Bring Efficiency and Comfort to your Home with Motorized Shades


Wondering how and why motorized shades should have a place in your Ft. Lauderdale, FL home?  Along with other wonderful and convenient automated features your smart home can offer you, automated shades are the perfect addition to make any relaxing day an even more luxurious experience.  Read on to learn more how this home automation technology can transform your daily life. Audio One can offer a custom solution, to get started click below or fill out our consultation form.

Perfect Amount of Natural Lighting


Sometimes, the sun’s natural lighting is just what you need to complete a room’s atmosphere.  With motorized shades, you can bask in the glow anytime you’d like.


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How Motorized Shades Make Life Easier


Having beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows is an ideal design choice, and growing more and more popular amongst homeowners.   But what about when the sun shines directly through them, effectively blinding you and causing glares on your screens?


Motorized shades are the perfect addition to your Miami, FL home to prevent these hang-ups.  Read on to learn how this smart technology can make your daily life far less stressful. For a custom motorized shades installation contact Audio One by clicking below or filling out the form at the end of this blog.

Protecting Your Interiors

Your living space’s décor deserves the best care and protection for it, and unfortunately – the sun’s rays don’t help it much.  You can now easily press a button on your smartphone or tablet and have your shades lower in a mere instant.

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Enhance Your Home with these Lighting Design Tips


Your Miami, FL home deserves the best lighting designer for it, to create the perfect relaxing space in every corner.  Catering specific lighting and décor in particular rooms is key to a seamless and efficient design.  Every single light fixture will be under your command.  Read on to learn more, and to make daily tasks that much easier with this home automation feature.

If you’re interested in revamping the lighting in your home or starting from scratch in a new construction, you can schedule a consultation with one of our expert lighting designers below.

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Wakeup Call

Bright lighting in your kitchen is crucial for those early mornings where everything is groggy and a blur.  You can slowly brighten the room from your smartphone or tablet, or have the lights switch on all at once at a set hour, for when you wake up.

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Could You Be Doing More to Protect Your Home?


One of the many benefits of smart home automation is added protection to your home. Smart home security can take many forms, from devices specifically made to keep you protected to common home technologies used to enhance your safety. In this article, we will highlight four such devices or techniques that you can employ to better secure your home and belongings. So, whether you’re at home in Miami, FL or away on vacation, allow smart technology to provide you some peace of mind. 

Surveillance Cameras

When it comes to keeping tabs on your home, nothing is better than smart security cameras. When professionally installed, you should have a clear view of what’s happening on your property--inside and out. What makes our surveillance options smart is the level of control that you will have over them. From a smartphone or tablet, you can receive a live feed no matter where you are. Also, these cameras will be monitoring the area for possible security threats. You will receive alerts if something seems amiss.

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Smart Locks

Your doorway, as the access point to your home, can be very vulnerable. Adding a smart lock is an excellent way to add a little extra protection and peace of mind. Let’s say, for instance, you’re at work and can’t remember if you locked the door on the way out. With a smart lock, you can again employ your smartphone or tablet to check and secure the door if necessary. Plus, you can be alerted when the door opens. This is a great way to make certain that the kids have made it home from school. If you also install a smart camera near your door, you can even check the footage to see what’s going on.

Detection Devices

Of course, you probably already have a smoke detector or even a carbon monoxide detector. But those tools are only useful when you’re in the house. If you want to stay informed, consider the smart version of these devices. If an alarm goes off, you will also receive an alert on your smartphone, and can respond accordingly. Also, consider water sensors. These devices can be placed near pipes to make sure there aren’t any slow leaks that could be causing unknown damage to your home.

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What You Need to Know about Motorized Shades


Being in the Sunshine State, Florida homeowners know a lot about the effects of the sun on daily life. However, what you may not know is how to control sunlight. Motorized shades provide the power you need to stay one step ahead of the elements, and this ability is at the heart of their value. Plus, being automated offers you, the homeowner, with nifty new abilities. We have laid out our five favorite benefits you can expect when you add automatic drapery, blinds, or shades to your Miami home. Continue reading to learn what they are. 

1. Easy to Control

Manufacturers of motorized shading, like Lutron, offer plenty of options when it comes to controls. You can make adjustments to your shades through touchpanels placed on the walls or through apps downloaded to your smartphone or tablets. These controls provide you a bird’s eye view of everything that’s happening with your home’s shading--even when you’re not there. Let’s say you’re not sure if you left the blinds open in your living room, the room where your favorite rug is. Avoid any sun damage by closing the window coverings right from the office.

2. Stylish

Because all of these dressings are automatic, you won’t need those manual controls like strings. The effect is a much cleaner look in every room of your home, and you’re avoiding any inconvenient tangling or wrangling.

In addition, every shade is custom designed to fit your space. You will have total control over how every window looks. That means the size, shade, color, and fabric is specifically tailored to each room of your home.

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Which Integration System Should You Choose?


Nowadays, there are many options when it comes to smart home automation. Everything from selecting the best integration system to whether you should try a DIY approach. These new options are opening up the market and expanding the popularity of smart homes. This also means that homeowners have to make more decisions than ever before. However, if you’re looking for a truly luxurious home experience, we believe the choice is clear. Crestron is one of the longest standing integration systems in the business and, through the years, have proven the quality of their systems. When working with a top Crestron programmer, you can rest assured that your Florida home will represent the ultimate in style, comfort, and technology. Read on to learn more.

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The Crestron Advantage

When selecting your home’s integration system, there are three main factors to consider: control, reliability, and support. Let’s look at the benefits of a Crestron system in each of these three fields:

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Crestron Helps Power Mark Zuckerberg's Jarvis App


AUDIO-ONE, who is a leading Crestron Installation and Programming firm serving Miami, South Florida and the Los Angeles market, had a chance to discuss on platforms using Crestron as the backbone in creating new home automation interfaces. Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of the social networking company, Facebook, is once again gaining attention in one of the world's fastest growing industries: Home Automation. Known as Jarvis, this iPhone app has been referred to as Mark's "custom-made artificially intelligent assistant."  Similar to Amazon's Alexa, Jarvis interfaces with Messenger, according to Zuckergerg's Fackbook blog post. In addition to connecting smart devices and phones around the home, Javris can use Facebooks' visual face detection to determine intelligent tasks such as notifications when the baby is awake, or who is ringing the doorbell. To learn more about Jarvis and Crestron technologies, read on. 

Zuckerberg's Jarvis is Built Upon Crestron's Smart Home Technology


AUDIO-ONE, with it's showroom located in Sunny Isles and Fort Lauderdale, FL, along with installation crews and services in Los Angeles, CA, is one of Crestron's top authorized leading custom installation companies, which for almost 2 decades has led the way to building some of the smartest homes in the world. With over 8 CEDIA Industry Awards for best systems and installation company, AUDIO-ONE's projects span from South Florida, to California, the North East coast to as far away as Ghana Africa, with clients flying Audio One's teams over the world. 

What is interesting to note is that Jarvis is actually built on top of Crestron's elite smart home technology. Crestron has been leading the way in luxury custom smart home automation for many years, and is definitely compared as being the "ultimate" provider of home automation for homes of "the 1%" most wealthy persons in the world. Crestron home automation systems can cost thousands to over millions of dollars and allow people to control the majority of all electronic systems in the home from anywhere in the world with internet access including lighting, motorized shades, alarm, access control, home theater, audio, video, sound system, HVAC and so much more. 

Clancy, Crestron's president of residential systems, said Crestron would typically be able to power many of Jarvis' features through its own apps. But Crestron, in this particular project, created an API that would let Zuckerberg build his own "front end" in his preferred programming language, Python.

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Lutron Motorized Shades Cover Your Whole Home with Style and Convenience


Sunlight can be one of a home’s best features; natural light can energize you and your home. However, sometimes you may not want all of the Florida sun streaming in through the windows getting in your eyes or damaging your furniture. With Lutron motorized shades, you can manage how much sun every room will receive at all points of the day--even when you aren’t home. Automated shades can be controlled through remote, switches, or even your smartphone and devices. When you pair your shades with a home automation system, the convenience and efficiency will only multiply. To learn more about motorized shades and what they might mean for your smart home, read on. 

Shades in Every Room

Every room in your home has unique lighting needs at different times of the day. With automated shading, you will have the power to manage those needs with minimal effort. Plus, they provide a cleaner look than traditional shades, since they don’t have manual controls dangling at the side. Here are a few examples of how you could use your shades in specific spaces.

  • Living Room: Maybe you love sitting in your living room every morning with your coffee and enjoying your beach view. However, you don’t love sunlight damaging your furniture or artwork while you’re at work. Simply design a weekday schedule that opens up the living room shades at the time of your alarm and closes the shades when it’s time to leave. Then, you can worry about other things, knowing your shades are in the perfect position.
  • Bedroom: Natural light is proven to help wake you up in the morning. Make your sleep smarter by connecting your bedroom shades to a natural clock that monitors when the sun rises and sets. Wake up with the sunlight, but then know that your privacy is protected when it gets darker in the evening.
  • Home Theater: Maybe you have a home theaterin a room that has a few windows. Create that pure cinema feel by adding blackout shades. You can even program these shades to descend when the movie begins.

These are just a few of spaces where motorized shades can enhance your lifestyle. When you work with an integrator, like Audio One, you can develop a plan ideal for every room. 

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Integration Sensation

Motorized shades are a wonderful addition to your home on their own, but only get better when combined with a whole home automation system. For instance, there is a natural relationship between lighting control and motorized shades which bears fruit of efficiency and convenience for you when they exist under one set of controls. Two advantages are an increase in your home’s security and energy savings.

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Miami, It’s Time to Automate Your Home


From lighting control and window shading to surveillance, a Crestron automation system can take care of it all in your Florida home. An integration system incorporates all of your smart technologies under one set of user-friendly controls. The result is a space that intelligently coordinates its activities to match your needs and lifestyle, better known as a smart home. Crestron is currently the largest manufacturer of integration systems, and, as such, they offer a wide range of solutions. Therefore, if you choose to make Crestron your manufacturer, then you will be able to find the right option for you and your home. To learn more about Crestron technologies, read on. 

What Can You Control?

Under a Crestron system, you can integrate numerous devices and technologies. To understand more about what a smart home can do, let’s look into some of the most popular choices:

  • Lighting Control: When your lighting system is under one system, you can turn every light in your house on or off without moving. In fact, you can use the Crestron app to check on your light usage from anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection.
  • Motorized Shades: These shades can be designed for any window in your home. They go up and down at the touch of a button. Plus you can coordinate your shades with your lights to help you save energy and maintain the right lighting from day to night.
  • Smart Home Surveillance: A smart surveillance system will give you peace of mind. You can keep tabs on your property from anywhere with a smartphone or tablet. Plus, your other technologies--like scheduled lights or audio--- will work with your security systems to make your home appear occupied while you’re away, especially important for beach homes.
  • Multi-Room Audio Video: The right audio video system can make your house a home. You can create a customized music experience in every room and add the latest and greatest in television technology. Plus, when it’s under your Crestron system, you’ll only need one remote and not ten to operate it all.
  • Outdoor Entertainment: Without the proper patio setup, you’re not a true Miami resident. Create an ideal outdoor space for entertaining with weather-proof speakers, lighting and televisions.

Whichever technologies you want to include in your home, they will all work better under the control of a Crestron system.

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Crestron Controls

Crestron boasts a diverse collection of control options. This means that you will be able to create the right combination for you and your home. For instance, Crestron offers touchscreens that can be mounted on your walls with an easy-to-use interface. There are also mountable keypads similar to light switches that you can place throughout your home, so you can make changes while you move about. If you prefer to remain stationary, you can also incorporate remotes to place on a coffee or end table. In addition, you can use your own smart devices with the Crestron app to make adjustments. Finally, Crestron can also be connected to an Amazon Alexa device--like an Echo--so you can control your devices with voice commands. Working with an integrator will ensure that you find the right control plan for you and that it all works properly.

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