This weekend we spring forward with our clocks, which will help make the days feel a little brighter and longer. And before too long, you may be in full blown spring fever mode!
If you're think about building a new home or remodeling an existing one, you're probably wondering how, or if, the latest conveniences of home automation might figure into your plans.
To help you think about what might make sense for you, we have created a list of items to consider as you plan for your home.
1. Control your home from anywhere. One of the most compelling reason many people opt for smart home technology is the ability to control their home remotely. There is a lot of peace of mind knowing you can control the various systems in your home, including lighting, security, heating and cooling, appliances, door locks, AV entertainment and more - all from a smartphone or tablet.
2. See your home from anywhere. With smart-home integration, cameras in and around your home can be accessed from a smartphone or tablet so you can see what's going on no matter where you are.
3. Enjoy music and video in every room. Video screens and in-wall speakers throughout your house provide entertainment as you go from room to room; there's even a party mode that plays favorite tunes throughout the house. When your guests leave, you can go back to enjoying different music sources in different rooms - everything controllable from a smartphone, tablet, or in-wall touch panels.
4. Bring the theater home. Create a fully-automated retreat in the basement: Walk in, sit down, put your beer in a cup holder, and hit Play Movie on the remote to dim the lights and start the movie.
5. Conserve energy. Having the capability to turn off or dim every light in the house with one button press, control motorized window shades and call up a thermostat app on your phone can all contribute to lower utility bills. You can even monitor household energy usage to see where it makes sense to cut back.
6. Make it your own. With the help of a home tech pro, almost anything is possible and remote controllable - from electronic weathervanes and gas fireplaces to snow melting systems and flood detectors to motorized windows and gates.
7. Automation is fun! If there's a common thread running through all of the above, it can be summed up in three letters: f-u-n. Not only does home automation expand your entertainment options and make entertaining guests a breeze; whole-home control also gives mundane tasks like heating and lighting control a futuristic kind of cool.