Why do we use curtains in our homes? In this pitchbook article we don’t just look at the function of curtains in our home, but also at the way in which we can control them electronically.
You have probably noticed it when you stayed in hotel rooms: as soon as you open the room window because you want to let a little air into the room, the heating stops. When you close the window, the heating starts up again. This is a deliberate choice on the part of the hotel management to prevent wasting energy. The technology used here is window contacts. You can install these same devices in your home as well, or they may have already been installed for the burglar alarm system. Let’s take a look at the possibilities.
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An electric powered garage door is handy and convenient. You no longer need to leave your car to open the garage door by hand when it is raining.
Smaller renovations and extensions to the electrical installation in existing homes are not always easily and aesthetically accomplished. Grinding or cutting into walls to install additional wiring and cables is usually out of the question because wallpaper, painted walls, panelling, floors and ceilings may not be damaged. The solution to this problem is the use of so-called trunking systems and installation ducts.
Various brands of Integrated Home Systems (IHS) began appearing on the market about 15 years ago. They offered the possibility of executing actions inside the home but triggered from a distance using a standard telephone line (fixed or mobile).