TECHNOLOGY

When building your new Cavalier home, consider what you want out of technology in your home. Not only does this need to be factored in when it comes to wiring but you may have to talk to your Cavalier Homes consultant about how it fits into the layout of your home.

You can get some stylish items placed in your home these days including light switches that glow so you can see them in the dark, sleek sound systems, clever central vacuum systems and complete home automation.

With today’s ever changing technology, it’s important to ensure your home is ready for whatever the future may bring. The key to ‘Future-Proofing’ your home is in the pre-wire stage. Having enough of the correct cables running to key locations throughout your new home will allow for a variety of systems.

These systems can include home networking, security, TV signal distribution, home entertainment and even lighting control and automation systems. This means your home can adapt and change with your lifestyle. If you’re unsure or just want to do a general pre-wire, your best option is to run extra data cables such as a Cat5e or (even better) Cat6 to all rooms; these can be used for computer networks, phones, audio and video distribution and some control systems.

Do your research and talk to your local Cavalier Homes consultant to make sure you can get the right technology into your home.

SECURITY IN YOUR NEW CAVALIER HOME:

Your home is the biggest financial investment you ever make. So when you build new, consider what products are on the market now that weren’t available in the past.

In New Zealand, one in six burglaries occur while you’re at home, and half are during the day.

Some Cavalier Homes tips for protecting your home and your family.

  • KEY LESS DOOR LOCKS

You can negate the problem of losing keys or needing to leave a spare “under the pot” – burglars know all the places to look.

Pin code door locks can hold up to 25 user codes (e.g., all the family, the cleaner etc has a pin code), as well as single-entry codes – so you can give to a tradesman and it won’t grant access after they have completed the job.

This also has the added security of not knowing who may have a spare key – former cleaner, the last lodger etc, some also offer a holiday function, that deactivates all pin codes, so nobody can come into your home while you are away

  • GARAGE DOOR WITH BUILT IN ALARM SYSTEM

It is becoming more common for homeowners to choose an alarm system that can be integrated with their garage door so that a single remote can set/unset the alarm when they open/close their garage door.

The alarms now use billions and trillions of code combinations, making it harder for thieves to crack the code. New products are also fitted with multi-frequency technology that protects the openers from interference from other wi-fi in the house – such as baby monitors, wireless entertainment systems and other remote-controlled appliances.

Cavalier Homes tip: If your car has a GPS system fitted, it would be prudent to not have your actual home address in there. If your keys are stolen and people get into your car, they may then have access to your garage door opener, which in turn turns off your alarm

  •  INFRARED SENSORS:

One in six burglaries happen when the owners are at home.  Added to this, people are living longer in their own homes, and more sections are being subdivided with homes being built down long driveways out of view from the road.

If you don’t want to lock all the doors and windows when you are at home, consider installing a wireless perimeter alarm or one that protects access ways in your home. Good quality sensors are designed to have multiple infrared beams that trigger an alarm if someone goes past. These can be connected to your door chime, another cost-effective investment.

Cavalier Homes tip: You can use it so that it sounds when sensors trigger around your home, with different chimes for different areas. That will let you know someone is, for example, out the back of your garage. Fitting a door chime is important as you don’t always hear a door knock, but you can hear a chime.

Security lighting is now more energy efficient, requires less maintenance and is more aesthetically pleasing. Models used to require 300W bulbs, but new-to-the-market products run off 15-20W LED Lamps, last longer and are smaller but illuminate the same area.

  • CCTV:

Increasingly cost-effective, homeowners can spend as little as $500 to have CCTV cameras that link and stream to a smartphone. You can be anywhere and see what is happening at your home.

As their popularity grows, fewer people are having their homes monitored by an alarm company. Instead they are creating their own monitoring timetable using CCTV that notifies them if it senses activity, for example via a gate buzzer or indoor sensors.

By accessing their CCTV remotely, it shows what has triggered it. Was it a pet or a burglar?

They are also beneficial for added peace of mind with parenting. You can see what a toddler is doing in their bedroom from another part of the house, or how that teenage party is going while you are out – by logging in on your smartphone.

  •   JOINERY:

New Zealand views command big windows and Kiwis love indoor-outdoor flow with bi-fold doors and sliders. Locking mechanisms have evolved to now have multiple locking points in doors and windows, that are all activated at the handle. This makes it harder for burglars to “jimmy” their way in because there are no weak points.

However, if burglars have gained access and want a big door or window to get out off, make that job much harder by adding mortice key locks. These are more aesthetically minded than dead bolts.

For added peace of mind, when replacing glass or joinery, consider using laminated glass. Unlike toughened glass that will shatter and crumble when smashed, laminated glass has a sheer film between two panes, so it will crack but remain intact.