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Stay Green With Smart Home Technology

With the increasing awareness about energy use and staying green, there is a lot to be said for using technology as an aid.

More and more often we can see homes being built or renovated, and having solar panels on the roof. Take a look inside and you will see energy saving LED light fittings replacing the old incandescent light bulb. Look to the construction and you will see increased insulation density, all of these are designed to reduce energy usage and help to do our bit for the enviroment.

 

So how can Smart Home Technology and home automation help in this battle for a passive home?

Intelligent room control:

No matter how much insulation you may have packed in, or how many solar panels are on your roof, there will always be a time when a room is empty with the lights switched on, maybe even the TV still showing your favourite show to a vacant audience.

This is where home control steps in, by using room sensors, you can program for a room to dim the lights down, switch off the television and Sky HD box and even drop the room temperature by a degree or two, when the room has been unoccupied for a pre-determined length of time.

Then as soon as you re-enter the room, the lights, television and heating return to their previously set levels. As well as moving your home towards a passive house, you will also save money on your energy bills.

Remote heating control:

Heating control is becoming one of the more complex areas within a home, it is not uncommon nowadays for a home to have a plant room, where all of your solar heating and energy efficient boiler have all the controls located, to ensure maximun effeciency of your heating system.

One area where these systems can fall down and be neglected is in time control. Unless a smart system is installed within the home, it can be common enough for a home to have the heating running, even when the home is unoccupied. Again this is where home control steps in, ensuring a stand by heating program can be adhered to when the home is unoccupied, keeping the zone temperatures at a minimum required level.

Another major benefit of home control systems is the web connectivity, meaning access to control your home remotely. Nowhere is this more noticable than with heating control. With the ability to log in remotely from a smartphone, tablet or computer, you can switch on or off the heating, adjust zone temperatures, or even activate a new heating program. So if your flight is delayed or your plans have changed, you can be happy in the knowledge your home is not heating an empty house.

Power control:

When you walk out of your home and lock the door, how many unnecessary electrical units are in stand-by?

Using a well designed smart control system, you can ensure that any unecessary socket circuits can be powered off, saving the energy waste of a unit in stand by. By programming a 'House Off' button, when you leave your home, you press this button, it will shut off power to each television, each lighting circuit and any other uneccesary power circuits.

Considerations:

Vital towards ensuring you get the most out of using a smart home technology system, is the design. A well designed control system can ensure you have the ability, to use all of the benifits outlined above, and it is for this reason that a professional installation company should be consulted during the design process. The installation company will consult with your electrician, architect and engineer, to cover all bases, and help give you your passive home.

For further information, or to arrange a consultancy, please contact either Conor or Rob on 021-4355870 or alternatively email us on info@futurehomes.ie

Robert Gill - Co-Founder of Future Homes, avid sailor and all round tech geek.

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