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A Beginner’s Guide: The Five Ws of Smart Home Control

Learn more about how smart homes work!

A Beginner’s Guide: The Five Ws of Smart Home Control

Smart home technology has never been more popular than it is right now, and it’s expected to become even more common in the average household over the next several years. According to the research, approximately 70% of consumers own at least one smart product, and many plan to buy additional devices in the future.

Today, it’s possible to live in an entirely connected house where all your smart devices and appliances are integrated under a single smart home control system. If you’re curious about how smart home control works and whether it’s worth the investment in your Paradise Valley, AZ, home, please keep reading below! We’re covering the five Ws of smart home control to help you get started.

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Who Can Use a Smart Home?

Everybody! One of the primary benefits of smart home control is that it eliminates the clutter of remotes, switches, toggles, and other mechanisms that you currently use to control your technology. When all your smart devices and appliances are connected through a centralized system like Control4 or Crestron Home, you can access and manage everything from a single interface — an app on your smartphone, a wall-mounted or portable touchscreen, wall-mounted keypads, and even voice control. 

Now, your technologically challenged family members can turn on the TV to their preferred settings with a simple button tap. Your older relatives can press a single button to adjust the lights and shades for comfort without getting up from the couch. And your family members with disabilities or mobility issues can easily control devices like the TV and lights with a handheld touchscreen or simple voice command.

Smart homes make technology more accessible and convenient for everyone in your household to use.

What Can I Control?

Everything! A smart home control system like Control4 or Crestron Home can integrate your entire home:

  • Home entertainment systems like TVs, multi-room audio, and dedicated home theaters
  • Lighting, shading, and smart thermostats
  • Burglar alarms and surveillance
  • Life/safety sensors
  • Networking
  • Air and water purification
  • Pool/spa control
  • Outdoor lighting, TVs, and sound systems
  • Gate and door access control

That’s right — with smart home control, you can manage everything listed above from a single device like your smartphone.

Where Can I Control My Home?

Anywhere! One of the primary benefits of a smart home is remote access. You can bring your home with you wherever you are and check in on all your connected devices from your smartphone or tablet. Did you leave for vacation and forget to lower the living room blinds? No problem — pull out your smartphone and do it from the road or hotel.

When Is the Best Time to Install a Smart Home?

Anytime! Whether you’re breaking ground on new construction soon or planning a retrofit in the future, smart home systems can be installed at any time. New PoE and wireless products for home entertainment systems, lighting, shading, and more have made it easier than ever to bring smart home control into existing homes.

Why Should I Get a Smart Home?

Why shouldn’t you? A smart home makes your life more convenient, comfortable, and secure. On lazy days, you can control your entire environment — the lights, the shades, the temperature, the music — without even rising from the couch. With a smart security system, you’ll receive notifications when a door is unlocked, or a camera senses movement, giving you the ultimate peace of mind that your home is protected 24/7. Smart homes are more energy-efficient and even increase the value of your home if you decide to sell later.

How Do I Get Started?

Call Desert Sound and Security to start discussing the smart home solutions that will take your lifestyle to the next level of comfort and convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!


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