The future is now: why more people are opting for a smart home - Building AU
The future is now: why more people are opting for a smart home

The future is now: why more people are opting for a smart home

No longer exclusive to celebrities and the uber-wealthy, smart homes are becoming the norm across Australia. We spoke to Christian Schiemann from ABB to uncover the increasing allure of home automation

Words by Tanisha Angel

After having spent the past couple of years largely confined to the bounds of our homes, many homeowners are seeking to add both comfort and functionality to their space. Going beyond mattresses and ergonomic desk chairs, homeowners are reconsidering notions around what makes a space functional and liveable, with home automation rising in popularity. Once thought of as solely reserved for the uber-wealthy or tech-savvy consumer, smart homes are increasingly becoming the norm for those looking to balance comfort with convenience, security, and energy efficiency.

Attainable and accessible, the [email protected] system streamlines the home automation process. No longer do consumers require multiple apps and systems to achieve a fully smart home, with [email protected] encompassing all elements of a home through a single app. An affordable solution for homeowners and an easy set-up process for installers, [email protected] simplifies the smart home experience with an intuitive design that is easy to understand for homeowners and installers alike. Plus, it’s not restricted to new-build homes, with the ability to be installed during renovations and in existing homes.

To understand the increasing allure of smart homes, we spoke with Christian Schiemann, Market Development Manager at ABB Australia.

[email protected] by ABB Australia

Unparalleled comfort and convenience

“With people spending more time in their homes, comfort is becoming more and more the driver to have a smart home,” Christian tells ArchiPro, adding that homeowners are coming to understand just how much a smart home can improve their lifestyle.

Going a step further than mere home automation, [email protected] allows all technology, appliances, and fixtures to be controlled from one place, whether it be a touchscreen interface or through the app. [email protected] can be used to control every element of the home in both existing and new builds, from lighting and shutters to coffee machines and audio devices.

With people spending more time in their homes, comfort is becoming more and more the driver to have a smart home

Flexible and customisable

A key bugbear with home automation systems is them not working cohesively with other devices. However, [email protected] plays well with others, working in tandem with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, meaning that all facets of the home can be controlled through voice as well as via the app. “[email protected] caters not only for lighting; blinds and shutters; and your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, it also lets you integrate your voice control function, your Sonos Multiroom Audio, integrates with your ABB-Welcome Door Intercom, and even connects to your home appliances,” says Christian. “Whether it’s for controlling, monitoring, implementing in scenes or adding easily to a timer function, [email protected] has you covered in your home.”

[email protected] by ABB Australia

A sense of security

With the world opening up again, homeowners are seeking high levels of security both while they’re in and when leaving the house. Home automation systems such as [email protected] that can be accessed globally allow for a sense of ease when travelling or simply away from home on a day-to-day basis. “The homeowner can access and control their home from anywhere in the world,” Christian explains. “This includes the intercom when integrated into the [email protected] Smart Home solution. If someone is at the door, one can take the call on their smartphone and manage the visitor or deter the intruder.

[email protected] by ABB Australia

For additional safety measures, a smart home can even be set to holiday mode, meaning the [email protected] system will replicate a desired pattern while you’re away, providing the illusion of presence in the house. From a structural perspective, the system can also be connected to a weather station, allowing external shutters and awnings to respond to conditions such as harsh wind or rain, preventing damage and providing homeowners with an additional level of comfort and safety.

Learn more about the [email protected] system and explore the extensive ABB Australia range of home automation products by visiting their ArchiPro profile here.

Words by Tanisha Angel

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