology in the home is no longer just the domain of the rich. Now that summer is here some folk will be looking to begin building a new home while others will be seriously contemplating improving their existing residence and getting the mix right could save a great deal of money in the long run.
Imagine owning a home that could do the thinking for you.
One that could turn on the lights when you arrive home, draw the blinds or drapes whe it gets too bright and set the perfect temperature year round.
It could also amuse and entertain you in any room, keep you safe with state-ofthe-art security and save you money through energy efficiency.
Today, potential homebuilders can design systems for smart homes just as they choose the number of rooms and layout.
This can be achieved through structured cabling systems which means that multi-room audio and video allows residents to watch movies and videos in any room with a speaker or a screen.
Switching off the home theatre or turning it on can be performed at the tlouch of a button.
Lighting can also be used in dynamic ways and for a variety of purposes - creating ambience, focusing on particular items or lighting a path.
Integrated security systems also allow homeowners to check camera feeds on any TV in the house, be it to monitor the back or front door or both.
At the sign of an intruder, the owner can activate the panic mode that turns on the lights, locks off parts of the home or phones neighbours or security.
A climate control system can be set to the seasons and adjust the indoor temperature automatically.
It can perform preset commands such as lowering blinds and closing shutters to help reduce energy use.
Cabling during construction is the preferred option, however, existing homes can use wireless systems or have cables added by certified installers.
So, before you confirm any final plans consider the benefits of a home with a structured cabling system.
Ones that are integrated and controlled by one panel instead of a plethora of individual controls.