Articles tagged with: Knoxville home automation

How Home Automation Can Save You Cash

on Monday, 11 November 2013. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation

You may be a fan of home automation because you love technology and the idea of being able to control your entire home with the touch of a button, but did you know that it can actually save you lots of money? Many of us rush out the door in the morning and forget to adjust the thermostat or turn off all the lights. What if you could control aspects such as lighting or thermostats right from your smart phone? Or even better yet, what if your devices could learn from you? You may have heard of thermostats that learn your patterns such as when you go to work or when you're home on weekends. These are great options to save money and these types of thermostats can pay for themselves in a year.

Now home automation has gone a step further. With new innovations from location-based geo-fencing technology, users can eliminate the guess work out of smart thermostats. Sometimes our plans change and we come home unexpectedly or work late. A company called enerG uses the actual homeowner's location to make thermostat adjustments. By using a smartphone, users can create a virtual geo-fence around their home. The location of the homeowner acts as a trigger and adjusts to personalized settings. This service is part of several new options from enerG that incorporate lighting, energy, keyless entry, garage doors, and wireless HD camera viewing. also offers great energy solutions. You can set your thermostat or turn off lights right from your smartphone with the mobile app. Plus, activity patterns and energy monitoring allow you to stay on top of your energy usage before you get an unwelcomed surprise on your utility bill.

Lutron Electronics offer automated energy-saving solutions with various lighting and shade options. Lutron uses dimmers, occupancy/vacancy sensors, light control solutions, and shading systems that reduce lighting energy usage. Lutron is great because you don't have to make any sacrifices on style. Their shades come in numerous prints and textures and the special honeycomb design is great for holding in heat. Plus, the lighting dimmers turn homes into beautiful, peaceful spaces.

Still not convinced? Well did you know your energy saving efforts may qualify for rebates or other incentives from your local state or utility company? A professional home energy audit can reveal how much energy your home actually uses and what you can do to make your home more energy efficient. For example, the space around outlets and plumbing may seem too small, but air can actually bleed through these cracks. That means your hard-earned money is going down the drain.

If you're still not sure how home automation can save you money, contact us today. We would love to come out and show you!

Simplify Your Life With RTI's T2X Universal Controller

on Friday, 13 September 2013. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation

Want to simplify your life, but not sure how with a house full of electronic devices and countless remotes lying around? You don't have to get rid of your devices, but instead just take control of them. The RTI T2X remote control allows you to take charge of all your A/V devices, lighting, security, and more with one sleek universal remote control. The T2X remote features a flush edge-to-edge LCD touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Lithium-Ion battery, and its own personal docking station.

Users can also enjoy advanced features such as grip sensors that keep the remote active while it is being held and ZigBee for bidirectional communication with supported third-party electronics. The T2X also includes an accelerometer for instant-on control.

It is time to say goodbye to drawers full of remotes. iSS and the RTI T2X are here to simplify your life, but without sacrificing the technology you love. Contact us today to find out more about the T2X and how we can make controlling your electronic devices a true pleasure.



Home Entertainment 10.1

on Thursday, 15 August 2013. Posted in Home Theater

For those of you that saw our ad in the most recent edition of Cityview Magazine, you may have noticed we referred to our custom theaters as Home Entertainment 10.1. We finally decided to give our practice a name after 25 years of specialized service in East Tennessee.

Many companies can install a "theater", but what are you really buying? Are you buying the projector? The lighting control? The Blu-ray player? We at iSS know the answer to all those questions; No. No you are not buying any one product. In fact, you are not buying anything tangible at all. In reality you are buying confidence in the professional you choose to deliver the home entertainment experience you deserve. The most important aspect of any custom system is the smile on our client's face.

That is Home Entertainment 10.1

Lutron Cordless Cellular Shades

on Monday, 12 November 2012.


Imagine it's a beautiful sunny afternoon. Rays of light are beaming into your home and a bit into your eyes. You approach a window to lower the blinds just a little, to remove the glare. However, your seemingly easy plan is foiled by an uncooperative cord. You struggle and tug  the string left and right, but the shades won't drop. When they do, one side falls while the other remains to mock your efforts. It's the age old tale of the battle of the blinds. Good news is you no longer have to be taunted by an inadament object.

Lutron's Cellular Shades are your solutions. Say goodbye to sloppy, cord controlled shades and blinds, and hello to sleek, remote controlled replacements. These shades are great for entertainment rooms, nurseries, and for hard to reach windows. With the touch of a button, you can draw the blinds all at once from your phone or a remote. It's never been easier to get the lighting control you need instantly.

Cellular shades come with 3 year batteries for your convenience. The shades themselves are available in a variety of colors and textures to complete any room's look. Additionally, there are three options for opacities: translucent, filtered, and room darkening. The more opaque, the more insulation the shades provide.

To learn more about Lutron's Cellular Shades, give us a call. See the difference they can make in your home.


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