As we do every month, Smarthome has selected a lucky home automation enthusiast to take advantage of filling their home with $500 worth of free INSTEON products. Smarthome wishes to offer congratulations to Joseph Trainer for winning the September Smarthome Sweepstakes Contest. Joseph was kind enough to answer a few questions about his interest in Smarthome and INSTEON:
Q - What is your background with home automation? A - I am relatively new to home automation. The only experience I have is with programmable thermostats.
Q - How did you come across Smarthome and INSTEON technology? A - I came across Smarthome and INSTEON while looking for a security system for our new home.
Q - What is your current home setup? A - My house has two stories and a finished basement. Currently I use simple timers at night so the house is not dark when I come home. Although, I spend a lot of time each night as I walk around the house turning off lights.
Q - How will you be using your free INSTEON product? A - I would like to be able control all the lights in my house, that way l do not have to come home to a dark house.
Q - What specific INSTEON items do you plan on using and how? A - I plan to use use SwitchLinc dimmersin the dining room and master bath. Use KeypadLinc timers for the bathroom fans so I can cycle the fans during the day. Then have KeypadLinc dimmer by the front door and in the master suite so I do not have to come home to dark house and turn off lights before going to bed. Have Access Points to link both AC phases and provide wireless control. Use SmartLinc to provide remote control over my wireless network.
Q - What type of products would you like to see join the INSTEON family? A - Products I would like to see are a variable fan controller and sensor modules or motion detectors on light switches.
Q - What other home automation products do you use? A - I currently use programmable thermostats and programmable vacuum cleaner robot.
Q - What is your favorite thing about home automation? A - It allows me to spend more time with my family and less time doing household chores.