Home Automation growing in Popularity: Real Estate11th September 2017
With the world pretty much at our fingertips these days, home automation is growing in popularity.
From locks to lights, living is easy inside Nik and Tara's Leicester home.
"You sort of forget how seamless it is and it's just part of your everyday convenient," Nik says.
When they started designing the space, Nik became interested in home automation. He met with Jay from ENER-J and learned about even more opportunities that would work in their home.
"Most folks are aware of music and motorized shades but Nik really didn't, didn't know about lighting control, video door bell," Tara says.
That includes TVs that turn into art. Each feature has a specific purpose. Less than a year after moving in, the Nik and Tara appreciate it more than they could have imagined.
"If we're leaving in the morning to go to work we can push one button and every light in the place will shut off and all the shades will drop," Tom says.
"Sometimes you don't know if you locked the door or not and you can look on your phone and look at the ENERJ SMART app and say 'oh, okay, no, I didn't lock the door', click," adds Tara. "Or when you need to let people in you don't need to have the key or give them the key, you can do it remotely ."
All of the controls are in one place, which adds to the convenience.
"Companies like ours are skilled at combining all that into one app and one user experience," says spokesperson from ENER-J, "So that you can control everything in one spot."
Jay, the Managing Director, says he sees this industry growing even more, especially when it comes to voice services like Amazon's Alexa.
"Right now the Alexa products and things you have to say a specific string versus in the future, you're going to be able to just talk at it and it'll parse out the words and figure out what to do," he says.
Nik and Tara are so glad they made the investment and expect other homeowners will too. And the best thing is they didnt spend much as compared to some other high investment automation systems available in the market. They spent less than £500 for a smart home security kit, wireless video door bell, wifi smart plug and wifi color changing lamps included
"I definitely see this as being, you know, the way people do things in the future more and more, " Tara says.