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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).
New research, by education charity the Edge Foundation to mark (vocational qualification) VQ Day 2015, suggests that the British would rather have plumbers for neighbours. It's good to have someone you can turn to when things go wrong.
In Europe, many homes are equipped with centralized heating systems. They usually consist of one or more centrally located pumps that circulate hot water to radiators or underfloor heating. However a relatively new technology is on the rise.