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Articles tagged with: Smart Home Automation

The Advantages of Installing Motorized Shades

Beauty, Performance, and Cost Savings. So Many Good Reasons to Upgrade to Lutron Shades

The Advantages of Installing Motorized Shades

Traditional window shades serve their purpose by providing light control and accenting your home décor. But you want more than that!

Lutron window shades are not only available in a wide variety of styles and sizes, but they are motorized for ultimate control! Imagine the convenience of simply pushing a button to control your shades – raise them, lower them, and adjust the slats for optimal light control.

On top of that, they are sleek and stylish, impressively elevating the ambiance of your living areas to new levels. Want to find out all the benefits of installing motorized shades at your home in Farmington, CT or the surrounding areas? Read more in our blog.

TAGS: Home Lighting Control | Smart Home Automation

Make Life Easier With Remote Reboot

Learn How OvrC, Panamax Keep This Function as Simple and Intuitive as Possible

Make Life Easier With Remote Reboot

We recently worked with a customer in the Stonington, CT area who had all the latest smart home technology but kept running into a deceptively simple problem that many smart home owners don’t even think about until their smart tech is all set up: What do you do when these devices go offline?

Every now and then, even the best technology can fail and need a little help getting back into working order. For example, a router might need to be rebooted after a storm, or your cable box or streaming player might malfunction and need a reboot—even your smart cameras or music players might run into trouble that a simple reboot would fix.

But for our client in Stonington and others all across Connecticut, it’s often the case that after they’ve worked with us, they have all their tech hidden away elegantly in the basement or a closet, which means everything is usually packed in and hard to access for the average customer.

There’s an easier way—remote control of your devices with great products from OvrC and Panamax.

TAGS: Home Network | Smart Home Automation | Smart home technology

Why Hiring a Smart Home Integrator Makes a Difference

Should You DIY or Use A Smart Home Company?

Why Hiring a Smart Home Integrator Makes a Difference

If you’re a handy man, a fixer-upper, or someone who prefers to do things their own way, it’s entirely possible to assemble a smart home system by yourself. Devices like Amazon’s Alexa and Samsung’s SmartThings are available in stores, and with video tutorials and blogs like this one, DIY installations are more accessible than ever.

The downside? Doing it yourself is not easy. If you want a truly integrated home, you will need to mount cameras, install thermostats, wire your speaker systems, and trickiest of all, get your separate devices working and communicating with each other. You don’t want to juggle different remotes and phone apps; everything should work in unison together automatically. To achieve that, you’ll need the assistance of a smart home company.

To decide if the professional or DIY route is best for you, continue reading to discover how a smart home integrator can help your Guilford, CT home.

TAGS: Savant | Smart Home Automation | Smart Home Technology

How You Can Incorporate Motorized Shades into Your Home’s Design

From Nautical to Neoclassical in Newport, You’ll be in Style

How You Can Incorporate Motorized Shades into Your Home’s Design

No one can say that we don’t have varied weather on the East Coast. From bone-chilling winters to humid summers and everything in between, we’ve got it all. Fortunately, the waterfront location on the Rhode Island coast tempers the weather just enough to make the snowstorms slightly less worse and bring the cool sea air in the summer.

In the winter, when the light is at a premium, we might want to let in as much of it as possible. In the summer with a hot sun, we may want to control it better and minimize the use of air conditioning.

What’s the solution? The easiest way is with motorized shades, where you can touch a button – or issue a voice command – and raise or lower window treatments in seconds. Shades can be lowered when the sun is fully streaming in but can be raised to enjoy the view later, especially if you happen to have one of Narragansett Bay or the Atlantic.

Many people think that to get this automated convenience you need to limit yourself on style. That may have been true in earlier days, but there are a plethora of options now with motorized shades. C&T Systems works with Lutron for motorized shading as well as their lighting control systems because both offer a wealth of possibilities. Read on to learn more about Lutron Sivoia QS and Serena shading to see if they're right for your Newport-area residence.

TAGS: Lutron | Serena Shades | Sivoia QS Shades | Smart Home Automation