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Smart Thoughts…

2016 has seen the exciting rise in the Smart Home and 2017 is moving faster . We have been involved an a growing number of installation projects that both include automation and data, and have witnessed some disasters. plansFirst the Good, enquiries have been flooding in for new-builds and renovations wanting to incorporate energy saving home automation. Our “Go To” system of choice has been Loxone, and it fits in neatly with client perceptions, needs and budget.

Many of our current projects started at the design phase and has allowed for building quirks to be designed in form the start. Adequate room for locating a network cabinet and the wall mounted control system along with the associated cable runs for both mains power and data cabling.

We have not been involved with wiring all of the projects, and have worked closely with other electricians to provide the Smart Home infrastructure that sits on top of the basic wiring plan. Read the rest of this entry »

Cable

The battle between Cable and WiFi will WiFi Logocontinue for a long time. On one hand you have builders not understanding and believe WiFi does it all, Smart Home technologists know the importance of a structured wired data network with the home owner caught in the middle, so who is right?  Read the rest of this entry »

Buy a SmartHome with Confidence

Buying a Home is a daunting prospect for Loxone Smart Home control using Android device and NFC Smart Tagmost people, but when its a SmartHome, there is a little more to think about and stress levels may rise. With more homes incorporating connected devices and systems, we have put together some pointers for you to consider when buying a SmatHome… Read the rest of this entry »

Whole Life Cost….?

Planning Thoughts For Home Automation

When tackling building projects, much Energyof the budget focus is on the actual build and not the on going utility costs with the building. Taking a Whole Life Cost view of your project and dramatically change your thinking on where to spend your tight budget. Even building infrastructure is designed around current need, with little or no thought given to the future…. Read the rest of this entry »

Backward ~ Forwards a Year in Review

2015 in Review…

As another year draws to a close we thought we would review what has been achieved this year, but firstly we would livingroomlike to thank our clients for their custom and to our suppliers who have supported and enabled us to grow this year. 2016 is already building to be a #Smart year with a number of #SmartHome projects booked in. Unfortunately…. Read the rest of this entry »

Freezer Monitoring

Following the expensive loss of contents after a freezer failed, we were approached to create a bespoke solution to prevent further loss. Equipment failure is inevitable, but “time” can mitigate disaster. Providing advance warning gives valuable “time” to safeguard stock.

Requrements:Temperature Probe

  1. Monitor all freezers and fridges 24/7
  2. Provide instant alerts and notifications based on temperature
  3. Log temperatures for Food Standards compliance
  4. Provide temperatures of other processes Read the rest of this entry »

Saving Energy with Home Automation

One of the key aspects of handing control over to an bathroom2intelligent Home Automation system is the ability to reduce wastage.  If correctly set up it will achieve this with ease, savings of 15-20% on heating and up to 30% on lighting…We will focus on these two aspects and show you some nice extras that come as standard…

Lets start with lights.  Including an occupancy sensor in each room allows for lights to be switched off automatically when there Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Get Caught In The App Trap!

We will say it over and over, “App Overload” will deter people from fully adopting Home Automation.  There are some excellent stand alone app controlled products on the marked and are great for what they do, however linking them in to other Loxone Smart Home Layoutsystems e.g.triggering lights when the alarm goes off is a little more complicated. If your first product is a stepping stone to more….stop….

Starting small is a major benefit of many Automation Systems due to their modular make up, however it pays to do your long term homework Read the rest of this entry »

Living Without FiT…

The Feed In Tariff  (FiT) has been the main driver for many to install  Solar PV, however in January next year, the rate is going to be dramatically slashed. This rate cut will undoubtedly leave many wondering if its still worth it.

In the run up to the deadline there will be another rush, so if solar is on your wish list, do it now and benefit from the additional payments through the FiT scheme.

So what happens after the cut? It is still worthwhile on the basis you are investing in a generator with a fixed output price lower than current electricity supply prices. It works out cheap if you can make use of production and there are a number of ways to boost “self consumption“. Read the rest of this entry »

Home Automation – The Basics

So what’s it all about? Since the dawn of time, Man has sought to simplify  and control.

Home Automation is being widely used in commercial buildings to drive down running costs and centralise control. The automotive industry has been way ahead of the field for many years with many features coming as standard such as automatic lights, fuel consumption data, climate control and many other comfort and security features.

So What Can It Do…that will benefit the average home? Read the rest of this entry »