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How Well Do Your Smart Home Devices Play Together?

Control4 Orchestrates Smart Home Control

How Well Do Your Smart Home Devices Play Together?

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. 

TAGS: Control4 | Lighting Control | Smart Home Automation | Whole Home Audio

The Best Smart Home Devices

The Best Devices Are Ones That Work Better Together

The Best Smart Home Devices

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.

TAGS: Lighting Control | Smart Home Automation | Smart Locks | Smart Thermostats | Video Doorbell

Why Choose Control4 Home Automation?

And Why You Want Crown Audio Video to Install It

Why Choose Control4 Home Automation?

You’ve heard of smart home automation, and we’ve talked a lot about it on these pages.  There are a number of home automation solutions in the market, from DIY consumer products like Nest to professional systems like Control4. 

As a Control4 Gold dealer, we think Control4 is the premier system on the market. In this blog, we’d like to tell you why it’s smart to invest in a Control4 system.  And we also want to tell you why you’d want Crown Audio Video to be your Control4 integration professional for your Plano home. 

Read on to find out why the combination of Control4 and Crown Audio Video should be your number one choice for all your home automation needs.

TAGS: Control4 | DIY Smart Home | Smart Home Automation | Smart Home Technology

Spruce Up Your Space with Lighting and Shade Control

Smart Technology Doesn’t Have to Impede Your Interior Design

Spruce Up Your Space with Lighting and Shade Control

How your home runs should take just as much precedence as how your home looks.  But so many believe smart technology does not mesh well with most interior designs.

We’re here to show that you don’t have to compromise style for practicality.

Taking your Lakeland, TX space to the next level with lighting and shade control shouldn’t hinder your aesthetics.

Read on to see how you can elevate your living area both with style and convenience.

TAGS: Lighting Control | Motorized Shades | Smart Home Automation