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New Technologies For Your Bathroom

When matters of advanced home technology come up, we intuitively think of smart TVs, smart refrigerators, and cutting-edge cook wear. Rarely do we think of the bathroom as an area fit for advanced technologies and new development.

However, the reality is, our bathrooms are increasingly becoming a relaxation venue and less of a place of necessity. As such, manufacturers of bathroom appliances have taken note of this new trend and they are continuously developing new technologies that you can fit into your bathroom. We spoke to WA Assett about some of the cutting edge technologies as far as the bathroom scene is concerned.

#1. Smart Mirrors

Mirrors are getting smarter by the day. As such, they do more than just reflect your image. Some, like the vanity mirrors that have TVs lying flush next to the mirrors while others have LED lights to light up your bathroom. Importantly, many of these smart mirrors are designed to have touchless controls for a stellar user experience.

#2. Chromotherapy Showers

While you may have heard about aromatherapy, where you use good smelling essential oils for therapeutic purposes while in the shower, chromotherapy works to achieve the same, only this kind of therapy uses different colours. This LED powered technology is designed to relax you while taking a shower. Integrated into the showerhead, this technology produces a wide variety of colours that have been shown to improve one’s mental and emotional wellbeing. Combined with aromatherapy, you get a zen experience right at home rather than scheduling a spur day.

#3. Smart Taps

While taps with infrared technology have been in existence for a while, new developments in this part of bathroom technology push the level of sophistication much further. For instance, we now have taps that have better infrared sensors. As such, they respond better and much faster. Furthermore, companies such as Gore have developed smart taps that can have counter to automate the process of opening and closing the tap while brushing your teeth. This means you do not have to waste water while you brush your teeth for the recommended 3-minutes.

#4. Advanced Toilets

Toilets have not been left behind either. Modern and technologically advanced toilets are quite different to the traditional toilets in that they come with the combination of features that allow self-cleaning, reduced water usage, seat warming, touch-free flashing, automatically move the lead, and do away with toilet papers (by using the water spritzing). All these features are designed to make your toilet incredibly convenient and environmentally friendly.

#5. Bathroom Entertainment

Bathroom manufactures are now producing high tech appliances for bathroom entertainment. Whether it is waterproof TVs or shower speakers designed for bathroom use, you are assured of stellar entertainment with these appliances.

#6. Advanced Baths

While baths have always been relaxing and enjoyable, manufacturers have found new ways of enhancing the bathing experience. Modern baths come with built-in chromotherapy function, electronic temperature control, and spur-like air jets for the ultimate relaxing experience.

Other advanced technologies that are finding their way into our bathrooms include new privacy glasses, stem shower technology, towel warming drawers, and digital shower controls.

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What Is Modular Wall Technology And Why Is It Rapidly Gaining Popularity Across Australia?

As Australia is increasingly moving towards a greener future, each and every industry sector is innovating with the aim of being more efficient while still being affordable. The construction industry has not been left behind. With the development of modular wall technology, this industry is introducing a new and arguably better building technology.

So, what is modular wall technology? Skilled Fencing tell us that modular walls are walls that are engineered and manufactured using expanded polystyrene (EPS) technology as the main differentiating technology. While EPS has been used in the construction of structures from the ground up at the site for a number of years now, modular wall panels are designed and manufactured at the manufacturing plant and later assembled at the site in a modular fashion.

In all cases, an EPS is used as the core of the panel and a laminate, such as fibre cement covers the core to create the modular wall panel. Although the thickness of the core can be varied to introduce different properties in the panel, nonetheless, the core remains lightweight.

Why Is The Popularity Of The Panels Rising Across Australia?

#1. Exceptional Durability: The combination of the polystyrene foam core and the laminate materials give the panels exceptional durability. Importantly, the laminate materials, especially when fibre cement is used give the wall panels exceptional impact resistance and resistance to wear and tear. This means that property owners across Australia get a long lasting wall that requires very little maintenance to perform consistently well.

#2. Cost Effective: Typically, modular wall technology reduces the construction cost by as much as 30% at the time of investment into the wall. For instance, unlike regular walls, you do not need to add the cost of drywall hangers, painter, or electricians. However, over the lifetime of the wall, property owners also enjoy reduced maintenance costs.

#3. Fast Installation: With modular wall technology, the wall panels, the reinforcement poles, and any other component of the wall is engineered in the manufacturing plant. This means that you do not have to engineer the wall at the site of installation. Importantly, the installation of the wall involves arranging the panels in place without involving intricate construction method. The net result is a faster installation process, something many property owners love about this technology.

#4. Reusability: The technology behind these walls takes into consideration. This coupled with the fact that they have exceptional durability means that the wall panels are reusable. As such, you can dismantle a wall and reassemble it somewhere else, without throwing away the materials used in constructing the wall.

#5. Sound Insulation: Due to the use of the EPS core, modular walls tend to absorb sound vibration much better than other materials used in the construction industry. As such, when you use this technology, you benefit from a quieter environment, a fact that is not lost from many property owners. This has made the modular wall technology the number wall technology one choice, hence the increasing popularity.

#6. Pre-Engineered: The panels are pre-engineered and manufactured at the manufacturing plant. Therefore, at the installation site, all you have to do is to install the panels. This negates messy construction works that require extensive clean up after the wall construction project is done.

4 Benefits of Automating Your Home

Smart or automated homes are now a thing of reality. Technology has advanced so much in the last few decades that almost anything seems possible. An automated home can be controlled through a smartphone or remote. This means that security features, radio, internet searches, etc. can all happen through speaking to a device or using an app. Let’s look at the benefits of an automated home.

1. Increases Safety – You can control all lights, appliances, and devices with a single smart device. This helps you switch lights on and off as you want to. You can switch them off to save energy or switch them on to make it look like someone is home. You can also monitor smaller devices to ensure that fires don’t break out or electricity isn’t used unnecessarily.

2. Automated Door Locks Increase Security – This feature helps so many people. How often do you or your kids forget to lock the front door? How often can you not remember if you locked the door? With automated door locks, you can make sure the doors are locked with a tap of a button.

3. Saves Time – Most of us have very hectic lives between work, kids, family, friends, daily chores, etc. Automated homes make things easier and can save you a lot of time. Your home can take care of certain tasks like cleaning, reminders, searching for information, etc.

4. Security Cameras Increase Peace of Mind– This is another safety feature of automated homes. Cameras record everything. You can even set cameras to only record when they sense motion or at certain times of the day. Cameras allow you to check in on what is happening at home at any time and also makes sure that you have an extra security measure.

Automated homes really are convenient and can save you a lot of time and even money. You can now control the amount of energy your home uses and switch appliances on and off as you see fit – from work. Automated homes are the best way to ensure your safety and give you some extra time to spend with your family.

4 Appliance Cleaning Tips that You Must Know

Our homes have a lot of appliances that we use to cook, clean, work, cool off, warm up, etc. These appliances sometimes get a little bit neglected because we use them so much. It may be time to clean them up a bit and give them a break from working so hard. These are some cleaning tips to make your appliances look and smell like new.

Rinse your dishwasher with vinegar – Pour some vinegar into the bottom of the washer and run a cycle on the empty dishwasher to clean it out and make it smell fresh again. You should do this every few months to make sure that your dishwasher can do its job properly.

Baking soda in the fridge – If your fridge has some funky smells even after you have cleaned it, try using some baking soda. You can either place a cookie tray with some baking soda at the bottom or leave an open box of baking soda in the fridge to get rid of the smells. After 24 hours, the smell will be gone. If you keep an open box of baking soda in the fridge always, you will never worry about funny smells again.

Toaster cleaning – The toaster is probably the most neglected appliance when it comes to cleaning. We all tend to forget about it – we take it for granted. However, it needs a cleaning every now and then. Remove the crumb trays or tip it over to get all the crumbs out. Be sure that the toaster is unplugged and away from the electricity. You can wash the outside and the trays with warm soapy water. Just make sure that they are dry before you reassemble everything and plug it in.

Car wax on a stove top – If you use some car wax on your stove top, you will reduce the amount of splatter and icky stickiness that get stuck. It will be much easier to clean than before. Try it and see how easy it is to clean after a proper cooking adventure.

That’s all for today. We will bring you more cleaning tips on another day.

Smart Home Devices that Everyone is Going Crazy For

Smart home devices are the newest trend brought to us by technology advancements. If 20 years ago, anyone said that our homes would be automated and that everything will be linked to a smartphone, people would have laughed. From the days of landline telephones to the era of automation, technology has seriously changed the face and workings of homes around the world. Here are some of the most popular devices.

Hubs – The hub makes it possible for all your smart devices to communicate with each other. It understands and translates the languages from different devices and syncs them into one awesome automated paradise.

Smart flooring – Yes, the floors are getting smart too. These carpets and floor textiles are lain under normal flooring and have motion detectors. It tracks your moves and can show you the way and send messages.

Aromatherapy diffusers – This device has made relaxing and improving concentration so much easier and more convenient. You can now control how much of the lovely essential oils you breathe in. There are different colours and different oils to choose from.

Smart plant pots – The Smartpot and Parrot Flower Power devices monitor your plants and give them water and nutrients as needed. They monitor the plant’s progress and makes sure it stays alive.

Automatic window blinds – You can control these blinds remotely and even set a schedule for opening and closing. It is great for saving energy and setting the mood for a romantic evening.

Robot Helpers – It seems that all households will soon have a robot assistant that will recognise them, learn their routines and preferences, and communicate with people.

Air Conditioners – Newly released air conditioners can be controlled from your smartphone and can even track where you are through GPS. It will switch on or off depending on your location.

Many households already have these devices in their homes. Many of these are only available in the UK or the US, but many are also sold online. An automated home makes things a lot easier and you will have more time for the important things.