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Are you one of the many curious people out there that wonders about home automation and how it can make your home more livable and comfortable? If so, you are not alone. Every year, more and more of us are discovering that automated home systems are not just for tech-savvy people. These devices have something to offer just about everyone.

Simply defined, home automation is a system of networked, controllable devices that work in cohesion to make your home more customized, efficient, and secure. Your technology speaks to your home though a remote or smartphone. The more you automate your home the more centralized the controls can become. Imagine a time where all your home’s features can be controlled by one device. It even helps if you forget something like the house temperature setting. With the temperatures cool in the morning and warm by the afternoon, having the right temperature set can help with keeping your house comfortable and your electric bill in check.

Home automation might seem overwhelming, however if you start slow, you can ease yourself into an automated world. We recommend starting off with something simple like a Wi-Fi thermostat or smart light that can be controlled by your smartphone. They are easy to install, easy to use and will help run your home better in the long run. There are several well-respected products that Sights & Sounds offers that let you control the temperature of your home remotely. If no one is going to be home, you can set the temperature higher. Coming home at 6:00pm? You can lower the temperature at 5:00pm so it’s ready for you when you arrive.

With hundreds of products out there in stores and online, we recommend that you start out with the Control4 Wireless Thermostat by Aprilaire. With this device, you have the ability to access your thermostat from anywhere in the world using your smartphone. You can also set specific schedules, which come in handy while you’re on vacation for example. Another great feature is that you are able to set maintenance reminders so you can be sure that your equipment is always running efficiently and working properly. With an entry level price of $350, you can’t go wrong with this sensible solution to home automation.

Home automation really doesn’t have to be scary or out of reach. Give Sights & Sounds a call today and let us help you select the products that are right for you and your family.