4 Things to Consider When Designing a Smart Home
A Custom-Built Solution Helps You Get the Most Out of Your Technology
The way people interact with their technology has changed drastically over the past decade. Every day new smart devices hit the market that make it easier to manage your entertainment, security, and climate. So how do you make sense of them all to create a cohesive solution for your Phoenix, AZ home? We recommend going with a home automation system that is custom-designed to bring the technology that matters most to you under one intuitive user interface. To get a smart home that truly works for you, make sure you answer these five questions before getting started:
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What Technology Do You Want to Manage?
With the latest advancements in smart technology, you can control practically anything through your home automation system. During your initial consultation, we figure out which components make the most sense for you: lighting, climate, entertainment, security, and more. With a professional installation, it’s easy for us to come back in the future if you find there’s a new feature that you want to integrate into your system.
What Rooms Do You Want to Incorporate?
As part of your consultation, you can also figure out what areas of your home you want to incorporate. Your smart home will be most efficient if it encompasses your entire space, this way all the wiring and design can be done at once. That being said, there are possibilities for smaller solutions. For example, many people begin testing out these smart home features in their media rooms or private theaters where they can most benefit from easy, intuitive control of lighting, climate, and entertainment.
What Devices Do You Want to Include?
Whether your project is a new construction or retrofit, it's likely that you already have smart devices you’d like to use in your new system. This is one of the reasons that we like working with Crestron, which is compatible with the most devices on the market. Already comfortable using your Sonos speakers and NEST thermostat? They can be integrated into your smart home so you can manage them from the same app you use for your lighting and security.
What Type of Control Makes the Most Sense?
Once you know the technology and devices you’d like to include, it’s time to figure out how you’d like to manage them. As we mentioned earlier, all home automation systems now offer mobile apps that let you access all your technology even when you’re on the go.
That doesn’t mean you’re limited to that. You can also manage your system from keypads, remotes or dedicated touchpads. You even have hands-free options. Have your home respond automatically to stimuli through the use of sensors. For example, lights and temperature can adjust depending on whether a room is occupied or not.
While it’s tempting to slowly build up your smart home by buying the latest devices to hit the market, you’ll get the most out of your technology with a comprehensive system designed with your specific needs in mind. As an added benefit, you'll have an expert on hand that knows your system thoroughly to conduct necessary maintenance, fix any problems, and upgrade or expand in the future.
Are you ready to embrace the smart home lifestyle? Give us a call at (888) 296-0950 or fill out our online contact form.