Stay Comfortable This Fall with Automated Lights and Shades

Stay Comfortable This Fall with Automated Lights and Shades

Customize Your Indiana Home with Automation It’s starting to get cold in Fishers, Indiana, which means it may be time to take a closer look at the ways you can conserve energy and keep your home comfortable.  So how do you stay warm without leaving the heating on all the time? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, almost half of all energy used by the typical U.S. household is eaten up by heating and cooling. But don’t worry: the right technology can help you avoid using so much energy while still keeping your home at a pleasant temperature. Lighting and shading control can help in the frigid winters. Here are some ways that automated shades and lighting can keep you comfortable without making your electricity bill skyrocket. SEE ALSO: Go Green with Lighting and Shading Control for Your Carmel, IN Home Custom Controls for Lights and Shades One of the things we love most about smart home technology is being able to customize it for your everyday needs and personal preferences. When winter comes, you can set your Control4 system to maintain a certain temperature and save energy at the same time. Control4’s climate control system and easy-to-use app allow you to adjust your home’s features at any time from a smartphone or tablet. For example, you could program your motorized shades to open every day at 11 a.m. when the sun is strong so that it warms up your home. At the same time, program the lights to turn off so you make the most of the sun’s brightness. Then, time your lights to turn on once...
Go Green With Lighting And Shading Control For Your Carmel, IN Home

Go Green With Lighting And Shading Control For Your Carmel, IN Home

Help the planet (and your wallet) by integrating lighting and shading control into your home or business. With Earth Day having just past, the reminder of the delicacy of our planet and our abundance of options to moving forward a more green and eco-friendly life is more present now than any other time of the year. Turning your Carmel, IN residence into a more eco-friendly home has become easier than ever with large manufacturers like Control4 and Lutron offering lighting and shading control. Today, we’ll touch upon a few ways that you can give back to the planet while keeping life comfortable and convenient simply through smart home automation. Keep reading for more!   SEE ALSO: 3 Benefits of Adding Lighting and Shading Control to Your Indiana Home   When it comes to lighting and shading control, Lutron’s primary goal is to promote energy efficiency into each smart automated home or commercial business. As a lighting manufacturer that has been around for over 50 years, Lutron provides different options such as automated shade systems, dimmers, and wireless occupancy sensors along with whole home and whole building light management systems. When you unite a power house like Lutron and control genius like Conrol4, you’ll get to use a reliable and beneficial smart home for years to come.   How can I keep my home safe while saving energy? We have many options to keep your home safe. Use the “Away” feature to make your house look lived-in; the lights will turn on and off at varying times to make it appear occupied. Instead of keeping all your lights on as a...
Lighting Controls Unplugged

Lighting Controls Unplugged

Dimmed lights save money and create ambiance The Benefits and Beauty of Lighting Controls There is a variety of lighting control solutions to choose from that can easily be customized to fit your needs, lifestyle and budget. Thanks to today’s technology, lighting control can start with basic dimming and switching and eventually be integrated into a full home automation solution to work in conjunction with automated shades, security and a home entertainment system. Whichever type of lighting control solution you choose, it will save you money by reducing energy usage.  Here are a few reasons why now is the perfect time to explore the benefits of lighting controls. Beautify Your Home With A Painless Facelift Most walls in your home probably have more than one lighting switch. With today’s lighting controls, such as the line from a leading company like Lutron, you can replace all of those with one keypad.  These keypads include several buttons to control lighting not only in that room, but others as well.   Today’s keypads and dimmers come in a variety of options –  including size, color and styles – that are designed to complement the décor of any room. Control every light with an easy-to-use app Convenient Control For the ultimate in convenience and security, many of today’s lighting systems can be controlled from your smartphone or tablet, via a clean and intuitive interface. You can also control outdoor and landscape lighting from the comfort and safety of your home. Remote lighting controls are especially handy for second homes. Whatever house you’re going to, arrive to one that has the right lighting at the...
Sonance’s New Discreet Opening Architectural Speakers Are Deceptively Awesome

Sonance’s New Discreet Opening Architectural Speakers Are Deceptively Awesome

Compactness almost always comes with compromises. I love theSmart Car, for example, especially for its ability to park perpendicularly in a parallel parking spot, but let’s face it: the Smart isn’t exactly a luxury automobile, nor a high-performance one at that. The reason I mention this is because when I walked into Dana Innovations’ booth at this year’s CEDIA Expo and saw the new Sonance “Discreet Opening System” Architectural Series speakers, I dug the concept: a tiny four-inch flush-mount round or square grille designed to match the look of trim-less downlights, housing surprisingly powerful little speakers meant to be seen and never heard. What’s not to love about that? What I didn’t expect, though, was for them to sound absolutely incredible. After all, there’s only so much sound you can squeeze through a four-inch hole, right? Or so I thought. That was before I stepped around the corner and heard Sonance’s demo of the system, which even on the noisy CEDIA show floor sounded spectacular.   Some of that is certainly attributable to the design of the speakers themselves, which feature ceramic dome tweeters and high-excursion carbon-fiber and Rohacell laminated woofers. Some of it also comes from the fact that Sonance has managed to pack a subwoofer into the exact same four-inch opening, by way of a beefy box that hides away in the attic and ports out to the ceiling via a flexible tube, not entirely unlike the exhaust hose for your clothes dryer (although certainly made of much sturdier stuff). The combined effect of the BPS6 Bandpass Subwoofer plus four of the AS38RS two-way satellitesspeakers is kinda magical—so much so...
How to Choose the Best Home Automation System

How to Choose the Best Home Automation System

Today’s Home Automation Systems Fit A Range of Needs and Budgets A properly installed home system blends in seamlessly. Home automation is the next frontier for many homeowners. A few years ago, most of the systems on the market were difficult to use, expensive and designed mainly for very large homes. But today’s systems are much easier to operate, cost effective and can be designed to control a home entertainment system or the electronic components of an entire home. Through a smartphone, you can remotely control your home from anywhere and decrease home energy costs while doing so. Flexibility The main feature you’ll want in a home automation system is flexibility. Higher-end systems are designed to work seamlessly with most of the major electronics you own – home theater, surveillance cameras, security, climate control systems, appliances and more – and are constantly updated to work with new components. Robust automation systems, from companies such as Savant, produce apps with elegant interfaces that can be accessed over a smartphone or tablet. Home automation solutions from Lutron, for example, work well with security systems from a variety of manufacturers to tightly integrate automation features with systems you might already own.   Control Homeowners install automation systems for a variety of reasons, but most of them are based on convenience and cost savings. Homeowners can save money by adjusting the temperature of their homes, remotely control lights, activate home security, and other uses. It pays to install a high-end system. Those on the low end tend to cut corners by leaving out the more granular control needed to optimize the most important...