Your Home But Smarter | Home Design Magazine feature

Your Home But Smarter | Home Design Magazine feature

Home Design Magazine chat to Damian Cavanagh, Managing Director of Electronic Living, about home automation and what it can do for you.

What is a smart home?

A smart home works to ensure a seamless integration of intuitive technologies into today’s connected environments and homes. This includes home automation of security alarms, CCTV surveillance, access control, IT networks, smart wiring, electrical, solar, energy management, smart lighting, air-conditioning and home entertainment via simple to use control systems that are iOS and android compliant.

How did you get into the home technology field?

A keen interest in business and a passion for everything tech led me to pursue a career in the home technology space in 1997. With the industry in its early infancy back then, I soon recognised an opportunity in the market for a company that specialised in the integration of building and technology. In 2007, I decided to bring the dream to reality and founded Electronic Living, a company that has now delivered more than $60million of smart home projects across the globe.

Are there any common misperceptions about home technology?

Yes! Firstly, that technology is complicated. For many, home automation and smart technology conjures up the idea that incorporating this type of sophisticated technology via your mobile device or dedicated touch screen is enough to make your head spin. The goal of automating things and designing a user interface that puts everything at a homeowner’s fingertips is actually meant to deliver the exact opposite — absolute simplicity!
Secondly, that it costs too much. The home as an expense is a significant investment and is more often than not very much recoverable. When you look at other expenses homeowners invest in such as adding custom cabinetry, high-end kitchen appliances, landscaping and bathrooms to name just a few, a home automation system is very comparable in price and ultimately allows us to remain connected with today’s modern world.
Thirdly, many believe that wireless is all we need. A correct smart home design requires a technology infrastructure that uses a combination of both wired and wireless networks. A wired infrastructure is not only preferred, it’s a prerequisite to a reliable future ready home.

What are the best ways for a consumer to get a great outcome?

Do your research. As with everything, it’s best to partner with a professional, specialised system-integration company that can fulfil all of the requirements that a smart home can offer. Sure, you may think you’re saving a few bucks by choosing an installer who isn’t certified or you might want to have a little fun with a Sunday afternoon DIY project but, if you want a quality installation that won’t cause more problems than it solves, you should only choose a professional who can provide proven completed project examples and expert service from the initial planning stages to completion of an integrated smart home project.

What are the benefits of having a smart home?

If I had to summarise the benefits of a smart home in one simple phrase, then it would be improved quality of life. A smart home informs and educates you, improving the way you live in and changing the way you view and interact with your home. A smart home becomes a reliable and dependable friend. It is a lifestyle choice that provides the benefits I have described and above all is rewarding and fun. 

Tags: Smart Home, Home Automation, Home Design, Damian Cavanagh

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