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  • Writer's pictureCraig Whitaker

What is a Smart Home?


All of our clients have heard about “Smart Homes” and now many are asking what is a “Smart Home? Simply put, when designed and installed properly, a Smart House should make your life better and easier to navigate all of the technology in your home. Many now have apps on their phones to control the various sub-systems in their home such as the HVAC, Lighting, Audio/Video, Security, and Door Locks just to name a few. A Smart Home connects all these various sub-systems so they can work together under a single app to create various scenes. A scene is a single command that will make the various sub-systems take specific actions. For example, your Smart Home may have an “I’m Home” scene that you activate when you pull into your driveway. With the single command, the garage door opens, the doors un-lock, lights come on, the HVAC system adjusts, and your favorite music begins to play. The good news is that a “Smart Home” system can be as simple or as complex as you want and when properly designed, can be completed in stages as budget allows. An example of a simple starter system would be a “Movie Night Command”. With this single command, the lights would dim, the TV turns on, the sound system selects the correct source, and the movie begins. Control 4, the leader in Home Automation has created an extensive brochure, “Things to Know When Planning A Smart Home”. To download the brochure, click here, SMART HOMES.

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