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The Attractive Capability of Connectivity

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When Technology and Home intertwine… 

 Life, for most people, is moderately mundane. It is busy and constant and it is not uncommon for important things, such as switching the landing light off, to fly right above our heads in the suddenly rushed moments that everyday life seemingly gifts us with each morning.  

 If you often find yourself thinking, in the midst of rushing out of the door, that you wish things could just get ‘done’ without all the fuss and hassle that these small, forgotten about, household duties often cause, then you are in luck; the modern era has provided a solution for us all; Home automation.  

 From sensible smart security such as home CCTV, smart door bells and home alarm systems, to the thrilling smart lighting, smart hoovers and hidden smart sound systems; the smarter your home the smarter your life becomes.  

 Picture it; you wake up in the morning. Outside the window isn’t a very inspiring sight, its grey, damp and dull.  Now you walk to the kitchen, straight past the smart vacuum that has just got to work in the hallway. As you walk past it, the overhead light gradually turns on. It isn’t dull and it doesn’t remind you of a bulb that needs replacing; it’s a soft bright glow that isn’t too glaring but is comfortingly bright. The central heating is already switched on, but it hasn’t cost you the earth because it hasn’t been on and off all night. You’re listening to the radio that’s just turned on at your touch of the glossy touch-pad situated on the wall. Just as you do that, the coffee machine simultaneously heats up and pours you your morning poison and now you’re sipping a nice steamy, hot mug of coffee in a warm, brightly lit room that is helping encourage the best start to your day.  

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 Now stop picturing it. Think back to your own morning this morning and ponder on what could help make your morning a better morning.  

 Would it be a complete control system that would connect to devices such as a nest thermostat to help heat the house to your optimal temperature at the perfect price? Or how about some Phillips hue smart bulbs that can be scheduled to sync in with your alarm clock, giving you that realistic mimic of a natural awakening?  

 Whatever the desire may be, you can be almost certain that there is a smart home device out their that will be ready to help ease the little stresses of everyday life at the swipe, touch or scheduling of a button.  

 

So why not be smart and start your smart home journey here by discovering what Smart home device we here at Northwest Security can offer you.

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How to Smarten Up Your Home On A Budget

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It has never been so easy to be so affordably Eco-friendly and sustainable when it comes to running your home.

The Smart phenomenon has been taking the worlds of interior and security by storm over the last 10 years and today it is now easier than ever before to transform your home into an almost self-running haven.

From simple devices that allow you to change the color of a room by voice to sleek doorbells and cameras that allow you to see who is buzzing your front door on your phone, the past 5 years alone have seen multiple technological advances that make our consumer lives that little bit easier.

And while in the past the Smart Home dream seemed only within reach of movie characters, today it is more affordable and accessible than ever before for us mere mortals to get a slice of the convenient pie.

Here a quick glance of 3 most affordable smart home gadgets that will help to really smarten up your home on a budget and save you some hard earned cash.

  1. IKEA smart bulbs (£15+)

After recently switching to only selling LED lighting within their stores, Ikea have since introduced a range of smart bulbs to help change the atmosphere of your home with the touch of a button. You can Dim them, turn them on or off, and switch their glow from warm to cool all from the comfort of a simple app.

“Smart lighting at IKEA is an expandable system you can add on to as your lighting needs change. Our smart lighting range offers wireless LED bulbs, panels, and doors for furniture. “- IKEA.com

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  1. Amazons’ Alexa (£90 +)

Costing just under £90, Amazon Echo is a smart speaker that is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audio-books, and providing weather, traffic and other real-time information. It can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation hub, allowing you to voice control your lighting among other cool things. Save time and money by utilizing your voice to organise your life instantly.

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  1. Nest learning Thermostat (£150+)

This one is a little pricey, but this is more than just a light color change gimmick. With the Nest Learning Thermostat, you can save real cash on your heating bills! As the smart device quickly learns your routines and user habits it begins to automatically follow that routine, allowing you to come home to a nice warm and cosy space. You can also control this heating device via the smart phone app, just in case you decide to switch up the working week and stop out late. And this little device has the capability to connect to others devices meaning your smart home journey has only begun!

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