Thanks to technology, it’s never been easier to get comfortable at home. Smart home automation systems have increased in popularity over the past few years, and once they’ve been set up, you can control various household functions via a remote or smartphone.
With the tap of a button or voice command, you can activate your home entertainment system, lighting, security locks – even your air conditioning – without having to get off the couch.
Unsure where to get started? Below are three smart home automation options worth considering.
If you’re watching a movie in bed at night, the last thing you want to do is get up and switch the lights off. This where smart home lighting can come in handy.
Smart home lighting can be activated via a smartphone or voice command. Some of the key features of smart lighting include:
Most smart lighting is simple enough to install. You can either purchase it in regular screw-in bulb form, or opt for a model that plugs directly into the wall. From there, all you need to do is connect your smart lighting to your phone or Wi-Fi network.
As the weather heats up, more of us turn to the aircon to keep cool. Finder research shows that around 63% of Aussies use their aircon during the summer. The study also found that of those who use air conditioning, 1 in 10 (10%) leave their unit running while they aren’t at home. This aircon wastage results in an additional loss of $22 million across Australia.
Smart home automation technology can prevent aircon wastage and increase your home’s energy efficiency, saving you money in the process. Users can control the cooling (or heating) in their home via an app on their smartphone. There are a number of different smart home automation systems to choose from.
AirTouch 4 is a thermostat tablet or app that allows you to fully control your ducted air conditioning. Below are some of the key features:
Want to know more? Get in touch with an AirTouch specialist.
The Airbase app lets you use your smartphone or tablet to control your aircon, bringing all of your ducted system’s features together in one place.
If you want to know more about installing the Daikin Airbase, a Daikin specialist dealer may be able to help.
This is a physical device that can be paired with an app to control your home aircon. Key features include:
These nifty devices act as a nerve centre for your home automation systems, similar to a router. Rather than switching between numerous apps to control your smart devices, your smart hub can act as the master controller.
You can program your smart hub to perform a number of functions or routines, and tailor them to your individual preferences. Some examples might include:
To set up your smart hub, you need to connect your existing smart devices – it should automatically seek them out like a Wi-Fi router. Each device should have its own control within the hub, which you can then use to adjust the settings as you see fit.
There are a large variety of smart hubs, so make sure you do your research beforehand to find one that’s right for you.
Author: Bessie Hassan – money expert at Finder