Get it right Q&A
We chatted to Peter Huddleston of Devolo UK about getting started with smart home technology
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
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Devolo Home Control door/ window contact, £39.99