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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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.

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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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