Can I update an older home with smart home technology?
Absolutely! Most of the devices only require a wi-fi connection. If you have that, you should be fine!
Does my whole house have to be smart?
No, it’s not necessary to make your whole home a smart home. Some people would rather have only a few items in their home, and others may want to install everything they find! It really depends on what you want.
What are the benefits of home automation?
- Control: Having control of your home’s settings, even when you are not home, helps give you peace of mind.
- Safety: There are many home automation devices that work in parallel with home security devices. Some devices have cameras and/or audio recording capabilities that can send you notifications remotely from the smart device.
- Convenience: The primary reason for home automation is to create convenience for the user. For example, if you forget to turn the AC down a few degrees while out of the house, you can do it while you’re away, instead of just thinking about it.
- Comfort: Some people love having home automation for no other reason than they can adjust settings in the comfort of their home. Want to adjust your lighting? You can do it without getting off your couch through your phone.
- Peace of mind: Parents can feel secure when their children are playing in another room thanks to the cameras and other technologies that come standard with most home automation systems.
When is the best time to install home automation?
The ideal time to install home automation is when building a new or renovating an existing home. If you are considering an extensive technological renovation of your home, it would be better to get it done when the house is being developed because there will be heavy wiring work.
With entry-level home automation solutions, rewiring isn’t required. In these cases, you can buy devices that are compatible with the existing setup. If you select this option, you can always add on in the future if you desire more for your home automation.
How can I save energy with a smart home?
With a smart home, you have more control over the fundamental energy users in your home. For example, with most smart homes you have features that give you the ability to see the energy consumption in the day, week, or month. As a result, you could potentially change the way you spend money on energy in your home.
Steps to Protect Your Home During Power Emergencies
Power outages cost Americans $150,000,000,000 each year. That’s $500 for every man, woman, and child. Whole-home backup generators provide power to your entire home and are the first and best way to protect you and family in an emergency. They are different from portable generators, which are used for single appliances and electronics and are generally not able to provide power to integrated mechanical equipment like air conditioning and water heaters. However, they are portable and the type of fuel required to run them provides the option for gasoline. Whole-home backup generators are the preferred choice for longer-term power outages and are safer and work more quietly than portable options.
Additionally, whole-home surge protection protects your appliances, air conditioner, water heater, and other integrated equipment during an outage. Even with a surge protector, it’s a good idea to unplug delicate electronics that can be damaged when power resumes.
Don’t delay until the next storm comes to install a home backup generator and surge protection. The best time to get a generator is right away, prior to any storms. During any emergency event where power could be lost, it’s critical to have the ideal backup power system ready to go to deliver power, comfort, and safety for your loved ones.
Choosing the right power generator for your house needs thorough consideration. The most advantageous generator you can install is a permanent generator for your whole residence. Since every home is different, you want to think about all your electrical needs in order to sustain your loved ones’ comfort and safety while the backup generator is on. Speak to our licensed and professional electricians at Southern HVAC.
We proudly sell Generac®, a premium home backup generator brand. The models we sell offer from 7.5kW to 150 kW of power, which provides ample power for most residences.
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Our generators use natural gas or propane (LP) fuel and send power into to your home’s electrical system. They include WiFi monitoring capabilities that allow you to keep an eye on the system operation at home or anywhere in the world where internet access is found.
A sufficiently sized generator can protect your home with:
- Instant and automatic whole-home backup power in the event of an outage
- Lengthy backup power for days, or even weeks, if necessary
- Continuous operation of the entire home, including important systems like air conditioners, security systems, internet equipment, and refrigerators during an emergency or severe weather
- No need to “refuel” with constant access to natural gas or propane supplies
- No need to move to a hotel or with others during a power outage
Ensuring you will have power requires keeping your generator in tip-top status with home backup generator maintenance. Our Complete Comfort Club is a stress-free maintenance program that includes comprehensive maintenance of your generator, as well as repair discounts and no after-hours charges. Our friendly customer service staff can be reached day or night, seven days a week.
Want to find out if a home power generator is a great choice for you? Contact us online or by calling (407) 519-3265.