Make your outdoor space as “smart” as the rest of your home

Dated: August 20 2019

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(NC) Smart-home technology doesn’t need to be contained by the four walls of your home. There are many ways to bring the conveniences you love indoors outside with just the touch of a button.

Gardening expert Frankie Flowers and the Electrical Safety Authority share three tips to incorporate home automation beyond the front door to make your outdoor space smart and safe.

Elevate your gardening experience. You can set your automated lighting with timers to call attention to your hydrangeas, and keep your garden green with automated sprinkler systems. When upgrading your yard, it’s important to make sure any cables or wires used are rated for outdoor use and are sunlight resistant and marked “SR” to avoid sun damage.

Keep your outdoor space safe and secure. You can add an extra level of security to your home by incorporating lighting and outdoor security cameras. It not only helps keep your home safe, but can also add value to your property. For power cord connected devices, a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet must be used to avoid shock. A cover plate marked “Extra Duty” will protect outlets exposed to weather, keeping water and debris out and prevent electrical shocks.

Power the outdoor trends. The latest trend for landscapes is to incorporate natural elements like fire. You can heat up the outdoors with a fireplace, but note that there may be electrical considerations if you choose an electric or gas one.

A licensed electrical contractor will help you achieve the automated outdoor space you have been waiting for. Remember to ask for a certificate of inspection when any electrical work is complete for insurance and resale purposes, not to mention peace of mind.

Find more tips at poweryourlife.ca.

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