Have you aver wandered what exactly smart home means? Or you probably already considering to make your home that little bit smarter? Ever wanted to control parts of your property with the swipe of a screen, or the tap of a button? You’re not alone!
In fact, many people across Hertfordshire and North London have already taken advantage of smart home technology to help make their lives that little bit easier. Are you looking for someone to help you install smart security in Watford? What about automated lighting in Hemel Hempstead?
Our team of electrical experts are always on hand to get even the most complex of smart homes up and running. However, if you’re new to the idea of smart home technology, we obviously want to make things easy on you!
Here’s our full guide on everything you can expect from a smart home, as well as a few of the features and functions you might want to install as a priority!
What is a Smart Home?
A smart home is a property that benefits from the latest in home automation technology. For example, you might have a home hub which lets you control your heating, your lights, and even your sound system.
You may have already come across some smart home functions if you use an Amazon Echo or Google Home device. It’s the same principle. You ask a device – such as a mobile app, Alexa, or a built-in control panel – to activate and switch off your home’s functions so you don’t have to.
One of the biggest benefits of home automation lies in the fact that you can set up routines and timers. This means that you can set some of your electrical items and fittings to switch on or off for you at set times of day!
Our team is well-versed in leading home automation and smart home technology. In fact, we’ve even helped customers set up automation through Alexa before!
Now you have a little bit of an idea of what to expect, let’s explore some of the different types of smart home solution available through our team.
Smart Home Security
The latest in smart home security will not only help you lock your doors but will help you keep a close eye on your front and rear perimeters. For example, you can set up smart cameras and motion sensor alarms to pick up on activity. This means that you can track your camera activity from an app on your phone or tablet, or on a control panel that we install for you.
You can even install smart doorbells, too, which people can press when they come to your door. You can speak to them through the comfort of an app, and even allow them access. Simple!
You could even install smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, too, which will alert you whenever something potentially hazardous is detected. Couple this with a fully-fledged access control system, and your home will never have felt safer.
Fed up of forgetting to switch off lights in different rooms? Want light bulbs to come on at certain times of day? Through a smart home automation network, you can set up bulbs and lighting features to activate and deactivate whenever you need them to.
You could get really creative – set up routines to dim your lights at certain times of day, or on specific commands. You can even install smart blinds, too, which you can activate alongside to maximise or close down natural light on demand.
Rather than muddle around with switches and dimmers, why not control it all through one app or panel instead?
One of the most exciting aspects of a smart home automation system is the potential for entertainment. Homes across St Albans, North London and elsewhere in Hertfordshire are already taking advantage of home cinema systems and audio on demand.
With our help, you can set up specific audio systems for use in each room – whether through embedded speakers or otherwise, we have an AV catalogue which will enable you to set up different playlists and soundtracks for the various parts of your day.
If you’re the sort of person who loves the cinema, then you’ll love taking advantage of a home cinema system with flexible smart lighting, curtains, and AV equipment that reacts to your commands and routines. No more fiddling around with clumsy remote controls, then!
Smart home Heating and Comfort
One of the biggest assets in any smart home automation setup is heating. Want to make sure heating comes on at a certain time of day, in a specific room? What if you tread touching that cold bathroom floor on a workday morning?
Coupled with a leading underfloor heating system, for example, you could have complete control over where your heating spreads, and when you get access to radiant warmth. Rather than waste money and energy filling your space with heat when you’re not using it, a home automation system will help you keep things cost-effective, and always comfortable.
Isn’t All This Pretty Complex?
Not at all! In fact, we pride ourselves on making things as straightforward as possible for our customers.
More and more homes across Hemel Hempstead, St Albans and beyond are taking advantage of smart home automation. Why shouldn’t they? The technology is more accessible and more affordable now than ever before, meaning that you don’t have to be a tech wizard to get everything up and running.
At Elsys Electrical, we’ll make sure to set everything up for you and demonstrate it working – meaning that if you ever have any questions or concerns for our Hertfordshire electricians, all you have to do is ask.
Contact Us Now!
The next step to making your home smarter starts with you. Even if you’re unsure of what you really want from a smart of automated home, make sure to reach out to our experts as soon as you can.
Call or email us now for a free consultation – and let’s bring your property firmly into a more convenient modern age!