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Home automation is the wave of the future. At D-Lux Home Systems, we specialize in taking a home automation project from concept to completion with as few hassles as possible. We will walk you through every step of the process, making sure the system you bought works as you expect it to. From the initial design and wiring, to final testing and training, we concentrate on the fine details. Once the project is finalized, our expert service department will ensure that your home automation system will stay working for years to come, and our 5-year labor warranty guarantees it. Call us today for a FREE in-home consultation.
What Can Home Automation do for You?
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Home automation makes life easier by automating tasks throughout the day. For example, imagine having a 'Good Night' button in your bedroom. One press of this button can turn off all the lights in your house, leaving the bedroom and bathroom lights on so you can wash up. It can also shut off any TVs that are on, set the thermostat to your favorite sleeping temperature, lock all the doors and arm the security system. After you are done brushing your teeth, the bedroom lights slowly dim down over the course of a few minutes to help ease you into dream-land. In the morning, imagine waking up to your favorite song playing on the speakers. The lights slowly dim up so as not to blind you right away, the thermostat changes to your favorite daytime temperature, and the TV in the kitchen turns on to the news channel. How much time did you just save by not having to run all over the house turning things on and off? Too bad it can't make the kid's lunch too...
Automated lighting and climate control can actually save you quite a bit of money each year on your energy bill. One of the most common causes of wasted energy is leaving lights on in a room that is unoccupied. New motion sensors paired with automated light switches and dimmers can detect whether someone is in the room, and turn the lights off after they leave. Another energy-saving method is to set dimmers to a max of 85%. This saves 15% on your lighting bill, lengthens the life of your bulb, and you won't ever be able to tell the difference in light output! Heating and air conditioning can also be costly if not managed properly. Many people will leave the thermostat on during the day, even if nobody is home. By automating your thermostat to turn on and off when you leave and come home, you can save a lot of money on your gas and electric bill. New 'learning' thermostats are also gaining a lot of popularity because of their ability to learn your thermostat habits over time and automatically adjust settings accordingly.
Time is money, and when you are late for work, you may forget to turn off lights, lock doors, or close the garage door. Without home automation, lights will get left on which costs you money, and you would have to turn around half-way to work to close the garage door. Now you're even more late to work! Home automation can do all of this for you as soon as you arm the security system or push an 'Away' button. There are even ways for your home automation system to start your car for you! Just imagine the possibilities... As a restaurant or bar owner, you may have a lot of TVs in your establishment. Having one button to turn on all the TVs at once, and a consolidated control panel for channel changing is the answer. This will keep your employees on task and save you over 30 minutes a day by not having to search for the remotes and figuring out which one operates which TV. Check out How Automating Your Business Saves Time and Money on our blog for more information.
The advantages of making your home energy-efficient are endless. With huge tax breaks, less stress on Mother Earth, and the direct cost savings that go straight into your wallet, you can't afford not to make your home as efficient as possible. Automated lighting control and climate control will help maximize your efficiency by turning off devices that are not being used. New technology can even keep you informed on what your power usage is, and can help identify areas that can be improved. Maybe an automated reminder to clean your furnace's filters would be helpful...
There are many ways home automation can keep you, your family and your home safe:
FIRE - In case of a fire, a typical home relies on battery-operated smoke detectors that do nothing but make noise. In an automated home, the signal from a smoke detector will not only call the fire department, it can turn on lights to an exit, turn off the HVAC to prevent smoke from spreading, and can even turn off the gas to the home to prevent a huge crater!
FLOODS - The chances of something in your home springing a leak at some point are better than you might think. A hidden leak from a refrigerator or dishwasher can cause a lot of damage to walls, floors, furniture and electronics and costs a lot of time and money to rectify. A home automation system can detect leaks when they first start and can shut off water to prevent further damage. The system can even notify you that there is a leak, so that if you're not home, you can get someone to check it out right away.
BURGLARS - Unfortunately, home invasions will never go away. As long as there are homes, burglars will try to get in them. This is where a good security system and camera system come in handy. Thankfully, most burglars will try to enter your home when you are not there. If they try, and you have a security system, they will be greeted with flashing lights, loud sirens, and cops! If the burglar takes off before the cops arrive, a camera system will help the police identify the suspect. In the case that you are home during the invasion, the lights and sirens are usually enough to scare the burglar away. If not, there are a few tactics that a home automation system can provide to help you stay safe. A voice playing over the speakers can remind the intruder that he is on camera, and can tell you where the intrusion happened so you can plan your next move accordingly. Maybe it can open a hidden door in your closet that holds your 20-guage...