HOME AUTOMATION AUSTIN
WHAT IS HOME AUTOMATION?
An "Automated Home” is loaded with technologies that can interact and communicate with each other. Some call it the “Internet of Things” (IoT) but not all systems and devices in a home are inter-connected via the Internet; at least not yet.
Home Automation is a system of devices in the home or office, with a set of rules, that allow the home to make decisions and react to conditions based on the rules. Devices such as lights, thermostats, shades, music system and appliances communicate with each other to create the environment that you desire even with voice control. Here are some scenarios where an automation system can help improve your life:
SCENE A - "WELCOME HOME"
You may want your Austin home to be a specific temperature and certain areas to be illuminated when you arrive home from work. The solution is an automated smart home that turns off the thermostats when you are not home to save energy. Then, based on outside weather conditions it turns on the thermostats to achieve that temperature you desire at varying times each day. Some days it may take an hour to reach the desired temperature, other days 3 hours. Then, minutes before you get home, your driveway lights, entry sconces and hallway lights come on so you do not arrive to a dark home.
SCENE B - "BE OUR GUEST"
You like to entertain... Food, refreshments, preparations to worry about. How can home automation help? With the press of a single button you can cross lighting, window shades and background music. Simply press “Entertain” on your smartphone or wall keypad and watch your home prepare in seconds; setting the lights to the right levels and opening the shades to show off the beautiful view outside, the music system turns on and plays your favorite playlist in all the rooms simultaneously; finally your landscape lights come on and your sprinkler system shuts down (just in case). When the first guest rings the doorbell you unlock the front door from your iPad without leaving the kitchen.
SCENE C -"IT'S MONDAY..."
The long weekend is over and it’s time to wake the kids up for school. Set a timer that will slowly raise the shades and brighten the room lights over a 10 minute period while playing nice music in their rooms (with volume slowly getting louder). The kids wake up gently and more naturally instead of abruptly. The stair and kitchen lights come on and downstairs is already at the perfect morning temperature when its breakfast time.
SCENE D - "PREVENT DISASTER"
While you are sleeping, a pipe burst in the boiler room and the basement of your Austin home is flooding. Your home automation system can send an alert to your smartphone followed by flashing the lights in the bedrooms and even announcing the trouble over your speaker system. Perhaps even shut off the main water valve automatically to prevent flooding. A similar alert system can be created in case of fire or carbon monoxide detection. In other emergency situations such as a medical emergency or possible burglary you can activate a “panic” scene with a single button-press that will turn all lights inside the house on, open all shades and flash all exterior lights.
WHICH SYSTEM IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
We have been designing and deploying automation systems for years and know each of them very well. Simple AV offers the following automated home systems and can help you understand and choose the one that is just right for you. We are your Certified Austin Home Automation experts.
Control4 is a leading provider of automation and networking systems for homes and businesses, offering a personalized and unified smart home system to automate and control connected devices including lighting, audio, video, climate control, intercom, and security. Founded in 2003 by Eric Smith, Will West, and Mark Morgan, Control4 debuted at the 2004 CEDIA Expo home technology trade show and released its first products later that year, as an early entrant in the home automation market. You can find everything you need to know about Control4 here.
Savant was founded in 2005 with the goal of providing the best experience in automated home technology. To us, that means products that are inventive, easy to use, and future-friendly, so our customers will be able to enjoy them for years. They were also the first manufacturer to embrace mobile technology, they understood early that everyone's experience would extend beyond the home and open up new possibilities for control. Over the years, their technology has evolved and the company has grown, but their goal remains the same, to become the home automation brand of choice for the world's most luxurious homes, castles, and even yachts. We have all the info you need on Savant here.
Lutron Lighting Control – Homeworks by Lutron is the world's leading automation system for lighting, thermostat and motorized shades. Lutron invented the dimmer switch and has ever since maintained the top spot in lighting control. Today, you can set the scene and create a mood at the touch of a button (or your smartphone) by incorporating Lutron's system into your home. Simple AV can install Homeworks over existing wiring and we can integrate it with home automation systems such as Crestron, ELAN, Savant, RTI, URC, Control4, OnControls and most other control systems. Check out our page Lutron Lighting to learn more.
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