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How to Customize Your Smart Home with Special Scenes

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.

TAGS: Home Automation | Smart Homes

How to Entertain Family and Friends During the Holidays with Home Audio and Video

Enjoy Thanksgiving with Quality Audiovisuals in Your Colorado Home

How to Entertain Family and Friends During the Holidays with Home Audio and Video

Usually people associate Thanksgiving with food, and lots of it. It’s also one of the best times of the year to reconnect with family and friends over a delicious meal. But when you’re not catching up with your relatives, you want to enjoy a football game or holiday program this time of year. After all, quality time isn’t just about great conversations; it’s also about making memories together during fun activities. A lot of work goes into preparing your home for the holidays, so we have a few ideas for you on how to get your Steamboat Springs, CO home ready with home audio and video and without the hassle. Keep reading this blog to learn more. 

TAGS: Home Audio Video | Smart Homes

What Really Makes a Home Smart?

Smart Home Automation Solutions for Your Steamboat Springs Home

What Really Makes a Home Smart?

You may have heard of smart ovens, smart refrigerators, and smart washing machines, but what exactly makes an item smart? And what determines whether or not you are living in a smart home? The team at Control Designer is here to tell you that smart home automation isn’t as much about connecting your coffee machine to the Internet as it is about turning all the lights on and lowering the shades at the same time with your phone. Here’s the scoop on what really makes a home smart, as well as a comprehensive summary of the best solutions we offer to everyone in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and beyond.

TAGS: 4K Technology | Internet of Things | Smart Home Automation | Smart Homes

Home Automation: Mystery, Mayhem, or Magical?

Home Automation: Mystery, Mayhem, or Magical?

“Help!  Help!  Jane!  Stop this crazy thing!”  -  George Jetson, The Jetsons, Theme Song.

The Jetsons was an American animated TV sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera originally airing in the 1960s.  The Jetsons were a futuristic family living an innovative utopia of elaborate robotic contraptions and whimsical inventions.  Their home has numerous push-button, Space Age-envisioned amenities which some helped and some did not. George Jetson's workweek is typical of his era:  an hour a day, two days a week.  Daily life is leisurely, assisted by numerous laborsaving devices, which occasionally break down with humorous results.  Despite these conveniences, everyone complains of exhausting hard labor and difficulties living with the remaining inconveniences.  Sound familiar?

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