These days, with the age of the internet and constant connectivity across the various aspects of our life; digitalization has become synonymous with human life. From daily work to socialization and awareness, the internet is important for us at every step. Home automation has brought the digital age literally into your home by making your home interact with you through artificial intelligence, smart phones and tablets. While so far the smart phone was only a personal communication device – you can now remotely monitor and interact with your home.
Here are 5 of the latest trends and solutions in home automation:
All-Round Security Monitor
Any investment towards an expensive home automation system must include security features that make your house secure from internal dangers as well as intrusion. This means that you should install alarm systems at your door/driveway entry, as well as on windows, and other accesses into your home. Security systems also include fire alarms and warning against electrical overloads, or such other dangers.
Water Adjustment Systems
When you’re returning home from a long day at work, it is a pain to set the water temperate to that ‘Perfect’ comfortable level; and that also means waiting for the water to heat/cool down or to get the combination of hot and cold just right before you get into the shower, or even do the dishes. Home automation allows you to pre-set or reset the water temperature while you are on your way home; as well as automatic adjustment features.
Mood and Ambiance Control
While this is more of a “Luxury” feature, automatic mood and ambiance control features can help you control the lighting, indoor temperature, humidity, as well as pre-set “moods”. This involves various setting of indoor lighting and ventilation which is a unique advantage of home automation. Whether you’re having a surprise party at your place or seeking a bit of solitude with a book, Mood and Ambiance control is the most happening thing!
Keep losing/misplacing your house keys? Want to walk through the door without the trouble of fiddling with the lock? Need to let a friend in to feed your pet? Home automation features a range of security options; but entry selection and restriction via Biometrics is the latest in digital home security! This features allows pre-selection of certain people into the security software system for a temporary/permanent pass allowing you to have selective and restrictive entry to your abode.
Home automation include managing audio visual systems in your home including setting up your TV recordings, automatically controlling the room’s lighting according to the screen brightness, as well as better acoustic arrangement. You can set up your home theatre system, or choose from available built in settings.Read More
Becoming a homeowner is always exciting. Making sure that your home remains in good condition can take time. Use this simple maintenance guide to keep up with regular maintenance and avoid the most common maintenance issues.
Although we’ve tried to keep this guide as simple as possible, it is always best to seek professional help if you are unsure. Find a range of home lifestyle professionals here.
Assess possible insect issues. Clear cobwebs and prepare your insect repellent measures.
Check, clean and repair patios and decks. Ensure that it is sealed properly, check for loose boards, insect infestations, cracks and that the railing is secured.
Check for cracks, blisters, bubbles and peeling paint, especially on exterior walls. Look out for water stains, moisture and damp in walls and ceiling.
Remove sediment and prolong your geyser or water heaters life by flushing it.
Service fireplaces/built-in braais and clean chimneys.
Check paving for cracks.
Check windows and door seals, replace broken or cracked panes of glass and apply new putty where necessary.
Check batteries and test smoke/ carbon dioxide detectors.
Prevent grime and build up in less frequently used spaces such as guest bathrooms by running water and flushing toilets.
Check that power outlets, switches and light bulbs work.
Check window and door handles and locks are in working order.
Clean build-up residue in shower heads.
Clear gutters of leaves and debris to ensure proper water flow. Make sure gutters are properly secured and connected allowing water to flow away from the house.
Check for roof leaks and damaged roof tiles.
Check and fill wall, ceiling and foundation cracks.
Clear dead plants and shrubs, check that plants are not growing into cracks and trim trees where necessary.
Check the grout in bathrooms and kitchens.
Check for small leaks in plumbing and taps
Check, clean and if necessary change air conditioning filters.
Clean sink disposal using vinegar ice cubes (this cleans the disposal and sharpens the blades).
Clean stove extractor fan filter with degreaser and hot water.
TWICE A YEAR
Test geyser or other water heater pressure relief valve.
Do a deep clean: Thoroughly clean appliances, windows and surfaces.
Vacuum refrigerator coils. Dirty coils cause fridges to run less efficiently and use more electricity.Read More