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Smart home solutions to make your life easier

Homeowners looking for ‘touchless’ solutions to routine domestic tasks have made smart homes popular. Professional technicians can now tailor a system for your home and garden that resolves common problems like protecting your house in an emergency and helping you stay in your home longer as you get older.

No longer a futuristic vision, smart home technology offers everyday practical solutions. Smart homes offer many advantages to householders who work long hours, or are frequently away, and can really assist those who have greater needs, such as the elderly.

Curran’s qualified technicians can equip your home and garden with the basic technology and will customise smart home programs so they provide the practical solutions you want.

Smart Home automation

Smart homes take advantage of automated controls, phones or voice commands to switch devices on and off.

According to Choice magazine, “In 2015, the average Australian household had nine connected devices. It was 17 in 2018, and by 2022 it’s expected to reach 37.”

Benefits of Smart Home Setup

Who benefits from having a smart home?  All kinds of households enjoy the benefits of a smart home setup, but consider the special advantages it offers those who aren’t necessarily tech savvy.

Smart home technology has great advantages for:

  • Seniors, particularly those who are too frail to carry out many domestic jobs
  • People with a disability who have mobility issues that can make everyday tasks difficult
  • Homeowners who are often away from home, such as those who frequently travel for work
  • Property owners who provide rental accommodation, such as holiday lets.

Smart Home Automation Services 

The good news is that homeowners don’t have to be young tech wizards obsessed with installing the latest devices to reap the benefits of smart home technology. Our professional electricians can install a smart home system for you.

A professional electrician with smart home installation experience will save you many hours of your time which would be spent setting it up yourself with off-the-shelf devices. With a visit from our team you can avoid the inefficiencies of poorly connected set-ups or struggling with issues like security risks or regulations concerning privacy protection. 

Some of the basics for a smart home are:

  • Wi-fi signal
  • Hub connected to modem or router
  • A mobile phone for phone-based smart home apps.

Smart home automation services from a professional electrician can include:

  • Rewiring the house to accommodate a new smart home electrical system
  • Retrofitting solutions such as smart switches and smart outlets
  • Installing whole home controls

Services may also focus on particular features, such as:

  • Installations to operate security cameras
  • Lighting control
  • Multi-room audio
  • Garage doors
  • Automatic blinds
  • Heating and cooling.

Why choose Curran Electricians?

 Curran Electricians are experienced providers of smart home services. Our Australian family owned business has been operating for more than 30 years. Curran services have a great reputation as we combine excellent workmanship with high customer service standards.

Our licensed electricians will take on the electrical installations needed for your smart home,  provide knowledgeable solutions, and use safe working methods to complete a quality, cost-effective job.

Curran Electrical is also part of the larger Curran team providing plumbing and HVAC services, so we have working knowledge of lighting, garden irrigation systems or home cooling appliances that you could be linked to smart devices.

Contact us today to find out more about our Smart Home Services for your house and garden, and learn how we can make your daily routines smarter and more enjoyable.

What are some popular smart home and garden solutions?

  • Smart lights turn on and off, dim and change colour to simulate an occupied house
  • Security cameras at front door with live feeds can update owners when they are away
  • Appliances that ping your phone, such as a washing machine when it ends its cycle, so you can time your domestic jobs schedule
  • Smart irrigation devices that water your garden regularly when you are at work, asleep or on vacation; or remotely operated rooftop sprinklers
  • Gadgets that track energy and water usage and automatically optimise water volume and frequency based on weather forecasts. Some can work as an early alert system, for example, identifying irregularities of water flow in your plumbing system.

What are some nifty new smart home features?

Advanced smart homes technology includes:

  • New release TVs have a microphone in the remote control.
  • Smart mirrors/windows
  • Smart blinds already available overseas
  • Smart irrigation controllers with WIFI connectivity that maintain and adjust garden watering from your phone. 

What are some very useful applications of smart home technology?

Bushfire emergencies:

For example, in October 2023 there were News reports that a NSW South Coast resident was able to use a mobile phone to remotely activate rooftop sprinklers at a festival site as bushfires approached the area. The sprinklers were able to protect the venue.

Care of seniors and people with a disability:

Note that if you have your own smartphone or tablet and internet connection – to control your new Smart Home devices – you may be able to access a service that is funded by the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP), Home Care Packages (HCP), and Short Term Restorative Care (STRC) program.

FAQs 

– Do I need WIFI and internet to have Smart Home installation?

You will need WIFI and a hub connected to a modem or router.

How many Smart Home devices are included in the installation?

You can choose the number of devices you include, based on your household needs and priorities

– How much to install a smart home?

Costs will be determined by the number of devices included and level of complexity. If you aren’t sure we can recommend a smart home package with basic or advanced inclusions.

– What if my WIFI signal is not strong enough?

If your WIFI signal isn’t strong enough it could be time to upgrade your current equipment so it will cope better with a large volume of devices. To support faster speeds you may also need to shop around for a faster plan from your internet service provider.

Without a strong enough signal your smart home won’t function, so it is important to start out with  modern up-to-date routers and modems.

Other tips for a strong signal include:

  • Check your router placement and keep it clear of obstructions and with antenna pointed upwards. Locate the router near to where you use the WIFI, without a wall in between. Avoid running major appliances in close proximity.
  • Buy a range extender for your WIFI to avoid having ‘dead zones’ in the house
  • Buy a long range smart router
  • Update your router firmware periodically
  • Reset your router
  • If neighbours are freeloading with your WIFI, change passwords and use a program to identify the users of your network.

 

 

 

 

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February 20, 2024
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February 4, 2024
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February 1, 2024
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January 31, 2024
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January 12, 2024
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December 6, 2023
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December 4, 2023
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November 29, 2023
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November 22, 2023
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November 22, 2023
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November 20, 2023
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October 27, 2023
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September 12, 2023
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August 26, 2023
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July 01, 2023
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June 28, 2023
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June 04, 2023
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May 26, 2023
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July 16, 2022
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July 13, 2022
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July 13, 2022
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July 11, 2022
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July 10, 2022
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