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Smart Home Integration


Custom Automation is Based On
Our Team Looking at Our Clients Individual Lifestyles.
Smarter Homes Integrates
Different Combinations of Lifestyle Features &
Automate Them to Simplify the Everyday Operation
Under One Easy-to-Use Interface and Schedule.

Give Us a Call

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Smart Home Integration


Custom Automation is Based On
Our Team Looking at Our Clients Individual Lifestyles.
Smarter Homes Integrates
Different Combinations of Lifestyle Features &
Automate Them to Simplify the Everyday Operation
Under One Easy-to-Use Interface and Schedule.

Give Us a Call


"A smart home automation system is a technological solution that enables automating the bulk of electronic, electrical and technology-based tasks within a home."

 

Cameras

 Austin Camera System Installation

Voice Control

 Austin Alexa Home Automation

Door Locks

 Front Door Lock Control

Pool & Spa

 Pool and Spa Automation

Shades

 Austin Motorized Shades

Irrigation

 Austin Irrigation and Home Automation

Energy Use

 Austin Automation

 

Our Control App & Handheld remotes
help control and manage everything
from one easy to use interface! 


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Pre-wire Planning


When building a home and planning a pre-wire its important to think about ways you can future proof the home.

Make a list of technology features that may become more important in the future (like outdoor sound and extended WiFi).

Pre-wire Planning


When building a home and planning a pre-wire its important to think about ways you can future proof the home.

Make a list of technology features that may become more important in the future (like outdoor sound and extended WiFi).


Pre-Wire planning

When your building a home in Austin, It is very important to hire a low voltage specialist.

Plan for
future Fiber

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Unlike most cities, Austin Texas is a "High Speed" network city and we need to prepare for this during construction if we want to take advantages of these speeds.

 

think about Upgrades

 Austin New Home Prewire

Think ahead by FIRST adding a conduit run from the DMARK or service location to an attic area you can reach after the home is built. THEN add a second conduit from that same attic to your Structured wiring panel.

 

start with   real wifi

 Austin Whole Home WiFi Installation

So many smart devices need strong WiFi signals to operate and update properly. We recommend adding a Cat6 network wire to all rooms that you want great performance in. Large homes depend on every room being wired for WiFi.

Building a house is expensive and we understand the urge to cut back on the little things like low voltage. BUT... Adding an additional single wire during pre-construction costs $50. So why not add that extra wifi access point to a room you think may become an office someday? It's a no brainer.


What home Technology features
do you want to run wires for?

 
 Austin New Home Prewire
 Austin Prewire Ideas

Send your designs and floor plans to:
support@smarterHomesAustin.com
or call Colter directly at 512-949-9299

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Whole Property WiFi


Is it Time for you to Upgrade to a REAL WiFi System?

Whole Property WiFi


Is it Time for you to Upgrade to a REAL WiFi System?

Whole Home Wi-Fi System Pricing
According to Home Sizes


***Pricing is not 100% accurate and should be used to get an idea of the costs to come. 
 
 

Our WiFi systems are Fully Covered under our Annual Scheduled Maintenance plan!

 
 
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Austin Home Automation


What does Home Automation mean?

It is a home that uses a combination of hardware and software
technologies that enable control and management over appliances and devices within a home.

 

Give us a call to schedule your Home Automation demo.

Austin Home Automation


What does Home Automation mean?

It is a home that uses a combination of hardware and software
technologies that enable control and management over appliances and devices within a home.

 

Give us a call to schedule your Home Automation demo.


 

Smart Home
automation
checklist


simplified Control

Austin Home Automation on IPad
 

From the global view of our iPad App home page, a home owner can decide what features they want to control manually as well as get feedback from key features of the home like current home energy use.

 
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Door Locks & Front door camera

Austin Home Automation Front Doorbell Cam
 

Press the "Lock" Icon and the front door and status of the locks and garage doors are displayed.

*At 10pm, all doors will lock and garage door will close if they have not been locked or closed by the home owner yet.

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Garage door Control

Home Automation of Garage doors
 

By having a feedback  status of doors, garage doors and other devices you can quickly make adjustments when you are not at home.


Hot water & Water Circulation Control

Austin Home Automation Energy monitoring
 

Press the "energy" icon for energy feedback and control of high wattage items.

Not doing laundry or planning any shower times for a while, then manually turn of your hot water and circulation pump to save energy.

We schedule our hot water actions based on the times we use hot water the most day to day.


Check the Weather 

Austin Home Automation & Weather
 

Press the "Weather" Icon to get your weather forecast and current temperature feedback so you can get ready for your day.


family room control

Austin Audio Video Automation
 

Press the Family room "Couch" icon and choose from your favorite shortcuts and apps.

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Patio TV control

Austin Outdoor Patio Automation
 

Press the Patio "furniture" icon and choose from your favorite shortcuts and apps to view out on the patio.

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Whole House Music Control

Austin Audio Automation
 

Press the house "Music" icon and choose your favorite playlists and what rooms you want it to play in.

 
 
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HVAC Control 

austin temperature automation
 

Choose the "Climate Control" icon and set thermostat levels to each zone or automate these features with occupancy sensors.

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Real time energy Metering

austin advanced home automation
 

Press the "Energy" icon to see how much energy you have used this billing cycle and how much enegy is being used right now in real time.

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Lighting control

Austin Lighting Control and automation
 

Press the "Lighting" icon and get a real time view of what lights are currently on.


Automation can Save Energy

Austin Energy Management and Automation
 

Thanks to home automation and energy feedback we were able to adjust our lifestyle to lower our energy bills.

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Our Home Automation System
works with Amazon Alexa!

Alexa! Tell home butler Good Night!

*We use this command when its time for the kids to go to bed at 8pm. It turns off all TV's, lights and music in all areas besides the master bedroom.

Alexa! Tell home butler to turn on Netflix in the Family room...

*We use this command when we come home from baseball and we want to put something quick on the TV for the kids while we make dinner.

Alexa! Play 80’s Music in the Kitchen...

*We use this command when we want some background music in the kitchen and dining room but we dont feel like reaching for a smart phone or iPad

Alexa! Tell home butler Its Party Time!

*We use this command when its Date Night and its time to let loose without the kids around.


Questions?

Call Pete & Schedule a Smart Home demo!
512-785-0032

 
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Theater rooms Vs Media rooms


Austin home theaters and media rooms have become more
affordable than ever before. Even our builders can now include basic equipment in their spec homes without breaking their budgets.

Theater rooms Vs Media rooms


Austin home theaters and media rooms have become more
affordable than ever before. Even our builders can now include basic equipment in their spec homes without breaking their budgets.

home theaters or Media Game Rooms?  

 
Austin Home Theater
Austin Media Rooms

So many things have changed...

Its incredible how much the world of Home Entertainment and Theaters have changed this year. Equipment is getting more affordable than ever which means these products will reach a new consumer market that never existed before.

This Custom Built -9 Seat, High-End Theater Room shown above (first photo) Starts at $15,000.00 but can reach up to  $35,000.00 (Turn Key)

The Custom Mounted 65 Inch LG 8000 series TV with a SONOS 5.1 Home Entertainment package (second photo) is around $7,000.00 (Turn Key)

We are now in a world where quality is improving and costs are lowering, making technology more reliable and affordable than ever! 

 
 

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Invisible Speakers


-"I Love watching people walk around while they try and figure out where my music is coming from."

This product has a high "Wife Approval" rating.

Invisible Speakers


-"I Love watching people walk around while they try and figure out where my music is coming from."

This product has a high "Wife Approval" rating.

Do you know about Invisible Speakers?

 

Do you want high quality sound from your TV but get frustrated with bulky speakers? These in-wall speakers provide you with professional quality sound, but are placed virtually unnoticeably in the walls of your room. These speakers provide clear, high def sound and will open up space on your walls to improve the look of your room. When design is the focus, this is the best way to incorporate high quality audio into your space.

 
 

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Access Control


Access Control



smarter Access control for home owners and guests

 

Two Recommended Options:

1) Use a "DoorBird" brand doorbell if you:        a) Are properly prewired for a smart doorbell and                                                                         b) Have a gate or a door to unlock remotely.

 

2) Or use a "Ring" brand Doorbell if you:         a)  Only have traditional doorbell wiring and                                                                                        b) Have strong wi-fi strength at your front door.

 

Important to know...

(You may need to upgrade your wireless network range if your smart doorbell is too far from your network hot-spot)

 
 
Jessica called the police after Ring alerted her to a stranger casing her home. Police arrested two burglars shortly after. #AlwaysHome
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Access Control Technology Makes Life Easier.


With a smart doorbell you will not miss any more deliveries – because you will be informed right away when the postman rings. This innovative idea was developed by the Bird Home Automation Group located in Berlin and San Francisco. 

 


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Alexa Control


Ask Alexa to play music from featured music services. Or pause, resume, skip or change the
volume with all services available.

Alexa Control


Ask Alexa to play music from featured music services. Or pause, resume, skip or change the
volume with all services available.

 
 
Alexa, Turn it up!
— Satisfied Customer
 
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Play and control your music, hands-free. Just ask.

Sonos One blends great sound with Amazon Alexa, the easy-to-use voice service, for hands-free control of your music and more. Use your voice to play songs while you cook. Tell Alexa to turn the volume up while you’re in the shower. You can even request a lullaby, out loud, when you’re tucking in the kids.

 

"Alexa, play something for cooking in the kitchen."
"Alexa, who is this artist?"
"Alexa, turn up 90s dance music in the den."
"Alexa, shuffle my favorites."
"Alexa, turn it down."
"Alexa, play something chill."

 

Our advanced home automation systems are able to control more than just music with Alexa. They have the option to add lighting, thermostat and even hot tub control to their Alexa controlled features list. The possibilities really are endless.


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Smart Home Energy Automation will Lower your energy costs


High wattage device automation is a great way to lower your energy bill.

Smart Home Energy Automation will Lower your energy costs


High wattage device automation is a great way to lower your energy bill.

 

Energy is Expensive,
Until you Automate.

Our Show Home has 2 Adults, 5 Children and 2 Dogs under 1 Roof

 Before Energy Automation: Our show home was using upwards of 10,000 to 14,000 Watts

Before Energy Automation: Our show home was using upwards of 10,000 to 14,000 Watts

 

Step One: Identify the High Energy Items.

The first thing we thought about after getting our $400.00 Austin Energy bill was to add solar panels, but instead of jumping the gun and throwing large amounts of money at the problem we decided to get smarter and do our homework on why our energy bill was so high.

We installed a smart Home Energy Meter and ran an Energy Audit on all devices inside the show home. We keep the "Total Home Wattage" displayed on an iPad in our kitchen to show our usage to everyone in real time.

Our Discovery

  • Hot Water Heater - 4,500 Watts
  • Hot Water Circulation - 200 Watts
  • Lighting and Fans - 3,500 Watts
  • TV and Entertainment - 800 Watts
  • HVAC - 5,000 Watts
  • Coffee Pot - 900 Watts
  • Home Office - 300 Watts
  • Washer and Dryer - 6000 Watts

TOTAL - 21,200 Watts


 

*The image below is of our Energy feedback page
for iPad or iPhone

 
 

Below is the energy graph provided to us by Austin Energy AFTER we Automated the items listed above.

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Hot Water

We added an (iPhone/iPad Controlled) hot water heater and circulation controller and scheduled these items to come back online
2 hours before our shower and laundry times.


Laundry

We replaced our standard electric clothes dryer with an LG gas heated dryer and replaced our standard washer machine with an LG energy star washer. 

Coffee Pot

We realized that we always forget to turn off our coffee pot so we integrated an additional load control module to turn the outlet off after 10am

Lighting

We swapped out 50 standard light bulbs
(60-100 Watts each) and replaced them with LED light bulbs (6 watts each) and added Occupancy Sensors to turn lights off when no one is in certain areas.

HVAC

We automated our HVAC system to hold temperature around 78 degrees
(Instead of 72) during the day and lower temperature only when areas were occupied.

Home Office

We used to keep our office running all night and wake it up in the morning. We now shut all machines and monitors down everyday at 6pm.


Questions about lowering your energy bill? Call Pete's Cell at 512-785-0032

 
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Commercial Audio Visual Leasing Options


Smarter Homes offers Custom Design, Sales, Installation and Maintenance Plans for all of our Commercial Audio Video and Security systems. We design systems for businesses to be either purchased by the business directly or they have an option to lease the system with a monthly cost and contract. 

Commercial Audio Visual Leasing Options


Smarter Homes offers Custom Design, Sales, Installation and Maintenance Plans for all of our Commercial Audio Video and Security systems. We design systems for businesses to be either purchased by the business directly or they have an option to lease the system with a monthly cost and contract. 

Audio Video Design, Installation and Scheduled Maintenance for Business

Austin's finest bars, restaurants, hotels, condo buildings, conference rooms and sports arenas all have one thing they need to never fail. There AV system is the life blood that flows through their business as there money is being made.

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Sports Bars Simplified

We suggest running your next high number display bar off of our multi-zone AV system that allows for total control of every TVs channel in using an iPad or smart device. Also we can attach TVOn and TVOff commands to your security system status. (Alarm armed = All TVs Off.  Alarm Disarmed = All TVs On.) 

*Twin Peaks in Irving Texas

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High-Rise Distributed AV 

Lobby Audio/ Video, common area Wi-Fi, courtesy conference rooms, workout TVs, outdoor audio and TVs can now all be controlled and monitored by your concierge or maintenance team.

*280 AV Packges Installed: Austin 360

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Smarter Conference Rooms

Conference rooms used to be hard to operate. Now just plug into any free port and press the picture on the control surface where you see the photo of where you plugged in. Finally, that happened!

*This photo is of a video wall BIM cave used to Bid on full scale highway construction projects.

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Austin Home Automation Retrofit


Sometimes you have no choice but to Retrofit Home Technology due to the fact that your home was simply not wired.

Austin Home Automation Retrofit


Sometimes you have no choice but to Retrofit Home Technology due to the fact that your home was simply not wired.

 Austin Retrofit Home Automation

Home AutoMation
Retrofit

Retrofitting a home for technology can become expensive fast. 

EXAMPLE: When interior walls are down during a new construction Prewire the charge to run a single speaker wire is $50.00,

BUT... During a Retrofit Installation of that same speaker we usually have to crawl through hot attics and cut and repair sheet rock where needed. This causes the average Retrofit wire to cost around $175 to run.

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Whole House Music


Whole house music is a huge part of our home automation demo here in Lakeway. We have music scheduled for work days to wake us up and get rolling. We also have auto shut off on TV and Music for the kids bedtimes.

Whole House Music


Whole house music is a huge part of our home automation demo here in Lakeway. We have music scheduled for work days to wake us up and get rolling. We also have auto shut off on TV and Music for the kids bedtimes.

Whole House Music

 Austin Whole Home Audio

Designing whole House Music

 

QUESTION 1:
How Many Areas Do You want to Listen to Different Things at the Same Time (or All at Once)? This number, will be your number of Zone Players.

EXAMPLE ANSWER 1:
(2 Zones)- Indoor and Outdoor

QUESTION 2:
What are the total number of Speakers for Each Zone?

EXAMPLE ANSWER 2:
5 Rooms inside (2 speakers in each room) = 10 Speakers

2 Pairs Speakers Outside on 2 Different Patios = 4 Speakers

TOTAL = 7 pairs or 14 Individual Speakers

Whole House Music Design would be 2 Sonos Connect music players feeding a single RTi AD8 Amplifier and being controlled by mobile App.

 

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