Monthly Archives: February 2013

Combining Home Automation and Zoned Heating and Cooling for Ultimate Comfort and Energy Efficiency

Technology has helped homeowners enjoy HVAC systems that efficiently lower utility bills and increase comfort. Home automation can take your energy efficiency a step further. By integrating your heating and cooling equipment with a home automation system, you can achieve control, efficiency, and individual comfort:

Taking Programmable Thermostats to the Next Level

Programmable thermostats enable homeowners to save energy even when they’re not at home by automatically adjusting the temperature according to a pre-recorded schedule. However, if you are going to be early or late, you have to deal with wasted energy or a home that’s not quite comfortable when you arrive.

Home automation enables you to directly adjust the temperature of your home from wherever you are. You can use your smartphone or work computer to set the heat to turn on early so your home is comfortable when you arrive. You can also turn the dial back for a few extra hours if you decide to stay out later than normal. This helps you save energy and lower your bills while increasing your comfort.

 

Providing the Ultimate Comfort with a Zoned HVAC System

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Finding Inspiration for Your Home Automation System

The beauty of home automation is that it connects different types of technology and makes them easy to control from one interface. For those just learning about these home systems, the thought of automating an entire home can be intimidating. However, centralizing everything into a convenient package is attractive for a number of reasons.

 

What Are the Benefits of Home Automation?

Home automation combines all of the technologies in your home into one easy-to-use interface. This is perfect for people who don’t want to fight with complicated and disparate technologies. This is also great for those who want the convenience of handling all of the technologies in their homes with just the press of a finger.

What Should I Incorporate into My System?

If you’re new to home automation, you might not know where to start. It’s a good idea to perform some research online and explore what other people have done with similar home systems. Think about what you would like to be more convenient in your home. Would you like to control all of the lights in your home remotely? Are you looking to lower your electric bills by…


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What Is Home Control?

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If you’ve heard about home automation but aren’t sure what it has to offer, this video can tell you. Home control unifies the technology in your home, making it easy to access your control panel from one central program. For example, with a single press of a button and pre-programmed settings, you can watch a movie while the lights automatically dim and your audio system activates for the perfect theater-like setting.

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Centralize Your Home Entertainment with Whole Home Distribution

One of the many benefits of home automation is that you can centralize your media and enjoy it throughout your entire home. Imagine audio in every room or the convenience of catching the news as you get ready for your day. From watching movies to entertaining guests with music in all areas of your property, whole home distribution can be the perfect way to upgrade your existing automation system or to enter the modern and convenient world of home automation.

 

Audio or Video Anywhere

A centralized home automation system can be connected to your media center. From there, you can distribute input to anywhere you desire. You can even have the system send a movie or music to every room in the house, if you want! You can easily have your movie follow you throughout your house. Clean while watching your favorite flick, or play a gentle fireplace screensavers in the den for a romantic, relaxed atmosphere. The possibilities for distributing your media are nearly endless with whole home distribution.

Control at Your Fingertips

It doesn’t matter whether you use a control panel, your smartphone, or a tablet: With whole home distribution, you…


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Using Home Automation and Video Surveillance to Maximize Your Home’s Security

Security is a major concern for homeowners. Fortunately, a Smart Home System or a home automation security solution can give you the peace of mind you need with real-time protection. Home automation systems that include video security can be observed from work or other locations when you’re not at home. This can help you with anything from preventing burglary to making sure your kids are safe while you’re at work.

Monitor Your Home Remotely
A home automation video security system can be monitored and controlled from locations you specify. For example, you can check the different views around your property from work. You can ensure your coffee maker is not on, the front door is secure, and all windows are closed. If want to keep an eye on a contractor performing repairs, see when your children get home from school, or watch your pets, you can monitor your home in real time. Security footage can be recorded and played back in the event that you need to analyze a particular day. Additionally, the system itself is already a deterrent to would-be…


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