Say Hello to Smart Homes
Smart phones, yes, but smart homes?
Home automation has taken a significant technological leap forward over the last few years. Today’s wireless networks and smart devices allow users to take home control to the next level: hi-tech homes can be tuned in to switch on lights and stream your favourite music when you are on your way back from work. They can be automated to run the washing machine, clean the dishes and water the garden at optimal times.
SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY
And the reasons for installing smart home technologies have become broader, too. Green buildings capable of significantly reducing energy and water consumption are finally a reality — it is in the eco-efficiency arena that the most exciting developments in home automation are taking place.
According to Brad Sale, owner of residential automation systems provider Elas Africa, smart appliances coordinate with smart meters, thereby reducing overall energy consumption. This may include smart lighting to control illumination and water-consumption reduction through sensor taps and plant watering systems.
Sales says that smart homes also allow for integration with smart power grids — turning on the geyser, operating the dishwasher or washing machine, or cooling the fridge or freezer.
“In this way, smart home automation can contribute to significant energy savings without impacting the comfort levels of residents.”
GLASS CAN COMPLEMENT A SMART HOME ENVIRONMENT
Modern building materials can also increase a home’s functionality and return on investment.
Double glazing, as is the case with PG SmartGlass X2™, improves insulation by up to 70%. In summer, natural light is allowed in — creating a more airy interior space — while up to 66% of heat from the sun is repelled, cooling a house. In winter, heat is kept in the home by the superior insulation performance, maintaining its warmth. This reduces the need for air-conditioning and heating systems, in turn decreasing energy costs.
“Green buildings capable of significantly reducing energy and water consumption are finally a reality — it is in the eco-efficiency arena that the most exciting developments in home automation are taking place.”
Fabrics such as curtains and furniture tend to fade and deteriorate in the sun. By introducing PVB laminated glass to PG SmartGlass X2™, it will help filter up to 99% of harmful UV rays.
Noise bounces back towards its source or is absorbed within the glass, creating a calmer interior space. Insulation is further improved with double glazing.
PG SmartGlass X2™ can be laminated in order to increase home security, making it trickier for potential intruders to gain entry.
PG SmartGlass X2™ is SANS 10400 XA compliant, with four options available (Standard, Plus, Elite and Superior). These can be selected according to the direction windows face and the functions they assist with, such as noise or solar insulation. pgsmartglass.co.za
Credits: Photos: Supplied, Text: Jocelyn Warrington and Supplied