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The Ease of Automation

The Ease of Automation

The Ease of Automation


What is home automation? To put it simply, it’s about making the complex simple. Considered a luxury by many, and indeed custom lighting control, motorized shades and music streaming throughout your home add elegance, warmth and a layer of luxury, but the true purpose of home automation is to make the everyday easier. Home automation automates features such as your lights, window shades, door locks, HVAC, garage door, security and more. It makes them talk to one another, work together as one. Without question, it’s convenient to pull up in front of your home late at night and, right from your phone, be able to activate a welcome scene that lights your path and home’s interior while unlocking the door and disarming the alarm. But it also helps keep you safe. And imagine if faced with a life-threatening medical emergency or house fire – an integrated lighting and security system could flash the outside lights to quickly alert first responders.

Home automation is about enjoying life’s moments, freeing you from simple tasks. Along with saving time, it also helps save you money by adding energy-saving efficiencies. Occupancy sensors can trigger lights to turn off in an empty room. Window shades can raise and lower to either take advantage of the sunlight or block it out when the AC is cranked up. Lighting control with pre-set scenes of slightly dimmed lights also yield savings, while adding ambiance and convenience.

Parents appreciate getting an alert when their teenager arrives home safely after school. Caregivers are thankful that simple features like voice-control can provide an aging parent greater independence. How could you simplify your everyday with home technology? Are you ready to enjoy life’s little luxuries? Let’s get started.

You’re in Control with Control4

You’re in Control with Control4

Control4 really gets it.  Not only do they develop cutting-edge technology for you, today’s tech-savvy homeowners, but they enable you to integrate your own upgrades. Now that’s smart! Actually, Control4 calls it a Smart Home Skill for Alexa and it’s available with their 4Sight subscription.

Control4 integrates Alexa voice control for your entire home, allowing voice-activated commands for every automated “smarthome” feature. What’s really cool is that current clients can add Alexa-enabled devices to their C4 system without needing their Electronics Systems Contractor (us) to perform a service call. You’ll be able to discover lights, lighting scenes and your thermostat. You can then customize the name on your customer portal.

Set-up is a simple process and they provide a step-by-step video to walk you through it.  The video, by the way, is only about 2 minutes long. It’s that easy! You can integrate an Amazon Echo, Dot, Tap or Fire TV with Voice Remote into your OS2.82 or newer Control4 system.  The video takes you through connecting your Amazon device to your Amazon account, selecting the Control4 Smart Home skill feature, and then on to setting up your voice commands for Lighting and HVAC!  For more sophisticated voice control of audio and video, well, we’re here to help.  

That’s it! Now, don’t forget to lock the door behind you – oh, wait – Alexa already did! Give us a call today to get started! New to Control4, call us to learn more about making your home smarter!