How to Beat the Heat with Home Automation
Everyone knows it is hot, hot, hot in Arizona during the summer. With temperatures reaching 110 almost every day, it sure is nice to have a cool home to hide in. People who aren’t from here always wonder how us “Zonies” can stand to live in such a hot climate. Well, it’s the same as living in a cold climate, when it’s below freezing you stay in your warm home, when it’s above boiling (not really, but pretty close!) you stay in your nice, air-conditioned house. You can also tell them “you don’t shovel heat”
With the amount of time we spend indoors during the summer months in Arizona, it is important to have the most up-to-date equipment and features in our homes to ensure that adults, kids and furry friends are beating the heat in their Smart Home!
One of the most important indoor features in Arizona is the air conditioner. Nothing is worse than coming out of 112-degree heat into a house that’s 85 plus. Smart thermostats are becoming increasingly more popular due to their energy efficiency and cost effectiveness. Instead of just kicking on and off at specified times, smart thermostats monitor the temperature of your home, ensuring it is the perfect temperature at all times.
By adding greater control of your HVAC system, you can substantially curb your home's energy usage. Paradise Home Entertainment recommends HVAC automation products from Control4, and Elan Home Systems.
Another great way to stay cool in your home is by making sure all the windows are covered. Sure, natural lighting is great, but windows without shades are a great heat conductor and you might be surprised at just how much hotter a room without curtains or blinds can be. Automatic and motorized shades are the newest in window dressing technology and are extremely convenient. You can have the shades automatically open or close when needed or with just the touch of a button. You can lower the temperature and protect your furnishings. And, there are also security benefits!
Not only do windows emit a lot of heat, but so do lights. Obviously you can’t sit in the dark, but reducing the strength of your lighting could be the key to keeping your home cool. Want complete wireless supremacy over the lights in your home? Program the automated lighting systems so the lights are brightest at night, instead of right in the middle of the day. Using light dimmers throughout each room, will also help to control the amount of heat emitted.
There’s no question that keeping cool in this blistering heat is sometimes difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve still got plenty of heat to battle so make sure your home is as “smart” as it can be. Visit Paradise Home Entertainment to learn more about how you can beat the heat in your Smart Home.
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