Heard Around the Office: Home Automation
April, BHG attended the opening of the VISION HOUSE in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot in Walt Disney World. The exhibit is part of a series of residential homes sponsored by Green Builder Media, each showcasing green building practices and sustainable products for homes.
Since our trip, we haven’t stopped talking about the innovative products that not only make the VISION House eco-friendly but also a “smart” home—a combination of digital and wireless technologies known as home automation.
The house functions around the Nexia Home Intelligence System, which connects with products from Schlage and Trane to monitor and control your home’s security, temperature and more.
Linked In: At the heart of the system is the Bridge, connecting the home’s various Nexia products to the intelligence system through wireless technology and corralling that info for easy access on the web.
Grand Entrance: Schlage and Nexia Home Intelligence work together in this keypad + electronic lock system. Providing the option for keyless entry, the Nexia system also lets you access your front door remotely: you can check to make sure the house is locked up when your son left for soccer practice, or remotely unlock the house—great for letting in contractors or early house guests! You can also receive alerts so that you know when your home as been opened
Keeping Cool: The ComfortLink II smart control from Trane not only monitors indoor and outdoor temperatures, it has energy-efficient temperature settings, controls for every room of the home, and tells you when to change the filter or schedule routine maintenance. Plus you can access it from your Internet enabled device so you can keep tabs on settings while you’re away from home.
There are many more home automation products on the market and in development. Soon you’ll be able to start your dryer, pre-heat your oven, and check your refrigerator contents all from your phone, tablet, or computer!
-Kristina McGuirk, Kitchen and Bath Ideas
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