Make your home smarter

When you’re away from home over winter; either visiting family over the festive season or simply getting away for a couple of days, it’s good to know you can use the latest technology to protect your home against a range of common issues, from keeping your home secure to preventing your pipes from freezing. With the right technology, you have the power to control the systems in your home from wherever you are. Here you’ll find a range of ways to make your home both practical and fun by turning your house or apartment into a smart home.

 

Smart Controls for underfloor heating

Underfloor heating is the ideal system to deliver a consistent, comfortable temperature throughout your home, completely eliminating hot and cold spots. Polypipe’s underfloor heating systems come complete with holiday mode, meaning the system automatically keeps water flowing at a temperature which prevents pipes from freezing whilst you’re away. When used with smart controls, your underfloor heating system can be managed precisely no matter where you are. If you find yourself heading home earlier than expected, you can always interrupt your set programme to make sure your home is the perfect cosy temperature to welcome you home after a long, cold return journey.

For more information about Smart Controls for underfloor heating, visit polypipeufh.com/smart-plus.

 

Smart plugs to outsmart intruders

Smart plugs give you the ability to manage appliances within your home via an app, the benefits of which are twofold.

First of all, smart plugs can bolster your green credentials. By enabling you to switch the power on and off in real time or programme a schedule, you can control and monitor your home’s energy usage. This can increase energy efficiency and even help to shave a few pounds off your bills.

Secondly, smart plugs also offer a way for you to increase the security of your home while you’re away. Burglars are less likely to break into a home that appears occupied and the television being switched on was recently highlighted as one of the top ten deterrents for burglars in this article by the Guardian.

To learn more about the range of smart plugs available, read Tech Advisor’s guide here.

 

Smart lights – a bright idea

Are you one of those people who forgets to turn the lights off when leaving the house? Well, help has arrived. In the form of smart lighting. A smart lighting system can include bulbs with different brightness settings or colours, dimmer switches, and motion detectors, all controlled via an app or a home management system such as Amazon Echo or Google Home. You can set up a system that simply turns lights on and off, or go for something a little more sophisticated that responds to your movement or to a specific action. Smart lights make for both a practical and fun addition to your home. So forget the light switch – and switch to something smart!

 

 

Category

Home Improvement, Modern Living, News

Date

14th December 2017

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