About Home Automation:
A Home Automation or Smart Home System manages all of the sub systems and features available in the modern home. It’s about complete Home Control. Automation provides comfort‚ convenience‚ security‚ and energy savings to you – on one easy to use interface. It’s about the convenience of saving time, money and effort by having the home automatically do routine functions for you, but also deliver powerful control of all related systems so they operate in synergy with each other. It’s about making the complex simple.
Initially, Home Automation systems only managed a couple of very specific system controllers. But the internet of things has exploded, and the concept has evolved far beyond simplistic furnace and lighting control and timers. Today there are apps for every system in the home, and that’s not necessarily a good thing. It’s added to the clutter in our lives. Your home has many stand alone systems. Each has its own requirements to operate, and (of course) none are designed to work with the others. Just a few examples include Lights, Heating and Cooling, Fans, Security, Cameras, Telephones, Internet, LAN, Music, TV, Home Theater, Fireplaces, Window Coverings, Locks, Spas , Pools, Water Features and Lifts. A Home Automation system’s goal is to tame all those twittering little control apps under one master – and that’s you.
Home Automation means fully integrated, intelligent control over lighting, comfort, entertainment and security systems, accessible from anywhere, delivered automatically, or by you with one-button simplicity.
An activity as commonplace as watching a movie, can be as effortless as if you had a fully staffed theater – and should be. Music that matches your frame of mind can welcome you at the door, and make play list suggestions based on what you like. Lights and blinds work in harmony, harnessing natural light and referencing the HVAC system for energy efficiency based on everything from the suns nevus to the weather. Fountains and landscape ambiance can be ready for entertaining at the touch of a button. Cameras can page you for you to take a look if movement occurs somewhere it shouldn’t – but not bother you needlessly when the neighbors cat drops by.
Home Automation provides coordinated control of many unique devices with a single command. Because of this, quality Home Automation systems are custom designed to the homeowners individual requirements. While there is no one size fits all, there are a few areas most Home Automation systems touch on consistently.
Convenience, Security & Flexibility
The touch of a button gives you the ability to set the lighting and shading levels in a room, or the entire interior and exterior of the home, to create dramatic lighting scenes to match any mood or occasion. The other subsystems are at your command when you want to adjust heat, cooling, security, entertainment and more. A control system manages different scenes for different occasions and different moods. This system also controls music, TV or HVAC systems from one convenient switch point. Various lighting or music levels in all areas may be achieved either through the use of multiple scene buttons, or by simply raising or lowering individual lighting loads or entire areas.
This is a big one for anyone interested in interior design. Wall clutter (or wall acne) is dramatically reduced by replacing rows of conventional switches, knobs, sensors, sliders and other controls with a single, elegant touch screen, leaving your wall space for art and furnishings.
A lighting control system can dramatically reduce your energy costs, by intelligently managing how and when lighting and shading is addressed – with no need to be in the dark to save – ever. Managing the home’s lighting requirements, in concert with naturally available light using motorized window shades, and operating heating and cooling systems in concert makes all kinds of sense, financially and environmentally. Without a control system this promise can never fully exploited.
Start on the right foot
Be aware that expert advice is crucial at every step of the process, from initial consultation through to final commissioning and handover of the home automation system. Therefore, the best time to talk to us is at the design stage of your new home.
We are here to help guide you through every stage of the process. We begin by consulting with you to determine your needs and how you would like to live in your new home. Then we design the system and draw up the plans in consultation with your architect, interior designer and builder if you prefer. We project manage the ResiNet installation, set up the components and then show you how it all works.
Experience you can rely on
Creating an automated home environment is an investment, and you need expert advice every step of the way. Hiring a home automation designer is no different to hiring an architect, interior designer or other design professional. The most important factor is experience.
K&W Automation has been designing and installing automated environments for clients in Canada since 1978. We have extensive experience working with homeowners, architects, builders and interior designers to create intelligent environments to the most exacting requirements and tastes. We also offer the largest range of automation product from leading manufacturers like Control4, Vantage, Packedge, Apple, Ubiquiti, Universal remote controls and more.
Get in touch with us
If you are planning to include home automation in your new home, or you are curious about how smart technology can help you create a unique home environment, you need to call us. To answer questions or for a consultation to discuss your requirements, and begin the process of making your ideal home a reality the process needs to begin as early as possible. Remember, the best time to talk to us about installing a home automation system in your new home is at the planning stage!