Knoxville Home Automation

Practical Uses for Home Automation

on Friday, 11 July 2014. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation

things you may not realize you can do

Have you ever thought that your own kitchen could alert you if the refrigerator door was left open? Or have your motorized shades or blinds be automated with the seasons? Have movie ambience with one push of a button? There are so many possibilities that home automation systems can do for you, which have not been fully recognized until now!

Imagine for a moment- you’re in your home preparing that delicious meal for the family when gradually your kitchen lights starts to flash. Then they start flashing a little more. Why? Well lighting control and energy management devices can allow you to set a timer and coordinate it with your kitchen lights if ever that refrigerator door has been left open. You will never have to worry about spoiled milk again!

Another cool gadget is a device that can alert you if someone opened the medicine cabinet. I know little hands can be so curious! It doesn’t matter how out of reach or out of sight, children and teens always seem to find things. Now you can receive text messages anytime the door is opened!

 What is cooler than an automated home? An automated home that does not rack up the utility bills to operate it! Many automation system options give you additional features for security, lighting control, and energy management.

For example, you can easily ward off potential dangers by setting an outside speaker to imitate a barking dog and  turn on lights. You can sleep peacefully knowing that you have an added level of protection before an actual break in. These are just some ideas for getting maximum peace of mind from your security system.

Also, additional energy management feature is moisture sensors that knows when it has rained or not, therefore, the system intelligently knows when to water and when not to. That beautiful garden and lawn of yours will always be looking great.

Finally, you may not realize that your home can let you know how it is doing. What if the air conditioning unit decided to break down while taking a hike or vacationing on a sunny beach? If the temperature hits a certain level the system will alert you. These are possibilities that any true automation system make a reality that are often over looked, not by iSS though.

Summer Fun Activities

on Monday, 30 June 2014. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation

Summer is finally here and at iSS we would like to take a moment to give you a few ideas for some good summer fun activities.

A few fun activities around here in East Tennessee would be:

  • Go on a picnic in the park: World’s Fair Park is a great place.
  • Play miniature golf: Putt Putt anyone?
  • Go to the local farmers market: Saturday’s Market Square has it all.
  • Have some family and friends over for a good Southern BBQ: Mother Earth’s market “Has the Beef”
  • Read a book and nap in a hammock: What a fantastic way to just relax…
  • Go fishing: Ft. Loudon Lake is a nice place.

Some other fun activities to do while you are going on vacation would be:

  • Swim in the ocean: Watch out for those fish.
  • Get some ice cream on the boardwalk: What flavor will you choose?
  • Build a sandcastle: Don’t forget the moat or the ocean will wash it away!
  • Watch the sun set from the beach: Such a pretty sight to see…
  • Collect sea shells: make a game and see how many sand dollars you can find.

Lastly, whether staying at home or going on vacation this summer, here at some ideas to do during the evening hours when it is not too terribly hot!

  • Catch fireflies: I remember always putting them in a mason jar for my own live night light.
  • Have a bonfire and make s’mores: YUM!
  • Go camping in the backyard: Anyone up for some scary stories?
  • Stargaze while lying on a blanket in the grass: Can you spot the little dipper?
  • Family movie night in the backyard: With homemade box cars and the outdoor projection screen to make your own drive-in theater.

 Hope these ideas give you and your family some fun memories to share. Have a great summer from all of us at iSS.

iSS, LLC is now proudly offering three different “Connected Home” solutions for Builders and Homeowners

on Tuesday, 17 June 2014. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation


The Secured Home, The Green Home, and The Connected Home are three packages we are introducing to homeowners as well as builders. Each option is designed to each client’s specific needs and budgets.

The Secured Home is a basic and effective security system that can be integrated into future automation packages. This option includes coverage on all doors and windows, 2 keypads, 1 motion, and 1 siren.

The Green Home includes everything that the Secured Home has plus energy management features. The features of this option include additional security notifications utilizing, two wireless lamp modules, and one thermostat.

The Connected Home provides a homeowner everything in the first two solutions as well as additional home automation needs and music solutions. Two rooms with music capabilities, 1 lighting control switch and 2 lighting control dimmers, all powered by Control4.

In 2006, builders scaled back drastically of what they were putting in homes; unfortunately technology was the first thing to go. The last two years we have seen an increase in the technology that builders are including in their projects because homeowners are demanding advanced technology in their day today life. Products powered by Control4 are allowing us to meet these demands. With these options being introduced into the marketplace for homeowners and builders, we are positioned perfectly to help you select the best automation solutions to satisfy your demands.

 If these solutions sound like something you need, please call us at 865-690-0154.


What's Hot for Homes in 2014

on Tuesday, 11 February 2014. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation

With the new year in full swing and winter beginning to melt away (finally), we are getting a better view of the top design trends on the horizon. Let's take a look at the list!

Home Contro
l is everywhere these days. I'm sure you've noticed the recent commercials for automation services big name companies now offer. Automation is quickly becoming a feature that has made its way on many homeowners' wish lists. I mean who wouldn't want to control multiple aspects of their home such as temperature, lighting, and security with the touch of a button? Just be careful if you decide to go with one of the big companies for your automation needs. This new service they are offering means it's new to the company as a whole as well as their technicians. Are you thinking the prices look too irresistible? My advice is if something sounds too good to be true then it probably is. Sure the intro rates may be cheap, but how much does it jump up after that? One of the companies now offering automation doubled my cable and internet bill after the "introductory" period. Yikes!

High Quality Audio Systems are HUGE right now. The big focus is on high resolution audio or HRA for short. HRA basically refers to anything over CD quality. Products like the new Sony 500-gigabyte HAP-S1 high-resolution music system offers audio quality far beyond compressed formats such as MP3. Plus, there has been a huge influx in download services such as Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment, and HD Tracks. 

Anyone remember the Sonos ad during the Super Bowl this year? Wireless audio solutions are becoming more popular than ever. With systems like Sonos that offer a variety of speakers and subs, users can completely customize their desired sound and easily fill every room with music. Plus, the Sonos app is great for streaming your favorite tunes from Pandora and Spotify.

Cloud Video Surveillance 
is the perfect tool to keep an eye on things while you're away from home. Cloud video surveillance is a great option for homeowners that can't afford on-site recording and storage equipment; however, homeowners should be weary of DIY equipment. Opting for cheaper equipment may mean slower low quality video which isn't what you want if you have any unwelcome visitors on your property. For video surveillance, it's best to trust professional integrators. You'll be able to benefit from professionally hosted services that offer higher quality video, police dispatch, and false alarm reduction.

Automated Door Locks and digital credentials have been on my radar for a while now. Automated door locks are especially handy because of their versatility. I know I hate fumbling for my keys when I arrive home with groceries in tow. Automated door locks can actually be programmed to lock/unlock when your smartphone is in the vicinity. Do you have a housekeeper, babysitter or contractor regularly coming in and out of your home? Automated door locks would be especially perfect for you because they can be programmed to unlock when they arrive and lock up when they leave. My favorite part about automated door locks? Not wondering if I forgot to lock the back door all day while I'm at work because I can keep tabs even when I'm away. 

Which top trend is on your wish list for 2014? We would love to hear from you!

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