Home designers are increasingly taking into account people of all ages and abilities, then incorporating features such as level entrances, open-concept floor plans, and guide rails. But improving home accessibility doesn’t always involve redesigning your home, or completing a major renovation. Home automation solutions are creating new ways to help home owners as well as people with special needs to function better in their homes.
Systems and devices that allow us to program or control elements of our home environment such as lights, windows and appliances, are called “home automation” or “smart home” technologies.
For example, the handy television remote control was originally developed for people with limited mobility. The humble garage door opener may once have seemed like a novelty, but the concept is now being used to operate windows and doors throughout the home. More and more, home automation features being developed for the general consumer market provide even greater benefits. Especially to people with physical, sensory and mental disabilities, allowing them to live more independently.
Advanced Integrated Controls (AIC) is proud to offer home automation solutions for all of life’s needs. We have partnered with Lutron and Elan Home Systems to offer the most robust smart home platform on the market. AIC has been designing and installing automation systems in Hilton Head, Bluffton and Palmetto Bluff since 2006. We strive to be the best in the business.
Why? Because we want our clients to be comfortable and safe.
Home Automation Solutions Increase Comfort, Convenience & Cost Savings
Opening a window, closing curtains, and turning on/off a light are common actions essential to our comfort at home. Automating these simple repetitive tasks through remote controls, motion sensors, or pre-programmed settings can make life easier. Particularly for people with limited mobility.
Automation can also help save money. Programming curtains to be drawn during the day to block the summer sun can reduce cooling costs; while programming energy-consuming appliances to run at off-peak hours can save on your electricity bill. No to mention, a home that functions better for everybody is also more attractive on the resale market.
Safety & Security
Security Systems that protect our properties and lives use many small innovations. Such as timers, that can turn lamps on/off to give the illusion someone is home, sensors that alert you when a window is broken, motion detectors that tell you an intruder is in the house, and smoke detectors that signal a fire.
Moreover, home automation has advanced to integrate these systems. Some smoke alarms can be programmed to turn on lights to help you find your way out of the building in a fire.
Some security systems can be used to give your home a more lived-in look by randomly turning lights and devices such as TVs and stereos on and off. Security devices can also be programmed to alert police, or an off-site security company to investigate an alarm when you’re out. Some systems can also be programmed to send you electronic notices when a sensor is triggered, which allows you to make a decision on how to respond or to monitor the situation by video from a computer or your phone.