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5 Ways To Get More Natural Light In Your Home Design

There’s so much that goes into effective, aesthetically pleasing interior design. Color, texture, feng shui. On Australia’s Gold Coast, one of the aspects of interior design that homeowners forget to account for is natural light. It sounds so simple, though, doesn’t it? There’s actually a bit more you can do instead of opening some windows! Here are five ways that you can incorporate natural light into your home’s design.

1. Pull Back Those Shades

Open the shades and let a little light in! While window treatments definitely add flair to any space, it’s important to take notice of how they are effecting the light. Thick drapes may be blocking out the sun and keeping the natural light from flowing about your space. If you want to incorporate more of the sun’s rays into your interior design, pull back the window treatments or trade them in for a lighter version that allows a little more sun flow.

2. Keep Things Light

You may love a deep mauve on your walls for color and style, but if you want to utilize some natural light for the space, mauve certainly is not your best option. Lighter colors better reflect sunlight, so if you want a room illuminated by natural light, opt for something a little brighter and you won’t have to go heavy on lamps, and chandeliers, and the like.

3. Don’t Block The Windows

Arranging furniture can be a challenge, especially in smaller spaces. If you are trying to design a small space, however, there’s even more reason to keep bigger, bulkier objects away from the windows—to let more light in. Whenever possible, keep the windows free and clear and the natural light will come pouring in.

4. Add Mirrors

One great way to add natural light to a space is to double up on the light you already have available to you. You can do this with strategically placed mirrors which will reflect the sunlight back throughout the room and give it a much brighter atmosphere. (Plus, mirrors can be a fun and unique design choice!)

5. Test Out The Big Changes

There’s just about a zillion ways to let light into your home. “Experiment” with different bigger ideas by using an online room designer to add skylights, accent windows, and doors with windows to see how it will change the tone and lighting in each one of your spaces. You can make big changes and see how they will affect your space without actually having to demo a thing. Now you can be an interior designer too! It’s pretty fun to try.

When Natural Light Simply Isn’t Enough On The Gold Coast

These five tips will surely help you discover new ways to utilize natural light in your home’s interior design, but on Australia’s Gold Coast, sunlight isn’t always enough. When this is the case, call KMAC Electrical. We can help you choose and install light fixtures that compliment your room’s current design and help you pick out the fixtures that will really make your home shine.

To Automate Or Not To Automate? That Is The Question.

Over the years, technology for the home has gotten more and more advanced. We can record what’s happening at the front gate and set the blinds to open and close themselves at particular points of the day as to get the most natural sunlight possible. We can manage the temperature in our homes from our mobile phones and we can hear firsthand from our appliances if they are in good working order. Why then does home automation seem like a thing of science fiction flicks?

Home Automation Is A Thing For Today

It really isn’t far fetched in the slightest. Home automation is actually an affordable option for most homes on Australia’s Gold Coast. So many homes across the globe are already utilizing technology to make their lives easier and more efficient. There is an initial investment, of course, but one of the best parts of home automation is that it isn’t a one size fits all kind of situation. You can pick and choose which functions are best for your home and in which order to install them.

Reasons To Steer Clear Of Home Automation

Admittedly, this is a pretty short list. You may want to steer clear of home automation if your budget is pretty tight—or you may simply want to take it one step at a time. Home automation can be managed easily through a mobile phone or tablet, so if you don’t have a smartphone, maybe you should consider a different system for managing your house. If you are technophobic, home automation isn’t for you.

Benefits Of Home Automation

If you aren’t deathly afraid of technology, there are so many wonderful aspects of utilizing home automation at your dwelling! You can manage security and keep your family safe. You can manage your energy usage by switching things off via cell phone when you aren’t home or setting heating and cooling settings for optimum use. Homeowners can even keep tabs on their appliances with responsive units that tell you when they are broken or need basic maintenance. (Our appliances talk to us now.) Really, how fabulous is that? When you go for the full deal, you can expect the following from your home automation:

  • Light control
  • Security through automated locks
  • Safety through video all over your home and yard
  • Incredibly convenient
  • Save money
  • Watch the house when you aren’t in it
  • Energy management
  • Audio-visual
  • Manage natural light
  • Utilize intercom systems
  • Set it up and then let it work its magic!

The Question At Hand

So maybe whether or not to get home automation isn’t really a question… rather a matter of when and how. Then when you decide the best plan of attack, KMAC can help you figure out the rest. We have several certified professionals who can advise you as to the right features for your home and the best, most affordable way to get them all installed. Contact us today for more information regarding how we can help you make your home the very best that it can be.

How Do We Get Solar Energy At Night?

It’s impossible not to love solar energy—it’s clean, it’s renewable, and it’s reliable. We’d soak up the sun’s rays 24 hours a day if we could, but we can’t. During one hour of daylight, the sun gives us enough energy to power the people of earth for a year. What happens to our beloved clean energy when the sun goes down?

Energy is most in demand during the nighttime hours. We get home from our jobs, cook dinner, turn on the TV, use all the lights in the house, start the laundry. Unfortunately, we need power the most when it is least available. There is, thankfully, some solutions to this dilemma.

Utilizing The Sun’s Heat

Light is not an easy thing to store, but heat is. (Well, easier at least.) The big solar energy plants utilize a salt-based approach to harness the heat that the sun gives because it is extremely cost effective, melts at very high temperatures, and conducts electricity. While this strategy certainly works, it isn’t ideal because although it is clean, it isn’t as cost effective as burning natural gases or fossil fuels.

Other plants use the solar energy and heat to power turbines that generate power that way.

Staying Connected To The Grid

When you provide your own energy via solar panels at home or at the office, staying connected to the grid actually has some stellar benefits. Your panels are likely to make more energy during the day than you will need. This energy gets pumped back into the system and then the power company provides you with that energy at night when you aren’t getting any from your system. If you end up using less energy than your system is making and you take back at night to power your home, the local power company usually pays for the extra energy you contribute to the system.

Get A Battery Back-Up

The extra power your panels absorb during the day can be stored into a battery pack which you can draw energy from at night when you don’t have an active energy source. This is a particularly good option when a home or office doesn’t have a reliable grid nearby to draw from. Agricultural systems in particular tend to use battery-powered back up systems.

Solar Power For The Future

The bad news about solar energy is that we can’t get it at night so proper storage is necessary if we are going to continue to utilize a clean, renewable energy source when the sun goes down. Scientists are constantly working on finding new ways to make solar power more efficient and that includes coming up with ways to extract power at night. For now, we have some pretty great solutions to use until those solutions evolve and get even better.

Are you ready to go solar? KMAC Electrical can help. Contact us today to learn how our certified professionals can get you headed down the path to a cleaner, more affordable energy solution. We have just the expertise you need to get started on the path toward success.

Air Conditioning Upgrades For Gold Coast Residents

The secret is out! Australia’s Gold Coast is a pleasant place to be. The sun, sand, and surf draw in tourists from all over the globe. We, however, are the lucky ones, because we get to call this beautiful place home.

Along with all the sunshine, however, comes some serious heat. Hot days can be particularly dangerous for the very young and the elderly, but it can still certainly have an impact on anyone. For those seriously hot days, the only answer is air conditioning. Not all air conditioning is created equal, however.

No one is knocking that window unit that you’re rocking, but in the long term, it’s simply not economical. These units are energy suckers, for sure, and because they are typically designed to keep just one room cool, you might need several if you plan on keeping your entire house at a comfortable temperature during the summer months.

This can be problematic, and no one wants that, especially when it’s hot out. Keep things simple and do some upgrading. Here are some changes you can make to your air conditioning to keep things at home simply cool.

Split A/C

This option is a big step up from the traditional window unit. A split A/C consists of a compressor which sits outside and the internal unit which sucks in the hot air and shoots out the cool air. These are much more quiet than a window air conditioner and can easily be placed in rooms without windows.

These units won’t take up too much space and aren’t likely to have much of an affect on your home decor. It’s a space saver, for sure.

Central Air

Homes that already have a duct system are just a hop, skip, and a jump away from becoming really, really cool. Just like with the split A/C unit, central air is made up of a compressor that sits outside, but for this kind of system, the cool air is pumped through ducts and is distributed to many rooms in the dwelling.

While the unit that sits outside can be very noisy, the sound indoors should be quite minimal. This allows everyone to stay comfy indoors in every room of the house.

The Cassette

We all know that heat rises, so having air conditioning on the ceiling is a great way to keep things cool. A cassette air conditioner can be very stylish and they are known for being incredibly effective. These are discretely placed on ceilings and are ideal for both the home and the office.

The best part? Typically, no ducts are required.

Are You Ready To Get Cool?

Our coldest says are the equivalent to the absolute warmest in many other destinations. The stunning Australian sunshine typically keeps things hot, which means that KMAC Electrical is always available on the Gold Coast to cool things down. When life starts to heat up, give us a call if you’d like to upgrade your air conditioning, or even if you have some questions. Our highly qualified professionals are ready to help you out.