Get Smart: Making Your Home ‘Smart’ in 2017

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So you’re ready to make your home smarter. To remotely control your home appliances, save on bills and do your bit for the environment.

If the whole process seems a little bit daunting, don’t be disheartened: that’s why we’ve put together some hints and tips so you know exactly what’s involved and how to get started.  

Hang on, what is a smart home exactly?

A smart home connects your appliances, through the internet, to a remote device. Your lighting, heating and electronic devices can be controlled by your smart phone or your computer.

Gone are the days when you leave the house and worry if you put on the alarm or left the coffee machine running. You can easily integrate your appliances to your smart home so all it takes is a glance at your phone to know what’s happening long after you left.

What are the benefits?

If you’re environmentally conscious, and keen to make your house green, then becoming a smart home is the way to go.

When all your appliances are connected to your portable device, it’s no longer a hassle to turn things on and off.

Save money on your electricity bills by ensuring your lights, air conditioner or TV are off when you’ve left the house. If the day starts to heat up, close your blinds with just a tap on your phone, to make sure your house isn’t overheated for when you return.

If you’re on holiday, you can get immediate updates on your security system.

And if you’re really cheeky, you can check to see if the kids are doing their homework or watching TV!

Where do I start?

There are many different smart home products, depending on what you’re interested in. Here’s a few ideas to get you started!

     -Cameras: track outside movements, via motion sensors

     -Light integration: turn lights on or off with your mobile

     -Security system connectivity: turn alarms on or off remotely. You will know immediately         if there’s a problem at home.

     -Control the thermostat: you won’t even have to get out of bed

     -Air conditioner: save money and energy by controlling the temperature with your phone.       Cool the house down for when you get home, or turn it off when someone forgets to.