Use A Smartphone To Make A Smarter Home

Having a home automation system can open many doors for you, literally.

Having a home automation system can open many doors for you, literally.

What would you think if I told you that you can control everything in your home with your phone? Today’s smart home technology can control every aspect of your automated home, including the outside of your home. How you ask? The short answer is, we add the same application that you’re using on your indoor Ipad to your smartphone. Now the fun really begins.

Video doorbells are a great way to keep in touch with whats happening at home while you are away!

Video doorbells are a great way to keep in touch with whats happening at home while you are away!

Here are a few things that you can do by using the remote interface on your smartphone.

Let’s start with security. With the remote interface, you can answer the doorbell without anyone realizing that you’re not home. If a person is acting suspiciously, let them know through your doorbell intercom that you have alerted the police and that you have a screenshot of what they look like to send as well. No more missing packages at the front door, no looking through a mail slot. You see them but they can’t see you so they don’t have a clue that you aren’t home. If you think it’s fun watching him run across the yard leaving before the police arrive, have more fun by remotely activating your lawn irrigation system. Your automated sprinkler system works on stray animals that enter your yard. You can watch from all angles too by remotely viewing the cameras connected to your security system.

Another feature to touch on is the automated door locks on your home.

Secure your austin home with a camera system

Secure your austin home with a camera system

Make sure the home is secure at night by preprogramming all of the doors to lock say 10:00. That is the household curfew. Anyone that comes in later than that has to get in with their security code. Review your security logs the next day to see who came sneaking in late and the time that they came home. Don’t forget that your phone controls everything the Ipad does allowing you to restrict wifi privileges for the electronic devices in their room.

Everyone loves a garage door opener and you won’t have to worry about losing the garage door opener inside the car. Use your smartphone and have the home automation open it for you. It’s also handy to use when there is bad weather. Here’s a great combination of remote operations that will give you peace of mind. When you have a delivery person ring the doorbell, let them know that you’re opening the garage door and to set your packages inside. Now, wasn’t that handy.

There are so many other features to go over but we just don’t have time to do it in a blog. Check out our video feature on home of the future for more information. Call the owner of Smarter Homes, Peter Sandford, at 512-785-0032 and set up an appointment to view the Smarter Homes model home.

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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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