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Smart Home Buying Guide

By
ElectricalDirect

If your customers are looking to save time, money and energy then smart home technology may soon become a new best friend.

Connected smart technology is here to create a more efficient, flexible home or office – with the help of just a smartphone by taking control of heating, lighting and appliances from anywhere.

From lights to doors, windows and everyday appliances, in this guide we’ll take a walk through the rooms of a typical home and suggest ways in which this new technology could revolutionise everyday living.

Connectivity

MiHome App Setup

To turn a home into a fully connected ‘smart’ environment, simply connect the router and smart home ‘gateway’ to the internet, download the App that connects products to a smartphone, and set-up the smart devices. Each brand will have its own unique App which to download to control the products from a phone. They can also be used with Amazon Alexa and Echo for hands-free, voice controlled operation – turn lights on or off with a simple voice command.

Many products don’t even need a router or hub to get some of the benefits of smart home control. Switches & sockets only require a remote control to operate simple on and off functions, and they can be a straightforward way of easing gently into the world of smart home! The remote control function makes it easy to turn off a number of sockets & switches at once, and means users don’t have to spend time turning off each individual appliance – it can be done simply at the touch of a button.

Monitoring Movement

MiHome Motion Sensor

Motion sensors placed around the home can alert the homeowner if motion is detected, and when linked with other products you can create scenarios like ‘Motion detected, lights on’.

Door and window security

For security purposes, open sensors placed on doors and windows provide peace of mind when away from home by monitoring the movement of these entry points, providing and instant alert to the smartphone when either opened or disturbed.

Appliances

Smart plug sockets will turn any electrical appliance into a smart product, enabling users to remotely control appliances, monitor usage and running costs.

Remote control sockets and extension leads make it easier to control those hard-to-reach sockets, meaning there is a simpler/no-wiring alternative to wirelessly controlling electrical appliances. Mihome have a full 30m range and high radio frequency which means you don't even need a clear line of sight to turn off energy wasting appliances.

To enhance security, remotely controlling some home appliances will help to give the illusion that the home is occupied when the homeowner is elsewhere, therefore deterring intruders.

Lighting

Lighting with MiHome

Existing light switches can be easily replaced to create a fully remote controllable lighting system, where you can switch on/off and dim lights from wherever you are. This is particularly useful for darker winter months, and for providing added security by illuminating an empty home. The Lightwave RF dimmer is a fully dimmable smart switch with an attractive stainless-steel finish.

Heating

Geotargeting with MiHome

You can create more energy-efficient zoned heating within the home by heating only the rooms you are using. Simple to fit radiator valves from Mihome allow you to monitor temperature and adjust the radiator wherever you are, and will also enable you to monitor energy usage from the App on your phone. What’s more, geofencing technology can activate the radiators to heat the room when you (and your smartphone) is in close proximity.

IFTTT (If This Then That)

Using MiHome with IFTTT

Many smart home products are also compatible with IFTTT technology, which links smart devices such as sockets and switches to external apps (for example, Weather, Google, NEST). The links consist of a trigger (the weather app says it’s cold today) followed by an action (turn on socket with heater plugged in). Or if the home sensor is activated, call someone from Outlook contacts. The added benefit of using IFTTT is that it doesn’t rely on the user to remember to do something – once set up, it does it automatically. The possibilities with IFTTT are limitless, and it’s a great way of using smart home products to their full capabilities.