At Good Sounds, we are meeting with more and more Orange County homeowners that want to make their home into a “smart home”—one that is automated and easily controlled by a homeowner. Some have a good idea going in what features they want their home to have, but some ask our opinion about what features to include that will make their house a true smart home.
The following is a list of the main components that make up a smart home.
Distributed Audio or Whole-House Audio
Whole-house audio (known in the AV industry as distributed audio) is a system in which all of the audio components in your home are integrated and able to be controlled from a smartphone, touch panel, or other device.
Imagine you are getting ready to host a party in your Orange County home. As you make preparations, you can listen to your favorite podcast on iTunes. When your guests arrive, you can easily switch over to an XM radio station that will play in one room, and a preselected playlist that guests can hear in another room. The music will play in any room, and at any volume you select, and won’t play in rooms you don’t want it to. When the night is over, turn everything off in the whole house with the touch of a button.
Lighting and Shade Control
Automating your home’s lighting and shades is another way to make your home smarter. You can install a system with light-level sensors that will automatically raise or lower the lighting in your home based on the amount of natural light available. Similarly, your shades can be automated to raise in the morning and lower in the evening.
Remote House Control
You can control your home’s systems even when you aren’t at home with remote house control. Do you want to come home to a heated spa after a long day at work? Use your smartphone to turn on the spa heaters so it is heated to the optimum temperature by the time you arrive. Monitor your home by integrating your home’s security system with your smartphone or tablet, so even if you are far from home, you can know what is going on in and around your property. Other systems that can be controlled remotely include your HVAC system, doors, gates, lighting, and shades.
A Killer Home Theater
A smart home wouldn’t be complete without an entertainment room. For some Orange County homeowners, this means a dedicated home theater complete with comfortable theater seating, a large screen, high-end projector, and surround sound. For others, this means a living room outfitted with the latest in AV technology for watching movies, sports, and online videos, or for playing video games.
A Comprehensive Security System
Security is a big concern for many of our owners of Orange County smart homes. They want a system that is easy to control, but that still offers the safety of a high-tech system. A comprehensive security system can include everything from automated door locks, to video cameras that can be accessed remotely, to security lighting. Let Good Sounds design the perfect security system for your home and property.
Smart homes are no longer just for the tech savvy! Easy-to-use, intuitive home automation systems are for any Orange County homeowner who wants to invest in making their home a smart home. Good Sounds is here to make it happen! Contact us today so we can get the conversation started and get you on your way to becoming an owner of a smart home!