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Making your home smart

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Virtually everything in your home, including lights, thermostats and power sockets, can be connected to your WiFi and controlled remotely through a mobile device. But making your home smart can be a little mind-boggling, as there are so many accessories that work in tandem with others, and some are superior to others. Here’s a little help sorting the wheat from the chaff in finding products to make your home smart.

Choosing your assistant

Virtual voice-controlled assistants include Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, and they help you control smart home products through simple voice commands. These tools are all quite similar but have different strengths that will appeal to different people, so it is worth exploring the options to find your ideal home assistant. Here is the hardware that’s available to you:

Amazon’s Alexa: Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show

Apple’s Siri: iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

Google’s Assistant: Google Home, Google Home Mini, Android smartphones/tablets

You can put your smart assistant to work controlling other parts of your home, but you’ll need to purchase the necessary smart equipment. Here are some popular choices:

Lighting

There is a wide range of smart lighting to choose from. Some systems require a ‘bridge’, while others include a built-in WiFi connection. The latter type is simpler to set up but will cost a little more.

Smart plugs

Many plug-in appliances like fans, coffee makers and electric kettles can be made smart with the installation of a smart plug. This enables you to set a specific time for something to be activated, or to power it on/off remotely.

Thermostats

Smart thermostats like Nest connect to your WiFi so you can control them remotely with your smartphone or assistant. This means you can shut off heating when you’re not at home to save on energy or even turn the heating on when you leave work so the house is warm when you get home.

There are other things you can take control of remotely in a smart home, like your doorbell, security system, entertainment, alarm clocks and more. If you’re struggling with adding smart features to your home in Swindon, contact EJS Electrical and we’ll help you get started.

Importance Of Electrical Inspection And Testing

Importance Of Electrical Inspection And Testing

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Before buying or renting a property, an electrical inspection must always be your top priority. It’s a vital part of evaluating a home or a commercial space, whether it’s ready for occupancy or needs some quick repairs. Faulty wiring can lead to all sorts of dangerous situations and if it’s ignored, it may be harmful to all members of your family or company.

But with the help of a registered electrician, you can have your property and appliances inspected first. Having these inspections performed regularly will make sure that all your appliances and wires are in working order. And this may also help to lower the risk of an accident that may occur.

Avoid unexpected delays and expenses

Routinely checking your electrical system can help prevent problems from happening that can cost you as a homeowner, helping to keep your wallet at ease.
It can also prevent any hold up from occurring when selling your home. If your electrical components and wiring are checked routinely, there will be no need for the buyer to undertake a check which can cause undue delays.

Reduce costs

Always make sure that wherever you’re moving too has had an electrical inspection to check the property’s wiring. If you move in and you find some issue with the home’s wiring or conclude that it’s faulty, you’re going to have to pay a huge amount of money to have it fixed. So it is worth even paying for the inspection yourself to ensure that the wiring to the property you’re moving to is all okay and up to date.

Save energy

Faulty home wiring and circuits can cost a lot with your energy supplier, meaning a bigger electricity bill. An inspection can recognise wiring and circuits that have been connected incorrectly to help decrease energy consumption.

Safety

An inspection can easily determine any complication with electrical wires, circuits, connections, or oversize breakers and fuses that could produce many risks such as fire hazards or electrocution.
An Electrician can spot outdated wiring that could pose as a risk for another fire-starter in the home.

If you want to know more about our testing and inspection services, or for more information about any of the other electrical services that we offer at EJS Electrical, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a friendly member of our team who will be more than happy to assist you. You can contact us on 01793 238806 or send us an email at info@ejselectrical.co.uk.