Keyless entry – smart access
Smart homes of the future are all about safety, comfort and convenience. Installing a keyless entry system means you’ll never have to remember where you left your keys ever again… are they under the doormat or behind that pot plant or were they under that scary looking gnome? Many keyless entry systems on the market come with single, double or triple deadlock systems. Keyless entry systems use a range of modern technology including; digital keypads, biometrics/fingerprints and Bluetooth. Major things to consider when investing in a keyless entry system include; battery life, the number of unique entry codes allowed and if any integration is offered in relation to home automation – think unlocking your door via voice commands or remotely unlocking via the internet.
Gadgets – voice assistants
Smart wiring/Structured cablingThis is one tech item which you need to plan for pre-build. Smart wiring enables you to future proof your home and many builders now offer smart wiring as a package inclusion – which is great news as it can become quite costly! Let's start by clearing up a common misconception, smart wiring is not turning your lights on and off via your smartphone... that is home automation, which we’ll cover off next. Smart wiring basically allows you to have all of your communications, security and AV run back to one central point in your home – the “hub” which is essentially a large wall mounted box which is usually hidden away in the garage or a cupboard. The hub enables you to add more systems into your home at a later date, such as pay tv or data points without any fuss.
Home automation can create some substantial energy efficiencies and cost savings for your home. Placing smart sensors near your windows detect changes in temperature and light levels and when the thermostat hits a certain temperature automatic blinds can be activated to assist with cooling or heating your home.