If you’re familiar with smart home technology at all, you’ve likely heard of Savant Systems. Savant is one of the leading companies when it comes to home control and home automation products. Many of our customers ask for their products by name, since Savant is such a recognized and respected brand in the industry. Here at Good Sounds, we’ve been installing Savant products in Orange County smart homes for many years, and have found them to be of exceptional quality, as well as very reliable.
Savant products are designed to be intuitive and user friendly—to make your life simpler, not more complicated—while still giving you the high level of functionality, control, and automation you’re looking for in smart home products. They also have a luxury look and feel that Orange County homeowners love and want to have in their smart homes. They are smartly designed—both in how they function as well as in how they look.
Not surprisingly, Savant products pair well with Apple products, such as iPhones and iPads, which are also intuitive in their design. Even homeowners who would not consider themselves “tech savvy” have no trouble navigating their smart home systems that use Savant home automation and home control products—especially when used in conjunction with Apple devices. If you’re not an Apple user, Savant products are still a great option for Orange County smart homes, as they work great with Android devices as well.
Savant calls their products “future friendly” and we’ve found that to be true in our many years of experience installing Savant products in Orange County smart homes. Once installed, they don’t need constant updates, though if you want to upgrade your system down the road when new products are introduced, it is not difficult to do so.
History of Savant
Savant has been around since 2005 (which is a really long time in the home automation industry) and was the first home automation company to utilize mobile technology. They created the first native iPad and iPhone app, allowing homeowners to control their home’s systems from anywhere. However, the company wasn’t content with their early success; they have continued to evolve as technology has changed, staying at the cutting edge of smart home innovation. But even as the company has grown and technology has become more advanced, the company has consistently created products that are sophisticated and high functioning, but still user friendly. Savant partners with other high-end companies (as you’ll see as you read on) to give homeowners the best performance when it comes to their home’s systems.
Savant has so many products that homeowners love that it would be difficult to list them all in this one blog post, so we will go over some of the Savant products and features that owners of Orange County smart homes seem to love the most.
Highly Customizable Savant Lighting Systems
Savant is probably most well known for its lighting systems. In recent years, Savant partnered with USAI to offer light fixtures that give homeowners lighting that is highly customizable, as well as energy efficient and beautiful. Savant lighting can truly transform the look and feel of your home in ways you never could have imagined.
White lights can be adjusted from warm to cool, depending on your mood or the atmosphere you’re trying to create. And their proprietary Infinite Color+ lights give you the option of creating custom colored lighting in any room in which they are installed. Colors range from subtle shades to saturated hues that can create a dramatic effect. The possibilities with Savant lighting are almost endless—all while being energy efficient!
IP Audio Systems That Wow!
Exceptional whole-house audio systems are another feature that Orange County homeowners using Savant products enjoy. Savant has partnered with Artison, a respected manufacturer of speakers, in order to give homeowners the high-quality audio output they’re looking for. Even the most discerning audiophiles love how Savant’s audio systems sound and how they work seamlessly with the Savant Pro App. They offer a range of speaker products, including a smart wireless sound bar, surround sound speakers, and a subwoofer that all integrate seamlessly with each other to produce an immersive audio experience.
Savant systems distribute audio over an ethernet network, which means you don’t need a dedicated set of cables just for your audio equipment. This makes Savant audio systems very customizable and scalable, without compromising sound quality at all.
As far as usability is concerned, just like other Savant products, controlling your home’s audio system is simple. It’s easy to create audio “scenes” for various purposes, such as parties, your morning routine, or relaxing at the end of the day. It’s also simple to play audio from any source and have it sound great.
High Resolution Video with Many Great Features
Whether you’re someone who likes to enjoy movies in a theater-like atmosphere, or you just like to enjoy watching television with your family in a media room or family room, you want to have the best video quality available. With Savant products, video is delivered over an IP network (just like audio signals) with clarity and zero frame latency. They support the latest video formats, including 4K/60 and HDR.
The video tiling feature, which you control in the Savant Pro App, is a great feature that many homeowners love. You can watch up to nine sources on a single screen (think multiple news channels, a sporting event, as well as a show for the kids). It may not be a feature you use all the time, but it’s a great option for certain situations. How many times have you found yourself watching one thing on your television and had something else playing on your phone or laptop at the same time? The tiling feature puts everything on one display for you to enjoy.
Another great feature about the Savant system is that it can be integrated with your home’s monitoring system. So, one or more of the tiles on your screen can display video from your security cameras. Imagine being able to watch a sporting event and know exactly when your friends show up in your driveway to join the watch party. Or, think about how great it would be to watch a movie, while at the same time monitoring your sleeping children upstairs.
Climate Control Made Simple and Convenient
When smart thermostats were introduced last decade, they became almost instantly popular with homeowners, but their limitations were quickly realized. Over the years, smart thermostats have become, well, smarter, and many of the frustrations associated with the early models have been worked out.
The latest Savant climate control system, Savant Multistat, has all of the features you love about smart thermostats and none of the ones you don’t. One of the features homeowners love most about Multistat is that it can help keep your home at a consistent temperature from room to room using a zoned climate management system. So, those rooms in your house with windows that get a lot of sun in the afternoon can be the same comfortable temperature as other rooms in your house that don’t get any direct sunlight. Conversely, those rooms that always seem to be a bit chilly can be warmed up to your liking.
Just like you can create lighting or audio scenes, you can also create climate scenes for various times of the day or purposes. For example, you can create a “good morning” setting that will warm up your bedroom a few degrees and turn on the heated floors in your bathroom right before you’re scheduled to get out of bed. Or you could have a “welcome home” scene that puts your home at the perfect temperature right before you pull into the garage after a long day at work. You can also connect your climate control system to other systems in your home, such lighting, audio, or shades, to create the perfect setting for any occasion.
The Multistat user interface that hangs on your wall (replacing your traditional thermostat) has a strong resemblance to that of the Savant Pro Remote, making the user experience seamless from one device to the next. The interface also allows homeowners to check the outside temperature, as well as the weather forecast, in addition to the indoor temperature.
If you’ve never had automated shades in your home, you don’t know what you’re missing. They may not seem like a very “sexy” feature, but once you have them installed, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them!
The automated shades by Savant offer a simple, yet elegant, design that can be made to fit within the aesthetic of any style of home. All shades are custom built to your windows’ specifications, and are available in hundreds of different fabric choices—including various levels of light transmission. You can be sure to find the shades that look and perform exactly how you want them to.
Savant shades can be controlled manually, or put on a schedule. You can have them raise every morning at the same time and lower in the evening when the sun starts to go down, with times varying from room to room. They can also be programmed to help you achieve better energy efficiency in your home. In addition, your automated shades can be incorporated in a “scene.” For example, you could have a “movie” scene that lowers the shades, and also dims the lights and turns on the television and speakers, or a “good morning” scene that raises your bedroom shades, while turning on your favorite morning talk show.
Voice Control That Actually Works How You Want It To
For many people, the jury is still out on voice control. This is probably because they tried it out when it was first introduced and found it frustrating and more of a hassle than it was worth. Admittedly, in the early days of voice control it performed inconsistently. However, it has vastly improved since then, and if you haven’t tried it recently, it’s time to give it another chance! Today’s voice controlled systems can make your life easier in so many ways!
Savant works with any Alexa-enabled device, allowing you to control many of your home’s systems using only your voice. You can turn on and adjust (dim or brighten) your lights, turn on and change audio and video systems, raise and lower automated shades, adjust your home’s temperature, and much more. How many times have you wished you could change the temperature in your bedroom without having to get out of bed? Or turn on some soft music from the comfort of your couch? With voice control, you can!
For those concerned about safety, you’ll be glad to know that security systems cannot be disabled using a voice command. Although you can set up your security system so it can be armed using your voice.
Energy Usage Monitoring
Another great feature of Savant products is their energy monitoring capabilities. You can see your energy consumption and view your energy history directly from the Savant Pro App on your mobile device. The app will give you suggestions for saving energy, and you can even set pre-defined Energy Modes that can be activated manually or automatically. If you are looking to enhance the energy efficiency of your home, Savant products can help you do that!
So Many Great Features from One Great Company
Savant is a great company that has been leading the home automation industry for many years. We don’t use their products in the homes of our clients because Savant is a “popular” brand name. We use them because their products are high-performing, solid, and time-tested.
If you’ve been considering turning your Orange County home into a smart home, contact us at Good Sounds. We can design a system that perfectly meets your needs and helps you better enjoy the place you call home.