Ease of Life
With a solution from OZ Smart Things, we can tailor the system to suit your home and needs, with endless possibilities. Have a look at some examples below to get you thinking...
Your smartphone GPS signals the system, letting it know you're on your way home. As you approach, the driveway lights come on, the automatic gates open and the outdoor lights turn up to full brightness. Inside, the heating has increased from the setback position, the kettle is boiling, the lights are on and your favourite playlist is playing through your Sonos sound system. Allowing you to sit down and relax with a nice cup of tea.
Sunrise and Sunset
As darkness approaches, your house needs to adapt. The blinds need to close, the outside lights need to come on and different rooms need to be heated as the family move around. All of this can be automated to harmonise with your life.
You want to watch a movie, all you need to do is select Cinema Mode and all at once, the blinds close, the lights are dimmed and the TV turned on. You could even set the RGB lights to flash when the doorbell rings.
Peace of Mind
Well, with a Smart Home, we can take away that worry and give you peace of mind. From a single app, you can check if any appliances or lights are on, and turn them off, from anywhere in the world.
So, next time you have that little voice in the back of your head saying, “did I lock the door?” or “did I remember to turn my straighteners off?”, think about how we could save you that worry.
A big priority in people's live is keeping their home and their family safe, and a Smart Home can help with that. All of your smart products can work as an alarm, so you can "arm" the whole house, one room or even a single product. So, if a motion sensor or door sensor is triggered, not only will your alarm siren sound, but you can receive a push notification that the alarm has been triggered.
You can also monitor your home whilst your away, whether you're at the pub down the road, or on the other side of the world. You can have a look at your security cameras, check if any doors have been opened, or simply make sure your daughter got in when she said she did.
Detection of Visitors
You're at work and the postman arrives with a parcel, once he rings the video doorbell, you get a notification on your phone. You can then open the electric side gate remotely and ask the postman to leave the parcel safely under cover.
With a Smart Door lock, you can also send any visitors a temporary passcode for your door, so you don't need to be there to let them in.
Looking out for Loved Ones
You may have elderly relatives who live away from you. A system can be installed which could non-intrusively monitor their home. For example, motion sensors could be installed to let you know they're up and about. The fridge could be installed with a door sensor, letting you know if they've been in the fridge. The heating could be set so that the temperature does not drop below a set figure. External CCTV could also be installed to let you know if they've been out of the house or if they've had any visitors.
Maybe you have a teenager that's now old enough to go out clubbing at the weekends. You could install a door/window sensor on the front door to alert you when they arrive back home. The oven could also be turned off automatically if it's left on for more than 45 minutes during certain times at night, to ensure they don't burn their pizza to a crisp.
Fire and Smoke
With an integrated smoke alarm, you can get a push notification every time your smoke alarm is activated.
Our systems can also be used to reduce the risk of a fire taking place. Say you think you left the iron on, you can log in remotely and see if it's on. You could also create a scene so that if the iron is on, and there is no motion in the room for 5 minutes, it will turn off automatically.
Floods and Water Leaks
If you've ever had a leak in your home, you know what a nightmare it can be, but with the Water Sensor, you can detect such an event before it turns into anything major. The wireless flood sensor measures moisture and temperature and can raise the alarm in the event of any leaks being detected. A Smart Home can also simultaneously isolate the water supply and turn off any electrical equipment.
Heating and lighting account for over 80% of energy use in many homes, and a lot of this is unnecessary waste. With a Smart Home, you can manage your carbon footprint and energy usage, by incorporating features such as automated lighting or zoned heating.
Have a look at these options in more detail below.
Heating, Cooling & Hot Water
Each room in your home can be heated separately, allowing unoccupied rooms to be set at lower temperatures or put into "vacate" mode. Thermostats or temperature sensors can be installed in each room and the temperature and heating schedules can be managed via your smartphone or tablet. Door/window sensors can also be connected so that the heating can be turned off if a window in a room is open for longer than a set time.
The hot water can also be managed, either by having a required minimum temperature or by using a smart schedule.
Upgrading your home's lighting is a big thing at the moment, with a drive towards energy efficient LED light sources, including RGB LED light strips. This gives you the option add some atmosphere and get more creative with lighting, whilst saving money.
With a Smart Home, you can make all your lights dimmable and have lights that turn on and off automatically. Some examples of energy saving scenes are:
- Use a motion sensor to detect if a room is in use, and if no movement is detected for a set period of time, the lights will automatically turn off.
- A scene can be programmed that will turn off the main lights in your family room, dim the ambient lights and turn on the coloured RBG lights to whatever colour you choose. This could also be connected with an Amazon Echo, meaning you'd only have to say the phrase "Alexa, turn on mood lighting" and the scene would play.
- Garden and driveway lights can be programmed to turn on at specific times, say dusk to 11:30pm.
- A wireless button can be placed in the hall, allowing you to turn off all lights and devices in the house on your way out the door.
- You could install a door/window sensor on the pantry door, so when the door is opened the lights will come on and turn off again once the door is closed. On top of the energy saving, this could be very convenient if you have your hands full of shopping bags.
With our systems, almost anything is possible. The only limit is your imagination!