iPad/iPhone/Android Home Control is Here!
Here is a list of our favorite apps to control you home systems:
Music– Sonos app
Lights & Shades– Lutron app (Radio Ra2 or Homeworks)
Heating and Cooling – Nest app or Lutron app
Pool & Spa – Pentair app
Media Systems – URC app
Alarm System – Honeywell’s Total Connect app
Surveillance System – NVR App
Whole Home Control – Savant, Crestron or Control 4 apps
Music – We love the Sonos app because it is so easy to use. Just touch the room you are in and then choose the music you want to hear. You can play the same music in multiple rooms, or something different in every room. You can choose music from your iTunes library, or any online music service including Pandora, Spotify, Sirius/XM and more.
Imagine coming home from work, pulling out your phone and having your favorite Pandora station playing from the instant you walk through the door, meanwhile your kids are in the next room over rocking out to their favorite station, everyone’s happy.
Lights & Shades – Lutron is the market leader for lighting control and motorized shades for a good reason. They have allowed us to replace multiple light switches with elegant keypads, and they have a simple app that allows you to easily control all the lights and shades in the house, as well as heating and cooling with the use of their wireless thermostats.
Have you ever left your house wondering if you left the lights on? We’re only human… Now you are able to check the Lutron app, see which lights are on, switch them all off, shut the shades and leave the porch light on. No more stress.
Heating and Cooling – Nest has made a huge impact with their wi-fi enabled thermostats. Just replace the existing thermostats and you can use their simple app to control your heating and cooling from anywhere in the world.
After being away on a trip you can adjust your thermostat on your drive home to ensure sure house is toasty warm upon arrival for total comfort and control all the time!
Pool & Spa – The new pool/spa control systems are web enabled to allow you to control pool and spa temp settings, lights and features from a simple app.
After a long, strenuous bike ride you want nothing more but to relax in your jacuzzi, with the Pentair app you can set the temperature halfway through your ride for the perfect muscle relaxer upon returning home.
Media Systems – We have noticed that most customers prefer watching TV with a wand style remote control, but if you want the wow factor you can use an app as well. We like the URC remote controls, and their app allows simultaneous control with a very cool interface.
Your show is about to start and the kids have misplaced the remote….. with the Complete Control app you now have full remote capability from your phone or tablet. Phew!
Alarm System – Honeywell’s Total Connect App allows you to arm, disarm, view status and get email or text alerts from your alarm system.
You’re friend is coming over to pick up something from your house, but your not home and your alarm is set, uh oh! Well now with the Total Connect App you can disarm your alarm from anywhere in the world and set your alarm as they leave, no problem.
Surveillance System – When we install surveillance camera systems they are connected to a network video recorder that can be viewed via an app from anywhere in the world.
Have you ever been on vacation and wish you could check up on your house? Well now you can see your surveillance cameras from anywhere through your phone and if something doesn’t look quite right you can use the rewind feature to curb your worrying.
Whole Home Control – Savant, Crestron & Control 4 all have apps that provide total control for all your systems throughout your home at once from your iPad or iPhone. These apps can control everything at one time with a customizable user interface, but not always as well as the individual apps.
We have these systems setup in our office, let us know if you want to come and see what system is best for you.
Until next time,
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