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Articles tagged with: Home Automation

Media Rooms: The New Home Theater Trend

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in Media Rooms Steamboat Springs CO

The Evolution of the Home Theater

For years, dedicated home theaters were incredibly popular in the audio/video community. If you wanted a top-notch theater in your home in the Steamboat Springs, CO area, you installed a system in a dedicated space like a basement or extra bedroom. Today, however, media rooms are becoming the popular trend because you don’t need additional space to enjoy an at-home cinema experience. The home theater experience is evolving. In this blog we’ll cover the new trend of media rooms and some of the pros and cons of installing one in your Colorado home.

3 Perks of a Whole House Audio/Video System

on Tuesday, 30 May 2017. Posted in Home Audio Video, Steamboat Springs, CO, Home Audio Video

Expand Your Home Audio Video Experience

If you enjoy movies, music, games, and sports, placing a home entertainment system in each room of your Steamboat Springs, CO home can be time-consuming. Most homeowners put a Blu-ray player, cable box and TV along the wall, but what if we told you there was a better way? A whole house video system saves space and streamlines your viewing experience. When you connect your media system to your smart home, browsing content and organizing your movies and music becomes hassle free. Read this blog to learn more.

How to Improve Your Wi-Fi

on Thursday, 23 March 2017. Posted in Network Installation Orlando FL

The Benefits of a Professional Network Installation

According to Dave Evans, former chief futurist at Cisco, the number of connected devices will reach 50 billion in the next five years. In addition to your smartphone, tablet, and personal computer, many home devices have become Wi-Fi enabled—including refrigerators, washing machines, and door locks. Whether you want a coffee maker that connects to your phone or not, manufacturers are headed in that direction, so it’s crucial to be prepared. A high-quality home network will ensure all of your devices run well. Keep reading this blog to learn about how a professional network solution can transform your smart home in Orlando, Florida.

How to Customize Your Smart Home with Special Scenes

on Tuesday, 28 February 2017.

Celebrate Holidays or Everyday Gatherings with Smart Home Automation

Living in a smart home isn’t just about turning the security alarm on and off with your smartphone. A professional system allows you to create what we call “scenes”—a set of actions that all work together to make a unique experience. You can unite different settings for lighting, shading, security, audio/video and more under one name and use it any time you like. To discover what it means to live in a connected home in Orlando, FL, keep reading.

SEE ALSO: How to Control Your Smart Home with Your Voice

Creating Scenes

In Hollywood, a lot of work goes into creating a movie set. The lighting, fog machine, and music all have to work in sync at exactly the right time to make you feel as if you are in another time and place. Smart home scenes work in a similar way in that they help you set the mood for different activities, or simply to manage your day to day schedule.

In the morning, you don’t have to worry about turning all the light switches to on, drawing the shades, or turning on the news. Your smart home can do it for you all at once. First, choose a time you want your scene to start, then pick a date or set it to occur every day. Select the settings for all the systems you want to activate and then save them under a unique name, like “Wake Up!”

The beauty of having one of our smart homes is that you can easily change these scenes at any time. You won’t be stuck using the same routine for years and can customize it day after day. Some of the most common scenes people use every day are “Morning”, “Goodnight” and “Away” for when they leave the house. But you can also use scenes for parties, home workouts, or any other activity. Here are a few suggestions:

Pool Party

It’s sunny almost all year round in Orlando—there’s a good reason Walt Disney picked it as his prime location for the Disney theme parks. A pool party scene is perfect for your Florida home. First, create a music playlist that includes your favorite songs and distribute the music to your landscape speakers around the pool and hot tub. Turn on the outdoor TV and stream the baseball game or a fun movie. If it's a late-night rendezvous, you can add a lighting setting to the scene and brighten the pool, walkways, and bar area. Press one button, and it all turns on instantly! You'll have this scene at your fingertips all year long so you can work on that tan or party with your family and friends.

Movie Night

Whether you have a dedicated home theater or a media room, setting up movie night can be a breeze with this smart home scene. Press a button on the keypad on the wall, or using your mobile device, and the shades will come down to prevent glare, the thermostat will lower to a cool degree, the lights will turn off so you can see the screen better (except for the backlights or walkways so no one trips) and the projector and screen or TV comes on. If you have a movie server, you can pick a flick ahead of time, purchase and download it so that it's ready when you are. That way if it's Friday or Sunday afternoon, you're one click away from a fantastic show.

Hit the Gym

In-home gyms are super convenient—they are always ready to use when you need them. Use a smart scene to feel energized as you get in shape. Choose a bright lighting setting, peppy music, and a cool degree on the thermostat, and then all you have to do is press a button, and you’re on your way to burning calories. You could even add some colored lights in your gym to make it feel like you’re in a fun club.

Now that you can picture what it's like to live in a smart home, why not give us a call? We can install home automation that mirrors your daily lifestyle. Get started by filling out this online form.