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Getting a High Tech Home on a Budget

15th February 2016

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Technology in homes has increased in the past few years and now more outlandish gadgets are being seen in every home day to day. From the Bath-O-Matic App, which allows you to run the bath with the correct amount of bubbles, ready for your arrival, to smartphone controlled lighting and heating as well as automated watering of indoor plants, tech in the home has soared.

Home technology is a vast industry. There is no limit and while the majority of home technology gadgets may not be needed, some may actually be a form of home improvement, won’t cost a lot and could even save you money in the future. This means they are sure to be a worthwhile investment for your home.

Warming Your Home, the Smart Way

Smart thermostats aren’t new but the Nest Learning Thermostat from Nest Labs definitely leads the way when it comes to cutting down on home energy use and therefore costs. Allowing you to adjust your home’s temperature based on your own lifestyle and schedule, the Nest learns your habits and stores data, automatically adjusting the temperature for you.

It also integrates weather forecasts into the system so your home will be warmer when it's snowing and cooler during a heat wave. Simply control the thermostat via a computer or on an app while on the go. Research has also shown that the device can reduce average energy bills by up to 30% a year, saving a lot of money.

Saving Energy in Your Home

Energy Star appliances have become all the rage in recent years, and for a good reason. A new Energy Star appliance generally uses less power and water (depending on the type of appliance) than its historical predecessor. For example, purchasing an Energy Star refrigerator will generally conserve 15% more energy than the typical non-Energy Star rated fridge.

In addition, an Energy Star washing machine can generally wash clothes more effectively than older models, resulting in lower fabric wear, better stain removal, and briefer drying times, while saving up to 50% more energy than typical top-loading models and reducing your energy use and costs throughout the year.

What’s more, energy- and cost-saving devices don't always require big installations. Charging electronics accounts for 13% of home energy use every year, as items are often left charging with full battery life. Companies such as Green Plug offer solutions to give devices the exact amount of power they need. If a device needs a certain amount of power to operate, the supply automatically cuts off after it's been met, saving energy and money.

Intelligent Lighting

Smartphone operated LED-lighting is also becoming more popular, with users being able to operate lights from outside the home. No-more wasting energy by forgetting to turn the bathroom light off – simply switch it off at work using the app. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with increased control.

Another home technology adjustment in the form of lighting comes from Taewon Hwang. Have you ever had a problem with forgetting which light switch stands for what light? Taewon came up with the great idea of creating a master light switch with a simple design that shows you what lights you are turning on or off.

Home technology will not just get everyone talking but can also save you money in the future. Home technology is the latest home improvement needed. If you would like more information on how Ultraframe products could help you save money in the home and increase the thermal performance of the home please done hesitate to get in contact today.

Products That Meet Modern Demands

To help you secure a standard of contemporary quality and performance throughout your whole house, we offer a wide range of products that are widely recognised as the most technologically advanced systems in the market today. This means you’ll be able to enjoy industry leading standards of thermal efficiency, performance, design and appearance.

Whether you’re looking for extensions, conservatories, orangeries or replacement conservatory roofs, we’ll have the right choice for you. You can also opt for our super insulated columns, which feature an intelligent design that allows them to capture a standard of thermal efficiency that is 5 times that of the traditional brick pier design.

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We pride ourselves on investing heavily into research and development, ensuring all of our products stand at the forefront of quality and design. This means you’ll be able bring a new addition to your home that is completely unrivalled, proving to be a worthwhile investment that continues to deliver quality time and time again.

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