Intelligent Heating

Every year winter seems to creep around quicker than expected and quite a lot of us dig out our winter clothes, thicker duvet,  buy new heaters, service our boilers and generally do the British thing and moan about the cold.

Now, all we want in our homes is to be comfortable. We don't want to be too hot or too cold, we want to be just right!

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Since most of us still have a thermostat in our hallways, the whole house heats up to try and satisfy that one thermostat that is generally in the coldest room of the house. Not very efficient, but also means some rooms are boiling and some will be freezing.

A lot of new cars have automatic zoned heating, so why doesn't our homes?

Sure, there are lots of 'Smart Heating' devices you can buy for about £200 that has some clever learning software and you can control the heating remotely. Though, it's still only one thermostat? Still heating your entire house to that one device (or two if you buy another for upstairs).

Now imagine similar intelligence but in every room. You may have a guest room that you hardly use, your bedroom will be occupied at different times to your living room. So it makes sense to control the rooms individually.
If we were to apply these same off the shelf 'Smart Heating' devices to each room, the cost would work out quite expensive. 

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That being said with a truly intelligent system, you can automate and control every room for a much more reasonable price. The benefits include (but not limited to):

  • More cost effective
  • Each room will learn it's heating pattern and adapt over time
  • Set different schedules in each room
  • Remote access from anywhere in the world
  • Different modes - Holiday, Away, Cooler, Warmer
  • Turn off heating in a room if the window opens

 

Make your home more efficient and comfortable. Contact us to see how you can get your heating working for you.

Flood Protection

£2.5m a day is paid out, dealing with water damage in people's homes. This payout ranges from fixing flooring, pipework, furniture, wallpaper, electrical equipment and so much more.

A truly Smart Home can protect against mass damage, should there be any water trouble in your home.
If there are any leaks in your home, you want to know about it and if you are in the house, you would turn off the water supply to minimise the damage created right?

Smart Homes water protection will allow your home to automatically shut off of the incoming water supply should the system detect any leaks. Not only this but notify you straight away as to what happened. This way you can call in on friend or family member or even plumber to check in on the house if you are away. 

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From frozen pipes to a boiler burst; you need to know about it whether you are in or not,  let the system protect your home. It’s all good and well-having insurance but the time and cost of putting everything right after the damage is done, is always greater than everyone expects.

Contact us to see how your home can start looking after you for once!

NFC - What Are The Benefits?

NFC or the full title - 'near field communication'. More commonly used and known for contactless card payments. 

You know when you pop to the shops and the young assistant asks 'Contactless?' and your bank or credit card has a little wireless symbol on it, then the likelihood is that your payment card can allow payments to be made without the need for typing a PIN. Most of the time the shops limit this to under £30, but the connivence and time saving of this is fantastic!

This is fairly new to most of us but NFC has been around for quite some time, early 80's in fact. Perviously referred to RFID (radio frequency ID), both NFC and RFID are very similar in in the way they work.

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Normally there is a card or device with a very small flat chip inside which stores information, then a reader of some kind (door lock, contactless payments, other phones) read and interpret the encrypted information. This is done wirelessly over a few center meters at most.

 

So what does mean for Smart Homes?

NFC as we know has been around for a while, commercial building entry, Oyster cards for underground tube systems, other payment and even on phones to trigger events (i.e bluetooth off, WiFi on). 

If we take all this readily available technology and information and apply it in our homes, what's to say in the next year we won't have our phone taping on the side of the door as we come home to disable the alarm and open the door. 

Each user could have a pre-set music playlist or radio station when they come home.

How about even taping your payment card on your fridge to pay for the weekly shop? May seem a bit unlikely but in fact most of this is possible now!

Contact us to see what benefits you could gain from NFC that you already have without knowing it!

Stay Cool

In case you hadn't noticed, it is very warm at the moment. Whilst you're enjoying a barbecue with a few cold drinks your home may be getting a little too hot.

So, how can home automation help keep my home cool?
There are many ways home automation can protect your home from over heating. Here are some of our favourites:

  •  Accurately controlling air conditioning with your smart phone app to ensure your room stays at the perfect temperature. Before you leave the office, set the house to a nice cool temperature so it is perfectly cool for your arrival home. 
  • Automatically closing blinds to stop solar gain if the room starts to over heat. 
  • Automatically opening specific windows to let the heat escape.

No more tossing and turning in the night because it is too hot to sleep. 

To find out more contact Circle Smart Homes now.

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Motion sensors - Moving stuff.

Whenever I walk through my front door a little device on my ceiling detects the motion. What happens next depends on a number of criteria but the vital part of this process is detecting the fact that someone has entered.

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Now your smart home knows that there is someone there, what happens next? Firstly, your Smart Home should decide wether to turn the lights on. So, lets add a brightness sensor to this functionality - If the room is bright enough already, then there is no need to bring the lights on automatically. If the Lux level is below the set threshold and someone enters the room then lets make sure the lights come on to the time specific scene that is set. In certain rooms it may be best that the lights are turned on whenever there is motion sensed such as basements, storage rooms etc.

It's not just lighting that can benefit from a motion sensor. If you wanted your favourite radio station to come on when you enter the kitchen to make dinner, why not link motion to audio services. Of course this might be annoying if it happened all the time so adding a time window for this automation would probably be a good idea. Enter kitchen between 5 - 7 pm - and your favourite station starts automatically, outside of those hours - silence. 

There are many more functions in a smart home that can benefit from sensing motion such as security alarms, heating and more. 

Contact Circle Smart Homes today to find out how you can bring this automation into your home.