Home automation has been around for nearly 3 decades, however many people still regard it as rather a gimmick, or something that resembles the floating skateboard in Back to the Future. But are home automation systems useful in the modern home? Do they come in forms that are workable by anyone less than Bill Gates? And most importantly can they benefit the average household in day to day life? We spoke to Mile High Automation to get answers to all of these questions, and more besides. Continue reading
Okay, so it takes a little longer than 3 minutes to install a Hydrotherm heat pump, but this great time lapse video shows that it’s still a relatively straightforward task, and it looks great when it’s finished.
Paying for energy is, to be frank, a pain isn’t it? I mean, it’s great to have hot water at our finger tips and we’re lucky to live in a country where you can get that. But spending more than you absolutely have to on an energy bill is just like stuffing money into your drain, and flushing it down with all that nice hot water. In Queensland, it’s estimated that 35% of household energy consumption is spent on heating water, so that’s a lot of money you could be shelling out to a utility company. If you feel the same way as we do, maybe it’s time to start looking for a more efficient source of energy. One way of saving money is to improve the efficiency of your water heater. Monitoring the amount of water flowing from your water heater is an important part of what makes it efficient and this can be monitored by installing a flow meter. Continue reading
Keeping your home protected against burglary doesn’t need to involve expensive and complex systems. The majority of us already have various safety measures in place which go a long way towards making our homes feel more protected. However, burglary is often an opportunistic crime and identifying the seemingly small issues that could put you at risk can have a huge benefit on the overall security of your home. From storing your valuables in a home safe to investing in a monitored alarm system, the following tips are all simple steps that you can take to deter potential thieves and give you peace of mind. Continue reading
A solid wood floor in your home can be an object of great pride and beauty. It not only adds immediate value to your home but, when properly taken care of, lasts for ages as well. But owning the kind of timber flooring Gold Coast homes love is only satisfactory when it is installed correctly.
There are a number of different ways of installing a floor correctly; here is a quick how-to of going about it. Continue reading