The keys to a smart house
Jayman introduces remote home management system
“It’s funny how things work,” says Bengert. “My new vehicle made me realize houses were stupid. I talked to a few people in the office and asked ‘How do you unlock your car?’ and the answer was ‘By remote.’ And when you get into your car, do you have to turn the lights on? No, they come on automatically.
“And I thought ‘Why don’t homes do that?’”
The result is a new remote home management system at Jayman’s newest showhome, the Neuhaus in Dressage.
“The whole key — pun intended — to the system is the front door lock,” says Bengert.
“Inside automation has been around for years, but never anything involving the locking and unlocking of the door. There was a missing link.”
It’s no longer missing with the introduction of Schlage LiNK, says Greg Muir, national sales manager for Schlage,which manufactures deadbolts, handlesets and interior door hardware.
“It puts your home in the palm of your hand,” says Muir.
“The system can be operated remotely by any smart phone with web-enabled access and can control the locks, the lights, the thermostat and a camera so you can see what’s going on in the home via a live feed.”
The benefits are many, says Muir.
“You can control energy costs, you’re not coming home to a dark house in the winter, you can adjust the lighting while on vacation to give the home a lived-in look and you don’t have to give a key or a door code to people coming to the home when you’re not there,” says Muir. “They just phone when they get there, you can check on the camera, verify who it is, then let them in remotely.”
The system also has the capability of sending text messages that will tell you when the kids have arrived home and what time they got there.
“The system is easy to install because it is completely wireless, working off Z-wave communications,” says Muir.
For the benefits offered, the price is attractive, says Bengert.