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3 Features to Look for in Smart Security Systems

Cut Through Hype and Narrow Down What’s Important to You

When it comes to evaluating technology products, you will encounter many technical terms, and often, much-hyped features. The trouble is, technology products tend to have lots of features, and the reality may be that only a few of those will make a difference. As you look into smart security systems, you will find this to be the case.

How do you figure out what’s important to you? If you are primarily concerned with surveillance for your home and property, we’d like to point out three aspects that could make a significant difference for your usage in Bountiful, UT, and surrounding areas.

A veritable host of smart security systems and cameras are available from both large companies and many you have never heard of. Keep reading to learn about critical features that could make the difference for you.

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Three Ways Control4 OS 3 Improves Your Smart Home

Ease Your Smart Home Experience with a Control4 Installation

Smart homes should make things easier, not harder. Too often, technology solutions create complexity and frustration for users. The product holds great promise, but it takes too much effort to make everything work the way you want.

We have no doubt you can think of many technology products that are just too complicated. Whether it was a smart TV, a camera, or audio equipment, you might have been frustrated getting it to do what you wanted without going through so many steps or resetting something for the third time.

Control4 has been in the smart home control and automation market for nearly twenty years, and they have always been known for simple interfaces that make intuitive sense to non-technical users. In their latest system, OS 3, they took simplicity to the next level, streamlining navigation and rethinking the home control experience for true ease-of-use any member of the family can enjoy.

Keep reading to see why a Control4 installation should be at the top of your list to run your home in Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas.

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How to Choose A Smart Home Company

Make Sure to Ask These Four Questions Before Embarking on Your Next Project

In many fields, it isn't easy to choose the right professionals. When you're looking for a doctor, you will often rely on the referrals of family, friends, and other doctors you may know. In some cases, you may have seen a professional's work – perhaps an exceptional landscape design – and decide that firm is a fit for you.

When looking at integrating smart home technology into your home in Park City, UT or the surrounding area, you may do much the same. A friend might make a recommendation based on a good experience, or you may admire what they've done at your friend's home. But it's equally likely that you may want to survey several technology integrators in the same way you might interview contractors for building your new home. You want to ensure that they understand your needs, what you want, and if they work with the technologies and solutions you are looking to get in your home.

Regardless of how you are introduced to a smart home company, there are some critical questions you should ask to help choose the right partner for your project.

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Four Reasons Motorized Shades Are a Smart Investment

It’s Not All About Convenience

You might remember a few things that weren't as easy as they are today if you are of a certain age. Automobiles are a great example. Did you learn to drive with a manual transmission? Do you remember the thrill of learning to launch the car on a hill with the clutch and try not to go backward? Or how about a car without power steering? No need for weight training if you learned to parallel park muscling a heavy steering wheel.

When we talk about motorized shades, your first thought might be, "why do they need motors?" In cars, we've gone far beyond those manual days toward machines that almost drive themselves. There are many good reasons why adding power to motorized shades goes beyond the convenience factor, although it's hard to deny the convenience.

In this blog, we'll continue to make the case why motorized shades are an excellent investment for your Bountiful, UT home. Keep reading, and don't be surprised when one day, manual windows shades will be as rare as manual steering is in cars today. 

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Elevate Your Home’s Appeal with Outdoor Lighting

Shine a Light on Your Home’s Best Features

We’ve written on these pages before on the effect of light on us. It can energize and relax us, and the right light is necessary to do most of our tasks well. But we'd like to turn to a different side of lighting now, the aesthetic one. Much like in photography, you intuitively know that the right light is essential to get the best image. In the same way, the right light can make a huge difference in the outside appeal of your home.

If you’re not making use of landscape and outdoor lighting for your Salt Lake City, UT home, you miss out on an excellent opportunity to add beauty and appeal to your outdoor spaces without a considerable investment. Ready to see how? Keep reading.

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