• Automatic Blinds, Whatever The Weather

    Posted on 6th June 2012 by Chris.

    Controliss automatic window blinds can help you to get the most out of the weather while you are at home or away. When it is a beautiful day and you want to be energised by it's glorious ambience from the comfort of your lounge, you can open all of your blinds simultaneously with one touch of a button. Or if you are irritated by the glaring sun or want to cover the dreary sight of utterly grey skies, you can operate the blinds, together or individually, to cover the windows you want to cover, as much as you want them covering. Many other products can help you harness the diverse climates that your home may be subject to throughout the summer and make good use of the varying conditions. One device in particular, the Hydreon RG-11 Rain Gauge, is a maintenance-free rain sensor that could be used to send a signal to an automatic control system to close any skylights on the home as soon as it starts to rain. Because it is optical, it is more sensitive and reliable than other rain sensors. Therefore, it can be set up for other uses, including switching off a garden irrigation system to save water, frost sensing in a refrigerator or for collection of meteorological data. Another great weather-based sensing device is the Controliss Sunis Indoor WireFree RTS blinds sensor. This Somfy indoor sun sensor will communicate with Controliss battery powered and electric blinds, such as a roller blind or wood blind and would control the blind automatically upon sensing the sunlight. The huge advantage of this is that it reduces the necessity for an air conditioning system to be switched on. On the hot days of summer, the blind can be rolled down automatically to block the sun's heat, and in the winter, a roller blind can open up to let the sun warm the house through the windows or doors. These superb wireless window blind sensors can be turned off at any time and the sensitivity of it's sunlight detection can be adjusted using an internal dial. Since the British weather, especially, can often only be relied upon to be unreliable, it can very much be beneficial to get the systems in place that will help you to utilise each situation and deduct from some of the disappointment that the weather can provide.

    This Post was posted in Home & Garden and was tagged with automatic, blind, blinds, control, controliss, sensor, window

  • Has Anyone Seen The Keys?

    Posted on 4th August 2011 by Andy.

    When it comes to home security, Controliss automatically operated electric blinds can offer significant peace of mind. When controlled with a Controliss programmable remote control handset, your window blinds will operate automatically at a specified times of the day, giving the impression that you are at home, even if you are miles away. Of course, the typical way we cast our home security fears aside is by locking our doors and security system. Developers are continually trying to establish a better system than the everyday, often hard to find, house key.

    Say hello to your new front door key! It’s not a key as you would normally remember, that’s because Yale have invented the Keyfree locking system. It’s very similar to the system we now use to unlock our cars, which is remote control. It’s incredibly easy to use and is great for peace of mind, especially when you’ve just got back from the weekly food shop and it’s raining. Trying to find your keys in the bottom of the bag, whilst holding a load of shopping bags that are ready to burst, and getting wet, isn’t everyone’s idea of fun. With the Yale Keyfree, you can sit in the car, unlock the front door from your seat and, hey presto, you’re straight in with minimum fuss. The key will even talk to you if you want it to. So no more rummaging for keys in your bag, no more key cutting for spares, it is one simple system, which is battery powered. Even if the batteries fail, it still works with its backup emergency power. If you head upstairs and forget to lock the front door, not a problem, one press and you’re safe and secure. The Key Free Locking system comes as part of the handle and locking mechanism inside a multipoint locking door. You have a keypad on the inside, which also works as an alarm, so you can enter a code to lock and unlock, and the alarm sounds if anyone tries to tamper with the door. The remote key fob can lock and unlock from 10 meters away, and there is a slot for a normal key, which will override the system. So you have your remote control key for your car, your TV remote, your Controliss blinds remote and now you can lock and unlock your front and back doors with the Yale Keyfree Remote!

    This Post was posted in Remote Control and was tagged with automatic, blinds, controliss, door, doors, home security, locks, remote, Remote Control, security, system, window

  • Lose The Snooze With Electric Blackout Blinds

    Posted on 22nd July 2011 by Chris.

    Are you a victim of the 'snooze' button on your alarm clock and have to really fight to get out of bed at the time you had originally intended? Controliss electric blackout blinds may be able to contribute towards awakening you enough to get out of bed, if not solve the problem entirely. Just as Controliss blinds can help you drop off to sleep by blocking any external light that is preventing you from doing so, at a single touch of a button, they could also help you to get up by reintroducing the daylight into the room at a time specified by you. The Air Spirit 30GMT controller can be programmed to operate all Controliss 240V mains Powered roller blinds and wood blinds at any desired time of the day, 7 days a week. So you could set your window blinds to open automatically on the weekdays when you need to wake up, and then have them open at a later time or even until you use the remote control to open them yourself at the weekend. It will be much harder for you to hit 'snooze' and go back to sleep if the sun's glare is illuminating the bedroom. If the sunlight alone is not enough to stop you from dropping straight back off to sleep, here are some other ideas that you could add to your morning wake up routine. A popular waking mechanism is the Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock. It features an alarm tone that is adjustable up to a volume of 113db, which is louder than having a high revving chainsaw in the room! On top of that, a vibrating unit is supplied that will shake under your pillow or mattress and pulsating flashing alert lights will conduct a display to give that extra prompt to get you wide awake. The Sonic Bomb may seem somewhat over-the-top, but as is often said: 'Time is money', and if this device is too much of a wake up call for you, there is an alarm clock that takes the saying quite literally. Although currently in the conceptual stage, and therefore unable to purchase right now, the darkly humorous Shredder Clock may motivate you to get up on time in the mornings. This is, in effect, a cash-note sized paper shredder on a timer, that will operate at a certain time unless you get up to switch it off. The concept is a good-looking device, backed up by a very good idea since the incentive to getting you out of bed is stopping whatever you have placed in it, be it money or even precious letters or pictures, being cut into ribbons. Your brain will often work very differently, when it is just waking up, to the way it works at any other time of the day. So if you need to get up on time in the morning, it is important that the necessary awakening stimuli are put in place before turning in, to prevent you from oversleeping.

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  • The Home of the Future

    Posted on 27th June 2011 by Andy.

    The Grand Designs Live exhibition came to London this year in April and is set to show again in Birmingham starting on the 7th of October. One of the main exhibitions in April was The House of the Future sponsored by Virgin Media. This high tech home displayed all the latest products and innovations currently on the market from some of the biggest brands. At Controliss Blinds, we are always interested in the development of new home innovations. If you feel you need to step up your game in terms of technology, look at some of the most innovative products around now.

    Electrolux showcased a product not only needed in every home, but they were incredibly kind to the environment whilst doing it. The innovative Vac from the Sea is made with recycled plastic, that is collected from numerous plastic islands that have come to rest, or float around on our oceans, and of course come to rest on shores and beaches. There are 5 different versions of this The Vac from the Sea including a North Sea Edition.

    Everyone dreams of floating away on a cloud when going to sleep and now they can, with the Liftbed. This is such a great idea for those who have little space in the home. You may need one of your rooms as an office or wardrobe but also need a bed for guests, lift bed neatly raises to the ceiling in the day so you can use the room as normal and then, at the flick of a switch, the room transforms into a beautiful bedroom. If like my brother, you have hundreds of books lying around the home, and have nowhere to store them or don’t really want to put more shelves on the walls, what about a Long Form Library?  This incredible invention is made from plywood, with inlaid lights that change colour to create an ambient mood and the user can rock whilst reading. The inbuilt shelves can accommodate hundreds of books. It’s a real quirky innovation. So there are some ideas for the future, take a bold step and invest in something with a great story. For tickets to the next Grand Designs exhibition, click here.

    This Post was posted in Home Automation and was tagged with automatic, design, future, Grand Designs Live, home, Home Automation, room

  • The Automated Home: Are the Jetsons Moving into Your Neighborhood Anytime Soon?

    Posted on 18th August 2010 by jenny.

    The Jetsons

    Oh, you know the Jetsons; they're the family of the future. Their home has a network of appliances and furniture that does everything efficiently, on automatic mode. From brushing the teeth to dressing up, home gadgets and home circuitry do the work at the Jetson home. To top it off, Mr. Jetson, the dad, goes to work on a flying car, which folds up neatly as a suitcase once he's done using it. This animated show may be fictitious, but home engineers claim it's not too far off for people to enjoy the same ‘Jetson’ privilege. In the 1990s, a home like the Jetson’s became mildly possible, although the automation only went as far as orchestrating the lights, the garage, and home entertainment into one cohesive system. One would think that consumers will grab home automation like hot-cakes, but the truth is that most homes have remained awfully low-tech until this very time; there are no signs of the Jetsons flying into your neighbourhood anytime soon, even if we’re now in the 21st century. So why aren't people getting their homes automated? The first reason is that it is terribly expensive. Developing technology for smart homes can cost an arm and a leg. A vacuum cleaner robot can cost from £775 while a top-of-the-line vacuum cleaner can only cost about £150. Amidst the economic downturn, people are satisfied with having ordinary refrigerators or vacuum cleaners. Homeowners also find that the smart counterparts of home appliances do not satisfy their needs enough to justify the cost. Robotic vacuum cleaners cannot climb the stairs and do not do clean as well as they should. Then there's the fact that smart home appliances over complicate their tasks. An intelligent washing machine may often detect that clothes are not loaded as they should and stop. Intelligent refrigerators need supermarkets to sign up so they could order automatically. Fortunately, Controliss have answered all these automation problems with their affordable line of remote-controlled window blinds. The remote control can individually operate each blind so you can effortlessly meet your light and privacy needs. Controliss window blinds are as simple as their installation instructions and you’ll never think twice about their cost. Why don't you take the first step towards a smart home with our line of Controliss products? You’ll be one step closer to the Jetsons’ futuristic home.

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