Every day our homes are getting smarter. As you walk around your abode you may find an abundance of voice activated contraptions laying around, performing tricks. However, one room that might need bringing up to speed is the bathroom. Simon Walker, Head of Residential Development UK for Crestron, shares his expert advice on adding technology to your bathroom to make it ‘smarter’.
The scope of today’s smart home technology solutions goes beyond music and TV to encompass everything from lighting and heating to blinds and mod-cons, in every room of the house. The biggest advantage of integrated home automation systems is the ability to control all these technologies easily at the touch of a button, either via a stylish touch screen, mobile device or even with Amazon Alexa.
Smart technology in the bathroom is just as amazing. It offers the flexibility to adjust blinds for privacy, dim the lights for a relaxing soak in the tub, adjust the underfloor heating or towel rail, or ask Alexa to play your favourite ‘chill-out’ playlist. Seamless integration with Amazon Alexa means that once you are in the bath you can relax and let your voice do the work – no scrambling about with wet hands looking for a switch. Want the music louder, lighting lower or the shades closed, just ask Alexa while you sit back and relax. Waterproof remotes are also a great wireless option for humid environments, as they are safe to use in the shower, bath or even around a swimming pool.
If you want your bathroom to be as smart as the ones described above, here are my top 5 tips for creating a Smart Bathroom:
Get an approved integrator involved as early as possible! A bathroom is split into three zones, which are dependent on the risk of water getting close to the electrical supply – so planning is very important to keep your connectivity options open and safe.
In the early design stages, cabling can be carefully planned with the support of professional designers, architects, consultant and integrators. This will avoid the disruption of chasing walls or lifting floors at a later stage.
IP-based and in-ceiling speakers, such as Crestron Aspire, don’t require a mains power socket, making them an ideal option for a smart bathroom. Audio can be customised to suit individuals, streaming favourite playlists when getting ready for a night out or calming music when winding down.
Often TVs are placed at the end of a bathtub, however with today’s busy lifestyles, many people prefer to shower and therefore this location isn’t always the most suitable. If you are considering a bathroom TV, situate it in a more central location so that you can see it from the shower or when shaving / brushing your teeth to maximise your investment.
- Wired or Wireless?
Whether you’re looking for your underfloor heating and towel rails to turn on an hour before you wake, or for the news updates on your bathroom TV as you get ready for work, having one central control which brings everything together adds a new level of convenience and comfort to your home.
If the option of rewiring is out then wireless solutions are convenient and can be incorporated on a modular basis, integrating as little or as much as required. Wireless systems are incredibly flexible, Crestron Pyng for example offers unlimited control from one intuitive platform and app.
- Trust the Professionals
We always recommend working with an approved integrator, qualified electricians and professional bathroom installers to ensure your smart bathroom is beautifully connected, safe and meets regulations.
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