Three Home Upgrades to Elevate Your Lifestyle
What is the ultimate luxury? Ask that question to 100 different people, and you may very well get 100 different answers. When it comes to your home, luxury may lie in your furnishings, your décor, your appliances, your swimming pool and outdoor areas, your entertainment systems, and whatever other ways you customize your home to suit your lifestyle.
Refined Systems is a home automation technology integrator, so we have some ideas too about what constitutes the ultimate luxury at home. We think that advanced technologies that work for you and make daily life more comfortable, rewarding, and stress-free are the ultimate luxury. While you could automate your whole home with an array of technology products that add comfort and convenience to your Houston abode, we want to highlight three that are highly likely to make you smile and congratulate yourself on your decision to invest in them.
Let’s look at three excellent technology investments to make your home a little more rewarding every day.
We Spotlight the Top Music Streaming Services
Sometimes we don’t think about it, but the way we listen to music has changed markedly over the past 20 years. Gone — or almost gone — are stacks of physical media like CDs. Yet some people are still buying vinyl records, or are enjoying their collections from the past 40 years. While vinyl is still alive and well because of that tangible music experience it delivers, the predominant way to listen is now music streaming.
The digital transformation for music began with the CD in the 1980s. CDs brought higher dynamic range for audio in a format that lasts much longer than vinyl records and doesn’t degrade over time. From the CD the next step was in audio compression (codecs like MP3) that enabled the Apple slogan for the iconic iPod of 30,000 songs in your pocket. It was only a matter of time before cloud technology, fast data transmission, and a smartphone in every pocket would give way to streaming 40 or 50 million songs from the cloud — for a small monthly fee. No more ”owning” music like a record or CD, you have access to almost any recorded music anywhere via streaming.
Of course, most of us are familiar with music streaming services like Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, and others. Are they all the same? They offer similar functionality overall and have access to (mostly) the same music, but some differences could steer you to use one over the other. The good news is that if you are considering investing in whole house audio for your Houston, TX home, all of these are available through various systems. It all comes down to your preferences.
Ready to learn more about your streaming choices? Just keep reading.
Smart Lighting is More Than a Luxury
Did you know that lighting control is the number one smart home feature requested by homeowners when doing any significant remodel or building a new house? It’s very logical – lighting control can save energy, enhance convenience, and even add a layer of security.
You may think of home lighting control for your River Oaks home as a luxury item – and you'd be right, as it's not an absolute necessity. But businesses implement lighting control too because they can take advantage of those same benefits we just described. And those businesses are not doing it as a luxury; they recognize the bottom line benefits of time, money, and improved environmental stewardship.
As a standalone solution, lighting control makes absolute sense on its own. But Refined Systems is a smart home integration company, and we do more than lighting control. We can show you that when you add other smart home features to lighting control, it becomes even more powerful and useful – for convenience, energy savings and security.
Ready to see how? Just keep reading.
Enjoy Home Automation without the Clutter of Cords and Devices
Often, something keeping luxury homeowners in The Woodlands area from embracing home automation is the fear that technology will spoil their beautiful interior design. Nobody would want the focus in the carefully designed areas of their homes to be on bulky devices or twisted wires. Fortunately, automation technology can stay completely hidden from view—and more importantly, can actually help improve the look of your home. To learn how, read on.
Give Yourself the Gift of Music in Your Houston Home
This holiday season is the perfect time to treat yourself with a home improvement project for your Texas residence, and there’s no better option than a whole home audio system. Not only will an audio system allow you to enjoy the sounds of the season, but it’s a gift that will keep on giving all year long. If the idea of having a user-friendly, high-fidelity sound system that blends seamlessly into every area of your house appeals to you, then keep reading.