As technology professionals, we are often asked to simplify home electronics for our clients here in St. Louis. The problems we hear… Too many buttons. Too many wires. Ugly boxes. Multiple controls.
Normally because this is what the client sees…
…all over the house…
This translates to problems we don’t always hear, but can ascertain… Frustration. Confusion. Messiness. Irritation.
These unspoken needs are heard loud and clear in our interview process. When we hear feelings such as this, we discuss with our clients a number of solutions that simplify life and, as a team, we determine which is the best fit for individual wants, needs, priorities, and budget.
Let’s start with lighting control.
Lighting control allows you to adjust the lights in your space without having to interact with each switch, individually. Given that most people interact with their lights every day, in very consistent ways, lighting control provides the ability to do so with one button press. Imagine selecting ‘away’ from a button on a nearby keypad that adjusts all of your home’s lights, just as you want them, when you leave for the day. For busy families, those who travel a lot, or high-level executives – this simple step gives back a ton of time to the homeowner and adds peace of mind, knowing lights are set just the way the client wants them. House already built? No worries: wireless options are possible!
Design-friendly entertainment products simplify aesthetics.
Long-gone are console televisions (thank you design gods!), yet flat-panel televisions haven’t solved every design dilemma either. The boxes you watch pile up somewhere near your television (complete with a wiring mess). Add to this that nearly everyone wants to have a TV mounted above a fireplace mantle that’s too high, in a room that’s too big, or in a spot where one member of the house despises seeing it. Thankfully, solutions exist for nearly every television design dilemma – from simple and hidden, to in-your-face extreme!
Wrapping it up with home automation.
For many, the term ‘home automation’ still sounds robotic and futuristic. Well – like it or not, the future is now! According to the June 2015 Houzz & Home report, nearly 25% of those who are considering renovating find integrating smart technology very important and the trend is rising. Bringing lights, audio/visual systems, security systems, and more – together – makes life SO much more simple when implemented properly. One button that literally does it all!
So – would you use home automation? Consider these real-world scenarios and your quality of life when:
- you are sick – your ‘off’ button can turn off lights and lower shades so you can rest.
- you have children – ‘the-kids-did-it-again’ button can shut off the television and lights.
- leaving for the day – ‘away’ might turn off your lights, audio/visual systems, and arm your security system.
- going to bed – your custom ‘sleep’ button can lock your door, arm your security system, shut off the lights, lower your HVAC, close the shades – whatever YOU do at night, the ‘sleep’ button does it for you. Talk about time savings!
Essentially, you can reap the benefits of a connected home – daily.
These solutions that simplify are real, they are tangible, and they can be beautiful. If you find frustration, confusion, or irritation in your life – and feel these solutions can benefit you – consider looking for a CEDIA professional – or look no further and give us a call: 314.475.3080.