The Perks of Holiday Hosting in a Smart Home

There are a lot of ways spending your holiday season in a smart home can make life a breeze…

The holidays are a harbinger of lots of things: cold weather, vacations, celebration, house guests, party hosting, etc. This time of year is supposed to be filled with love and joy, but the unspoken truth is that sometimes, December is downright stressful. Between the money you’re spending, messes you’re cleaning, and errands you’re running, it’s easy to get distracted from what matters the most this time of year.

There are a lot of ways spending your holiday season in a smart home can make life a breeze and keep you present in the moment instead of stressing over preparations.

Energy Monitoring is Made Easy

With a full house, a single home’s energy use can go through the roof during the holidays. However, with real time energy monitoring, you can keep an eye on your use at all times. The levels in use are displayed on your control panel, showing you if someone left a light on upstairs or kept the heat running when no one was home. You can also program your heating/air to a set schedule that keeps your home comfortable at the most energy efficient times. Smarter Homes will even help you automate your Christmas lights!

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Integrated video and audio control can keep everyone entertained with minimal effort. You can fill the whole house with seasonal tunes using your SONOS surround sound system; both inside and out. Get the hot tub heating while you make dinner, stream a movie in the living room for the family, and lower the blinds for the evening, all at the SAME. TIME. Plus, you can easily adjust your homes lighting to fit the mood.

Take Care of Home, Away From Home

If you’re spending the holidays elsewhere, your smart home will be perfectly fine without you. In fact, you can keep an eye on it no matter where you are. With your security system and cameras integrated into the Smarter Homes system, you’ll be able to monitor and check in on your place from wherever the holidays take you. Plus, with door lock integration, you can let in a house or pet sitter without having to leave a spare key lying around for them. It’s all under your control with Smarter Homes.

Have questions about technology integration for this holiday season? Call us, night or day at (512) 775-6101. Browse the site to explore some of the capabilities we offer at . And remember, giving the gift of technology integration is one that will always keep giving!

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Prewire installation calculations assume you would like your home fully wired for ALL home automation technologies shown throughout the budget calculator, including 'future-ready' wiring. Prewire pricing can vary substantially based on what features you would like in your home. The wiring budget is for low-voltage wiring, not for electrical.
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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