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Recently, we stumbled across a topic that until now, we really didn’t associate it with smart home integration. After some consideration, we realize that smart home integration and the most recent developments in hydroponics walk hand in hand. By using smart home technology, hydroponic systems can be controlled automatically using your smart home automated system - adjusting temperature, humidity levels, and grow lighting to the perfect climate conditions required by the specific plant-life you’re growing.

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Urban growing and food production is a booming business made easy by smart technology. The new way of hydroponic growing has become more simplified by integrating self contained growing and water collection units. Our friends at NIWA have designed a system that is self contained that enables you to grow your own food organically with little know how.

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The process is simple for growing hydroponic food and the mess is much less than conventional planting. Plants can be rooted in water or on a special growing sponge. The growth of the plant comes from the nutrient rich water that is used to feed. The atmosphere inside the grower is regulated by venting and humidifier that can be adjusted for the different types of crops grown. When the growing units are stationed near windows that have access to sunlight, they use the sun’s natural growing energy and the energy load drawn from the home electric is reduced considerably. At night, the unit darkens so that photosynthesis can do it’s work. There’s nothing like growing your own natural food and now you can grow it without the bugs or the worries of weather. There’s little effort to it.

A rainwater collections system is an enhancement that you can add to make your growing even more organic. There is the need, of course, to live in an area that gets a sustainable amount of rainfall to reap these benefits. Rainwater is collected from your rooftop eaves and stored in a container such as a cistern or barrels and can be tapped into by a pump system or in some circumstances, gravity fed installations are used for access. These systems also find good use in sprinkler systems, yard and bedded garden irrigation. If we really want to make this green, a homeowner could install a plant based filtration system that treats and removes unwanted elements of greywater waste. The downside to this is that it isn’t possible to do this in some urban residences such as high-rises and other living situations where such water systems would be difficult to install and use or just plain impossible. The good news is that you can still use your hydroponic grower and integrate it into a smart home system by using regular water and adding the organic nutrient.

For more information about integrating your home with smart home features, please call us at (512) 775-6101 and ask for Colter or Sarah. You can also email us at info@smarterhomesaustin.com.

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