Imagine walking into your home and the lights taking you from the front door to your kitchen light up as you pass through. Or, with the touch of a button, using an in-wall keypad, the television is switched on to a predetermined channel. Or the lights turn off when you are no longer in a room, or they flash on if an intruder is detected through a security alarm service.
These are just a few examples of how technology, when integrated effectively, can work together to simplify your life at home. Interest in Smart Home Technology has been on the rise in the last ten years and is expected to grow further. There will come a time when what is considered “smart” today will be standard in the future.
We are expert designers and installers of Smart Home systems that make your life at home easier, leaving you more time to enjoy the things that are the most important to you.
Home technology has historically always been sold with a device to control it — the more equipment you have at your home, the more controllers. Even with the advent of apps on your smartphone, which provide a service or device control, there has been a steady building up of complexity to carry out simple tasks.
A Home Automation system should pull all of these controls and services together into one intuitive platform that is easy to navigate. At Luxe Smart Homes, we are passionate about building systems that integrate the best in home technology that delivers our clients the best and simplest user experience within their home.
The user interface that our clients will see could be an in-wall touchscreen, keypad, remote controller or a single app on their phone. Touchscreens use intuitive screen icons such “listen” for audio, “watch” for visual, “Lighting” for lights, “Security” for cameras, door stations and alarms or comfort for heating, air conditioning and blinds. We connect all of the equipment in the background so that you don’t have to switch different smartphone apps or pick up various controllers.
Sensors for lighting and occupancy have been around for a while. These simple devices, whilst usually only giving us an on/off or specific reading, are the backbone of a Home Automation system. As Home Automation professionals, we use these sensors to give us accurate readings with regards to the temperature and light levels, so we can program the smart home system to take action. We also use contact closure sensors to give us readings if a door or gate is open/closed. This, again, can be used to produce alerts if something is unlocked after a specific time of the day.
“Eco homes” rely on sensors to determine the most efficient use of energy when heating or lighting a property. Traditional building management systems have slowly begun to creep into the residential home and the Home Automation platforms we specify allow for this integration. If you are planning on building an “Eco Home” in 2020, then please get in touch.
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Once the devices are connected into a home automation system, the “magic” is in the programming. This is where it is imperative to bring in experts installers. Home automation systems can be expensive and if not set up correctly, and to meet the clients’ needs, then it is common for owners to feel let down.
Our focus is to give our clients the experience we discussed on the very first consultation. Simple gestures or button presses to activate a piece of technology. Lights or blinds to activate when you’re not at home. Security cameras to alert you if someone approaches your property. These are examples of the benefits of investing in a home automation system.
Due to the complexity involved, home automation platforms such as Control4 and Crestron only allow certified dealers to sell and manage their product so that the client has the best user experience possible. Unfortunately, these cannot be managed by the homeowner themselves; however, there are many controllable attributes than we can allow our clients to customise themselves.
It’s quite common for technology sometimes not to work as expected. This can be frustrating and take time, that could be better spent elsewhere, to remedy. Due to the restrictions as mentioned above, the home automation platform must be regularly maintained for firmware and operating system updates. The more pieces of equipment that are connected to a home automation system, the more firmware updates there are likely to be. These updates protect you from security breaches as well as system upgrades.
We maintain all of our clients’ systems after installation to ensure there is no drop in service and that the system does what it is programmed to do. We also can step in and take over an existing installation if you are experiencing issues with your previous contractor.
The adoption of smart home technology in the home is on the rise. The automation of many connected devices to communicate with each other to allow the homeowner a simplified lifestyle at home is what we look to achieve. We achieve this by our expert designs, programming and aftercare. If you are planning on renovating your home and looking to integrate your technology, then please get in touch.