home automation

Plan Ahead For Home Automation With Your Next Remodel

home automation
11/20/2017

Full home automation is within reach even without the luxury of building your own home. If you are planning a major renovation in a kitchen, basement, or recreation area, it's a great time to map out home automation for your entire home. Even if you don't have the funds to complete the entire project, visualizing the big picture will help you consolidate ideas for your smart home.

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Smart Lighting Solutions From Integrated Smart Technologies & Control 4

Smart Lighting
5/10/2017

As technology has advanced over the years so have the issues caused by artificial light. The good news is that through research and advances in smart home lighting these issues caused by interference of our circadian rhythms can be minimized. In this post, we will look at how different types of light have different effects on our mind and body. 

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Alarm Clocks are Bad: How to Wake Up Feeling Great with iST Bedroom Automation

Home Automation
3/20/2017

Alarms are generally harmful for your sleep cycle. Being woken up suddenly by the noise of your alarm clock is an inherently unnatural experience. Have you ever noticed how you can be woken up after 8 hours of sleep and feel awful and groggy or wake up after 6 hours feeling great and completely refreshed? A lot of that has to do with what your mind is doing when you're abruptly awoken from your slumber.

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Automated Technology Increases Marketability of Homes

Home Automation
2/10/2017

According to a study done by the Consumer Electronic Association, over 85 percent of builders said that smart homes and other automated technology features greatly improves marketability of homes. Builders are always looking for a way to differentiate themselves from the competition, and technology is a great way to do just that. In this post we will look at what makes smart homes such a hot commodity.

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Take Your Man Cave to the Next Level with Home Automation

Automated Man Cave
8/20/2015

If you're looking to convert your attic, spare bedroom or basement into a dedicated "Man Cave," home automation can help you create an amazing, personalized space. With the advent of Smart Homes and digital everything, it's now easier than ever to make your home work for you. Automated blinds, temperature control, lighting and music are just some of the obvious additions that you can make to your cave. But, what about some wilder, more imaginative solutions? Your Man Cave is a refuge, a home away from - or within - your home... what can you do to really amp up the wow factor? Today, we're going to look at how Integrated Smart Technologies and Control4 can help you take your Man Cave to the next level.

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When Cloud Logic Gets Stormy, Local Automation Remains Reliable

3/10/2015

There's been a lot of talk in recent years about "the cloud" and how it can make life easier and allow control of your home devices from anywhere. But a lot of people don't fully understand how it works. We have a hunch that local automation logic will continue to dominate home automation despite the advances in cloud logic. Here's why:

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Avoid Control Clutter and Simplify Home Automated Systems

Home Automation
2/16/2015

You're seeing more TV ads these days for remotes to control functions in you home. Maybe you're even thinking it may It may be a good idea to get a remote to set your thermostat, and a special app on your mobile for your garage door. Maybe a different control for a lamp, yet another app for your oven, and on, and on.

When you have separate controls for each function, you just end up with control clutter. And it gets worse, such as controlling your entertainment system with a new set of equipment that comes with additional wires and remotes.

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