Knoxville Home Automation

Better With Control4!

on Thursday, 10 March 2016. Posted in Knoxville Flat Screen TVs, Knoxville Audio, Home Theater, Knoxville Home Audio, Knoxville Home Lighting Control, Knoxville Home Security, Knoxville Home Automation

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The Control4 philosophy is as straightforward as it is simple: life's better when everything and everyone works together. From a company strategy perspective, Control4 stands behind an open platform: we are committed to interoperability so both Control4 dealers and customers can count on a system that communicates with and controls virtually anything and everything in the home.

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They partner with the world's leading brands in HVAC and lighting, cable and satellite, consumer electronics, and security to ensure their products integrate seamlessly into the Control4 platform to deliver an exceptional automation experience. With support for over 8,000 devices from hundreds of world-class brands, Control4 solutions are designed to work with the consumer electronics and appliances you already trust and love.

lonelysquidWith over 6,500 drivers from 150 different companies sometimes it feels like you need a personal IT department to manage and control all of the electronics and systems in your home. There must be a better way than having dozens of remotes and a library full of manuals. That’s where Control4 comes in

Leading consumer electronic companies and home-automaton solution providers are teaming up with Control4 to accelerate the adoption of standard control methods for consumer electronic devices used in home automation. Control4 allows all of the technology in your home to work seamlessly together, giving you more control with more convenience. As we like to say – life’s better when everything works together! When you are looking for flat-panel TVs, home theater equipment, smart lighting or even door locks, remember to look for Control4 Partners.

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So Many Options and Much More! Call iSS Today to set up your complete home automation one stop shop!

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Home Control: Touchscreen VS Smartphone

on Wednesday, 02 March 2016. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation

Which solution works best for controlling a home?

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A few years ago, a little thing called the “app” changed the way people interact with the electronics in their homes. With so much hoopla surrounding control apps, it can be easy to forget about one of the most respected user-interfaces available: the dedicated touch screen.  

Don’t let this tried-and-true mode of control slip your mind, though. The dedicated touchscreen, like the new 7- and 10-inch models from Control4, offers a wealth of benefits that no other type of interface can match. The user-interface on a touch screen presents a great deal of information about your house—all in high-resolution quality—from reviewing the current settings of your home’s thermostats and lights, to receiving a status report of electronic door locks and viewing the current weather forecast. With all the pertinent data at your fingertips, organized and laid out in a manner that’s easy to read, the touch screen is arguably the most engaging and intuitive of all user interfaces.

Even as new features get added to a touch screen, like the HD camera, hi-fi speakers and microphone that Control4 recently added to its 7- and 10-inch models, its user-friendliness is never compromised. In fact, with each new function, a touch screen becomes an increasingly more powerful and valuable home control tool.

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Touch screens are a fast and responsive user interface that’s always there ready for you to interact with your home. There’s no need to boot up or wait for an app to load. You’re in charge of the electronic system in your house, instantly.

Then there’s the convenience factor. You may not be able to carry a touch screen in your pocket like you can your app-enabled smartphone, but unlike your phone, a touch screen is always right where you left it, never lost between the cushions of your couch. Plus, it’s always powered up and ready to shoot off commands to all the connected devices in your house.

Well all that being said there are also still so many reasons why using a smartphone for home control is great as well. With only a swipe and a tap, smartphone-loving homeowners are in complete charge of everything from thermostats and light switches to complete home automation systems. Convenient? Absolutely. And who can deny the cool factor associated with whipping out a phone while on a date to get the house ready for a nightcap? VIDEO:http://ow.ly/Z1I7V

Heres just a few things possible with apps:

10 ways to use your smartphone for home control

So Smartphone VS. Touchscreen winner? We Just can't decide! Really it just depends on you and your preferences! Give us a call today to start designing your smart home experience and find out which works best for you!

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Life is Motion!

on Tuesday, 09 February 2016. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation

The Many Advantages of Shade Control:

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 Whether you’re planning on making renovations to your home by motorizing your window treatments or if you’re in the process of having a new house built, you might want to know about the many advantages of having motorized window blinds. As you’ll soon see, it is not limited to having control over the lighting in the rooms of your home. It offers you so much more. You might be thinking of this as an added expense. Let us assure you that your motorized blinds will pay for themselves even before the year is up!

 

Benefits of Motorized Shades:


energy pigSAVE ENERGY: Having a motorized shading system can help to save energy! This in turn can mean some great money savings for you! Different scenarios can in different conditions. “Winter warm” opens the shades, taking advantage of sunlight warming a southern façade. “Summer cool” does the opposite by lowering shades and blocking solar heat gain, thereby reducing your cooling costs. In addition, several shading fabrics are made from sustainable materials for complete environmental and energy savings!

 

 

 

 drapery1ELEGANCE & AMBIANCE: We work with Lutron and Somfy because their controls are designed to look  and work beautifully. Stylish  control & fabric options coupled with innovative technology elegantly transition a  space to create the right amount of light for any activity. Fabric, wood, aluminum, PVC or leather…possibilities  are endless when it comes to interior shades and blinds. While creating ambiance and lighting effects, your  window coverings also play a significant role in your comfort and privacy.

 

 

214 Convenience CONVEINIENCE: Managing daylight is not restricted to a single wall station in your home. Shading systems can be controlled using  many different keypads, IR remote controls, wireless tabletop controls, mobile devices like your tablet or cell  phone or set to an astronomic time clock for automatic adjustment of shades. Conveniently close or open all your  blinds or shades at the same time, perfectly positioned and aligned, with a touch of a button. No more cables or  strings that get tangled up! These motors are also ideal for large windows, high-up or hard to reach window  coverings.

 

 

 burglar peeking windowSAFETY & SECURITY: If your window shades and blinds are closed 24 hours a day for  several days, the house will look vulnerable. Also, you run the risk of coming home to find all your plants  have died from lack of sunlight. Don’t be forced to choose between security and living plants. Use your  home automation system to automatically adjust some of your window coverings throughout the day or  evening to make sure your plants get the sun they need, while making sure the shades and blinds are  closed up at night to keep prying eyes out.

  

Romans Motorized REDUCE GLARE & PROTECT FURNITURE: The shading systems we offer diffuse light and prevent glare from washing out a computer or  television screen. Shading systems also protect furniture, fine art, rugs, and even wood surfaces,  from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter by using  shading systems to deflect or harness solar heat.

 

 

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In The Right Light...Everything is Extraordinary! 

Call today to make your home Extraordinary too! 

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Enjoy An Outdoor AV Haven for all Seasons!

on Thursday, 04 February 2016. Posted in Knoxville Outdoor Technology, Knoxville Flat Screen TVs, Knoxville Audio, Home Theater, Knoxville Home Audio, Knoxville Home Automation

How to Create an Outdoor AV Haven for all Seasons:

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How to Create an Outdoor AV Haven for all Seasons:

If you’re planning your new home, you’ve probably noticed that “interior” design has found its way outside. In modern homes, the backyard patio, deck or pool area can often be as elaborate as any inside space, sometimes incorporating a full kitchen, extensive seating and dining areas, and, of course, electronic entertainment. That means getting sound and video, normally enjoyed under the protection of a roof, safely outdoors. It also means being sure your AV equpiment is protected from the weather in all seasons.          

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There are several approaches ranging from simply plopping down a wireless portable speaker that can be brought back inside when its too cold or the weather is bad to permanent, wired solutions.

The easiest way to get good sound outdoors today is with the new generation of high performance wireless speakers. Most use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi communication  to route Internet radio services like Pandora or your favorite playlists from your phone, tablet or computer to the speaker. Some of the newest and best options for this would be the Bose Soundlink II or one of there cheaper options might be the SoundLink Mini or SoundLink Color. Another great option would be the new Sonos Play:5 smart speaker. All have AMAZING sound and are the easiest route to go for sound. Keep in mind that Bluetooth transmission range usually tops out around 30 feet; Wi-Fi solutions will go farther.

For those looking for more permanent and wider range solutions, I recommend checking out Sonance's Landscape Series. Sonance Landscape Series is a totally scalable outdoor speaker system that delivers perfectly-even coverage and unbelievable sound quality throughout any sized space. SLS provides jaw-dropping sonic performance from small satellite speakers and below-ground subwoofers that are hidden completely out of sight amongst plants and under foliage.                  

  

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Enjoying your outdoor space can also mean watching television sports coverage by day and sharing a movie by night. Bringing video outside is more complicated than audio due to both the weather elements and the need to feed both audio and video signals along with AC power. If you only desire to keep an eye on the big game while you put away a few beers with the gang, most small indoor LCD televisions are light enough to carry outdoors in fair weather and plop down on the patio table. They can be easily brought back inside during inclimate weather or on colders days.

For a bigger screen and more permanent arrangement, you’re probably looking at investing in a dedicated, weatherproof outdoor television. Manufacturers like SunBrite and SEURA make LCD televisions up to 80 inches that are ensconced in housings designed to keep the elements (and animals) out and temperatures within normal operating range.           

 Want bigger? Of course, the ultimate outdoor big screen experience calls for home theater-style front projection, with a separate projector and screen. A permanent installation might involve the use of a glass rear-projection screen mounted on an exterior wall facing the outdoor viewing area. A dedicated projector shed can also be created with the screen mounted on the side facing a pool or patio area, though forced ventilation or even air-conditioning might be required to keep the projector cool. There are also companies like Camp Chef and Stuart Film Screen that provide easier options like The Outdoor Big Screen or Stuarts Outdoor Oasis Series Screens. These are the ultimate in portable screens!

 

Outdoor Control:     

Thanks to Control4 the options in automating & controling your outdoor oasis are practically unlimited now a days. There are also several great options that help you control things with just the touch of a button to help keep you cool in the summer, warm in the winter and protected from the elements. For example, we have a customer who has a mostly covered patio area but it is still subjected to the outdoors and the weather. For him we set it up so that at the touch of a button he is able to turn on and off heaters throughout the area, turn the outdoor fireplac eon and off, control the ceiling fans, and even bring down or put up bug screens surronding the space! Again the possibilites are endless!

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Call us TODAY to Start Designing Your Own Outdoor Haven you Can ENjoy Year Round!

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