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Articles tagged with: Smart Home Control

Why Control4 Is the Smart Choice for Home Automation

Go with a Control4 system to maximize the potential of your smart home

Why Control4 Is the Smart Choice for Home Automation

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you have a home automation system already, or you’re interested in installing one. But as the number of smart devices in our homes grows, the importance of a reliable control system grows right along with it.

That’s why you need a Control4 system to wrangle your disparate systems. Control4 is an industry leader in creating powerful, comprehensive, easy-to-use home control systems. A Control4 dealer like Encore Audio Video can set up one of these systems for you. Here’s why a Control4 system is the ideal solution for residents in Oregon’s Portland region.

Be a Master of Light with Motorized Window Treatments

Protect Your Home and Save Energy without Sacrificing Style

Be a Master of Light with Motorized Window Treatments

We are blessed with a mild climate in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Our winters may be wet but they are not overly cold; our summers are gloriously sunny. As much as we love our summer sun, sometimes it feels overwhelming, quickly heating up our houses on the hottest days.

Is it warm enough for air conditioning? Air conditioning is a great convenience for some occasions, but we are fortunate in that it's not a dire necessity here, unlike other parts of the country. However, there is a smart way to control the heat -- by managing the amount of summer sunlight that enters your home. Motorized window treatments might seem like a luxury - they certainly are luxurious - but they’re also a great way to control light and its effects. Read on to learn more about how to be the master of light in Camas, Washington, by using motorized shades and window treatments.

Is Your Smart Home Truly Integrated?

A True Smart Home is More than a Collection of Smart Devices

Is Your Smart Home Truly Integrated?

If you read this blog, you know that we have discussed many features and aspects of smart home automation. One of the central ideas we regularly try to convey about the subject is that automation is about creating a coordinated system. Many choices exist in the market, with smart switches, locks, thermostats, lights, cameras, and more readily available, and more companies are getting into the sector almost every month.

We firmly believe that smart homes are about more than a collection of intelligent devices or merely the ability to use an app to control devices and functions. We think that the power of smart technology is its ultimate ability to provide total home integration. So what do we mean by total home integration?

For the most part, the systems and functions in homes were islands unto themselves. They did not communicate or work with the other. Heating and cooling is a subsystem, and electrical and lighting are another. The trades that work on them are different companies with different skill sets too. Think of water and plumbing, irrigation systems, and pool and spa equipment. They all have their various systems and controls.

These home functions still do what they have always done. But what is changing rapidly is how they can be controlled, how they can inform and report on their status, and most importantly, that this intelligence now enables them to work in tandem with other functions in the home.

Are you interested in preparing your Vancouver, WA home for the future of total home integration?

Video Intercom Plus Smart Home Control: What’s Not to Love?

Redefining Intercom and Giving Homeowners Smarter Controls

Video Intercom Plus Smart Home Control: What’s Not to Love?

When you think of an intercom you probably imagine a clunky eyesore with limited capabilities circa 1985 and, given the technology we have today, it’s not something you'd expect to consider as an upgrade for your home. But with so many new ways to communicate, we need to redefine the “com” in intercom. That’s exactly what Control4 has done with Intercom Anywhere. Not only does Intercom Anywhere let you speak with anyone in any room, but it also lets you see and control what’s going on in your home while functioning as a highly effective video doorbell. Read on to find out all the things it can do for you.