Friday, February 05, 2016


Everybody seems to be taken aback when they hear the term “whole house automation.” But all that means is that the various things you like to do at home — listen to music, watch TV, control the heat or AC — is automated so that it works when you want it to where you want it to. The fear of being overwhelmed by the technology needed to make all this happen is no longer in vogue; wireless home networks are commonplace, as is Bluetooth technology for cable-free connections and smart phones to provide control from your pocket or even remotely. And there’s professional installers, for example Just One Touch, who are willing and able to put all the needed components together for you without making painful alterations to walls or carpets or other parts of the home.

So what is needed in order to have home automation in your home. Here are the two basics that must be considered:

Flexibility of the System

There are different kinds of home automation controllers on the market and while they all will do the job, they do it in different fashions from one another (although of course standards like WiFi, Bluetooth and others are in play). The high-end systems can integrate with whatever electronics you have already in place — TVs and audio equipment being good examples — and not just update themselves on a regular basis so as to function as good as possible, but can do that updating automatically through the home network.

Controlling the Home

Automation systems are designed to help the homeowner save money, for example being able to integrate themselves with “housekeeping” controllers that deal with the house’s heating/AC, lighting and even home security systems. Others are made to integrate with security cameras. And there are those that are designed with their own tablet-like touchscreen controllers that are to be placed throughout the home, or add to that with smartphone/tablet app control. Even the most basic controller which doesn’t have all the “added” benefits will bring a level of control to your home that you hadn’t thought possible.

The main take-away for making the home “smart” is that home automation works best when all of the elements that compose it are integrated so as to work together. Do-it-yourself systems that are cobbled together with parts from this place and electronics from that place may work, but they’ll never entertain the level of quality and ease as those put in place all at one time. It’s for that reason that having a professional installer makes so much sense. Home automation is designed to make your home feel even more comfortable, because it’s responsive to your needs and the way you live your life. Because the technology can fit a range of needs and budgets, there’s no better time than now to join in on the home automation revolution.

Sam G.

I had never thought that by my playing music from one room to the other, traveling using my phone and having Bluetooth speakers in all my rooms, that what I was really trying to do was to have the music “following” me. I had an installer put together a very cost-effective audio system in my house and now I can play play music in whichever room I want just by telling a server what I want to hear and in which room. I can also play different music in different rooms at the same time — something that works well with my daughter since just as she doesn’t care for what I am playing, I’m more than okay with not having to hear what she like to listen to.


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