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Make Your Time at Home More Relaxing and Fun by Incorporating These Home Automation Systems

Are you aware of all the ways home automation can reduce the stress in your life?

You may think of high-end home theaters or whole-home audio systems when you think of home automation, but the truth is these technologies take many forms. There are many smart devices that are much easier (and cheaper) to install than a custom home theater, and many are explicitly made with the goal of making your life simpler.

You may not have thought of these devices, but they still have a lot of value in a home. Here are a few home automation systems you should consider adding to your Woodlands, TX home.

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MOTORIZED SHADES

Your shades may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of a smart device, but motorized shades offer greater convenience around your home as well as increased energy efficiency.

With regard to convenience at the most basic level, motorized shades make it easy to adjust your shades; you don’t even have to be in the same room. You can also link your shades to your existing automation system to combine their capabilities, such as a custom setting that dims the lights, adjusts the shades and turns on your music with one button press.

On the efficiency front, motorized shades are a great tool to cut down on your electric bills. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that about half of a home’s energy costs are the result of trying to keep a home insulated and heated.

By setting them to a schedule that tracks the movement of the sun, motorized shades allow you to take full advantage of the natural light that hits your home. Motorized shades are often added security too because you can make sure that your windows are covered every time you leave the home with an “away” scene.

SMART LOCKS AND DOORSTATIONS

Two other smart home technologies with multiple uses are smart locks and door stations or doorbells. Upgrading from analog locks and doorbells offers many benefits.

One such benefit is greater peace of mind. Smart locks allow you to use a code to let people gain access to your home instead of needing to hide a key somewhere that could be stolen. They can also be programmed to unlock automatically if you’re within a certain of the distance of the door, which will come in handy the next time you’re carrying a load of groceries.

Door stations are also a significant security upgrade. These devices give you a live video feed of whoever’s at your door along with an intercom system to let you talk to them. You can see who’s at the door from your phone or other device, saving you the hassle of having to go to the door to see who’s there. Once you’ve determined that the visitor is friendly, use your smart lock to let them inside from the comfort of your sofa.  These work well on gates too because they can trigger gate strikes to open a gate.

TOUCHSCREENS

Integrated touchscreens specifically for a control system have made a big come back.  Sure, you can use an iPad and even mount them to the wall.  But what happens when the iPad is on the wrong app, needs an update, or is logged out of the account?  A dedicated touchscreen allows the device to always be connected to the system for status and quick access.  These are sleek and stylish and very popular in areas where you don’t want to search for a handheld remote or have to pull out a phone to make a change to the system.  Kitchens, master bathrooms, entry areas, and gyms make ideal candidates for a touchscreen.  Plus many of the touchscreens can double as an intercom or replace the security system keypad.

There are so many more smart home devices available that can help you get more rest and have more fun while you’re at home. To learn more about home automation systems for your Woodlands, TX home, call iconic.systems at 281.370.1800 or fill out our online contact form.

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