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Control Your Home with Your Phone, Tablet or Computer

January 13, 2013 by SoWal Staff

Remember what TV was like before the remote control? Yes we do and it was not very fun. Just as the ability to control your TV has become a way of life, Smart home technology is next. Once you get it, you can’t live without it!

Imagine... Adjusting your heating and air conditioning from your cell phone from anywhere in the world. Just think how much that’s going to save you. Or imagine receiving a text message from your house when the kids get home from school or if someone forgets to close a door. Very cool, and no longer the stuff from James Bond Movies. 

Planet Secure, a local South Walton company, is bringing the future home now through advanced smart house technology. [Check out video at end of story.]

The idea of a smart home might make you think of George Jetson and his futuristic house or maybe Bill Gates, who spent more than $100 million building his smart home. Once thought of as for only the tech-savvy or the wealthy, smart homes, or home automation, are becoming more popular because the cost is now affordable.

“For less than the cost of your typical monthly burglar alarm, we can all have a house like the Jetsons. It’s quite amazing,” says Ken Richards, the owner of Planet Secure. When people come over to my house I usually get questions like 'did that light just turn off behind me'? Since it’s finally so affordable, we can all really benefit. I feel good about being able to help the environment ‘Go Green’ while at the same time helping families bring down monthly utility bills. Its a win, win for everyone. Not to mention, it‘s pretty cool.”

Using a smartphone, tablet or computer, you can lock or unlock doors to let in the plumber, neighbor, or vacation renter - then change the code once they leave. Which means no more hidden or lost keys.

Or, you can adjust your heating and air conditioning controls from anywhere in the world, or just before you arrive home. Home automation is about the security you have knowing that you can look in on your home remotely from anywhere in the world, and that your home will tell you if anything is amiss. Should your home ever catch fire, your home will wake you, shut down the air ventilation system, turn on a lighting path for your escape, automatically phone the fire department, and unlock the front door for first responders. Now that’s smart.

Vacation rental companies and owners are keenly interested in such systems to cut costs and increase convenience. If a renter leaves the air conditioning cranked up it's easy to turn of from afar. Now that's very smart and just one example of how an investment in a smart home system from Planet Secure will pay you back many times.

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