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Articles tagged with: Smart Home Automation

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.

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.

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.

Smart Home Control vs. Automation: What’s the Difference?

Understand the Options for Upgrading Your Home Technology

Smart home control” and “smart home automation” are terms that are often used interchangeably, but are they the same thing? Short answer: no. Although both technologies are part of the same overall smart home system, they are very different ways of achieving a desired result. Below, we break down the definitions of these terms and what sets them apart from each other. If you’ve been considering adding smart technology to your Houston, Texas home, then keep reading.

Why Should You Invest in Motorized Shades?

3 Key Advantages for Houston Homeowners

If you’ve done any research into the possibilities of smart home automation, then motorized shades have probably cropped up on multiple occasions. That’s because upgrading your window treatments with automation is a simple step that makes life better in so many different ways. To learn more about the difference motorized shades can have in your Texas home, read on.

How to Make the Most of Your Lighting Control System in Winter

Break through the Darkness with Smart Lighting Control

There are a lot of great things about wintertime. The holidays offer many opportunities to spend time with family and friends, and the Texas heat finally starts cooling down to a reasonable temperature. But one aspect of winter that isn’t so great is how quickly it gets dark in the evenings. Fortunately, smart lighting control systems can help keep your Houston home cheery and bright all winter long. To learn how, keep reading.

Take Your Dedicated Home Theater From Good to Great with Automation

Smart Home Automation Creates a Luxury Theater Experience

Creating that larger than life cinematic experience in your home theater requires more than just a 4K UHD screen and surround sound. Top-quality A/V equipment can certainly create a good theater environment, but if you feel like something is missing from the dedicated home theater in your Houston, TX residence, you might be right. Below, we discuss how smart home automation can greatly enhance your movie-watching experience.