Three Reasons Builders Love Smart Home Technology

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Each year homeowners are becoming more energy dependent. To create a live-in ready home, builders and architects need to consider lighting, AV, HVAC, and more. Integrating all of this technology can become overwhelming quickly. Homebuilders can reduce some of the burdens by partnering with a custom integrator like Audio One. We'll help you create standout projects with no cost to your company.

Are you a builder in South Florida? For projects ranging from Miami to West Palm Beach, we can work hand-in-hand to install smart home automation solutions that will make you stand apart from the competition. We take care of all the technical aspects while you can pass the cost on to the owner. Below we highlight some reasons that you should take a closer look at our smart home systems.

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Home automation may have started as a niche industry, but now smart technology is expected by most luxury owners. These systems make it easy for them to manage lights, entertainment, security and more from elegant, intuitive devices. Not only will you create a more live-in-ready home for them, but you can increase profits as well! The Consumer Electronics Association reports that one-third of builders experienced increased profits when they added pre-wiring for home theaters, security, and more.

Avoid Costly Modifications

It is cost-effective for you and the end user to have a custom integrator involved in your project from the start. Adding the necessary low-voltage wiring for smart home technology could require you to reopen walls or change plans in the middle of construction. Instead, the experts at Audio One work with you from the start so that you can give your customers the technology systems they want without going over schedule or budget.

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How to Avoid Common Home Automation Issues

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If you’re considering adding home automation to your Fort Lauderdale, FL area residence, then you’re probably facing a decision: should you attempt to build your own DIY system or work with a professional installation team? The truth is that if you’re looking for a complete home solution that you can rely on, nothing beats an automation system installed by a team of expert professionals. In this article, we’re examining three common problems that homeowners experience with a DIY smart home and how these can be avoided. Continue reading to learn more. 

Problem #1: The Network is Neglected

A home automation system relies on the network. As you add more smart devices--whether that’s wireless speakers or a lighting control system--you are pushing the limits of your network. If there are any dead zones in your home or you often experience buffering, then your smart home experience isn’t going to be reliable. Y

When a typical homeowner attempts to installs a home automation system, he or she often doesn’t consider the Wi-Fi. Or, the homeowner simply doesn’t know how to improve the connection. With a professional installation from Audio One, the network will be assessed for quality. Any necessary changes will be made in order to ensure that you don’t experience any unexpected issues due to a slow network.

Problem #2: Devices Don’t Mesh

The value of a smart home lies in the compatibility of each piece of technology. An example would be lights that illuminate as you close the blinds so that you’re never in the dark.  In many DIY homes, the homeowner is left with a smartphone or tablet full of apps, each to control one piece of his or her smart home.

In a professionally installed system, all of these individual components are housed on the same set of controls, making it simple to coordinate. Depending on your control preference, you can make adjustments to your home’s audio, lighting, motorized shades and more with a smartphone, dedicated touchpanels, remotes, or even your own voice.

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Home Automation Trends for 2017

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Each new year means new smart home automation innovations to improve your Florida home’s style, convenience, and efficiency. 2017 is going to be no different. If you have already experienced the benefits of automation with a Control4 or Crestron system, then we have found solutions that will improve the way your home syncs to your lifestyle. Perhaps you have no idea how much different life can be in a smart home; these new products will demonstrate that now is the right time to be introduced. For the New Year, make a resolution to make every day more extraordinary with the intuitive technologies listed below. 

Voice Control

Voice control has already made a giant splash in the smart home world. In October, Amazon announced a partnership with Crestron and Control4 and their Alexa products. These Alexa-enable devices—like the Echo and the Echo Dot—integrate with your smart home technologies. You can, therefore, simply ask Alexa to turn on the lights, adjust the AC, or start a movie. This will make every day and every room simpler. For instance, let’s say you’re just getting in the door after work. You’ve brought home the groceries and your hands are full. When you get in the door, just say “Alexa, I’m home” and she can turn on the lights, turn on the AC, and start playing your favorite song. No more fumbling—just use your voice.

The most exciting aspect of the Alexa and automation partnership is what is to come. These controls are only going to become more intuitive. Soon, your voice control will know who is speaking and already have a catalog of their preferences. Get started in 2017 and be ready for this future.

See Also: Miami, It’s Time to Automate Your Home

New Year, New Router

When you are utilizing numerous smart home technologies, it means a lot of traffic for your router. Nowadays, there are more wireless options than ever, and that’s only going to increase in 2017. To accommodate the extra traffic, you should consider investing in a new router.

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What to Ask Yourself Before Building or Remodeling

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Every day we face hectic schedules from our jobs, our family, our friends, and even our homes. Owning a home can take a lot of work; even the mundane tasks like setting the thermostat or shutting off all the lights can take up valuable time in our days. Home automation can help you ease some of this stress by simplifying the way you control and interact with your electronics. If you’re unsure whether automation could actually affect your life or your Los Angeles, CA home, take some time to ask yourself the following five questions. Continue reading to learn more. 

Do I Need All These Remotes?

Have you found yourself going through multiple remotes, trying to locate the one that adjusts the volume or the channel? One of the best features of smart home automation is that you can ditch all those excess remotes. Since all of your electronics--from your lights to your audio--are integrated onto one system, one remote can make all the adjustments you need. You also have many options when it comes to how you enact your control from a universal remote, touchpanels, or even your personal smart devices. These days, you can even ask your home to make changes with voice control.

Are My Energy Bills Too High?

When the monthly energy bills roll in, do you stop to consider if they could be lower? Smart homes are efficient homes. For starters, the technologies themselves make it simple to use less electricity while maintaining a comfortable environment. For instance, lighting control coupled with motorized shades help you maintain a comfortable illumination level at all times while using only the electricity that you need. Automating your shades can even help keep out the hot California sun, so you don’t have to blast the AC.

Smart homes also allow you to easily monitor how much energy you are using and where. This can help you create settings that will reduce your electricity usage and reduce your carbon footprint. These intelligent solutions mean cutting costs and helping the planet.

See Also: Trying to Incorporate Green Technology into Your Boca Raton Home?

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4 Advantages of Voice Control

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It may seem like science fiction, but voice control is becoming a reality for smart homes everywhere. You can now adjust your technologies simply by using your voice. The partnership between Amazon voice recognition technology, also known as Alexa, and home automation companies like Crestron has made it simple to incorporate voice control into your smart home system.  But what will voice control add to your Miami, FL home? In this article, we will cover four ways you can use voice control to your advantage. Read on to learn more. 

1. Simplify Your Home’s Security

Perhaps when you decided to include smart home technology into your Florida home, your home’s security was a major priority. Adding smart home security means increased protection for your home, from video surveillance to home access, but it also means increased convenience. You can unlock your door right from your smartphone and receive any alerts regarding your home’s security system.

When you add voice control into the mix, your home’s security becomes even simpler. For instance, you can ask your Alexa device about any component of your security system. Let’s say you’re just laying down to go to sleep, but you aren’t sure if you locked the door; just ask Alexa. She’ll tell you which doors are locked and you can ask her to lock anything that isn’t secured for the night. You won’t even have to move from your bed.

See Also: Home Automation Trends for 2017

2. Improve Your Mornings

Home automation has probably already made waking up easier. You may have programmed your motorized shades to open at the same time as your alarm to help ease you into the day. However, there might be certain smart home features that you can’t always schedule. For instance, maybe you have a little more time some mornings to sleep in; you may not want all your bedroom lights to turn on exactly with your alarm.

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