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A Look Back: The Year in Smart Home Automation

3 Big Trends That Changed Your Home This Year

A Look Back: The Year in Smart Home Automation

With 2016 behind us, it’s time to look back on some of the big ways smart home automation has changed the homes in Montgomery County and beyond. In this blog, we’ll highlight some of the biggest trends the industry has seen and how they can start benefitting your home right now. Read on to learn more.

See Also: New Year, New You: How Can Smart Home Automation Transform Your 2016

Starting Small

It’s hard not to notice that 2016 was the year for smart home automation. Thanks in large part to manufacturers like Sonos, Nest and Philips, homeowners are now able to experience the benefits of automated technology without a large investment. Some even provide multiple products designed to integrate together, so you can begin building a technological ecosystem.

But the best part of all is that these devices are capable of integrating with a larger, more complex system like Crestron. Once you’ve gotten a taste of how automated technology can improve your lifestyle, you can easily upgrade to an entire smart home system that ties them all in together with a single interface.

Hot or Cold

One of the most popular places for homeowners to start investing in smart automation is their lighting system. And while many users become more familiar with the capabilities of their components, one demand emerged as the top one of the year: adjustable color temperatures.

While it’s not as glamorous as some other capabilities of your lighting control system, the color temperature can greatly affect the way you see your surroundings. “Warm” colors are great for relaxation, while “cool” temperatures are perfect for a working environment. The ability to change these settings at the touch of a button makes your home a more versatile place to live.

Speaking Up

There’s no doubt that voice control was the game-changer of the year. Between Amazon’s Alexa interface becoming a household name to Google’s Home presenting the first, best challenger to the former’s throne, voice control has made a big difference. Now that big names in the smart home industry have taken notice, it seems like there’s no going back.

Lutron and Crestron have both recently announced compatibility with the Alexa interface, and it’s looking like Google isn’t far behind. But which of them will come out on top? Only time will tell. Currently, both offer pretty good options which are bound to only improve in the coming years.

Do you have a question about how smart home automation can improve your lifestyle? Contact Elite Home Entertainment today!