How Smart is Your Home?

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Kris Gamble, Customised

Did you know that there is a takeover happening in your home right now? A technology takeover. Over the past decade the number of devices, gadgets, applications, screens and sensors used in our home life has grown enormously. It is only ten years since Apple launched the iPhone; this game changing mobile device took dozens of previously used gadgets and bundled it into one pocket sized tool to support our busy lifestyles. Since its launch the iPhone and other smartphones have been a gateway product for scores of other hi-tech products to enter our homes. Some provide entertainment and convenience and others bring comfort and security. The technology takeover is here to revolutionise and improve how you connect and live in your home. 


We’ve now reached a highly anticipated landmark for control of technology in the home, voice control. The Amazon Echo arrived, won over the sceptics and is now on track to becoming the first choice voice controlled home assistant for many. 2016 ended and 2017 started with voice control being a new interface in our clients Smart Home installations. It is now a recognised user interface to be factored into our designs. 


Customised have been professional home technology installers since 2008 and we’ve charted the rise in the number of connected devices entering the home. The increase in devices results in an significant increase in traffic on the home network. For close to a decade we’ve waxed lyrical about the need for our clients to bolster their home network; this can often be one of the least expensive elements of their project. Hard-wired cable infrastructure, a robust router, a managed network and far reaching wireless coverage can often be the difference between home automated bliss and frustrated, unhappy customers. It’s easy to overlook the planning and design needed for the installation of technology in homes. Developers, architects and home owners are blinkered by wireless technology and readily throw up the classic comment of “Isn’t everything wireless these days?”. Poor preparation for technology can result in new homes being out of date from the moment the keys are handed over to the new owner.


Automation and control of your homes lighting, heating, ventilation and blinds/curtains is the part of a Smart Home which generally requires the most planning, design and engineering. Customised are specialists in combining these services onto one common system. Think of the system that automates and controls them as your Home Operating System. We always recommend a hard-wired system for the management of these essential services in the home. In past years the systems that performed these tasks were generally very expensive and exclusive to luxury homes. Nowadays there are reliable options for every budget and many can be very quick to install and setup.


In today's modern home which has systems in place for controlling lighting, climate, entertainment, and shading there is a lot going on behind the scenes that the homeowner is not always capable of managing. Home automation systems do require regular updates, changes and maintenance to keep them performing at optimum levels. Updates to the system normally bring new exciting features like voice control. Seek out your local CEDIA (Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association) member to plan your Smart Home project.


A Smart Home system could cost as much as your next car so give it as much research time as you would choosing a car. There are a lot of options for your home technology at varying budgets; find the systems that suit your home, lifestyle and budget.

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Customised are Norfolk based, CEDIA certified, home technologists providing Smart Home consultation, design, installation and maintenance services.

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