With technology advancing at such a rapid rate, we find ourselves faced with an increasing range of electrical options to consider when renovating or building. Whilst this process can be exciting – it can quickly become stressful and overwhelming.
To help with this process, we have put together a list of technologically advanced electrical items to consider for your renovation or new build to make your life a hell of a lot easier!
USB Powerpoints! Whilst these aren’t necessarily ‘technologically advanced’ convenience of a USB powerpoint cannot be understated! Outlets with USB ports are becoming increasingly popular as most of our smart devices are charged this way. These not only looks neater and more modern but free up traditional power points for other essential appliances and lighting.
We have all experienced the awful feeling of coming home to an overly hot house in summer or waking up to a freezing room in the middle of winter. By connecting your air-conditioning system to your wi-fi, you will have the ability to control the temperature of your home wherever you are. Smart ceiling fans can be controlled via your device or, you can go a step further and install built-in sensors so that the fan turns on and off when someone enters or leaves the room. The sensor also monitors the temperature of the room and will speed up the fan when the room is hot and slow it down as the temperature drops.
You will never need to worry again about whether you turned the lights off or not once you have smart lighting installed in your home. The advanced lighting system can be programmed to turn on and off when a person enters or leaves a room, when you get up during the night or simply used as a safety precaution on the outside of your home to alert you to any movement. LED lighting is another popular option as it allows you to have more control over the brightness and colour of the light in your home, uses up to 85% less energy and lasts approximately 20 times longer than standard halogen globes.
Built-in speakers and audio equipment can be integrated into the construction of your home, making it more visually appealing and taking up less space than traditional bulky speakers and unsightly wires. Sound systems can be mounted directly into the walls, ceiling and cabinetry of your property in multiple rooms and areas around the home. These systems also connect to your homes Wi-Fi network, allowing you to control the sound remotely at the touch of a button.
One of the many benefits of modern technology is the peace of mind that upgraded security brings. While you can make these safety additions to your home without a major renovation, it is easiest to implement a system while you are in the construction phase to tailor them to your individual needs. Modern security cameras enable you to monitor your home remotely from your phone, while security motion sensors can be programmed to detect the sound of broken glass, the opening of certain doors/windows and even detect smoke or carbon monoxide.