Is Control4 Automation Right for Your Home?


As smart homes become increasingly more popular, there are more and more options on the market. While the variety means that most homeowners can find a solution that works for them, it can also make the market more confusing. A popular choice among homeowners across the country and right here in Miami, FL is Control4 automation. Continue reading to learn more about who the ideal candidates are for a Control4 system and the value of proper installation from an award-winning company like Audio One. 

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What Can Be Included Under a Control4 System?

One of the best aspects of a Control4 system is that we don’t have the time to answer this question fully. To name a few, common solutions include:

  • Automated Lighting: Imagine total control over your home’s lighting. You can create customized scenes that compliment your lifestyle and help you save energy.
  • Motorized Shades: Shades that close automatically help you maintain a comfortable home environment and prevent the Miami sun from damaging furniture or heating up your home.
  • Home Security: Smart home security is easy to use and allows you to check in using a smartphone or tablet from anywhere.
  • Home Audio/Video: Lose the extra remotes. When your entertainment system is under one system, you can experience high-quality audio video systems without the hassle.

Control4 boasts the ability to integrate more third-party devices than any other automation system. If you or your family are already enjoying products like smart thermostats or wireless audio systems, these can be easily integrated.

How Can You Control Your System?

Control4 automation systems offer their users a plethora of control options. Having a system that you and your family are comfortable operating is highly important since this is how you will interact with your system each day. Here are a few of the unique options that Control4 offers homeowners:

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How to Set Up an Ideal Video Conferencing System


Video conferencing components are quickly becoming some of the most important technologies in the business world. The ability to swiftly and effectively communicate with employees or clients anywhere in the world means that you can expand your reach without wasting any time. Utilizing the best that commercial AV has to offer, you can optimize your Los Angeles, CA video conferencing system. Audio One has been an automation industry leader for almost two decades. We know adding these smart technologies can be confusing, daunting, and a big investment, so partner with us: a trusted team of professionals. To learn some tips for selecting your components and building your system, read on. 

Choose Your Video Display

One of the first decisions that you’ll need to make is your video display, and that means choosing between a television screen or a projector and screen.

A projector is ideal for a larger conference room because it can create a larger video display. We would suggest finding a 4K projector for the best picture quality possible. One potential issue with projectors is that they tend to be more sensitive to light. Consider finding a screen that rejects light and automated blackout shades to mitigate that problem, especially if your conference room has many windows.

On the other hand, a 4K television would tend to display a crisper image than the projector. You can also find a screen with glare defense to reduce the effect of the sun. However, televisions tend to be a more expensive and can’t display as large of an image as a projector.

Invest in Audio

A high-quality audio system can go a long way to improving communication during a video conferencing session. Finding the right commercial AV equipment is only one piece of the puzzle since installation is just as important to performance.

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Modernizing Your Apartment Building


Potential tenants are probably viewing many apartment buildings. How can you make your residences stand out? Building automation allows you to offer more than a discount on the first month’s rent; you can provide a new lifestyle. As you guide potential clients through your premises, they will be able to sample the new simplicity automation will add to their lives, from locking their doors with a smart device to taking a glimpse at the communal theater. By seeing themselves in this new, modernized environment, they won’t want to leave. Continue reading to learn more about bringing automation to your Miami, FL apartment complex. 

Building Upgrades

We’ll start by looking at a few of the upgrades that can be made for the whole building. This could mean comprehensive systems used by all rooms, or rooms that all tenants can use.

  • Networking: Setting up your entire building for wireless does two things. First, it is a huge incentive for residents, who are looking for fast Wi-Fi at home. It also sets up the foundation for all of your other smart technologies. All wireless technologies will run faster with a strong network.
  • HVAC: Smart heating and cooling also have multiple advantages. For one thing, you can maintain a comfortable temperature throughout all common spaces. Plus, you can oversee and monitor your energy use to help save your business money. Individual apartments can have individual controls, so your tenants can have the same advantages.
  • Gym: Having a fitness center in your apartment can be a huge selling point, but having an automated one is even better. A smart gym makes it simple to control everything from the equipment to the temperature to the audio/video entertainment.
  • Theater: Having a dedicated home theater can bring the building together for a cinema-quality monthly movie nights. Or, residents can reserve the space for a private screening. Either way, your tenants will love it.

Apartment Upgrades

Then, there are the automation systems that will improve the apartments themselves. With one remote, a touchpanel, or their smart devices, your residents can control their numerous smart technologies. Here are a few of our favorites.

  • Lighting Control: Automated lighting allows your residents to create settings customized to their lifestyle. Dimmers help save energy and find the right lighting. From lights that turn on with your tenant’s alarms to setting the right mood for a party, lighting control simplifies all illumination.
  • Motorized Shades: Automating your shading adds a touch of luxury and convenience to your apartments. Blackout shades can help your residents sleep in on lazy days, or they could open up when residents need to wake up to ease them into the day.


See Also: What You Need To Know About Motorized Shades

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What to Ask Yourself Before Building or Remodeling


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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