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Understanding what is possible with electrical systems and how you can develop your home in the future by doing some simple groundwork is the first step to improving the comfort and sustainability of your dwelling. “From an electrical point of view, the options available to people often get overlooked within the overall design,” Schneider Electric‘s Dave Chapman says.

To combat this, Schneider Electric have developed a number of initiatives to let people who are building or renovating know they have a choice. “As far as we see it, the more knowledgeable people are about what’s available, the happier they will be as they complete their building project,” Chapman says. Schneider Electric offers three basic options to customers wanting to make their homes either more comfortable, more sustainable, smarter, or a combination of all three.

Understanding what is possible with electrical systems and how you can develop your home in the future by doing some simple groundwork is the first step to improving the comfort and sustainability of your dwelling. “From an electrical point of view, the options available to people often get overlooked within the overall design,” Schneider Electric‘s Dave Chapman says.

To combat this, Schneider Electric have developed a number of initiatives to let people who are building or renovating know they have a choice. “As far as we see it, the more knowledgeable people are about what’s available, the happier they will be as they complete their building project,” Chapman says. Schneider Electric offers three basic options to customers wanting to make their homes either more comfortable, more sustainable, smarter, or a combination of all three.

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“Firstly, there is a group of very simple products that are commonly available and will fit into most standard houses and wall plates, such as motion sensors, timers and light dimmers.”

Over time, simple products such as motion sensors that will turn lights on and off automatically as you enter and exit a room or area of the house help homeowners to control their energy usage in a more sustainable manner.

“Firstly, there is a group of very simple products that are commonly available and will fit into most standard houses and wall plates, such as motion sensors, timers and light dimmers.”

Over time, simple products such as motion sensors that will turn lights on and off automatically as you enter and exit a room or area of the house help homeowners to control their energy usage in a more sustainable manner.

Timers are also available for heating and ventilation, which Chapman says are particularly useful for older houses where there may be more moisture needing to be removed, especially from bathrooms and wet areas. “Having a simple product like this that will help you remove moisture and do it automatically is something that will work towards making your home healthier and provide a host of long-term benefits.”

Timers are also available for heating and ventilation, which Chapman says are particularly useful for older houses where there may be more moisture needing to be removed, especially from bathrooms and wet areas. “Having a simple product like this that will help you remove moisture and do it automatically is something that will work towards making your home healthier and provide a host of long-term benefits.”

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From there, the next step is thinking about connectivity using simple devices and systems. “This might be a wireless bluetooth-controlled speaker system, or USB charging outlets complete with a smart shelf for phones and tablets. From here, you can move into a fully automated home system,” Chapman says.

Without the knowledge of what is possible, it’s hard to plan for the future. But, as Chapman says, with even basic understanding of what can be achieved, people can then choose to future proof their home by pre wiring in anticipation that in future they may want to upgrade. “Just running the cable enables people to easily make this choice in the future if they want or are able to.”

Home automation systems provide benefits over a long period of time. Providing seamless control of lighting, blinds, music, air-conditioning, garden sprinklers, security systems and more to enhance your lifestyle via adding convenience, comfort, and saving energy as you go.

Making homes run more sustainably is inextricably linked to making them more convenient. With a smart home automation system, lights in a hallway area could be set to come on at 30 per cent brightness between the hours of 10pm and 6am, for example, saving electricity, but also providing convenience.

Smart home systems can allow you 24/7 connectivity via your smart phone, tablet, or PC, even when you are away from home. You can make sure all is well at home, or turn on the heat-pump on the drive home, or turn it off if you’ve forgotten.  You could let a tradesperson in the front gate or even into the home via deactivating the alarm, and unlocking the front door.

In Chapman’s opinion, one of the most important devices to change a person’s habits around energy use is an energy monitoring device. “This is a product that will tell you how much energy you’re consuming, and various studies done overseas where products like this have been available for some time, show that just by having it, people save 10 per cent on their monthly electricity costs.” The device is designed to sit somewhere readily visible like the kitchen bench and provides weekly graphs and extensive data about a household’s energy consumption – a visual reminder that propels habits to change.

“Smart homes mean different things to different people, and the options exist to cater for various needs and various budgets. With today’s technology having a smart home provides benefits to make life easier, and add value for the future.

The key brand of electrical products is PDL by Schneider Electric. PDL is a New Zealand brand that was started 80 years ago and acquired by Schneider Electric in 2001. “Schneider Electric has always been about innovation and quality and today, our offer is the largest in the New Zealand market with continuous new products becoming available. At the centre of our business is the desire to add value to the industry by letting people know what’s possible and have more consumers who are better informed to make smart choices for their homes.”

If you’d like to know more about what’s possible, visit Schneider Electric on ArchiPro here and be sure to visit their Auckland or Christchurch Vision Studio show rooms before your next project.

From there, the next step is thinking about connectivity using simple devices and systems. “This might be a wireless bluetooth-controlled speaker system, or USB charging outlets complete with a smart shelf for phones and tablets. From here, you can move into a fully automated home system,” Chapman says.

Without the knowledge of what is possible, it’s hard to plan for the future. But, as Chapman says, with even basic understanding of what can be achieved, people can then choose to future proof their home by pre wiring in anticipation that in future they may want to upgrade. “Just running the cable enables people to easily make this choice in the future if they want or are able to.”

Home automation systems provide benefits over a long period of time. Providing seamless control of lighting, blinds, music, air-conditioning, garden sprinklers, security systems and more to enhance your lifestyle via adding convenience, comfort, and saving energy as you go.

Making homes run more sustainably is inextricably linked to making them more convenient. With a smart home automation system, lights in a hallway area could be set to come on at 30 per cent brightness between the hours of 10pm and 6am, for example, saving electricity, but also providing convenience.

Smart home systems can allow you 24/7 connectivity via your smart phone, tablet, or PC, even when you are away from home. You can make sure all is well at home, or turn on the heat-pump on the drive home, or turn it off if you’ve forgotten.  You could let a tradesperson in the front gate or even into the home via deactivating the alarm, and unlocking the front door.

In Chapman’s opinion, one of the most important devices to change a person’s habits around energy use is an energy monitoring device. “This is a product that will tell you how much energy you’re consuming, and various studies done overseas where products like this have been available for some time, show that just by having it, people save 10 per cent on their monthly electricity costs.” The device is designed to sit somewhere readily visible like the kitchen bench and provides weekly graphs and extensive data about a household’s energy consumption – a visual reminder that propels habits to change.

“Smart homes mean different things to different people, and the options exist to cater for various needs and various budgets. With today’s technology having a smart home provides benefits to make life easier, and add value for the future.

The key brand of electrical products is PDL by Schneider Electric. PDL is a New Zealand brand that was started 80 years ago and acquired by Schneider Electric in 2001. “Schneider Electric has always been about innovation and quality and today, our offer is the largest in the New Zealand market with continuous new products becoming available. At the centre of our business is the desire to add value to the industry by letting people know what’s possible and have more consumers who are better informed to make smart choices for their homes.”

If you’d like to know more about what’s possible, visit Schneider Electric on ArchiPro here and be sure to visit their Auckland or Christchurch Vision Studio show rooms before your next project.

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