3 ways smart home technology makes your life easier

Smart home technology isn’t something that’s exclusive to the uber rich, nor hidden away in high-tech homes. You can find it everywhere you look, from network security cameras through to integrated music systems. You can adopt smart home technology as little or as much as you like, or you may even be using it now without realising!

If you’re curious about smart home technology and want to know how you can benefit, read on to see ways on how to make your life easier.

1. The goldilocks effect

Never be too hot or too cold again with smart home technology! A fully-installed smart home system attached to your heating and air-conditioning allows you to maintain the perfect temperature in your home.

Not only can you keep warm in winter, but you can also stay cool during those stifling summer months. Even on a day-to-day basis, smart home technology allows you to maintain a constant temperature, set to your liking, both day and night.

You can have the heating come on just before you wake up, or turn off during the day when no one is home to save on energy costs. You can even have different temperatures in different rooms to suit everyone’s individual needs.

2. Safety first

Possibly the best thing about a smart home is the unprecedented security it brings to the average household.

Imagine being able to see who’s at the door without getting up from the sofa… even if that sofa is on the other side of the world! Modern security systems are all wi-fi based, allowing cameras to be connected to the home network and accessed via smart phone.

This allows you to check who’s at the door before answering, and if you don’t want to open it, a 2-way communication system can let you speak to the person, replaying messages or further instructions.

Smart home technology can also control your home’s locks and doors, and with the touch of a button, you can lock every door in the house, or grant access to certain people with the correct code.

If you leave the house without locking up, no need to panic – your home security can be access via your smart phone. One simple touch of a button and everything is secured!

3. Light up your life

Smart home technology allows you to control your lighting, giving you both an aesthetic quality and a practical day-to-day feature unavailable until recently.

From a practical point of view, smart lighting can wake up with you in the morning, slowing getting brighter, allowing you to adjust to the new day. Again, as the sun sets that evening, the lights can be programmed to come on gradually, setting the tone for the night ahead.

With the inclusion of motion sensors, smart lighting can also follow you from room to room, or light up any unwelcome guests outside the property.

When it comes to setting the mood, smart home lighting is the perfect answer. Dim the lights for a movie with the touch of a button, and even have them come back on when you pause the screen or someone unexpectedly calls.

And of course, because everything is automated and Wi-Fi-controlled, you don’t have to be at home to make changes to your lights. Turn them on or off if your plans change and you can’t make it home, or set them while on holiday to come on at random times to make it look like someone’s home.

Next Group can change your world

Make life easier where it can be. Your heating, lighting and security are all things that smart home technology can take care of for you.

Next Group are experts when it comes to smart homes. We’ve been helping Kiwis install and adapt the latest smart home technology for years, always staying ahead of the curve.

The Control4 system we use is the best in the world, and we are one of only three Control4 installers awarded the “Diamond Dealer” status in New Zealand.

To find out more about smart homes and how they can make your life easier, contact us today. Our friendly and experienced engineers and installers will be happy to answer any questions you may have or help in any way they can.