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Articles in Category: Home Automation System

Planning for Home Automation in a New House

What You Need to Consider

Planning for Home Automation in a New House

Here in the Bay Area, a hub of technology development, we have no shortage of tech-savvy people. Most are quite familiar with home automation technology or already use some form of it; indeed, a lot of it is developed right here. Given our high level of tech awareness, it should surprise no one that smart home technology would be high on the list of features when people are looking to either remodel a home or build a new one.

We also know that there is an ever-growing array of smart consumer devices available for intelligent home control and management. Smart cameras, lights, thermostats, speakers, refrigerators, and more are readily available at local electronics retailers and online. Some of these are designed to work well together, while some will only work within a given ecosystem. Choosing a home automation system might be an exercise in frustration depending upon what you want to do, involving choices in wireless technologies that may or may not work well in a given environment as well as different control mechanisms.

The best home automation installations are a seamless experience. In the tech world, “seamless experience” is a buzzword often bandied about but a goal that's rarely achieved. From our perspective, it means that disparate functions in your home can be made to work as a well-orchestrated whole that fits your lifestyle. To accomplish that seamless experience, the right planning in a new home build or remodel will go a long way to set it up for today's smart home technology as well as tomorrow's. Keep reading to learn more.

How to Hide Smart Technology with Home Automation Systems

Work with a Smart Home Company That Has an Eye for Design

How to Hide Smart Technology with Home Automation Systems

Building a smart home system is an exciting time in any homeowner’s life. You get new levels of control, a lot of fun new options, and enjoy a safer, more efficient space.

But there’s one aspect of technology integration that has some homeowners – and interior designers – hesitating when it comes to their next upgrade: The clutter.

When there are too many components, it can ruin the beauty of your interior design efforts. So, what can you do?

The answer is simple. Work with a smart home company that can hide your home automation system technologies to keep your Bay Area home looking impeccable.

Want to learn more? Keep reading below.

Want A Green Home?

A Home Automation System Puts You in [Green] Control

Want A Green Home?

In the Bay Area, we’ve always been at the forefront of green technology. Our location in the heart of Silicon Valley certainly has something to do with it. With California now aiming to require all new homes to have solar power, and changes coming to electric rates based on time of day, you may be wondering if it makes sense to invest in solar panels for your home. 

With a solar system and a battery, your home could store solar energy and potentially garner significant savings in energy usage by drawing from the electric grid when rates are lower.

How do you do that?  A home automation system, like that of our partner Control4, could monitor energy generation, usage, and storage, and can help manage systems in your home for the most efficient consumption.

Intrigued?  Read on to learn more.