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What is a smart home?

How does it work and is it worth it?

Have a quick look around your home. You’ll probably find furnishings, personal items, appliances and devices that add to your overall comfort, convenience and security. Even if you don’t think you have a smart home, likely you will also find at least a handful of things that allow you to easily control and automate your space. Perhaps a smart TV? Bluetooth speakers? App-controlled cameras?

Having a smart home doesn’t have to mean you are living like The Jetsons. Instead, a smart home is one that uses technology to control or automate the everyday systems you have in a way that works for you. Not just technology for technologies sake, smart home systems can help you more easily reach your goals – whether that’s to be a better environmental citizen by being more energy efficient, to keep your family safe and secure, or to make life easier with convenience, comfort and control.

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A solution to suit

Imagine it’s time to wake up in the morning. Instead of your alarm beeping, you have set your smart lighting to gradually turn on in the bedroom, as well as your audio system to play your favourite tunes. Hopping out of bed and heading into the bathroom you note that your underfloor heating is being controlled properly so the tiles are comfortable under your feet.

Your heated towel rail has automatically turned on so when you step out of the shower your towel is warm and dry. In the kitchen, your coffee maker has been set to automatically warm up, and the TV is turned on so you can catch up with the day’s news while you have your breakfast. Lights in the kids’ rooms automatically turn on when it’s time to get up, and once you are ready to leave the house, you can check on your App that all lights and appliances that need to be off, are.

A smart home system like this adds comfort, convenience and efficiency, and with a little thought and imagination, you can set up a solution that will have you wondering how you ever lived without it.

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A smart home that works for you

Depending on the devices you want, your smart home could come together with technology that is a simple, stand-alone system, or you can get a more comprehensive solution that brings all of your systems into one interface. There are options that let you start small, and then add onto them as your needs change.

Dip your toes in with Bluetooth connectivity

Clipsal by Schneider Electric’s Iconic smart outlets allow you to automate and control the appliance that you have plugged into it. So, you could set your heated towel rail to operate between 6-9am each day, or you could run a timer on the outlet you use for your hair straightener so you know that it is automatically turned off after 30 minutes.

You can set these options via the Wiser by SE app which allows you to set timers for durations of 1 second-24 hours, as well as set 24/7 scheduling, or use daylight levels as a trigger to turn things on and off. The technology operates using Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity and ControlLink technology, so once you have paired your Bluetooth devices you can use the Wiser by SE App on your smart device to configure it exactly as you want.

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