Here Are the Right Questions To Ask
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So 2019 is the year you have decided to take the plunge into home automation. Perhaps you’ve dabbled with smart devices like Amazon Echo speakers and a Nest thermostat. You know there’s a wealth of options when it comes to smart home devices and control, but you don’t want a cobbled together system that requires too much fussing.
You are thinking that when the hot weather comes to Plano, your motorized shades will block the sun automatically on the correct side of the house and your lights and thermostat adjust accordingly while you're at work, and it all happens seamlessly. You may want a particular scene set with lights, music, and temperature when you arrive home in the evening after work.
Putting this all together requires some planning. Sure, there are do-it-yourself approaches that can do these types of things for you, but if you go that route, you will be your own IT person. In other words, if something isn’t working right, you will be calling yourself to fix the problem.
The truth is, many home automation installations can get complex. Making everything work together well – and consistently – involves planning, choosing the right technology, and expertise in programming and installation. For anything other than the simplest setups, you want an experienced home automation company that works with the best products and has the expertise to handle design, installation, and after-sale service. Read on to learn about the most important questions to ask when choosing a home automation company to add smart technology to your Plano home.
Upgrade Your Dallas, TX Smart Home With Control4 Automation
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Smart home technology is becoming more popular every year, but as you gain new smart devices, navigating all the different control interfaces can be a headache. Control4 helps streamline and simplify smart home operations by bringing all these separate components together in one easy-to-use control system, so you don’t have to juggle different remotes and apps. Control4 also offers different automation options, allowing you to set schedules for your technology and create specific scenes that will activate multiple devices at the same time depending on the occasion. Keep reading to learn how working with a Control4 dealer can help you elevate the performance of your Dallas, TX smart home.
Control4 Orchestrates Smart Home Control
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Smart devices are everywhere. Smart locks, smart doorbells, smart cameras, smart lights, smart thermostats – the list goes on. Chances are you have one or more of them. Some of these devices work well together. For example, if you have an Amazon Echo speaker and use Alexa voice control, some lights will work with it – but not all. Similarly, you may find a device or two that works with Apple Homekit, but they are limited. Some smart cameras work with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, but some only work with one of them.
One of the frustrations with smart home devices and automation is getting everything to work well together. While it’s a benefit to have a smartphone app and perhaps voice control over a function like smart lights, you ultimately will want a system that can tie them all together and do more sophisticated things.
What do we mean by sophisticated? Think about linking together smart lights, a smart thermostat, and motorized shades for more intelligent control over the interior environment, increasing comfort and saving on energy too. Or perhaps setting a scene for entertaining that manages the lights, audio, and interior temperature to just the right settings for your guests.
A system like Control4 can help you accomplish just that. And it also works with many of the most popular consumer smart home devices too. Read on to find out how Control4 smart home automation can orchestrate all of your smart devices in Frisco.
The Best Devices Are Ones That Work Better Together
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We are sure you know all about smart devices. You may be reading this on one right now, such as your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Of course, those devices are smart; at their core they are computers.
When it comes to smart home devices, it seems like a new one is announced every day. You might be thinking – just how useful are these things? Yes, they may be cool, and it might be interesting to control it from my smartphone. But is it useful on a daily basis? Is it something I’m going to benefit from after the novelty wears off?
We think that smart devices are everyday useful when they’re part of the same ecosystem, so they work well together. What’s an ecosystem? In technology, it means an interconnected set of products and services that interact and work well with each other, making for solutions that are greater than the sum of the parts.
In the smart home device world, that means that there is a smart home automation system that can help derive even more value out of a smart device. For example, a smart thermostat is great in part because it can be remotely controlled by a smartphone. But what it if works in concert with automated lights and window treatments to better manage energy use? Then you have something delivering more value through the ecosystem.
With that in mind, let’s talk about a couple of smart home devices that bring real value to your Plano home when plugged into the right smart home automation ecosystem. Read on to learn more.