Smart Home

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Planning the infrastructure of your Smart Home is an important first step in achieving your home automation vision.

There are thousands of smart products out there with a vast array of apps to control various devices. A key challenge in achieving the vision of a smart home is tying all of these devices together to work seamlessly.

It is important to understand communication protocols such as Bluetooth, Z-Wave, ZigBee and WiFi. In addition, choosing a smart home hub as a single system to control all of these devices is an important decision to make.

While wireless communication is the smart home standard, you will always find a need for cabling. Either when it comes to powering devices that aren’t battery operated, or if you require reliable data transfer, such as Cat5 or Cat6 cabling for security cameras.

Managing the climate in one’s home is also a popular topic for home automation enthusiasts. Previously, HVAC systems were expensive and difficult to install. Today, modern day smart devices are enabling people to actively manage temperature and humidity in their surroundings, while also saving energy and money.

Smart thermostats are the latest trend while motorized devices such as smart curtains and smart blinds can control light and heat entering your home.

Smart vents can be installed to regulate ventilation, and humidity while smart infrared controllers can automate dumb, air conditioning systems. It’s now even possible to automate ceiling fans and electric fireplaces to turn on or off, based on the temperatures inside or outside the home.

In this section we dive into all aspects of smart home infrastructure, as the backbone of your home automation system.

Hydronic Heating System Guide

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Hydronic heating is not only one of the most common forms of heating found in homes, but also one of the most efficient. If you’re looking to invest in hydronic heating, or simply understand the system you have, this article will provide you with the working principle, types and pros/cons of this type of system.