According to a recent report from CNBC, 2017 will be the year of smart home control as consumers learn more about the benefits of this technology. One of the main reasons this technology has taken off is that users love it when it comes to their entertainment. Instead of a pile of remotes, switches and more you can manage everything from one device. In this blog, we highlight some ways that smart control lets you create the ideal entertainment environment throughout your Memorial, TX home.
Home Theater Systems
Some of the most decked out home theaters –with the latest Ultra 4K screens and immersive surround sound—go unused because they’re too hard to manage. There’s one remote to turn on the projector, another for the surround sound, then an infinite amount for all the different sources. Here is where smart home control is most useful. From one remote—like the Savant Pro—or a mobile app, you can turn on your system and pull up your favorite movies, streaming services and satellite channels.
From the same device, manage the rest of your technology to create the ultimate movie-watching experience. Take advantage of lighting scenes that let you control multiple fixtures at once. As soon as you're ready to watch a movie, press a "Showtime" scene that dims overhead lights while turning on small LED lights lining the floor. Have a friend joining mid-feature? Pull up your mobile app to unlock your front door remotely so you can let them in without having to leave your comfortable theater seat.
Whole Home Audio
One of the most popular technology upgrades in recent years is whole home audio. These integrated systems make it easy to play music anywhere on your property. With a smart home control solution, you can pull up music from the same device you use to watch movies, adjust the temperature, or dim lights. Choose to play music on one speaker, a group of them or throughout the house.
Since many of our clients are primarily interested in using services like Pandora and Spotify, we’ve been using Savant’s latest 4-zone audio system that allows for streaming music. Beyond apps and remotes, we also offer elegant touchpads that can go on a coffee table, kitchen counter, or mounted on the wall. Get more out of your listening experience with pre-set scenes. For example, a “Cooking” scene could start a specific playlist, turn on the lights, and lower the thermostat.
As one of the most versatile spaces in your home, your media room can benefit most from smart control. Just like your theater, you can get rid of the pile of remotes on the coffee table and consolidate everything on a dedicated touchpad or smart remote. Since it serves so many functions, the media room is where pre-set scenes shine the most. Below are some popular options:
• “Party Time”: Raise lights, lower the thermostat, and pull up an upbeat playlist to set the right ambiance when hosting friends and family.
• “Gaming Den”: Dim the lights, close the shades, raise the volume and have the TV turn on to your favorite gaming console.
• “Reading Nook”: Dim overhead lights and raise the lamp by the couch, lower the thermostat to get cozy, and activate a relaxing playlist.
As your local home technology experts, we can help you take advantage of all of these features. We build a custom solution that takes your particular preferences and needs into consideration. To get started, all you have to do is set up a discovery meeting by calling us at 713-933-0606 or by filling out our online contact form.