How many times have you driven halfway to work and wondered if you turned off that hot appliance or remembered to close the garage door? You rack your brain while a moment of panic sets in, forcing you to turn around and make the inconvenient trip back home. We’ve all been there, but with the simple push of a button, you can turn off that hot appliance and close the garage door straight from your smartphone.
Welcome to the world of home automation where you can sit back and let your house do the work. “It’s about having total mobile control of just about any function that’s connected to the day to day operation of your home,” says Rita Murphy, Graybar Canada account manager based in Mississauga. “It’s just a better way of saving energy and managing your house.”
From programmable thermostats and security cameras, to pool sensors and magnetic contacts for doors and windows, there’s an automation tool that fits almost every need. Many home and small business owners are turning to automation systems allowing them to control the appliances they use every day from their mobile devicesꟷand they’re completely customizable!
Across the country, builders are also jumping on the band wagon by including basic automation packages in the price of their homes. “We’re seeing more and more builders putting at least one Z-wave light switch or Lutron Bridge kit in every house they build,” says Tom Stoll, account manager based in Moncton. “Once installed, it’s easy to show the home owner it’s not as expensive or complicated as they originally thought.” With Z-wave technology, “we’re able to bring whole systems together via apps and put control in the palm of our customers’ hands.”
Not only does home automation make your life a little bit easier, but it also gives you peace of mind. With Canada’s aging population, Rita Murphy has been noticing a trend with customers using camera systems to check-in with their parents. “Personally, I set up a system with my father and know when he gets up and when he opens the cupboard to get his medication in the morning,” she says. “He also wears a panic bracelet, and one day when he fell, he pushed the panic button and I was able to view him on my phone and get help right away.”
Want to take it one step further? With geofencing, your home learns about your behaviours and uses GPS tracking to pinpoint your exact location. As soon as you move within a set distance, your home automatically adjusts itself. You can program the doors to lock or the lights to turn offꟷyou don’t have to do a thing!
Our lives are stressful enough. A home automation system can make a positive impact on your life by letting your home control those repetitive everyday tasks. All you have to do is set it and forget it.
If you’re interested in learning more about home automation system solutions, contact your local Graybar Canada representative today!