Smarts Throughout the House
Audio One's Ryan White shows how remote access technology and other advances can control any room in the house especially the kitchen.
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Move over, electric garage door openers and clap-on lights. Audio One's Ryan White gives a tour of a smart home that's like no other with controls for anything and everything throughout the house. From starting the dishwasher to turning lights on and off, one can control any room from anywhere in the Smart House with a portable remote using touch-screen panels:
This system allows you to monitor your home while actually conserving energy. By turning lights on at 50, 60 and 70 percent as opposed to 100 percent, you save energy and also extend the life of bulbs.
With many different levels of monitoring available at varying prices you can start small and add more equipment at your convenience or as your budget allows. But, says Ryan, it's critical to prewire a home during construction so it's ready when you are. Advances are on the way that would let you rewire an existing home for the technology, but it's the most cost-effective to do it while building.
Sure, the whole concept seems like it might just make you lazy. But it's actually designed, says Ryan, to save you from having to go around the entire house adjusting lights, temperatures and security functions, allowing more time to do the things you enjoy. While it may seem like this would make one more susceptible to being lazy, the systems actually enhance lifestyles by saving.
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