For tech savvy professionals in the Triangle, the joy of the fireplace is often paired with questions about automation. If automation is something you’ve been interested in, you’ll be glad to know that there have been great leaps in the technology sector related to wireless automation – which have, in turn, created profound impacts on the capabilities of these residential appliances.
In other words, the joys that can be created within your fireplace have less limits than they have ever had before.
If you ask us, fireplaces aren’t something that should bring any amount of stress. Rather, they’re meant to create a peaceful ambiance that takes away those daily worries and allows you to relax and unwind at the end of a long day. And with today’s technologies this convenience can come with the push of a button or by simply saying, “Alexa, light the fireplace.”
What Is Fireplace Automation?
Fireplace automation is the use apps, smart technology, and remotes to increase the overall performance and customization of your fireplace. Think of it like this – does your coffee pot turn on and start brewing a few minutes before you’re set to wake up in the morning? Handy, right? Fireplace automation is kind of like that, giving you warmth and comfort right when you want it without so much as a push of a button.
Benefits of Automating Your Fireplace
So, what exactly are the benefits of automating your fireplace?
- Convenience: Automation allows you to maximize comfort and convenience without having to put in hardly any effort on your part. You won’t have to spend extra time when you get home arranging that ideal aesthetic for relaxing. This takes one big step out of the equation!
- Saves Energy: Does your fireplace ever get left on? Maybe you left the room and forgot to flip the switch or maybe your kids turned it on, then got distracted and it just kept running. Whatever the case, this is a common issue, which leads to a lot of energy waste – and higher monthly bills. With automation, you can program your system to automatically turn off after an allotted time period, giving you peace of mind and one less thing to worry about.
- Increases Joy: When you combine heightened convenience with time savings and money savings, there’s simply no denying that your joy levels will go up whenever you use your fireplace. That’s the point of the appliance, right? Guarantee cozy satisfaction every time by inviting automation into your life today.
Syncing Your Smartphone
Now, we’ve mentioned apps and smartphone compatibility, but how exactly does this technology work?
It’s pretty simple. You can create different settings that will cause the system to automatically change temperatures and adjust to whatever atmosphere you’d like to create. This is an easy feature to use and it can make your life a whole lot easier. Just program your favorite temperatures/settings combinations, and they’ll be ready to go with just one click.
Or picture this. You’re in bed, all cozy and warm, when you remember you didn’t turn the fireplace off. No need to get up, though… Just grab your phone and switch it off! You truly can’t beat that level of convenience.
The adoption of home automation is expected to be aggressively steady for
the next decade. And while some vendors and manufacturers struggle to meet more conservitive EPA guidelines, other vendors, like Valor Fireplaces, are already beginning to get ahead of the curve.
An example of Valor’s commitment to home automation technology is the Valor 10 Remote App. Currently paired with their LX, L and H5 series fireplaces, this technology allows a superior level of control of the overall operation of the fireplace.
This app has the ability to control the lighting, fan speed and the fireplace
all within one piece of technology. It also has the ability to create child safety locks for our small children (or pets) that get into everything.
You Can Even Sync Them With Alexa or Siri!
Have you recently adopted some other smart technologies in your home like an Apple HomePod or an Amazon Echo? These are undeniably convenient for playing music, doing quick online searches, or even make grocery lists – all with your voice! And now they can be used in fireplace automation, as well.
One vendor leading the pack with this type of fireplace automation is Flame-Tec. Their managerial team of gas and automation experts is committed to refining the link between your smart devices and countless appliances within the hearth and barbecue industry. Their representation of adaptive technologies allows many gas fireplaces and outdoor fire pits to be controlled using smart speakers like Amazon’s Alexa or the Google Home devices.
A Word About Outdoor Automation Technologies
Do you own outdoor appliances? A truly exciting development within the outdoor fire pit industry comes from Music City Fire. Their technology and fire pits allow the flame heights to adjust in conjunction to music connected to them, all while utilizing Bluetooth technology. The effect is absolutely stunning. It truly brings the look and feel of the fire pit to a level which is, to put is simply, breathtaking.
What These Technologies Share
One thing is clear – when it comes to fireplace automation, your options definitely aren’t limited! But there is one factor these technologies all have in common – the need for professional installation.
When it comes to your fireplace and chimney, you not only want your system to work efficiently… you want it to work safely, too. Even the most ambitious do-it-yourselfer should leave all things fireplace-related to the pros. Neglecting to do so can lead to some dangerous scenarios, like smoke back-up, carbon monoxide leaks, house fires, and more.
Not to mention, any mistakes or mishaps will only lead to costly repairs down the line. Save yourself the stress and hassle by investing in affordable, professional care now, rather than expensive fixes down the line.
Eager to Learn More? Reach Out Today
Ready to experience fireplace automation firsthand? We can’t say we blame you. If you’re ready to learn more (or possibly have this technology incorporated into your fireplace routine), don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of certified techs.
Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service is the premium provider of indoor and outdoor gas appliance solutions in Central North Carolina. We take pride in making training, development, and mentorship a priority that all of our employees and technicians share. When it comes to repairs, sweepings, inspections, installation assistance, and countless other services, you won’t find a team that’s more committed to your safety and satisfaction than us!
Give us a call today at 919-444-8907 or reach out online to learn more about our team and schedule a free estimate for the fireplace of your dreams. We look forward to speaking with you soon!