Get it right Q&A

We chat­ted to Peter Hud­dle­ston of Devolo UK about get­ting started with smart home tech­nol­ogy

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Q We love the idea of con­trol­ling our home us­ing a smart­phone, but where do we start?

De­cide what you want to con­trol in your home and then pick your cho­sen sys­tem ac­cord­ingly. Not all smart home sys­tems can be con­trolled us­ing a smart­phone, so take into con­sid­er­a­tion the com­pat­i­ble soft­ware for each one.

Q What does the con­nected house of the fu­ture look like and what will the ben­e­fits be?

The con­nected house of the fu­ture will give users the abil­ity to con­trol and mon­i­tor dif­fer­ent elec­tronic fea­tures all from one sin­gle point. This will help to de­liver bet­ter com­fort as well as en­ergy cost sav­ing and se­cu­rity ben­e­fits.

Q If we only in­vest in one smart gad­get, what should we go for, and why?

If I had to rec­om­mend just one, I would sug­gest you be­gin with smart radiator ther­mostats. These are great for con­trol­ling the am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture in in­di­vid­ual rooms, plus they can be eas­ily in­cor­po­rated into your smart home set-up with­out any dis­rup­tive works or plumbing ad­just­ments.

Q What else can a smart home do to make life eas­ier?

Aside from mak­ing con­trol over heat­ing, light­ing and elec­tri­cal de­vices much sim­pler, you can make your home more en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient by re­duc­ing con­sump­tion. Smart ther­mo­stat de­vices al­low you to con­trol tem­per­a­ture at the touch of a but­ton. You can also en­hance se­cu­rity with mo­tion­de­tect­ing de­vices and door and win­dow con­tact sen­sors, which alert you if un­usual move­ment is de­tected.

Q What can we do if we have a weak Wi-fi con­nec­tion?

Pow­er­line is a great so­lu­tion – in­stead of just boosting sig­nal, it sends data from your router through your home’s elec­tri­cal cir­cuit to trans­mit the sig­nal fur­ther. You can then cre­ate ad­di­tional Wi-fi hotspots or wired con­nec­tions wher­ever you are in the home.

Devolo Home Con­trol smart me­ter­ing plug, £39.99

Devolo Home Con­trol radiator ther­mo­stat, £59.99

For more in­for­ma­tion and ideas visit devolo.co.uk

Devolo Home Con­trol door/ win­dow con­tact, £39.99

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