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Design Smarter, Cleaner Homes With Motorized Window Treatments

The Perfect Way to Blend Function With Style for Homes in the Bethany Beach Region

Builders, architects and designers wanting to make an impact in the luxury home market need to include a variety of smart home features that are increasingly in demand. While custom home theaters and advanced surveillance systems are impressive, they aren’t an interest for every homebuyer and aren’t used daily. Instead, incorporate motorized shades for a smarter, cleaner design.

Not familiar with motorized window treatments? Don’t worry; this blog will show you all the benefits of adding these shades to any homes you’re designing in Delaware’s Bethany Beach region.

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2 New & Important Home Theater Design Trends from CEDIA 2019

Manufacturers Embrace 8K Displays and More Voice-Enabled Devices

If you want to see where the world of smart home automation is headed, the annual Custom Electronics Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) expo is the place to be. This year’s show took place in Denver back in September, and the biggest names in consumer electronics showed us their latest and greatest products.

In the world of home theaters, there were two major trends among the various manufacturers’ merchandise: 8K displays and even more devices with voice control capabilities. Today’s blog will break down these two home theater design trends and how you can apply them to your own Rehoboth Beach, DE, home.

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As School Begins, Protect Your Home with Smart Security

Automated security keeps your Rehoboth Beach, DE, home secure

The start of a new school year can provoke a wide range of emotions. For parents, there’s a sense of relief and a return to routine now that the children aren’t at home all day. For children, a new school year can be exciting or stressful, depending on their feelings and situation. One emotion you shouldn’t be feeling at the school year, however, is anxiety about your home’s security. And yet, a suburban house that’s empty most of the day or an unused vacation home presents a tempting target to burglars.

How do you protect your primary residence or vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, DE? It’s simple: You install a smart home security system from Sound FX. In this blog, we’ll go through some back-to-school safety tips and show you how automation can keep your home and your loved ones safe.

SEE ALSO: 3 Ways Your Smart Security System Keeps Your Family Safe

GET RID OF HIDDEN SPARE KEYS

Hiding a key somewhere outside for emergencies sounds like a good idea, but it’s a security risk not worth taking. If visitors can find it, it’s likely anyone looking to break into your home can also find it. If you insist on using an analog key, give one to a neighbor or your guests before leaving home.

For stronger security, you can install digital smart locks and other automated security systems. Once the locks are installed, you can give any visitors temporary access codes that only they can use. You’ll also be notified whenever someone has used the code. A video doorbell and remote intercom system provide a 24/7 feed of whatever’s outside your door. If someone wants to get inside, you can see who it is, speak with them and then let them inside if you deem it prudent.

SECURE YOUR WINDOWS AND GARAGE

While doors and first-floor windows are the most common ways an intruder might try to enter your home, they’re not the only ways inside. Determined intruders may try to break into your garage by spoofing the signal from your garage door opener or something similar. They can also use a ladder to reach second-floor windows.

Smart home security monitors your entire home for complete protection. A network of automated sensors and locks gives you total protection throughout the day. Additionally, you can get real-time updates, and your system can notify you if an intrusion is detected.

INSTALL A HOME INTERCOM

It’s important to be able to reach anyone in your home during an emergency. A damaged phone line or poor cell reception can make communication difficult right when you need it most. One way to keep an eye on your home and communicate with kids when they’re home alone is with an intercom system.

Home intercoms are useful not only when you’re at home – no need to yell to get let everyone know dinner’s ready – but also when you’re away. You can call the intercom system from your phone provided the home as has an internet connection. Anyone at home can also call you from the intercom system.

To learn more smart home security or any of our other automation systems, call our office at (302) 644-8110. You can also fill out our online contact form or leave a message in the chat box at the bottom of your Internet browser. We look forward to hearing from you!

Take a Look at the New Control4 Smart Home OS 3!

Discover the Benefits of Control4’s OS 3 and How It Helps Homeowners in Many Unexpected Ways.  

Whether Control4 is brand-new to you, or you’ve been using it in your Fenwick Island, DE, home for a while, we have some exciting news to share about their new and improved operating system. As your local Control4 dealer, we enjoy exploring new upgrades likes And bringing them to life in our client’s homes.  

SEE ALSO: Elevate Your Vacation Home With a Home Automation System!  

Control4 Smart Home OS 3: What’s the Big Difference? 

Though there are more than 1,000 (Yes, you read that right!) new OS 3 updates to talk about, we’ll give you a rundown of the coolest features first. We think some of the first features that you’ll notice about OS 3 are its new personalization and prioritization perks.  

The overarching theme across many of the updates is prioritization: Its new grid format lets you slide through rooms and devices with ease or enjoy an overview of your entire home in one look.  

If you have certain features that you use more often than others, make sure that your system lets you look at those first. For example, you frequently use your TV in your media room, right? OS 3 takes note and displays that icon more prominently when you use the “Media Room” dashboard.  

Personalization also establishes Control4’s Smart Home OS 3 as a unique product. You can choose from a wide variety of wallpapers to show off your screens in your style, whether you prefer showcasing pictures of family members or Picasso’s Blue Period artwork.  

Why Might You Want to Upgrade? 

The operating system also offers some fun perks for music lovers, with their updated Media Sessions feature that lets you access your whole library at a glance. You can adjust volume, change tracks and check sound quality for every song playing in your home — or outdoors.  

Safety benefits abound in OS 3. For example, you can instantly look at which doors are locked and unlocked, even without pressing a button. Plus, you’ll get all the deep security integrations built into the original interface, including Intercom Anywhere’s video doorbell system and smart locks.  

As with most smart home automation, convenience also takes precedence. Without getting out of bed or even swiping through touchpad screens, you can now control and see the status of door locks, window shades and smart lights around the house from your bedroom dashboard, so you don’t have to swipe from room to room when making sure everything is secure and powered down before you sleep.  
 

How Can You Try OS 3 Soon? 

We think Control4’s OS 3 benefits speak for themselves. So how do you install these features to enjoy them as soon as possible? With the help of SoundFX, you can enjoy a fully loaded home automation suite that manages lighting, shading, security, entertainment and more in one installation.  

Have you previously installed Control4? We’ll just have to upgrade your software. If you want operating system updates to happen automatically, we can customize that in your settings, too.  

Ready to get started with superior home automation? You can call us at (302) 644-8110, or click the button below to reach out.   

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Elevate Your Vacation Home with a Home Automation System

Take Your Second Home to the Next Level!

Having a vacation home can help you take as much time off from your ordinary routine as you need. But when you head out to your second property, you should be able to expect all the convenient luxuries and smart technologies that you also have at your primary living space.

That’s why installing a top-notch home automation system in your Lewes, DE vacation home can make your time away more relaxed and enjoyable.

Learn more about what bringing smart features to your space can do for you and your family by reading on below.

SEE ALSO: LISTEN TO YOUR AUDIO ANYWHERE IN YOUR VACATION HOME

Setting the Scene for Your Arrival

The beauty of a smart home automation system is that you can control and manage it from anywhere in the world that has an internet connection. On your drive to your vacation home, you can press a button on your smart device of choice – whether it be your smartphone, laptop, or tablet – and ensure that your space is ready for you.

Turn on your lights with home lighting control or roll up your motorized shades to let in the natural light to give the house a “homey” feel and will make it appear as though you never left it.

No matter if you head up to your property in the warmer or colder months, you’ll want a pleasant indoor temperature to walk into. With a smart thermostat, you will be able to set it to just the right temp for you to feel comfortable. You can even install sensors that will detect if it drops a couple of degrees – then your system can lower shades for insulation or raise them up to get the temperature back on track.

You’ll never arrive back to a stilted and lifeless vacation home again.

Host Any Event or Party

Your second property no doubt has wonderful amenities and areas meant for a great get-together with loved ones. Whether you bring up friends for the weekend, invite your neighbors over for a dinner party, or plan an event at the space – you will be able to utilize all the luxuries of an automation system.

Welcome guests by having music play in every room of the house and setting up your TV screens to display various movies and music videos in any area. It’ll be easy to operate your AV equipment by integrating it with the rest of your automated system – just push a button on your smart device, and you can choose to switch songs or channels, adjust the volume, and turn the entertainment on or off.

Increase Security While You’re Gone or at Home

You might choose to stay at your vacation home for only a couple weeks, or perhaps it’s your destination for months at a time or half the year. But more often than not, there will be a large portion of the year where your vacation home is left unoccupied. By bringing a quality smart security system to your property, you can rest assured that your space is well-protected while you’re gone, and that your family is safe while there.

Install smart alarms, smart door locks, and surveillance cameras all over the property. Integrate your lights and shades with the system so that they can turn on and off and raise and lower at varying intervals throughout the day – this will give robbers the illusion that you’re there, and ensure that they stay clear of your home.

Want to learn even more about the many benefits of bringing a smart home automation system to your vacation home? Give yourself peace of mind and make your vacation life easier – give us a call or fill out our online contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation with our team. We’d love to hear from you!

Smart Home Automation: FAQ

Let’s Go Back to the Basics

 

When you think of “home automation” and “smart home control” what images fly by in your head? Do you envision scenes from sci-fi movies and futuristic homes?

The truth is, the future is now – and a home automation system can make daily life easier and more luxurious for you and your family today.

Installing smart technology in your Rehoboth Beach, DE home will add convenience, comfort, and style to your living space. But what exactly is smart home automation?

We’ve got you covered. In this blog, we go through the questions most homeowners have before they begin the smart home installation process. Keep reading below to find out more.
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Two New Ways to Control Your Home’s Lights

Discover the Versatility of Smart Lighting Control

Smart lighting control offer homeowners plenty of features to celebrate. One of our favorite features are all the convenient ways to adjust your lighting. In this article, we’ll highlight two specific control tools that will not only make your life easier but will also help you save on monthly electricity bills. If you’re considering adding smart lighting to your Fenwick Island, DE area home, you may want to pay attention. Continue reading to discover more.

Sensors

Sensors allow your lights to act on their own to intuit your needs and wants. There are a few different types of sensors that track particular features in the room and adjust your lighting based on that. To make things clearer, here are a few examples: motion detectors and solar sensors.

 

Motion detectors will turn on lights in the room when someone enters the room. Then, after a suitable amount of time, the lights will go off. This is an excellent way to save energy. They work well in rooms like bathrooms that are commonly occupied but only for short periods of time.

 

Solar sensors track the amount of sunlight that is entering the room. If you have a room with a lot of windows, the room’s light can be at the mercy of whatever’s happening outside. By utilizing dimmers, solar sensors change the lighting levels depending on the sun. Adding motorized shades can help you manage the amount of sunlight entering your room for complete control over the lighting levels.

Scenes

Most of us run on some kind of consistent schedule–especially during the workweek. Scenes are a great way to save time and keep your lights on your schedule. Scenes group commonly used light settings, so that you can recreate the same lighting scene at the touch of a button.

 

For instance, when you wake up in the morning, just select the “Morning” scene to turn on your bedroom lights and illuminate the pathway to the bathroom and the kitchen. Then when you’re leaving for work, select the “Work” scene that will turn off all these lights. You won’t have to walk throughout the whole house to make sure that you’re saving energy.

 

A whole home automation system, like one from Crestron or Control4, allows you to add other technologies to your scenes. For instance, your “Work” scene could also power down all other electronics, and close the shades to prevent sun damage.

 

See Also: Control4 or Crestron: Which System is Right for You?

 

 

Smart lighting control means simpler management of your home’s lighting. These are only two of the ways you’ll be able to make your lighting work for you, make your day easier, and save energy. Contact us to learn more or get started on your next project.