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

Integrating Technology Means More Convenience and Fun

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

This year is already shaping up to be huge for smart home automation. With technology being integrated into everything from your smart TVs to your door locks – even in your refrigerator – there’s no better time than now to invest in a smart home upgrade. But when building your first system, you probably don’t need to spend too much time on the bells and whistles; you’ll want a simple, reliable system that fits your lifestyle. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Whip Your Entertainment into Shape

With major sports championships right around the corner – we’re talking about the NBA finals, March Madness and, of course, Super Bowl 50 – you’ll want a home theater that can handle your entertainment needs. With plenty of video display options to choose from, including 4K televisions and projectors, you’ll catch the details even the refs miss. Plus, immersive audio systems like Dolby Atmos put you right in the center of the action by reproducing the most realistic home theater audio you’ve ever heard.

2. Brighten up Your Home With Smart Lighting and Shading

Nothing makes a home feel more comfortable than getting the right amount of light at any given time. Whether you want to enjoy the morning sunlight, or you want to admire your spaces even in the dead of night, smart lighting and shading can do the trick.

Automated lighting not only helps you see in and around your home, but it can be tailored to highlight specific areas, and even to clear up clutter. Lighting zones can be determined during installation, so you can choose the areas of a room that you want to accentuate. In-wall and in-ceiling lights can be implemented to give your home an uninterrupted, clean look.

Smart shades take your home décor to the next level. They are available in a wide variety of colors, styles and materials. You can choose which look best in every room, and select which will give you the right amount of light and privacy in any situation. Plus, once they’re installed you can raise and lower each with the touch of a button, or pre-set them to adjust automatically at a given time.

3. Spruce up Your Security

What do you think of when you think “home security”? An alarm system you need to arm before you walk out the door? A few cameras recording fuzzy footage that has to be stored on a clunky server in your basement?

Today’s security and surveillance systems do way more than that. Stream real-time footage directly to your smartphone to see what’s going on at your home at all times. Install geo-fencing technology so your home automatically arms security settings when you’ve moved farther than a specified distance from your property. You can even store your data in the cloud, at an in-home server or a combination of both. With a contemporary security system, your home and family are safer than ever.

4. A Strong Network

While it may not be the most exciting aspect of home automation, your network is the backbone of the entire system. If you want reliable home automation, you’ll need a network with the available bandwidth to support all of your devices.

Think of it this way, when you stream a movie from Netflix to your television, the movie should play back with no lag or load times. If you turn on the computer, a video game system or even have too many smartphones on at once, it can easily clog up the network. In a smart home, every device is connected to the same network, so you’ll need one that won’t be slowed down when they’re in use, or you’d like to add more.

We’ll help you build a network that will not only be reliable, but will be capable of handling more components in the future.

Contact us today to begin integrating smart home automation into your Reisterstown residence.