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Best Smart Home Devices for Pet Owners

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There
are numerous convenience benefits that come with smart home systems, and one
that’s at or near the top of the list for many homeowners is the ability to
check on and maintain your home even when you aren’t there. From home security
and surveillance to automation areas ranging from lighting and shade to
temperature and many other areas, smart home systems allow you to have
unprecedented levels of control using just a smartphone or other connected
device.

At AVI Systems, we’re proud to offer a wide range of such systems, including detailed home automation solutions to fit your every need. One particular group that might require a few unique devices: Those who own pets like cats or dogs and want to include them in their connectivity areas. Let’s go over some of the most popular formats utilized by pet owners here for everything from checking on the animal while away to ensuring they’re comfortable in the home.

Various Sensors

In the year 2020, smart sensors are available within smart homes for virtually any purpose you can think of. One of the most popular sensor types for pets is the door sensor, for which several great products are on the market – you can know whether your pup is inside or outside at all times, plus some homeowners even place sensors around their fence or property marker so they’ll know if their pet is trying to leave the area altogether.

Thermostat
Control

One
thing many homeowners may not have realized about their pets: Common household
pets like cats and dogs are comfortable in a much wider range of temperatures
than we are. They do not necessarily need to be in the same narrow mid-60s to
low-70s range humans prefer.

For
this reason, those with smart thermostats or other automated temperature
control solutions installed can save big sums of money by altering the
temperature when only pets are home. You can drop it all the way to 60 or even
below during winter, and during summer you can let it get up to 80 in most
cases. Then, when you return home or are preparing to, change it back to your
preferred temperature.

Cameras

For those especially concerned about pet safety or whereabouts, cameras meant for surveillance also fill this purpose well. They track innocent behaviors like where your furry friend has made a mess while you’re gone, but are also there for serious situations like if someone breaks in or if your pet hurts itself inside the home.

Smart Collars

Finally, there are a wide variety of smart collar products out there, many of which can be linked with other smart home systems easily. These will help keep adventurous pets on your property if you don’t want them venturing too far away, and they also contain GPS trackers that help you find the animal if it does escape. Furthermore, many modern smart collars even have the ability to track pet activity and health factors as they’re worn.

For more on the kinds of technology that are best for pets within a smart home system, or to learn about any of our other home automation, hi-fi audio or other services speak to the staff at AVI Systems today.

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Which Smart Home Heating Should You Choose?

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Not all smart heating control systems are suited for every lifestyle and home, with some more and less beneficial than others. SMART stands for ‘Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology’, and differs from standard heating controls by allowing you to control every aspect of your heating schedule from either a phone or tablet. Although room thermostats and timers allow you to control each room instead of your whole home, as long as you have internet access, smart home heating devices let you control your heating from your phone, no matter where you are in the world.

Today, we’re running through 7 of the best smart heating thermostats and systems, comparing features, benefits and what type of home they’re most suitable for.

– 7 day, & 5/2 day scheduling with a pre-configured schedule included
– Choice of up to 4 time periods a day
– Minimum On-Time & Cycle Rate settings ensuring compatibility with many boilers
– Table stand for ease of positioning
– Alert messages to assist fault-finding with a fail-safe mode
– Wireless technology makes upgrading easier and the installation time shorter with less wiring involved

Best for:

– Homes that require high levels of automatic control that provide significant energy efficiency for a wide range of boilers and systems.

– Single Heating Zone Control
– 7 Day, 5/2 Day, or 24 Hour Control
– Programmable Room Thermostat
– Easily Programmed With The Associated App

Best for:

– Homes that are just starting to take the first steps into using smart home heating
– Homes that need a single heating zone control
– Homes that have either combination or standard boiler systems

– Touch-screen interface simplifies scheduling, changing and overriding temperature
– Location-based programming (geo-fencing) adds an automated layer of control, adjusting the customer’s home heating based on their location
– Scheduling features include 7 and 5/2 day bespoke scheduling with up to 6 time periods a day
– Simple flip-up wiring bar for easy access and an easy-to-install boiler or zone valve interface
– Direct wall mounting or wall-box mounting
– Optimisation features include optimum start and stop & delayed start boiler control. Allows the thermostat and boiler to work more efficiently together

Best for:

– Homes with any boiler and almost every heating system
– Homes with 230V on/off OpenTherm appliances (gas boilers, combi boilers and heat pumps)

– Ability to control water temperature and heating
– Self-learning functions to make every experience a unique one, helping it to understand your home’s needs
– Using a smart weather compensation feature and weather data, the vSMART can tell your boiler how hard it has to work to get your home to your required temperature
– You can connect multiple vSMART controllers to one app

Best for:

– Homes with Valliant ecoTEC system/open vented boilers
– Households that want to be able to control water temperature from anywhere too

– A 7-day full programmer that gives great flexibility offering up to three on/off switchings per day
– LoT display, providing text feedback that gives help and programming hints
– Automatic Summer/Winter 1 hour time change
– Choice of 3 different built-in programmes
– ‘Holiday’ button

Best for:

– Homes with heating and stored hot water in complete systems
– Homes with older gravity circulation stored hot water systems, where there’s no interlocking control valve
– Households with different heating needs from day-to-day

– One channel thermostat system with two radiator thermostats to start zoning your system
– Smart heating & hot water control
– Quick & simple to install using an industry-standard backplate
– Easy Zoning with the addition of extra Wiser Radiator Thermostats

Best for:

– Homes with combination boilers
– Households that want to start a zoned system to control individual zones within the home

– Automatic time and temperature control of domestic heating premises
– Optimum Start, Optimum Stop and Delayed Start
– No installer links or switches on the back of the unit means no adjustment is required for combi boilers and most central heating systems
– Scheduled maintenance alert
– Automatic Summer/Winter time change
– Up to four independent time & temperature settings
– Auto, manual, holiday, override and off (frost) modes

Best for:

– Domestic premises
– Most central heating systems and combi boilers

For more smart home heating controls, check out our full range today at MonsterPlumb. If you’re not interested in smart technology when it comes to controlling the heating and water temperature in your home, take a look at our selection of heating controls and valves.

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