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What is the Best Way to Control Your Smart Home?

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Eliminate clutter and facilitate your daily routines with a smart home control solution that lets you manage your River Oaks, TX home just the way you want. Access lighting, security, entertainment, and climate from the devices that make the most sense. Having friends over for a party? Use your smartphone to set the temperature, play music through your whole-home audio system, and change the color of your living room lights. Enhance your security with motion sensors that turn on lights and activate the alarm when there’s unwanted activity. In this blog, we’ll discuss some common control options and their typical applications.

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Centralized Control
For the best use of your smart home, you want to have centralized control of all your technology. With a Savant solution, you can access everything from an intuitive user interface that divides your system by rooms. From a dedicated touchpad, tablet or smartphone, you can lock doors, adjust the thermostat, turn TVs on and off, and look in on surveillance footage from other rooms or outdoor areas.

•    Scenes: You can also get all of your technology working together through the use of scenes. A scene is composed of settings that you can pull up at the press of a button at a later time. One common scene is called, “Welcome”, which you can activate as soon as you get home to turn on the lights in the living room, lower the thermostat to a more comfortable setting, and turn the TV on to the evening news.


Keypads and Dimmers
A smart home can even help you upgrade traditional control devices. Replace on/off light switches with dimmers that let you adjust lights to just the right setting. You can even control more than just your lights. Start by adding volume buttons in areas where you listen to music often. Take it a step further with keypads that have buttons corresponding to specific scenes. Remember the “Welcome” scene we mentioned earlier? Have it on a keypad by the front door so it’s easy for you to activate as soon as you’re inside.


Remotes
A smart hand-held remote is another device that has gotten a significant upgrade through smart home control. Savant’s Pro Remotes are great options for your media rooms, home theater systems or even bedrooms. From a universal remote, you can control all of your home entertainment, save your favorite channels, adjust lights and even the temperature. You won't ever have to leave your seat to create the perfect environment—unless it's to pick up additional snacks.


Motion Sensors
Your smart home also offers some hands-free options. The most popular one is the use of motion sensors, especially when it comes to lighting control. Occupancy sensors automatically turn off lights when no one is there to help you save electricity and avoid wastefulness. Outdoors, motion sensors work hand-in-hand with your security system. When someone enters your property limits, motion sensors set off lights to warn the intruder that he's been seen. They also ensure better images on your surveillance cameras.  


Voice
With the popularity of Apple Siri and Amazon’s Echo, voice control has made its way into the world of smart home control. Savant has voice control built into the current generation of hand held remotes and Amazon Echo can be integrated into your Control4 system, letting you use voice commands to activate certain scenes or control technology in a specific room.


Do you want to upgrade how you interact with your technology? The experts at iconic systems can design a custom smart control solution for your home.


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