Smart Home Automation in Houston – You might have some automated controls in your house, such as a learning thermostat or a sprinkler system that runs off a specific program. You may have set up your home theater to be fully integrated into one remote or control panel, and you can adjust the audio and video capabilities as needed. However, have you ever thought about what it would be like if you had a house that was completely connected? “Smart” homes are not a new trend, but the technology available today allows homeowners to fully connect and integrate a number of devices, appliances, and more. At Turn-Key Smart Homes in Houston, we can help you connect every room in your house using Smart Home Automation in your Houston home
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Smart Home Automation in Houston
Starting From Scratch
Perhaps you’ve just moved into your house, and you’re still getting everything set up. You have the internet and WiFi ready to go, but you want to automate as much as you can. You love the idea of voice commands and smartphone controls, and what used to be a perk for the tech-savvy or super-wealthy homeowner can now be integrated into your house. Let’s say you wanted to start the coffee pot while also turning on the air conditioning in the morning. Instead of walking to the thermostat in the hallway and then to the kitchen, you can switch on both from your phone or tablet!
What is Automation?
The key to any smart home is the extent of its automation. If you only have a few devices connected, you might not be able to enjoy the full convenience of automation, and there may be gaps in the system that cause more problems. However, before you can set up your network, it’s important to know what exactly automation is. Simply put, automation is the integration and connection of devices on your home network, whether that’s audio and video equipment, climate control systems, or security cameras. Automated controls allow you to set timers for your lights, your sprinklers, and your alarm systems.
Deciding on Your Peripherals
Nearly any electronic device can be added to your automation network, and more and more appliances and peripherals are being manufactured with “smart” control options. Your refrigerator can let you know when you’re out of milk or eggs, and you can check to see if you left the oven on after you’ve left the house. Knowing which peripherals and appliances you want on your network will help you decide to what extent you want to automate your home.
One of the primary draws of home automation is the ability to access devices remotely. You may want to check your security system while you’re at work, or make sure the AC is running before you get home. By using any internet-connected device, you can tap into your home network and see what’s on, what’s running, and what needs to be adjusted. You can also receive notifications when the kids get home after school and make sure your outdoor lights come on when you’re away on vacation.
Smart home automation used to be thought of as something in the distant future, but the truth is that it’s available here and now. If you’re interested in automating your house, contact Turn-Key in Houston today!
Creating the Smart Home Experience
At Turn-Key, our goal is to give each homeowner and their family the optimal smart home experience. This requires the connecting and integration of a number of devices, from your Amazon Alexa to your new learning thermostat on the wall. Setting this up yourself can be challenging, and that’s why our team is always reading up on the latest technology and working with the latest devices in order to understand how to link everything appropriately.
While many appliances, like your refrigerator or washing machine, have their own “smart” controls, they’re not integrated into your home network as a whole. You have to program each one individually, and there can be a learning curve when it comes to understanding the technology completely. With a separate control setup for each appliance, you’re not actually “automating” your home or making it any smarter. Our services allow you to bring everything into one network and establish precise control over every peripheral.
“The Internet of Things”
Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase “The Internet of Things,” and while you’re aware of what the internet browser on your phone or laptop is, you’re not quite sure what The Internet of Things is. Basically, the phrase refers to objects in your home that can be connected and identified through a digital network. Where once there had to be wires to send signals and “commands” to electronics, each device can have an IP address that allows you to tap into its functionality. This allows you to monitor and access it from wherever you are in the house, as well as when you’re not in the house at all.
Merging Safety and Comfort
The true smart home experience comes from having the perfect balance of safety and comfort. You’ve connected your alarm, door lock, and hazard systems to inform you when there’s an intruder, an open door, or a potential fire, and you’ve set up your thermostat, lights, and kitchen appliances to provide the climate, illumination, and food that you need. By combining safety and comfort, your new smart home system will allow you to precisely control every component without worry or complication.
Putting Everything Together
Only when everything is put together will you see the true benefits of home automation. The intricacy of setting up the network to “talk” to each device, and for each device to talk to other devices may seem like it’s too complex, but with our help and the right controls, you can easily take charge of each room in your house. What’s even better is that each room will now be connected to the other rooms!
If you’re interested in creating the ideal smart home, please contact us today. We can recommend the best options based on your needs and your budget, and once you’re ready to get started, we’ll get to work right away. Above all, we want you to be satisfied with the level of service you receive and the ease-of-use of the final setup. If there’s ever an issue, we’ll be there to troubleshoot it and get your network back on track.
Connecting Every Automation Component
So you’ve decided to set up a home automation network, but how will everything be connected? Through the use of smart hubs and advanced controls, you’ll be able to see every live feed from your security cameras and adjust the temperature with the touch of a button. However, automation goes beyond security and climate control, and you want to experience the full benefits of smart technology. At Turn-Key in Houston, we can connect every component so that whether you’re home alone or having several guests over to visit, you can create the perfect atmosphere.
Light and Sound
Two of the major components of your home are the lighting and the audio systems. You use the lights in your house every single day, and the audio system is a primary aspect of your entertainment solutions. What if you could switch on the lights in the living room and turn on your favorite internet radio station at the same time? With smart home technology, you can, and this can be perfect for when you’re entertaining guests. You can instantly create the proper mood lighting for any occasion, and you can ensure that the right style or genre of music is coming out of your speakers.
Other lighting and audio controls include sensors and voice commands. You might set up a program to turn on the interior lights as you pull into the garage each evening, and you may want to listen to that new album you bought by telling your audio system to begin playing as you walk in the door. If you get up in the middle of the night to get a snack or use the bathroom, your smart lighting programs can illuminate a path so that you don’t bump into the furniture or have to grope for a light switch in the dark.
Taking Care of Yourself and Your Family
While entertainment and lighting are big parts of home automation, they don’t make up the entire system. Other comforts come from things like preheating the oven before you put dinner in to cook, or making sure your dog or cat has enough food and water. You can program presets to distribute your pet’s meal each evening, just in case you don’t make it home as early as you’d planned. You can also track energy and internet usage, keeping an eye on how often the kids leave the lights on in their bedrooms or how many hours they spend playing online games.
Other components such as the washing machine and dishwasher can make sure that you have clean clothes and clean dishes when you need them. This can be very beneficial for those who have busy schedules and who try to cram in as many house chores as they can in the evenings and on the weekends.
To get started on your smart home system, contact Turn-Key today!
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Simplifying Your Life
At Turn-Key, one of the goals that we always have when installing a new smart home system is balancing technology and usability. The homeowner is the end-user, and if he or she doesn’t know how to operate the system, there really is no point to having it. You might be comfortable with using a smartphone or a tablet, but you’re not sure how easy it will be for you to control your house. After all, there are so many systems to be found in one home! Fortunately, technology has become much more user-friendly over the past few years, and even the most complex setup can be controlled with the right commands. We want to help you simplify your life, and with the interconnectivity of a new smart home system, you’ll be able to do just that.
Who Will Be Using the System?
Before diving into home automation, it’s important to consider who will be using the system. Is it just you and your spouse or significant other, or do you have kids or elderly parents who live with you? If you want your children to be able to turn on the TV, switch off the lights in their room, and make sure the alarm is armed when they get home, we’ll make sure you have the right equipment to do so. If you have a parent or grandparent who lives with you, we can provide foolproof controls that will keep them from compromising their safety or your system.
Necessary or Convenient?
While these two things don’t have to be exclusive when it comes to smart homes, it’s important to consider both necessity and convenience when thinking about the components you want in your automated network. Is the device there to make your life easier, or is it an integral part of your home. You need to eat, so getting an alert when you’re low on things in the fridge will let you know when you need to go to the grocery store. While you like the idea of being able to turn on a table lamp without having to walk over to it, it still may not be necessary to add it to your network.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying some of the creature comforts of your home automation system, and at Turn-Key, it is our goal to make sure you have a fully integrated system. We want you to be able to make the changes you need to make to your system without having to call us, but should you ever need us, we’ll be there as soon as we can.
You may want to start with a few automation controls and then add to the system every few months or so. Once everything is working together as a coherent whole, we know you’ll absolutely love how easy it is to control your home theater, adjust the thermostat, turn on the lights, and make sure everyone in the house is cozy and happy.
To get started on your automation system, contact us in Houston today!