Room by room - how a smart home can change your life
Smart home technology is becoming more affordable, accessible, and ubiquitous for the average homeowner.
Modern homes are now being built with technology in mind, preparing homeowners for a future where man and machine work together in harmony - making life easier, convenient and more enjoyable for everyone.
If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about or whether investing in a smart home is worth it, then read on as we take you through the house, room by room, and show you how your life can benefit from smart home automation.
The Living room
The living room is the centre of the family home, a place where we spend most of our time together or when we have guests over.
On average, 4 hours of our waking day is spent in the living room, with the vast majority of that watching TV.
Those of us who spend a lot of time watching TV or enjoying movies will definitely get the most out of a smart home.
With a modern home theatre system, you’ll never need to go to the cinema again.
Crystal-clear images in Ultra 4K are just the start. Add to that a surround sound system, fully integrated remote control from smart devices, and complete environmental control, and all you need is a comfy sofa.
A night in with a movie and a pizza has never sounded so good.
Depending on their age, a bedroom means different things to different people.
For adults, it’s somewhere they can rest and relax at the end of a long, hard day, a place they can switch off and get a good night’s sleep.
For kids, their bedroom is their sanctuary - their own little world where they are king. Their bedroom is an escape from their parents and siblings; a place they can play, watch and listen to what they want.
Both of these points of view are enhanced with a smart home.
For the parents, an automatic TV lifter can make watching television in bed easy with a simple press of a button, and another press to hide its away again.
Curtains pull themselves closed when the sun goes down, trapping in the heat of the day, or opening in the morning and bathing you in warm sunlight.
Lights come on automatically at night when it gets dark and can be programmed to gradually brighten in the morning, allowing you to slowly wake up.
For the children, they can watch whatever they want on your Netflix account while you watch what you want at the same time. The same goes for music - all the systems are integrated but can be controlled separately in different rooms.
If they’re gaming online with their Playstation or XBox, the modern home network system allows all your home’s devices to run smoothly, effectively, and consistently, even when everyone is logging on at the same time.
We might spend most of our free time in the living room, but the kitchen is the heart of a family home.
Cooking, of course, is the main endeavour, and that can also be a family activity.
A smart home allows you to cook with your favourite music playing, just for you at a volume you chose. And if your hands are covered in ingredients, a simple voice command lets you play your favourite playlist or stream the latest podcast to listen to while you work.
Modern appliances are now also being fitted with smart home technology.
If you’d like a nice cup of coffee ready for you when you wake up in the morning, then your smart home can switch the coffee maker on when your alarm goes off, or if you set the oven for 20 minutes, a friendly reminder pops up on your phone no matter where you are.
Outside your home
It’s not just inside the house that smart home technology has its uses.
Outside your home is still your property, including the grounds, garage, and garden.
Security is high on the list for most homeowners, and a smart home takes your family’s safety to the next level.
High-definition security cameras allow you to see who’s at the front door, no matter where you are in the world. Two-way communication even lets you speak to your guest - invited or otherwise - via your phone or tablet.
Automatic lights can come on as it gets dark, or can be activated by movement, making sure there are no shadows for a potential burglar to hide in.
Other buildings outside the main home can also be controlled with the system, including garage doors, driveways, and pool coverings.
A smart home system covers all aspects of your property, keeping you and your family safe.
Invest in a smart home today
With the changes and developments in modern technology bringing science-fiction to life, it’s only a matter of time before all homes are smart homes.
If you would like to get ahead of the curve and turn your house into a home of the future, then we can help.
We are experts when it comes to smart home technology here in New Zealand and we are one of only three Platinum Control 4 dealers out of 95 dealers in New Zealand.
Using the incredible Control4 System, we can transform your home into something you’ve always dreamed of.
Contact us today and our friendly and experienced technicians will be happy to answer any questions you have about home automation, or book you in for a free home consultation.