There’s No Question That The Pandemic Has Changed Things, And Living As We Know It Will Never Be The Same. 

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People with home technology find that the constraints of staying home are easily more bearable with smart devices and apps. Homeowners are creating home offices so that they can work from home. Classrooms are being implemented into the house so that children can attend school at home. The smart home can deliver many features to make staying at home less monotonous.

One Of The Essential Features Of Home Technology Is Security. 

Video doorbells, smart locks, security cameras, motion sensors, alarms for smoke, carbon monoxide & intrusion, motorized shades/blinds, and automated gates and garage doors play an important role in keeping you and your family safe. 

Whole-House WiFi Keeps You Connected In And Around Your Home.

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As mentioned earlier, some homes now require a home office or classroom, and it essential that these rooms have access to WiFi to keep earning money and learning. However, those aren’t the only rooms that require WiFi. 

Much of home technology needs access to WiFi for entertainment, ordering groceries, controlling automation. For those expansive homes, WiFi expanders make it available everywhere on your property. You never have to worry about a dead signal spot. 

Stream videos in your home theater or have your fridge inventory and order groceries for you. Voice assistants like Alexa need access to the network. WiFi is becoming more of a necessity in any home, even the simplest of homes. It also keeps us connected socially.

Home Theaters And Media Rooms Entertain And Keep Us Informed. 

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There’s nothing like family time at the end of the day, and a home media room is just the ticket for some relaxation. A home theater gives an actual theater experience, and many homes deck theirs out to be state of the art theaters. Both are great for streaming movies, playing video games, and the occasional family zoom meeting with loved ones near and far. 

Have a presentation to give for clients? Do it right from home, interactively standing in front of the large screen. If you’re a teacher and you want to interact with the whole class, tile all of those young, eager faces upon your big screen. Host family karaoke night at home and stream it with family and friends. Just because we’re staying at home doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun. 

Home Automation Takes The Work Out Of Chores And Gives You More Free Time. 

Take the hard work out of everyday living and let home technology manage the home while freeing up your time. There are many products on the market that help us do this. Automated irrigation systems such as Rachio help us keep our lawns and foliage looking great by automating the sprinkler system. 

Irrigation systems can monitor the moisture in the ground and even regulate moisture for specific plant types. They conserve water by not watering when it isn’t needed and watering more when natural moisture is not enough. 

Monitor and regulate energy, shutting off those high power items like water heaters and unneeded heat and AC. Get realtime energy usage information on your phone or smart device. Smart thermostats such as ecobee are essential for regulating the home climate, adjusting temperatures by preprogramming to your comfortability needs. 

Don’t worry about the expense of hiring a caretaker for your pool and spa; with Jandy, you can automate cleaning and heating the pool or hot tub. Automatically test the water and add the correct amount of treatment to keep your pool or spa ready for use anytime. 

Smart appliances, laundry becomes somewhat automated; the fridge can keep tabs on what it needs to order and add to your grocery list on its built-in screen. It can even automatically order from many of your favorite places to shop, such as Amazon, Walmart, and Target

The Important Things To Remember Are That Your Home Is Your Refuge, And That Couldn’t Be More True, Now More Than Ever.

Smart home technology is even more helpful during times like these because many issues are solved remotely. No need for a technician to show up at your door. Professional services take extra precautions to ensure that you and your family are safe, limiting the time they need to spend in your home and other measures, including distancing and rescheduling for later. 

Still, having a home with technological advantages has made isolating at home easier, providing security, entertainment, and comfort. Please write to us and let us know if you have ideas to share about using home technology during our current situation. 

When your company does whole estate, floor to ceiling technology wiring, integration and automation, you simply can’t do it alone. Here at Smarter Homes, we partner with local leaders in innovation, style, and service. They provide the products, we automate them. Check out a few of our exciting partnerships below!

Scout Lighting ATX

Scout Lighting has next level designs. From indoor to out, their ceiling and wall fixtures are utterly breathtaking. Not only is this company local and female founded, they literally have thousands of choices to bring a little light to your life. Book a consultation with Scout and then let Smarter Homes automate every conversation piece you chose.

Granite Security

Yet another stellar, female owned local business we partner with is Granite Security. Granite has been proving superior service to their clients through home security systems, security cameras, fire alarms, and TV, phone, & data since they opened their doors. Enjoy their products with even more ease once we get you set up with personal device security monitoring and remote security system control.

DECO Window Fashions

DECO is our go-to recommendation for custom drapes, blinds, shutters, shades, and motorized window treatments. Their staff is extremely helpful and will custom fit any window for the product you need. Not to mention, their products are perfect for motorizations and automations.

Everybody needs solid Wi-Fi in their home. That’s a no brainer. And it comes down to the fact that a lot of us don’t have it.

In this article, I wanted to address a seemingly easy solution that has a lot of misconceptions: Wi-Fi signal repeaters and boosting. Many people think they can boost their signal themselves using one of these light-weight, plug-in devices. However, I’d like to address why repeaters are ineffective, the difference an access point can make, and why a managed network is more reliable than a flat network.

To start the whole Wi-Fi process off, a service provider comes to your house and installs some gear. You see this hideous black box with blue lights on it and you assume it’s your ticket to all over Wi-Fi but it falls short. A room or two away your connection is low and slow.

After some quick research, you discover a device called a Wi-Fi repeater or Wi-Fi signal booster, order one from Amazon, and end up with a plug-in powered device that you easily install yourself. However, with every room away from the source you go, the signal is still coming in depleted.

That’s because you’re repeating a weak signal. Even if your device’s bars go up, that connection is still degrading each time is passes through a wall.

This is the main difference between a repeater and an access point. Actual access points give you what’s called a managed Wi-Fi system in which each access point is broadcasting the same exact strength and quality Wi-Fi as the original source of that signal. Therefore, access points create a fresh, new signal as opposed to repeating the degraded one that would’ve reached that distance.

Having a managed network involves more parts but it’s much more reliable, stable, and reboots far less often. You can also have the devices update automatically without you knowing or have your integrator or technician log in remotely to update those devices for you.

An access point uses hardline to send that signal throughout the house. Products such as repeaters are depending on a wireless connection and don’t plug into anything except power. This hardline is going to need a network switch. Your average network switch maximizes your speed at one hundred megabits per second. This could be a problem because most speeds in Austin are much higher than 100 MB/s. With managed networks, we use a P.o.E. Ethernet switch made by Ubiquiti. This is the brand that we prefer because their systems are primarily gigabit – 1000 megabits per second. You can sometimes get speeds of ten times that but your cabling is going to need to be upgraded to a cat6 augmented instead of a standard Cat6 cable.

With Ubiquiti we have products that are heavy duty. As archaic as it may seem, you can usually tell the quality of a piece network gear by just lifting the box. With any type of quality access point, there’s weight to it because there’s actual technology involved.

There is a range of access points you can invest in, from outdoor – maybe a single patio area, to in-wall or in-ceiling. By having multiple access points in all the key areas of your house and owning all the equipment yourself, you eliminate all of your Wi-Fi problems and manage your network securely to avoid being hacked.

Lastly, when it comes to cable boxes, they primarily use a cable coax line. If you don’t have the need for your coax cable, we have a device that can turn a standard coax into a Cat5 or CAT 6 cable to allow for an access point installation. This is very beneficial for older or smaller homes that were not pre-wired with Cat5 or Cat6.

The number of devices in your homes is probably going up every single month. Let’s make sure that the investment you’ve made in personal technology is supported by a high quality, reliable Wi-Fi infrastructure.

Peter Sandford

Owner and Operator

Smarter Homes

(512) 785 – 0032

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Cable TV, Internet, and Phone

Let me guess – you purchased a high speed, multifaceted internet bundle and you ended up with an inadequate connection, a cable package that doesn’t match your needs, and an unreliable phone line you didn’t even want. Or some combination of the three.

I’m here to break the issues down, service by service, so that you understand what’s really at play when it comes to internet, phone and cable TV providers. Each service provider has pros and cons – different niches they excel in and areas where they fall short. Often times, without you knowledge, there are third party subcontractors involved.

It’s important to all of us at Smarter Homes that you know exactly what’s going on because having the knowledge to make informed decisions gives you back the power. After all, our motto is that a failure to plan is a plan for failure, and planning takes knowledge.

You don’t have to compromise your wallet for your wishlist, with bundled packages that include unwanted products and features. By building a personalized network of phone, internet, and cable, we can help you find a cost-effective combination that fits your needs.

Let’s dive into the issues:

Wi-Fi


What’s the problem?

Nine times out of ten, people call a service provider as soon as they move into their house. They pick a provider that they think is in their area or that they’re familiar with. The provider will come out, install the products, and get out as fast as possible. Soon enough, the homeowner will discover their network is falling short.

What most people don’t realize is that companies like Spectrum hire third-party subcontractors to install their equipment and get it configured with Spectrum’s service infrastructure. These subcontractors are often paid a flat fee which means there is no motivation to spend extra time on service configuration, home assessment, or quality control. In the end, you’re left with stock equipment that you’re essentially leasing from the provider, often installed as quickly and easily as possible, and it only goes so far.

If the home is not pre-wired, they drill holes through your exterior wall to access the service location. Since Wi-Fi degrades as it moves through walls, you lose a percentage of the connection the further you travel across the house. You end up with an office, living room, or bedroom across the house that’s totally lacking solid Wi-Fi connectivity.

On top of low-quality equipment and degraded connection, you may also be paying for too much download speed and never coming close to reaching your quota.

What’s the solution?

You don’t need to lease low-quality equipment! Don’t get trapped into the misconception that leasing is your only option. We can help you build your OWN, cost-competitive system. When we put an infrastructure in place that allows the homeowner to provide their own equipment, the result is a drastic increase in the overall quality of their system. Instead of having one or two pieces of gear that handle everything, such as an all in one modem router or provider supplied Wi-Fi hotspot, you can dedicate a modem that acts as your network security gateway. This provides a much more reliable connection and is less susceptible to hacking.

With a managed network like this, specific pieces of equipment are designated to specific tasks, allowing space for hundreds of IP addresses, designated exclusively to your home.

If you think about this system like a highway, this means everyone’s devices have their own lanes to travel in. As soon as you open your device or turn it on, it goes right back to its assigned route with a straight path to connection and data; no more bumping other devices offline so that it can grab connectivity.

Another benefit of having a system like this is that we can design and distribute Wi-Fi access points, or APs, throughout the house to generate signal in key areas. With our APs in place, degradation becomes a non-issue. Don’t let your home’s square footage determine the quality of your internet connection.

We’ll help you calculate the number of devices on your network so that you have a precise understanding of how much bandwidth is necessary. Then, we can prioritize that bandwidth to certain devices – say dad’s office computer – and make sure that they receive proper internet connection no matter how many kids are upstairs playing Xbox live.

Phone


What’s the problem?

If you’re looking for a reliable landline phone, AT&T is fantastic. That’s because it pulls power from the main phone line coming into the house. If your home loses power in that inevitable, post-apocalyptic situation and cell phone towers are down, you’ll still be able to make a phone call via the landline phone. The downside of AT&T? Their internet leaves much to be desired. You’re not allowed to provide your own modem. You can provide your own router but it’s nearly impossible to bridge and optimize its performance without a regular reboot. When you choose AT&T for it’s phone reliability, you trade off great Wi-Fi in the home.

But maybe you aren’t looking for a landline provider. Maybe you just got sucked into buying one under the guise that bundling internet, cable, and phone was the cheapest option. After that introductory period ended, your bill went up and now you’re paying a monthly phone service fee for a phone you don’t want, need, or use.

What’s the solution?

Let us come in and install a modem for you that you own. You’ll save money on monthly equipment rental fees and you’ll have higher reliability. Then we can manage a solid Wi-Fi network that’s separate from your landline. You don’t have to bundle to save. Especially because most service providers aren’t focused on home phone quality these days. They only want to lasso you into a bundle so that they can make more money after that introductory period. If a home phone is still something you need, we’ll help you identify your best option. However, you don’t need to pay for an unwanted service just to save on your internet.

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What’s the problem?

If you’ve got a cable box for the sole purpose of recording, you’ve probably run into some or all of the following problems. You don’t have the option of whole home DVR on a cloud. You literally have to record your shows in every room that you want to watch them in. That’s a time-consuming pursuit, all for the sake of watching your favorite sitcom. On top of that, what you watch in one room doesn’t carry over to another. In other words, you can’t pause in the bedroom and continue in the living room.

It all feels a little outdated. Even the fact that you have to have a physical cable box at each TV is not long for this world.

What’s the solution?

Streaming platforms are the future. There’s no way around that. Pretty soon we’ll be visiting a Disney or ESPN app to find the content we’re after. However, until your favorite channels and programs comply, you still may need good ‘ole fashion cable for a while. There’s no reason you can’t also have the streaming platforms you need, all consolidated on a smart, app-based system, such as AppleTV 4K, paired with your favorite cable provider.

We’ve seen a lot of people find success by taking their favorite TV provider, matching it with the highest speed Spectrum or Google Fiber package, and then using an integrator like us at Smarter Homes to spread their Wi-Fi throughout the house. Combining those two bills long term is basically the same price as a provider suggested bundle. It allows you to really dial into what TV shows and content you actually value, whether it’s a cable box method or an app based system. This is the future of home viewing entertainment.

I hope this article has helped you understand service providers a little better. You have more options than you think. If the best plan of action is still unclear, give me a call at 512-775-6101 anytime and we can strategize the best solution for you and your home. Everything we do at Smarter Homes starts with the education of our clients. Equipping you with the knowledge you need to make your home efficient, easy, and entertaining is just as important as installing the technology that makes it all work together.

Peter Sandford

Owner & Operator

Smarter Homes

Spring Cleaning in Austin Texas

Here in Austin, we’re due for early spring – Huzzah! With the coming change of season, spring cleaning is upon us. It’s the perfect time to tidy the clutter, dust those hard to reach areas of your house, and throw out superfluous items. Why not take your seasonal blitz to the next level with Smarter Homes’ help?

If you’ve got messy wiring around your entertainment center, shotty wifi or cell service, or home technology that just doesn’t function properly, no amount of cleaning can remove the frustration, inconvenience, or clutter from your home.

Start the season off fresh with Smarter Homes. We hide the wires and cure the headaches! Here are some services you might consider to make you feel complete:

Let us put a spring in your step this season!

Call us anytime with questions.

512-775-6101

www.smarterhomesaustin.com

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Services

The more outreach we do, the more we see that people are curious about the same things! Technology can be complicated. Our job is to make it as simple as possible.

What services do you provide?

To make the answer as concise as possible, here’s a list:

Whole Home Wifi, Audio and Video, Media Rooms, Cell Phone Signal Boosting, Security, Video Doorbells, Irrigation, Pool & Spa, Shade Motorization, Custom Automation, Lighting Control, Temperature Control, Energy Monitoring, Voice Control, Central Vac, Custom Remotes, Pre-Wiring, and Retrofits.

Do you install the technology or are you just a vendor?

Here at Smarter Homes, we are a turn-key service for all your technology needs. That means we consult with you about your needs for your home or business, draw up plans, order technology, install the wires – no matter what phase of construction the property is in, and program everything into a central brain for your convenient control. After our work is done, we make it look like we were never there and even provide warranty programs to help you out with your technology down the line. We are a one-stop-shop for the smart home lifestyle!

Is there a consultation fee to chat about our smart home questions?

No! There is never a consultation fee to speak with the representatives at Smarter Homes. In fact, we invite you to call us up with any questions you may have, day or night. We welcome your inquiries and connection. Tour our showroom, discuss plans and pricing, and even get a AV design drawn up on your blueprints, on us. We’re so confident that you will love the work we do and how we do it, we’ll do this for free, depending on your location.

Is there a job price minimum for your services?

We do not have a set minimum project size, but we do ask that you allow us to provide the equipment. We are not strictly an installation company and so we will not be able to accommodate customers who have already purchased their own technology. Typically, if a client is willing to purchase the product through us and we will be installing it, there is no issue!

Do you work on commercial and private property?

Yes we do! And we think our services are a perfect fit for any home or business.

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Still have unanswered questions? We’d be happy to answer them. Contact us anytime.

Let’s get Smarter together.

512-775-6101
15402 Checotah Drive, Austin Texas 78734
Send PDF floor plans or ask a question:
Support@SmarterHomesAustin.com (Residential)
Support@AdvancedAVS.com (Commercial) 

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Sonos Speakers and so many choices

We already know that SONOS makes the best Hi-Fi sound systems for home and business. At Smarter Homes, our customers are always asking what SONOS speaker is right for them. We found the best answer from our friends at the Verge. Writer Cameron Faulkner’s article, “How to pick the SONOS speaker that’ right for you,” has the answer to our frequently asked question.

If a smart speaker hasn’t yet invaded your home, you may be looking to fix that. Among the many options, Sonos speakers come recommended due to their balance of good design, solid Wi-Fi audio performance and reliability, and their broad compatibility with smartphones and music streaming services.

Compared to its competitors, Sonos caters to the most users out of the box. Setting up and using a Sonos speaker can be done with either an iOS and Android device, unlike the Apple HomePod. Nearly every major music streaming service is supported, too, from Spotify and Apple Music to Google Play Music and Tidal, so there’s no fear associated with switching to a different service should you choose to.

a lineup different from the competition

Unlike the Apple HomePodGoogle Home, or Amazon Echo, Sonos’ product lineup includes both smart speakers and soundbars. If you want one or two for multi-room music playback, you can do that. Is a wireless home theater solution the stuff of dreams for you? Sonos has you covered there, too, letting you piece together a unique solution that fits your arrangement and budget.

Sonos can’t do everything, though it is getting better. AirPlay 2 support for Sonos speakers has just been added to the Sonos Beam, Sonos One, Sonos Playbase and the second-generation Sonos Play:5. If you’re looking for the smartest options, the Sonos One and the new Sonos Beam soundbar are the only models available that come with native Alexa voice support built in for hands-free playback (Google Assistant is said to arrive as an option at some point in 2018).

SONOS ONE

The Sonos One is a more refined take on the Sonos Play: 1. The company’s smallest and most affordable speaker by a long shot, it competes closely with smart speakers like the Apple HomePod and Google Home in stature and capability with native voice-enabled controls via Amazon Alexa. You can ask Alexa to play music from a wide range of streaming services including Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, and Pandora. Noticeably lacking from this voice-supported list are the likes of Apple Music, Google Play Music, Tidal, and a load of others — though this won’t prevent you from controlling them with the Sonos app on your phone.

This one is worth considering in multiple scenarios: it’s an ideal option if you are low on cash, your living space is small, or both. Conversely, it’s a great launching point if you plan to buy multiple speakers, as it can fit easily in multiple rooms and integrate nicely with Sonos soundbars.

SONOS PLAY: 5

The Sonos Play: 5 is the largest singular speaker available through Sonos. If you’re only going to get one Sonos speaker and it has a lot of space to fill with audio, it should be this speaker.

Compared to the midsize Play: 3, which isn’t available directly through Sonos any longer and won’t receive the update to AirPlay 2, the Play: 5 offers a few distinct advantages: it’s bigger, louder, and its second-generation model supports AirPlay 2. This option grants you more bass in the soundstage along with room-filling throughput in the low and mid frequencies at the expense of desk or bookshelf real estate. Though, if space is a concern, this speaker operates in horizontal or vertical orientation.

At $499, this is a pricier, yet ultimately more powerful option by itself or, better yet, along with a few other Sonos speakers in your arrangement.

In terms of controls, the Play: 5 features onboard touch controls that come in handy if your phone isn’t nearby. It lacks the native voice support found in the Sonos One and Sonos Beam, but it plays nicely with an Amazon Echo (or the cheaper Amazon Echo Dot) via an Alexa skill that lets you command the flow of entertainment hands-free.

SONOS BEAM

The Sonos Beam is the product that can do the most for the least amount of cash. Compared to the larger, more expensive alternatives, the Playbar and Playbase, the Beam is a small, surprisingly affordable choice to liven up your entertainment center at $399.

Perhaps most similar to the Sonos One in terms of its capabilities out of the box, the Beam comes with Alexa voice support and touch controls. As with any of the soundbars, Sonos offers a $699 subwoofer that wirelessly syncs with the Beam, as well as any other Sonos speakers you have, to bring cinema-grade bass. That being said, the sub is not a necessary purchase — especially if you already own the bass-proficient Sonos Play: 5.

SONOS PLAYBASE AND PLAYBAR

If you have a larger room than the Sonos Beam can adequately provide for, Sonos makes two other soundbar options that are better suited to the task: the Sonos Playbase and Playbar.

The Sonos Playbase essentially disappears in your entertainment center, sitting right under your television. It’s built to best what your television’s speakers are capable of, which probably isn’t much. Speaking of your TV, it can carry the weight of it, up to 77 pounds, though the stands on certain TV models may exceed its 28-inch width.

At $699, this soundbar is quite a bit more expensive than the newer Beam, but it doubles the amount of drivers to 10, including six that cover the midrange, three tweeters, and one woofer for the low-end. As such, you can expect far more power from the Playbase across the soundstage. It is also better for listening to music than the Beam, which is really designed for movie and TV sound.

Read more at this link…

At Smarter Homes, we are all about integration so naturally we get pretty jazzed when the rest of the world starts to follow suit.

This month, Spectrum TV has announced the launch of its new application for Apple TV, allowing you stream all your favorite Spectrum channels through your smart TV.

This is a huge step towards further integrating your media experience. Many people feel they have to choose between streaming subscriptions such as Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go and a TV channel provider. Either that or they pay for both and have to deal with the hassle of switching inputs back and forth on their television.

With this new app, hundreds of Spectrum channels are bundled up into an easily accessible app right inside your Apple TV. You can quickly and easily browse all of your media options through one central platform: Apple TV.

How will you stream in the future. Take a deeper look into the latest information published in this Charter article from 9TO5 Mac.

https://9to5mac.com/2019/01/03/spectrum-tv-apple-tv/

You’ve seen the Smart Home TV programs and advertisements. You may have even visited your neighbor’s and had conversations about the new and improved technology in their smart home. We’re here to tell you that just because your home was built before the smart home revolution, doesn’t mean it can’t host all the latest and greatest in integration and automation. We have the solution for the upgrade of your dreams. We call it a retrofit.

At Smarter Homes of Austin, we have the capability to take older homes and transform them into smarter homes. With our retrofit, you can have all the features of a smart home – from invisible wiring to wifi – connected to a central brain that controls everything.

What are the Benefits of Having a Smart Home?

In your retrofitted smart home, you’ll be able to enjoy the experience of an exceptional home theater and zoned speakers throughout the home. You’ll control lighting from a smart device such as a smartphone or tablet. The possibilities for effortless dominion over your property extend to air conditioning/heating, home security, yard irrigation, pool and patio controls, automated shades, and more. The best part is that you have options when it comes to control: touch, voice-command, or remote.

How Can Smart Home Wiring Enhance My Home

To enhance your experience, add features such as hidden speakers, video doorbells, hot tubs, automatic garage doors, and much, much more. If you want something automated in your home, we’ll make it happen. After your retrofit is complete, we ensure that your installation is not only fully operational, but that you have all the information you need to use it properly. As far as the mess goes, it’ll be like we were never there.

Don’t forget about our maintenance plans. Sometimes things happen and we’re here to help. Avoid higher service rates by participating in a plan that best fits you in the long term.

For more information about refitting your home with smart features follow this link to our retrofit webpage.

To schedule your retrofit, please call (512) 775-6101 .

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The Basics

As smart homes advance, the features keep getting better and the laundry room is no different than the rest of the house. I’m drawn back to the old Virginia Slims commercial slogan, “We’ve Come a Long Way Baby,” and when it comes to the smart laundry room we have. So stay with us here as we explore the timeline to today’s laundry room and you will discover why having smart laundry appliances make sense.


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I guess you could say that the first real washing machine is a rock. Men and women at the beginning of the washing machine revolution would take their laundry basket down to the river, get their clothes soaked and soaped with some type of detergent, and beat them against a large rock or boulder. Something that hasn’t changed since then is the bickering over the best rock, and who has to use it – a scene that you can still see today over appliances and workload.


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Next up , this little bute made Sears and Roebuck a household name. The rain-barrel washtub and board underwent several modifications to include a hand crank agitator replacing the scrub board and a wringer to replace the hands on chore of extracting the extra water out of the clothes for faster drying. Later, those functions were also refitted with gas and electric motors. In this era, there were also rocker washers, first manually driven with a handle. Clothes were rocked back in forth until presumed clean. This concept would also be refitted with gas and electric motors.


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These appliances were used for some time yet faded quickly for the new galvanized steel clothes washers that boast larger loads. Unfortunately, the washing machine still required the machine operator to feed clothes through a wringer. Another feature was the agitator that pulsed back and forth, rather than having paddles all moving in one direction. In the 70’s, there were compact spinner washers. Not long after that we began seeing automated washers and dryers front load and top load washing machines. That brings us to the next generation of washers and dryers.


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The digital age of laundry follows the traditions of its predecessors for saving time and labor intensive work. Washers and dryers featured multiple settings for a variety of tasks for different types of laundry. These machines boasts less energy use and water consumption, doing more with less. These machines featured more modern designs as has happened with their progression over time. Garment care is easier and the end results are less fabric ware and color damage. Washing machines and dryers have been tasked to meet the demands of ever changing and complexed fabric compositions.


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Our final stop on the timeline as progress doesn’t allow us to go any further, is the smart washer and dryer. This class of machines is far more superior than any created before this time. The smart washing machine and dryer fit nicely into the automation system of your smart home. The smart washer monitors water temperature and the exact amount of water needed for the load that you’re washing. There are other features such as spin cycle increase or decrease, scheduled start time, and amount of detergent to dispense. Some have an automated wash start which automatically closes the lid or door and locks it, after a certain weight of laundry has been thrown in to wash. Dryers too have features such as temperature monitor, fluff until attended, and automated lint disposal, not to mention the several drying selections to choose from. There is another drying method that also rions on the hanger that we find fascinating. As these smart machines are tied into your home automation system, they are also controllable by your portable smart device or smart phone which we see as the best advantage.


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The downside to smart washing and drying appliances is cost. These smart appliances can cost a small fortune which may be a deterrent from everyday buyers from purchasing them, yet discriminate smart home owners have no issue with price as all they are looking for is functionality. So smart appliances aren’t a smart choice for everyone.


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At Smarter Homes of Austin, we take pride in delivering the smart home experiences that our customers demand. If you plan to build a smart home or would like to retrofit your current home with the smart home experience, please call us at (512) 775-6101. Make an appointment to see our smart home model or we’ll come to you. If you want to know more and have recommendations on designing your smart home build or retrofit, send a diagram of your home to colter@smarterhomesustin.com, and our design manager will get back to you within 48 hours to go over options with you.

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Prewire pricing will vary based on exactly what features you would like in your home. Read this article about the importance of wiring/cabling in today's "wireless" world. Your local Smarter Homes integrator is the best resource for exact prewire pricing. Wiring budget is for low-voltage wiring only, not electrical.
Keep in mind that our modern lifestyle and our home's automation technology systems are extremely reliant on a quality network and Wi-Fi system. Most homes are moving towards enterprise-grade hardware and away from the types of network products you could buy in an office supply store or a consumer computer store. We recommend that all homeowners consider the network and Wi-Fi system to be the most important system and installation within the home.
Higher-quality sound or higher-grade architectural finished speakers can range from $5,000.00 to $10,000.00 PER ROOM
Basic background music system pricing ranges from $1,500.00 to $5,000.00 per room including all equipment, labor, and programming.
Range includes video sources such as AppleTV, a Blu-ray player, satellite receiver, and remotely-locating them for best aesthetics. A basic soundbar is included for better audio.
This is called “video distribution” and reduces the amount of audio/video equipment located at each TV location/room.
A surround sound system creates an immersive sound experience, much like a dedicated home theater room, though in a dual-purpose room such as a Family Room, Master Bedroom, etc. If you would like more than one surround system location, click on the "Add Another Surround System" button below
Typically, homeowners want to see the following areas: front of house, front door, driveway / gate, sides of house, and pool. If you are more concerned about security, you may want to add cameras for the perimeter of your property. Good-quality cameras see about 75 feet of distance on average. The high range of the budget estimate includes higher resolution cameras, better night vision, and longer surveillance recording time.
The installation of a lighting control system reduces wall clutter, allows preset lighting scenes at the push of a button, increases security through programming automation, and adds convenience.
Motorized shades add beauty, convenience, address privacy concerns, and can be used to save energy. If desired, provide your best guess on how many windows/shades you want to motorize. The higher-end of the budget range includes higher-end fabrics, large windows, and dual-roller shades (both sheer and privacy shades on one window).
For example, a house music app, an app to operate your TV, an app for lighting automation, an app for locks, an app for cameras, an app to open close garage doors & gates, etc. Or do you want to control the entire house through a single unified app that controls all the automation systems within the home?
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