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What Can Smart Home Control Do For You?

3 Ideas to Reap The Benefits of Smart Home Technology

If you have heard a lot about smart home technology, you know there are a plethora of devices out there that promise to make your life so much easier.  Smart devices can make your home function better, adding convenience, luxury, and often energy savings too. 

But what are the best ways to really take advantage of this technology?  Some solutions add real value, and some are more of a novelty that may not make much difference in your daily life.  In this blog, we want to identify what we believe are the best smart home control applications that will make your life easier, day in and day out in Houston.   

Read on to find out more!

Do Smart Homes and Good Design Mix?

4 Design Ideas for A Sleek Modern Look

Smart home technology is everywhere.  From smart speakers to smart thermostats to smart cameras, there are a host of devices that can automate home functions and make everyday life simpler.  But as a designer, you don’t want a bunch of electronics or devices dominating your interiors.  Can the desire for the convenience and automation of modern smart devices mix with great design?

The answer is yes.  In fact, some of the new tech has beautiful industrial design that makes a statement. And other smart home technology can be discreetly incorporated without taking anything away from you and your clients’ design sense. 

Read on for 4 excellent ways to marry smart technology and style.

Customized Home Automation

Why Crestron is the Ultimate Smart Home System

If you’re looking into adding smart features to your current home or perhaps building or renovating a new one, there are a few home automation systems to consider. 

You might wonder what the differences are between these systems.  There is one overarching reason why we at Refined Systems recommend Crestron – it is supremely flexible.  Crestron’s approach to home automation is to deliver the best customer experience, and that means one that is as personalized as possible to the customer’s requirements. 

Intrigued as to what that means?  Read on for a couple of examples of what’s possible with a Crestron-powered smart home system in Houston. 

Smart Shades For The Smart Home

Beat the Houston Heat With Motorized Shades

Perhaps you’ve already invested in some home automation.  You may have a smart thermostat that you can control and program from your smartphone.  Maybe you have smart lights that go on and off at specific times or groups of lights that you can easily brighten or dim.  You may even have security cameras that alert you to presence or activity in your home or outside.

But there’s one piece that you may not have thought about to complete your very efficient – and convenient – smart home technology, and that’s motorized shades.  Of course, there are regular motorized shades that can go up and down at the push of a button on a remote or a smartphone app. But the advantages of automating your shades – making them smart – are more significant when you integrate them with your other smart technology. And with our Texas summer getting into full swing in Houston, smart shades can keep you cooler and more comfortable. 

Just keep reading to learn more.

Home Theaters Are For More Than Movies

Consider it an Electronic Entertainment Hub

Mention home theater to someone and more likely than not it conjures up a vision of a darkened room, a large screen, lounger-style theater seating, and sconces for soft lighting. In other words, a luxurious dedicated room that simulates the movie-going experience.  But that vision of the home theater is changing.

We have a vast array of electronic entertainment available to us.  We may want to watch sports on the large screen, binge-watch Netflix or music videos, play games on an Xbox 1 or PlayStation, or even have a virtual reality experience in a home theater or media room space.  On top of that, the media experience may be accompanied by games like pool and ping pong. 

That means that today’s home theaters may be more like multipurpose entertainment rooms than places to sit and watch a film uninterrupted.  These new trends will make a difference as you plan media rooms and home theater installations for your clients. 

Read on for some considerations on planning your next home theater or entertainment room project in Houston.

Five Reasons to Invest in Landscape Lighting

Make the Most of Your Landscape Investment

Perhaps you are thinking of building – or remodeling – a pool and patio in your River Oaks home.  Along with that will come an investment in landscaping, to set off the new additions, and create a beautiful and serene environment for your outdoor relaxation.

With our warm Texas weather, we have a long spring and summer season that’s perfect for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining.  So don’t forget about landscape lighting in your project – it can make the most out of your lawn, garden, and outdoor spaces.

Read on to see how.

Working with a Crestron Dealer: The Step-by-Step Process

Making your Client’s Dream Home a Reality is a Breeze

Homeowners these days want the latest and best features for their new living spaces – which most likely means they’re ready for smart home technology.  Smart homes are no longer a concept of the future; they’re in the here and now.

If you’re a builder or architect in the Memorial, TX area, you always want to design your clients the home they’ve been dreaming of owning.  But how can you incorporate new automated technology into their houses, when your knowledge on the matter is slim to none?

That’s what a Crestron dealer is here for.  You can make every smart home project a success when you have professional installers on your side.

In this blog, we’ve put together a guide to what the installation process looks like, and how it all goes down with a Crestron dealer on your team.

Read below to learn more.

Make Your Client’s Homes Smart from the Start

Crestron Provides Comprehensive Home Automation Solutions

As a designer or architect, you are no doubt being asked by your clients about home automation technology.

Your most sophisticated River Oaks clients will want a complete and flexible solution – one that may incorporate automation of lighting, climate, security, audio and video, pool and spa, and perhaps even a wine room.  You want that solution to be well integrated, fit with the home’s design, and be easy to use.

Crestron is one of the original names in home automation. Their technology is among the most robust and flexible in the industry.

Read on to learn more about how Crestron home automation can fulfill your clients’ vision of the ultimate smart home.

A Beginner’s Guide to Outdoor Audio Speakers

Selecting the Right Outdoor Speakers for Your Home

Hosting an event outdoors? Or maybe you simply want to relax and enjoy the Houston weather with the help of some fans going outside, or sit poolside to escape the Texas heat and humidity. Adding an outdoor audio system is a great way to enjoy some of your favorite music while you relax — or to insure you get the best sound on movie nights.

In this blog, we will provide a quick guide to incorporating landscape speakers onto your property, including what exactly landscape speakers are, and some helpful tips to keep in mind.

Interior Designers: Here’s What It Means to Work With a Crestron Dealer

Explore How Custom Lighting Control Can Enhance Your Projects

As an interior designer, you always are working to achieve the ideal look within any space.

A sound design entails far more than just a seamless flow throughout the room. Lighting can play a crucial role in determining the success of your projects.

When you work with a Crestron dealer for the lighting control and shading needs in your Houston, Texas-area projects, you can optimize your design projects and have more power in achieving your design goals.

We explain how in the sections below.

Smart Home Design: What You Need to Know

Enjoy the Benefits of Smart Technology Today

Smart home automation offers so much opportunity for customization. It not only can make your property the custom home of your dreams, but it can also benefit you in ways that you may not have considered before. Incorporating smart home design into your Memorial, TX property can be great, but it also may be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start.

In this blog, we will look at some of the basics of smart home technology and where to begin.

The Possibilities of Motorized Shades

Bring Privacy, Style, and Energy-Efficiency into Your Home

Your home should be a place where you feel comfortable and safe. It should be the sanctuary where you enjoy spending time. So how do you achieve that effect in your home? With motorized shades, you can enjoy a variety of benefits in your Memorial, TX home.

In this blog, we will look at some benefits of motorized shades and what they can do for your property.

Illuminate Your Property with Ease

Are You Using Your Landscape Lighting to its Full Potential?

Incorporating the right outdoor lighting can affect the safety, presence and aesthetic of your property. With landscape lighting, you achieve added security for your Houston, TX home along with an elegant look.

In this blog, we will look at what you can do with landscape lighting to enhance your property.

Sound on Sound? The Solution for Loud Office Spaces

Use Sound Masking to Reduce Distraction Caused by Noise

Your work environment should be a place of productivity. With that productivity, though, may come with a lot of noise. To keep work flowing without disrupting the necessary noise that comes along with operations, consider sound masking in your Houston, TX business.

In this blog, we will discuss what sound masking can do for your business and why it works.

Is Your Crestron System Working Like It Should?

Trust a Certified Crestron Dealer With Your System Re-Work

You get what you pay for, right?

It’s a simple truth, but that doesn’t keep us from looking for the best deal. In fact, it’s like human nature to want to save some money.

But sometimes that can lead you to unsatisfactory results. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. It happens to the best of us.

For instance, you may have invested in a Crestron home automation system for your Houston, TX property and you’re just not getting the benefit out of it you’d like.

It may not be your fault. It may be a poor installation. And you may need to speak to a certified Crestron dealer to correct it.

If that’s the case for you, this blog will help. Just keep reading for more.