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5 Reasons to Automate Your Home

 

The experts are telling everyone they can to automate your home, but what exactly does that mean? Well, the easiest way to explain this is that with a few upgrades, you can run your house without even being there. Why would anyone want to do that though?

 

We have a few reasons to step into the future of technology right now, and once you read them, you’ll be ready to join us!

 

 

  • Control Your Lights

One of the best benefits of automation is the ability to control your lights. Why is this a huge benefit when you can do that with a light switch? It’s a great way to keep burglars at bay when you aren’t home.

 

Whether you’re staying late at work and no one is home, or you’re on a family vacation, having the ability to turn the lights on as if someone is there is an effective deterrent to anyone scoping out your home.

 

You can turn on the lights and the TV as if someone is inside your house, and even schedule all of this to happen daily so that you don’t need to remember to get your tablet and do this each night. What better way to ruin a vacation than having to go home early to turn the lights on from your tablet every night? Set it up automatically and forget about it!

 

This can also be done for your ease as well. If you know you’ll be home daily at a certain time from work; you can have the lights come on and even have music playing to greet you before walk in the door!

 

  • Control Your Energy

Having kids means lights left on, pool heaters on in summer, and all types of other power wasting examples because they don’t always pay the best attention to simple instructions. You can always check all of these while you’re at work from your tablet and turn them off. This goes for wastefully using the air conditioner on an empty house too.

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Another great advantage is for when you are traveling. My parents used to leave a hallway light on every night while they were out of town. Not only is that a dead giveaway when it’s on all day and all night, but it’s also a huge waste of energy.

 

Using your mobile devices, you can be the most energy efficient house on the block!

 

  • Control Your Home Security

Using lighting to keep your home safe while you aren’t there is just one way that you can keep criminals away from your house. You can also add an extra layer of security when you automate your house by adding a video system to monitor your home.

 

Many security companies are now offering the ability to add this and also be able to view your cameras while not at home.

There is another great reason to do this though. To be awesome!

 

When your kids get home, you can unlock the door for them. When your spouse gets home from work, you can play music to greet them. Everyone will think you’re the coolest person ever!

 

  • Control Your Privacy

One feature that we really like is installing blinds that can be controlled remotely. Not only is this a fun feature, but it’s also practical. When you aren’t home, you can open the blinds to give your plants some sun and your animals something to look at.

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However, if you think someone may be looking in your home or scoping it out, close the blinds and make them believe that you’re home. They’ll probably get extra freaked out when they see the blinds closing, and they don’t see anyone there doing it!

 

 

  • Do It from Around the World

Being able to leave you home for a week or even months at a time without having to worry about your home’s safety is a luxury few of us can afford. When you automate your home, you’ll be able to rest easy while you see the big world out there.

 

Some people would trade everything to have that freedom, and all you have to do is invest in automating your home to get it!

 

Bonus: Impress Everyone

When you automate your home, you will be safer, more energy efficient, and it will impress the heck out of everyone you know! It’s still early in the game, so not many people will have all of the cool features that you can get with Experience Audio Video.

 

If you’re ready to automate your home and step into the future today, give us a call at (714) 744-4455, or email us at Sales@EAV-INC.com and let’s talk about your options today!

Home Automation: It’s not about turning on a light bulb with your phone

Most people think of Home Automation as just an entertainment center with surround sound, a remote and TV. Maybe they’ve installed a light bulb you can adjust with an app on your phone. While those are popular elements in an automation system, it doesn’t even scratch the surface of new technology. There are many possibilities aimed at streamlining your daily activities all over the home for safety, entertainment and savings.

How many times have we arrived home with a bundle of groceries and struggled with the key in a dark entryway? This is a great example of how Home Automation can add personal safety and home security, all in one. Imagine pulling into the driveway and unlocking the door from your car? Your porch light is already on as you’ve had it programmed to come on at the time and day that best fits your schedule. With a video doorbell you can also lock and unlock your door for packages, repair professionals and your kids. Additional video cameras around your home double as a deterrent and live recording of an adverse event. If your schedule changes or you’re out of town, program a vacation schedule. You can easily monitor it all in your smartphone app from anywhere around the world!

How about opening your door and having the interior path lit up, and your favorite, relaxing song playing through speakers in the kitchen ceiling that line up with your recessed lighting to blend perfectly with your aesthetic? The kitchen has become the center of the action in most homes, and a wall-mounted touchscreen can handle it all. From controlling light and music to displaying recipes for hands-free cooking, even catch up on your favorite show on one of your apps! And don’t forget the climate in your home! Scheduling the thermostat to turn up or down to your comfort zone a half hour before you get home is not only saving on your utility bill, it’s doing your part to conserving precious energy resources.

Ok, so you’ve got the picture on how convenient and cost saving the automation of lighting, climate and a security system can be to your busy life. Now how about fun?! You can make any room into a theater, with the distributing power to put audio and video in every room. Start with a smart TV for live streaming your favorite shows or movies with the Netflix app, and pump out your music throughout the home with Pandora. A good quality receiver will do this and also tie in a surround sound speaker system. There’s nothing like theater-quality sound to make you jump out of your seat! Smart Home Automation makes control a snap from the comfort of your couch with your tablet or iPad. You can dim the lights and turn on the surround sound with a simple touch. Even turn off lights and music in other rooms. So you don’t want to clash the look of modern technology components with your elegant, classic style furnishings? You can hide speakers and subwoofers in cabinets or even in the wall. Also a media rack can be hidden in a closet to keep things uncluttered.

But how will you control all of this without killing your home network’s capabilities? The easiest solve is to upgrade it with a signal booster, maybe a bigger house would benefit from a wireless access point placed where signal is difficult to get. Either way, a more robust, faster network works for everyone.

With the multitude of products now available in the IoT (Internet of Things) category, professional A/V integrators are still your best bet on choosing exactly what sort of system you’d prefer based on your particular needs and desires.

All in all, the automation of a home helps you navigate the hectic schedules we all have nowadays. And isn’t more time spent enjoying your family worth that?

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