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Home Automation – The New Concept In South Africa
We talk so much about Home Automation that it is easy to forget what a new concept it really is to South African audiences.
Just the other day, I was chatting to a friend, who asked me,
in all seriousness, why anybody would want (or need) to automate their homes.
You see, to her, it was about laziness – Who can’t even be bothered to get up
to switch off their lights, she asked. But when I started to explain what Home
Automation with Control 4 is really all about, she was quickly converted.
So, if not simply to keep up with the Joneses, why would one
want to automate their home?
Why Automate Your Home?
The first, and most important for many South Africans is of course, security. Automated door locks that lock themselves, even when you forget, alarms that can be activated remotely, CCTV cameras that can be accessed from anywhere in the world, all adding to that feeling of security, no matter where you are.
Then, with the cost of electricity sky-rocketing currently,
and the planet crying out for eco-warriors to protect it from further
destruction, energy-savings are also playing a major part in the current uptake
in Home Automation.
Customizable To Suit Your Lifestyle
With Home Automation, it is simple to set up your entire home
to suit you. One button can shut everything down when you leave, while another
can set only one room in the home as occupied. So, if you know that the entire
family is in the lounge, you can ensure that the lights, sound systems, TV’s,
air-conditioners and so on, in the rest of the house are all switched off,
saving energy, and money.
This can be taken a step further by installing room-occupancy sensors, which will automatically detect when your bundle of joy has left the room and will switch everything off behind him. No more mom walking through the home, cursing everyone for their inability to switch off lights! Happy wife, happy life!
The Convenience Of Automating Your Home
But more than that, Home Automation is about convenience and enjoying every last facet of your beautiful home. Imagine that you have had a long day at work, and are simply exhausted. You arrive home late. The upstairs section of your home is already in sleep mode, lights are dimmed, the TV’s are off and your little ones are off in lala land. You kiss them goodnight before heading downstairs, where your lounge is in relaxation mode – you dissolve into your favorite lounge chair while the most gentle classical music plays softly through your multiroom audio system. Your curtains have closed themselves, and the dimly lit room is all that you need to take the edge off for a few minutes before your partner calls you for dinner. At this point, you head to the dining room, where the dinner-scene is set. The chandelier above your dining room table is lit, and the music is barely audible in the background. TV’s are off and romance is in the air – just what you need to end off a long, hard day.
Your home did all of this for you, and you get to enjoy the fruits of its labor.
With Sound X Perience and Control 4, the sky is the limit. If you can dream it, we can automate it. Want to know more? Click here.