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Convenient Confines – A Guide to Automating Your Home

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It wasn’t too long ago that we were all watching the Jetson’s, the futuristic family living a life that was foreign to us at that time. Well not too much time has passed since then, but the advancements in technology and connectivity are nothing short of science fiction. Most of the gadgets and gizmos we scoffed at in the movies are now in our pockets and most notably, a part of our home. But automation is nothing to be feared, in fact it is streamlining homes and saving a lot of time and money, so don’t be the last on the bandwagon and start reaping the rewards.

Let there be light

Let there be light
If you think this is about clapper lights – it certainly isn’t. It’s better. The phenomenon of automated blinds have eclipsed the Home Living industry, as they offer the ultimate convenience without sacrificing on style. Imagine entertaining a large dinner party and being able to open all the blinds with the touch of a button so that you can stay in the kitchen putting the final touches on dinner. And if that convenient remote isn’t impressive to you, you can actually control your blinds through your phone by syncing up your Smart Home System. Imagine leaving the office and putting the blinds up so the room can cool down and light up before you arrive home in the next half hour?

Home security

We should all be across changes to home security as crime doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. The days of relying on deadbolts and sensor lights aren’t behind us yet, but there are more reliable solutions that will give you peace of mind. Installing security cameras that can be accessed from your phone are a new home security measure. They save a lot of false alarms as well as giving you full access to your homes safety at any point of the day – no matter where you are. Wireless security systems are another fast favourite for homeowners. It allows them to be deployed discretely and repositioned as often as you like around the home.

A helping hand

A helping hand
If someone had of told you years ago that we would buy a home device that sat in our homes waiting to be instructed to recall facts, turn off lights and play music – what would you have said? Well the Google Home and Amazon Alexa are no joke, and they are being adopted by thousands of households who are open to a helping hand here and there. While they won’t save the world, there is evident value in the convenience of these devices – particularly with parents juggling work and children. If you are not sure how to feel about inviting even more technology into your life, try visiting and asking friends who have already adapted a smart home environment.

Automation should be celebrated, and not thought of as defeat. We are a naturally lazy species. Anything that shaves time off chores and tasks that keep us from what we love and who we love are always worth exploring! For someone who is an early adopter, these automated solutions won’t put you out of your comfort zone too much. If you are a bit more old school, this might be the shake up you need.

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