From our phones, computers, to even our watches, it seems like everything in our lives is getting smarter. Shouldn’t your home be keeping up? Whether it’s a Lutron lighting system, Dynaudio speakers, webcams, or an integrated entertainment system, there’s a wide variety of devices available to make your time at home more convenient, enjoyable, and simply more fun. Isn’t it about time your home got smarter than your watch?
Home automation has exploded in popularity over recent years. Reports show that in 2018, almost 70 percent of households in the United States had at least one smart device. This means that over 83 million homes (in the United States alone) have some type of smart feature in their home. As these devices become more sophisticated and cost-effective, this number stands only to grow.
What makes home automation so desirable is how you can fully customize the smart technology to fit your home and needs. There’s no one size fits all model when it comes to home automation. Whether you’re looking for security, smart lighting, or fully integrated entertainment, smart home technology has something for you.
Here at APEX Audio Video, we believe your home is your castle—so why not bring your castle into the 21 century with the latest smart home technology? Our showrooms offer the widest selection of home automation technology, including high-quality brands like Lutron, Savant, Control 4, and Dynaudio speakers.
We also love working with customers to educate them on what exactly home automation can do. When some people hear the words “home automation,” they might envision those futuristic houses from the movies. But in reality, home automation can mean many different things, from security to entertainment, and it’s designed to fit your needs and budget. That’s why we’re taking a closer look at home automation to understand what exactly it could do for your home.
Kick back, relax, and let home automation take care of the rest. Smart entertainment devices, like TVs and stereos, are nothing new—but with home automation, you can make all your entertainment devices work as one on a fully integrated system. Streaming your favorite Netflix show, finding a new movie, listening to your favorite album or designing a new playlist—it’s never been easier with the possibilities of smart home technology.
Some home automation systems, such as Control 4, combine all your entertainment devices so they work seamlessly in unison. Want to know the best part? You can say goodbye to the days of three or four remotes and forgetting which one controls what because home automation integrates all your devices to just one central remote. With the touch of a button, you can control your TV, stereo, lighting, and more. When it comes to this level of simplicity and convenience, the entertainment options of home automation can’t be beaten.
Your home is the place to keep your loved ones and treasured items secure. Safety should always be a top priority at home, which is why home automation has made securing your home easier than ever before. Smart home tech can integrate webcams and video monitoring systems so you can have all eyes on your property even when you’re at work, on vacation, or traveling across the world. You can even set up a webcam and two-way speaker at your front door to give you total control and manage any deliveries while you’re away from home.
Home automation can also include security and motion-sensor lights that will notify you on your smartphone (or any device of your choosing) when the sensors go off. With smart home security features, you’ll never need to really feel like you’re far from home with cutting-edge video and audio technology that’s accessible from anywhere in the world.
Looking for an easier way to set the perfect mood at home? A romantic dinner, a family movie marathon, or an early night in—all these moments call for just the right type of lighting. Home automation can make this a breeze with smart lighting features. From one central control pad or remote, you can seamlessly control any light in your house. You can even program your lights to turn on or off at a certain time, which is ideal if you’re always on the go and want to have the lights on for a family, friend, or visitor.
Many may not realize it, but smart lighting can also make your home safer. In 2019, the FBI reported nearly 7 million property crimes, including theft and burglaries. With smart lighting, you can program specific lights to turn on when you’re on vacation or just at work, creating the illusion that someone’s at home. This is a much smarter, and much cheaper, method than simply leaving your lights on the entire day and night.
We all know the importance of a good night’s sleep, and come morning, there’s nothing worse than being jerked out of your peaceful slumber by a squawking alarm clock. Luckily, home automation has a solution for this. Smart blinds can be controlled to gradually open at the time of your choosing. If natural light isn’t enough, you can program your television or stereo to gradually increase in volume when it’s time to get up for the day. Even better, this can be an effective and hassle-free method for waking up the kids in your home.
With home automation technology, your home can become more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient. According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average American home uses over 10,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) every year. Not only is this energy expensive, but it’s also damaging to the environment as most of this electricity comes from coal-burning plants. In fact, nearly two-thirds of the electricity consumed in the United States still comes from fossil fuels.
You can reduce your carbon footprint and save money with home automation technology. Smart thermostats allow you to program the heating and air conditioning within your home to respond to external temperatures. Worried you left the air conditioning on when no one’s home? Most home automation systems allow you to control any feature of your house, thermostats included, from your smartphone.
Smart lighting is another way that you can save on energy costs. If you have a lot of windows, your home will naturally heat up during the day. Smart blinds can be programmed to lower and adjust with the day’s natural light, keeping your home at a moderate temperature. You can even program your sprinklers to function at specific times throughout the day, like dawn or dusk, when less water will be lost to evaporation.
CONCLUSION – WHAT CAN HOME AUTOMATION DO?
The better question might be: what can home automation not do? By 2022, the value of smart home technology is expected to surpass 53 billion dollars and shows no signs of slowing down. Whether it’s smart lights, blinds, entertainment, security, or all the above, home automation systems will only grow in popularity as more households learn how easy and surprisingly affordable a smart home can be.
APEX Audio Video offers only the highest quality home automation systems installed by our teams with factory trained expertise. Whether it’s a Savant Home Automation system, Lutron lights, or Control 4, there’s simply no comparison to the versatility, convenience, security, and enjoyment you’ll receive from home automation. After just a few days, you’ll wonder how, or why, you ever lived without these smart home features. Why not explore the possibilities of home automation and see if it’s right for you and your family?
For more information on how APEX Audio Video can help with your home automation needs, contact us at 512-371-6363 or email@example.com.