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A home that is intuitive, energy efficient and adaptable, with control at your fingertips.
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Smart, intuitive homes
Platinum Homes CEO Dave Andrew became a convert to smart home technology after seeing it in action at PDL’s Vision Studio, where the Wiser Smart Home system brings the possibilities of smart living to life.
“It’s one of those sensory things that you have to experience,” says Andrew. “When you’re there, you think: ‘This would make my life so much easier!’”
He was so impressed that Platinum Homes’ Tauranga showhome now features its own Wiser Smart Home system so that clients can get an idea of how it could improve their day-to-day living.
Dave Andrew says that while most first-time visitors to the showhome haven’t had much experience with smart homes, they quickly see the possibilities and benefits.
“I think the energy-saving aspect of it is at the forefront when it comes to the long term,” he says. “Having an appliance that can turn itself on and off or being able to schedule them only when you need them is fantastic.
“But more importantly, most people look at it and say: ‘This is something that is going to add value to my home – the day I sell it I’ll definitely have something to talk about and a point of difference’.”
The home that grows with you
Because smart home tech is constantly innovating, it pays to invest in quality products at the beginning so you can add elements and upgrade easily in future.
Platinum Homes use the PDL Iconic switchgear range in all their builds – upgrading standard switches and sockets with bluetooth options offers entry-level smart home technology. Alternatively, the Wiser Smart Home system offers more comprehensive control.
The Iconic range also offers great USB options such as the USB-C fast charge and USB A+C wall charging ports, the Night Walk motion sensor for hallways and bedrooms and stylish, connected Iconic Outdoor power points too.
Adding the Wiser Smart Home system creates a truly intuitive home that can also be controlled by voice commands. As well as clever connectivity for lights and heating, it also has sensors for doors and windows, temperature and humidity, and even water leakage. This means your home can tell you if a door or window has been left open or opens unexpectedly, it can close the garage door remotely, turn on the air con if the temperature gets above a certain range, and even notify you if there is a leak in a monitored area.
Wiser can also create customised ‘Moments’ – a collection of actions in one tap, like a ‘Movie Moment’ that dims the living room lights, turns on the AV system and fires up the heat pump for a snug night on the couch.
Security inside and out is covered with the new Wiser IP cameras. They have motion detection, night and day HD video recording, wide angle view and an intercom.
Dave Andrew says that being able to add elements like this over time makes smart home tech a much more accessible option. “If you couldn’t do the whole house straight away, you could do key areas first and then add products to other rooms later.”
Smart home tech also extends to EV car chargers, which Platinum Homes prewires for in every new build, with the option of installation at the time or later on. Arc Fault Detection Devices (AFDDs) are also popular additions to switchboards as they detect one of the most common causes of electrical fires.
Whether you’re building new, renovating a beloved family home, or looking to do an electrical and smart home update, good electric home design can help enhance the way you and your family live, now and into the future.
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