A smart home is a system in which a number of technology components are interconnected to make it easier to perform certain actions. These smart home automation systems simplify control over lights, entertainment, climate and more. Nowhere in the world has this concept taken a stronger hold than in the United States, where there are an estimated 4.6 million smart homes. That number is expected to grow to more than 24 million by 2020. Wondering if your Wilmette, Illinois home should join the movement? Read on to find out why smart technology is worth the investment.

Control of Your Entire System is in Your Hands

The primary benefit of an interconnected home is that you can centralize control. You don't have to walk from room to room or search through a mountain of remotes. Through a smart home automation system from Crestron or Control4, you can access your lights, entertainment, climate, security and more on one device. From a touchpad, tablet or smartphone, it’s all available on a customizable menu designed to match your priorities.

Experience a Home That Anticipates Your Needs

Smart technology can also give you peace of mind by being proactive. It does this primarily through the use of sensors and schedules:

  1. Sensors: Motion or photo sensors in your home are programmed to react according to your needs. For example, lights can automatically turn on after the sun sets, so you're never left in the dark. Motion sensors can illuminate pathways or hallways as you walk past.
  2. Schedules: Raise the lights, adjust the thermostat and stream a favorite playlist when it’s time to wake up. Make bedtime simple with a scheduled scene that slowly dims the lights and turns off the television at a given time to help your children fall asleep at night.

Make Your Rooms Versatile With Smart Control

Crestron and Control4 can also expand your space’s versatility. One way to do this is to create pre-set scenes. These scenes can be used to prepare a room for a particular activity at the touch of a button. They are especially useful in media rooms or private theaters. With your favorite settings saved and easy to access, your home doesn’t have to be static.

If you want to watch a movie, you can pull up a ‘Cinema' scene. The lights dim, shades close, and your video display turns on to your Kaleidescape library. Within seconds, you have thousands of movies at your disposal. What if you want a more relaxing afternoon? Press a "Reading" scene to turn the lights back on, open the shades and begin playing a smooth jazz playlist.

Are you ready to embrace the benefits of a smart home automation system? Contact Avidia today for a custom solution designed to meet your distinct needs.