Home Automation: A Luxurious Security Feature

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Is your home, a “smart-home” or a “not-so-smart-home”? If you fall in the category of having a not-so-smart-home, help is on its way. Today’s latest home automation systems enable your home to satisfy you with everything from automating the curtains in your living room to saving money on the lighting in your kids’ rooms. The world of home automation Home automation has been around since Joseph Henry invented the electric doorbell in 1831. Don’t you love the idea of having your home do things for you? Well, the smart-homes do that — and much more. Here’s a taste: Imagine your morning alarm playing your favourite music. The volume increases slowly until you tell the alarm, “I am snoozing!” In which case, the alarm quietens down for another 10 minutes. Imagine pressing the “coming home” keypad button on your iPhone and in response, your house turns on the outdoor lights, closes the living room blinds, brings up the indoor temperature, and tunes the bedroom TV to Two and a Half Men so you can have some laughs after a long day at work. There’s no limit to what gadgets and gizmos there are on the market to keep you safe, happy, and entertained at home. The current home automation technology allows homeowners to access individualised programs via the internet, no matter where in the world you are. With the click of a mouse or the tap of a smart phone screen, your house reacts to your individual needs and wants. Controlling your home with an app Most manufacturers’ home automation systems have boarded the app bandwagon with programs that allow homeowners to...

Organising Your Way to a Better and Secure Home This Winter

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Spring may still be 3 months away but it does not hurt to start tidying up your domestic knickknacks. As you are likely to have more time for yourself during the colder months of the year, this provides a perfect time to give your home a mini-makeover. No, you do not need to spend a fortune on this endeavour – you simply need to set aside time and stir up your creativity. Instead of doing the more costly remodeling, simply rearranging or sorting through the things you have lying around or tucked away in a dark storage area will help revitalise your home, maximise your space, and provide you with greater peace of mind. Knowing that everything is accounted for and is positioned where you can easily see or find  it makes you feel that you are in full control of your belongings. A well-organised home makes it easier for you to secure your things and know whether you are missing valuable items or not. Starting from the Top It is smart to do the rearranging by room and followia specific direction. In this case, it is wise to begin at the top. Why? Because it is easier for you to clean up after you have finished organising a specific area. This will also avoid you having to  repeat the vacuuming process! So, your first agenda will be your garage or attic. In this area start  from the topmost portions of shelves and/or furniture. Ensure that you wear gloves and a face mask to protect yourself from dust and abrasive surfaces.  Consider discarding possessions that have spent a year...

Some Terms in Home Automation You will Frequently Encounter

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What’s inside a smart house? A smart house makes use of the latest technology to manage its various fixtures, appliances, entrances, and security systems. Its central electrical “hub” is smartly wired and can monitor various daily activities. Inside a smart house you will find the controls of its major features, such as heating, lighting, and alarm systems, are centralized and can be adjusted via remote devices. Is your home a smart one? You have to admit that daily living these days is vastly different from decades ago. Add in the fluctuations in the economy and changes in society in response to various world events – you cannot expect to march onward in the same rhythm. You have to adapt accordingly while bearing in mind the future as well. As we move further into the future and through an increasing number of technological advances, it is only logical to make your own residence a place that is suitable for these modern times.  It is also understandable to accommodate evolving lifestyles brought about by new technology and social trends. As your needs become more sophisticated and threats to domestic safety and security shift , you’ll need to automate your home so you will be able to tackle all those modern needs and changes with efficiency and ease. This may mean enlisting the assistance of security professionals and installing a security system that comes equipped with CCTVs and house alarms that work 24/7 to ensure you are safe, sound, and comfortable. When investigating home automation, it is important that you thoroughly understand what this modern arrangement is all about so that you...

4 Basic Things to Look for in a Home Automation System

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Is your house smart? The rapid development of new technology and its increasing integration into human lifestyles is fast growing. It is highly likely that in the future we will see homes with no key-operated locks or manual switches to front doors. Even now, there are homes with electrical fixtures and equipment that can be activated or managed by a single remote control. Plus many house alarm systems and security cameras can now be operated via Smart Phones! If you want to improve your current home security system, you should look into having your home automated. This arrangement allows you to adjust your home environment, as well as your security set-up, remotely through the Internet no matter where you are. You can even take a holiday overseas and still be able to manage and keep an eye on home. Do know that there are various types of home automation packages. To help you pick the best one for your home, consider the following:  Usability Some set-ups may be a bit too technical or complicated for the average user. Others may not suit your domestic habits or require more time and effort for you to use. But this does not mean you have to compromise with one that is easier to use but does not have all the features you need. Focus on the fact that there is a home automation system that gives you great ease in using while giving your house the security it requires. It’s just a matter of finding the right product and enquiring with the right provider – one who can walk you through the...

Home Automation: Making Your Residence a Futuristic Haven Now

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Bill Gates has a mansion he named “Xanadu 2.0” – a house that features cutting-edge technology within its interiors. It is said that those visiting his home are given pins that help adjust lighting, music, and temperature in accordance to the preferences of the guests.  This very modern and high-tech home, which took about 7 years to build and cost $63 million dollars, was completed in the 90s. It was considered a home ahead of its time and is one of the early examples of home automation. Perhaps you are one of those who think that only wealthy people can have such technologically advanced features in their own residence. If this was 2 decades ago, you’re probably right. But this is the Digital Age now. Never has been there a time like this where new technological developments occur every few months or shorter. As such, sophisticated devices are more readily available to users like you and can even be acquired at reasonable prices. This means you can have a smart home equipped with a modern security system and CCTV cameras that can be controlled remotely even without spending hundreds and thousands of your hard-earned Australian dollars. This way, you improve domestic safety without burning a hole in your pocket. Automating your residence is one of the wisest decisions you will ever make. Even industry observers will agree. ABI Reseach, among others, predicts that approximately 90 million houses the world over will use home automation systems by the time 2017 comes around. Bill Gates’ residence may not be so unique by then. And your own should by then be a...