Home Automation’s Power to Simplify Your Life, Reduce Expenses, and Increase Security

We are starting the week off right with a great blog post from one of our excellent Control4 Dealers, Harry Saini:

In today’s costly world, homeowners are fully aware of the expenses related to inflated energy costs and inefficient home security systems.

Guest1There is nothing worse than receiving an electricity bill and being shocked by the amount owed at the end of a month or stolen possessions that could have been more strategically secured. Such realities have led homeowners to seek technologies that can help them beat the current system.

A growing number of homeowners are educating themselves on basic energy management and security devices, which often combine the use of innovate shade and control systems. For instance, Control4 offers a number of solutions that help homeowners monitor and control their home lighting from an iPad, iPhone, or wireless remote. With Control4, you can pre-program lighting levels and reduce energy output.

It is also amazingly easy to set lighting to turn on and off at specific times. This significantly reduces the possibility of a light being left on throughout the night, or for several days while a homeowner is on vacation. Additionally, with Control4’s remote access service, no matter where in the world a homeowner travels he or she can turn lights on or off with a simple touchscreen command.

To make the management of lighting much easier to maintain, Control4 offers keypads with captions that can read “kitchen,” “hallway,” “master bedroom,” “patio,” and more. With a push of a single button, lighting is ignited in a desired location. The Control4 suite of products also offers dimmers that allow for lights to be set to a particular level.

Another ground breaking product for ultimate lighting, shading, security, and energy control is the Lutron RadioRA 2. The system is a holistic approach that combines total light and shade functionality. Radio RA 2 has the power to adjust the amount of daylight and electric light in a room throughout an entire home. Shades can also be lowered, electric powered curtains closed, and lighting ignited at pre-programed times.

For instance, if particular rooms within a home are in direct sunlight in the afternoon, the lowering of window shades and closing of curtains can significantly reduce room temperatures. Or when the family is on vacation and dusk approaches, lowered shades, closed curtains, and automated lighting can offer higher levels of security. And for the family that has developed a high-tech home theatre, with the single push of a button window shades can be lowered and lights set to a particular level to create the perfect ambiance.

Many homeowners love the fact that both the Control4 and RadioRA 2 systems are fully scalable. This provides homeowners the power to start with a single room and expand when time and budget permits.

Seeking to automate your home for added simplicity, comfort, energy efficiency, and security? The beauty of 2012 is that homeowners have more control than ever before.

The secret to discovering and installing a solution that best fits your needs is to consult with a personalized home automation expert.

About the Author:

Harry Saini is the founder and owner of Digital Smart Homes and DSH Pro, two Electronic Systems Firms that focus on Residential and Commercial projects respectively. Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Harry has over 23 years of professional hands-on experience with a vast array of electronic devices and systems. In his spare time he loves to surf, SUP, rock climb, snowboard, wakeboard, cycle and has trained in several martial arts throughout his life. Traveled around the world, his favourite place is home, Vancouver.

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Did I close the front door?

Here is a great story from one of our employees at Control4. His name is David Phillips and he is one of our Area Sales Managers in the United Kingdom:
front door“I have a Nyce ZigBee Contact sensor on my front door, which I’ve programmed to send me an email whenever my front door is opened. This way, if I am out and the door opens unexpectedly, I can call a neighbour or family member to check it out for me. That’s cool by itself, but I found a better use for it.
I popped out to the local shops to pick up some essentials in my car – it’s only a few minutes away. When I returned home after 10 minutes, I found my front door wide open! I rushed in to make sure nothing was missing, realising I must’ve slammed the door and it had bounced back open without me knowing.
Time for a reprogram… I put a 60 second timer in place, so if the Contact sensor isn’t closed after 60 seconds, I get a second email letting me know my front door has been left open! This means I will now get no further than 60 seconds from my home before Control4 notifies me that my front door has been left open.
This gives me huge piece of mind, and I also know I’ll never do that again! And of course, it’s affordable, wireless and small… there is no reason this can’t be done on every project.”

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Baby – or rather, Husband – Monitoring

baby monitoringI’m a first-time mom. And a nervous-wreck of a mom at that. I purchased a baby monitor well before my 10-month-old son was born and I immediately hated it. Hated the static and the unreliability. So I trashed the monitor and installed an In-Wall Touch Screen with Camera and use my Control4 system to monitor my son now. MUCH better.

However, I don’t only use it to monitor my baby. In fact, one of the best uses I’ve found is to monitor my husband.

Corby, is great at a lot of things. He’s a one-man circus act for our son. He’s a great disc-golfer. He can make a mean shrimp pasta. But when it comes to dressing our son, he falls a little short. I’m talking lime green socks, red sweatshirt and pinstripe overalls.  So you can imagine how I love being able to direct… er…, assist him over our Control4 system, all while curling my hair (because, like many women, timing is where I fall short).

I must say though, the small, special moments are what make the system the most valuable to me. Those special moments that I catch because my son doesn’t know I’m watching. Seeing him wake up and play peek-a-boo with the stuffed dog in his crib, listening to him mumble-and-hum himself off to sleep, spending a few moments watching my boys “talk” to one another…

Priceless.

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