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With an Advanced Home Control System, Daily Life is a Breeze

Imagine a home that meets your every want and need. With a home control system in place, this dream can easily be a reality in your River Oaks, TX living space.

Many people are coming to realize just how simple smart home automation system can make their daily lives. In a recent Houzz Smart Home Trends Study, 45 percent of respondents said they planned on installing smart systems during renovations.

In this blog, we go through just how beneficial the latest smart control trends are for you and your family – read on to learn more!

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Smart Lighting

A lighting control system can do wonders for any room in your home – or for the aesthetics of your entire property! Being able to set the levels for individual lights in a room adds to the ambiance. Quickly and easily create scenes that remember the settings that you like for different events: watching TV, entertaining, going to bed, and vacation mode are just a few examples.

Lighting consists of another component too: shades.

Motorized shades can lower or roll down at set hours during the day to keep the harsh sun rays out and help prevent solar heat gain, while also protecting your interiors. In addition to a decorate look, shades increase privacy.

Smart lighting has been taken one step further to include color control. While changing the color of a room to red or green might be fun for one night, the real application is tuning the color temperature of white. Imagine having cove lighting in your bedroom mimic the color of the sunset or match the morning light outside. With smart technology and LED’s, that is not only possible, it is relatively simple to add.

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Gartner, Inc. even reports that smart lighting could reduce your energy costs by 90%.  Reducing energy usage, creating dramatic scenes, and making it simpler to operate; its no wonder that lighting control is one of the most requested features in a smart home system.

Smart Security

There’s nothing more nerve-wracking than leaving your home empty and vulnerable while you’re away for any length of time.

Security and safety are most people’s top priorities for their family and home. According to the NPD Group’s Connected Intelligence Service, 4/10 consumers said the main reason for their interest in smart homes was the smart security aspect.

The great news is that there are endless options to protect and secure your house. You can install surveillance cameras all around your property and even get notifications if someone enters a camera zone, sent straight to your smartphone!

Smart Climate Control

Smart thermostats are one of the most popular smart home features.

A recent study found that homeowners were motivated to purchase them to increase the comfort of their home (71%) and reduce energy consumption (68%).

Whether you’re near or away, you can check how high the heat is, adjust the temperature, and set the home’s climate to your preference all on your own smart device or phone.

It can even adjust the temperature itself once it detects that your home is getting too heated or too cold, ensuring you also have the ideal environment. When you leave, the thermostats will adjust to save energy while no one is home.

Using temperature sensors with a smart thermostat increases the accuracy of the system and can allow unsightly thermostats to be hidden away.

Innovators, like Savant, have created a new generation of smart thermostats that not only control the comfort but function as a touchscreen. If you are going to have a thermostat out in the open, why not have it perform double duty and use it as an interface for the rest of the smart home systems?

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Smart Entertainment

It doesn’t all have to be about convenience and functionality though – smart home entertainment makes enjoying your favorite media easy!

Whole house audio is extremely popular, but with the latest technologies, your favorite streaming service like Pandora or Tidal is at your fingertips…in the same app. Listen to party music outside or relaxing music in the master bathroom. Favorite channels and services can even be incorporated into scenes. You wake up in the morning to news radio, while your shades open and your lighting slowly gets brighter.

Numerous interfaces make it easy to control too. An app on your phone, a touchscreen on the wall, or a handheld remote can all function the same. A handheld remote is popular in video zones, so you can use it to control the lights, lower a projector and screen from your ceiling in your media room, and fire up your favorite movie channel.

And with voice control, you can even access your media hands-free! According to Coldwell Banker’s 2017 Smart Home Marketplace Survey, 72% of Americans who use tablets or phones to control their smart technology would rather have voice control capabilities. Alexa is now available through Savant. Pick up your handheld remote and say “watch ESPN”. Tell Alexa “turn on the kitchen lights.”

 

Want to learn more about how a home control system can transform your life?  Check out more trending smart features here, and give us a call or fill out our contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation with our team.  We’d love to hear from you!

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