From The Jetsons to 2001: A Space Odyssey to Inspector Gadget and Tony Stark, human beings have always had a fascination with smart home technology. It has the potential to make life easier, provide security and grant more control over one’s life and belongings. Since the beginning of the 21st century, we’ve seen leaps and bounds in the area of home automation.
But, did you know that the first instances of smart home tech actually occurred in 1969?
The Echo IV was the first instance of an automated home system. Essentially a “kitchen computer,” the Echo IV allowed consumers to create shopping lists, control the temperature of their home, turn appliances on and off, and even create recipes. Sound familiar, Alexa? Sadly, the Echo IV was doomed from the beginning due to its high cost.
Mister Sparky is pleased to partner with Building36, a practical home automation company that provides users with the ability to control and monitor electrical devices, HVAC systems and even plumbing. Offering both comfort and protection, the Building36 app alerts the homeowner if there is a problem and cuts off the potential source of the issue until it’s addressed. The app also provides quick and easy access to your electrical provider, who will be able to address and fix the issue.
Smart home technology is a game changer, offering homeowners the ability to manage their homes from anywhere with the palm of their hand or the sound of their voice.
Building36 offers three different packages and stand-alone products based on the type of service. These packages can be mixed and matched and used in conjunction with Mister Sparky’s protection programs.
- The connected+protected light kit includes the “Hub,” which is the brain of the smart home system, as well as 2 smart plugs, 3 light switches and a door/window sensor.
- The connected+protected water kit offers the “Hub,” a smart water valve, 3 water sensors and a smart plug.
- The connected+protected air kit includes the “Hub,” a smart thermostat and remote temperature sensor, smart plug, carbon monoxide sensor, dry contact sensor and water sensor.
To find out more about Building36 and making your home “smart,” contact your local Mister Sparky.
Building36 products are available at select Mister Sparky locations. Contact your local store for availability.