Are smart homes the future?
Smart homes used to always be considered the luxury of the rich and famous, but now thanks to technological advances in systems such as electric heating, lighting and connectivity, the smart home dream is now becoming a reality for more and more home owners. It is estimated that over 2 million homes in the UK will be ‘smart’ by 2020, and Smart homes will be one part of the growing trend of Smart Cities, which are expected to double in size and number over the next few years, according to a recent report from market analysts research.
The oxford dictionary defines a smart home as ‘a home equipped with lighting, heating, and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by smartphone or computer’.
As energy costs rise, technology becomes more accessible, and we become busier, it is only natural that we look to solutions to help improve the comfort and quality of our lives.
Simona Arneodo of the award winning electric heating company, Intelli Heat, has been pioneering developments in electric heating and smart apps for over 15 years, and believes that the prevalence and availability of smart phones and tablets will generate a surge in smart home apps and devices over the next few years. ‘It is evolutionary progression’, he says, ‘that as people become more and more connected through mobile devices and technology, they will want to introduce products that help them manage their lives more easily, and smart home automation is a great way of doing this’.
The market is being flooded with apps and remote systems that enable home owners to manage their central heating, lighting, under floor heating, or electric gates. However, none of these have the flexibility and control of the MYSENSE, according to Salvatore. ‘We are one of the only app on the market that allows users to control their electric heating in individual rooms, alongside lighting, gates, blinds and alarms, all from one app.’
This seems to be true, as although market leaders such as Hive from British Gas, or Nest from ex Apple employees seem to be paving the way for affordable intelligent heating systems, none of these devices match the flexibility and controllability of the MYSENSE system. Hive can only control one thermostat in the house, and therefore the temperature that is set wherever the thermostat is placed, will be the temperature that controls the boiler activity, and thus all of the radiators in the whole house. This is still a very inefficient way of controlling the way a house is heated, and also does not comply with upcoming building regulations which require at least two thermostats in a home. Nest is marginally better in that it monitors usage and lifestyle, and therefore tries to predict your heating needs for you. However it only allows for one thermostatic control centre point, thus offering similar limitations to that of Nest. Intelli Heat, due to the innovative way in which their electric radiators operate, have made sure each room temperature can be controlled and monitored individually. Each of their Cali sense smart electric radiators has its own thermostat, and is therefore able to be managed alone or as part of a zone on the MYSENSE App system. An ergonomic & intuitive App with operation current and planned modes ( Presence, absence, holiday…)
- Temperature setting.
- Temperature read out in real time: Minimum and maximum current ambient temperature.
- Weather forecast access.
- Notification and alerts warn you about an event, energy consumption, efficiency on your installation.
- Alerts and warnings about an open window, presence detection a disconnection, unusual high energy usage.
- Google geolocation, Alexa voice recognition features.
This is pioneering technology, and one of the only IOT (internet of things) app currently on the market able to manage efficient electric heating, as well as managing other electrical devices. Once connected up to the lighting, air conditioning, and everything in between, the user has full control of their home, from wherever they are, and they are not heating rooms they are not using. With heating accounting for over 40% of the average electricity bill, and government targets to reduce home energy consumption by 80% before 2050 from the 1990 baseline, it is obvious to see why apps such as the MYSENSE will be such a winner in the growth of smart home developments in the next few years.
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