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Articles tagged with: Smart Home Technology

Use Automated Scenes to Make the Most of Your Smart Home System

Pre-set scenes for your smart devices make everyday routines simpler and faster

Use Automated Scenes to Make the Most of Your Smart Home System

If you have a smart home system in your Lake Oswego, OR, home, then you know how smart technology makes your daily activities faster, easier and more convenient. But are you taking full advantage of your system? If you have multiple smart products under one system, then you can create automated scenes that utilize all your devices more efficiently.

A scene is a sequence of actions activated by the touch of one button or one voice control command. You can create automated scenes to simplify and streamline sets of mundane tasks that you perform every day. Your smartphone, tablet or on-wall keypads will store all your scenes for you to access at any time. Need an example? Keep reading to learn 3 of the most convenient scenes you can make with a smart system.

Can Your Security System Do These Things?

Control4 Smart Home Security Delivers True Peace of Mind

Can Your Security System Do These Things?

Everyone wants to feel safe in their homes.  A recent survey by real estate firm Coldwell Banker revealed that homebuyers were highly interested in smart security features.  70% of respondents said they wanted smart fire and carbon monoxide detectors in their next home.  Over 60% of the people surveyed were found to be interested in having smart locks, smart lighting, and smart surveillance cameras installed before they moved in.  

This kind of data would indicate that homeowners are motivated to use newer technology to keep tabs on their homes and make sure that their homes, possessions, and loved ones are safe. So, if that old-style alarm system with the timed beeps for arming, the inconvenient control pads, and the sensors that inadvertently go off at random aren’t going to cut it, what are consumers looking for?

They’re looking to be aware and be informed at all times about what’s going on at their home. But beyond alerts and viewing a video feed from a security camera, they want a system that is flexible, as well as proactive in its ability to react to potential incidents. 

A Control4 smart home security system has the power and intelligence needed to take your Vancouver, WA home’s security to the next level.  Read on to learn about the security features that can deliver true peace of mind. 

Smart Technology is A Smart Investment

How a Control4 Smart Home System Adds Value

Smart Technology is A Smart Investment

According to a recent study by real estate website Zillow, home values have recently been rising at an 7.7% clip in the United States. While real estate values do not grow in a straight line, home ownership has often been viewed as an investment that builds value over time, with the added benefit of having a place to live tailored to your lifestyle.

Over 50% of homeowners plan to spend money on home improvement projects, which are great ways to customize your space to your lifestyle and aesthetic taste, and also increase a property’s resale value. Beyond bathroom and kitchen makeovers, wall and floor finishes and other popular improvements, smart home technology should also be a top consideration.

Why? A recent Houzz survey found that nearly half of renovating homeowners are adding smart systems to their homes, indicating very high interest in smart technology as an important feature desired in a new dwelling. 

With these current trends, read on to find out how Control4 Smart Home technology can not only enhance your lifestyle in Vancouver, WA, but it can also add to your home’s resale value. 

It’s All About the Light

Lighting Control Enhances the Beauty of Your Home

It’s All About the Light

Professional photographers obsess about optimizing the lighting in their pictures. If a photo shoot is outdoors in natural light, the amount, the shadows, and the exposure are all critical to getting great shots. Indoors, photographers use different types of flashes, or they use specific lighting for posed pictures. 

Think of your home as a photo shoot.  With the right lighting, you can set just the ambiance you want—for cooking, eating, relaxing, entertaining, sleeping or any other endeavor. But beyond making it bright or dark enough for an activity, the right lighting can highlight the aesthetic appeal of your living space. 

What’s the best way to do that?  A Control4 lighting system can set just the right scene, deftly blending light and shadow just like a professional photographer. Read on for ways to make your home look like a perfect lit composition, day or night.