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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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Is Your Home Network Keeping Pace with Today’s Demands?

With the Current Importance of Staying Connected at Home, Your Network is More Critical Than Ever

Our world is hyper-connected, and the current health crisis has demonstrated that acutely. We have come to depend on always-on connectivity, whether from smartphones, smart home devices, for audio and video entertainment, and much more.

In the current health crisis, many people are at home doing more than ever - work, school, staying in touch through video, and relying more on home-based entertainment options. With all that happening all day with multiple family members, many home networks are stretched to their limits.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to ensure your family has the connectivity it needs for all your activities. Show and Tell AV offers home network installation services in the Salt Lake City area and throughout Utah with professional-grade equipment and software tools to keep you connected through this period and well beyond. Keep reading to learn more.

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Can Automated Home Lighting Improve Your Wellbeing?

How Managing Light Improves Mood and Energy

We may not realize it, but light – and the absence of it – affects us in many ways. Instinctively, we may feel far more energetic on a bright sunny day than a rainy, dreary one. In fact, your mood and energy might swing dramatically when the sun comes out after an extensive cloudy period.

Fortunately, the Park City area and the Utah Wasatch Front are known for getting their fair share of sun and light. Yet there are still times in the mountains when daylight hours are short and days may be relatively dark. The good news is technology has solutions to keep your energy up no matter the weather or light.

In this blog, we’ll mention how two incredibly convenient smart solutions – home lighting automation and motorized shades – can help you make the most of natural and artificial light all day long.

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Get Peace of Mind with Smarter Home Security

Go Beyond the Alarm with Smart Home Technology

You likely remember traditional home security alarm systems – so many homes still have them. The system had a siren, window and door sensors, and wall panels to arm and disarm them with a code. Who doesn’t remember the times when the alarm went off because your hands were occupied and you didn’t disarm the system in time entering the house?

Those systems are still around, but we believe that today’s smart security systems can do much more for your Salt Lake City, UT home. Instead of just sounding an alarm when a sensor is tripped, you can get better information on what's happening at home through smart devices. Not only that, but you can take action when you need to, with just a smartphone and an internet connection.

Let’s take a closer look at a smarter approach to keeping your home safe.

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Beyond Convenience: How Motorized Blinds Help Save Energy

Go Green in Comfort and Style Year Round

Some years ago, power windows were a feature found only on luxury cars. Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find any production automobile that has the old style manual windows. You might think that motorized shades are somewhat of a non-essential luxury, but once you think through all the practical aspects, you will see why the benefits of motorized shades go far beyond the convenience factor - and we think they’ll be as prevalent as power windows in cars someday.

Perhaps the most important benefit of motorized blinds and shades is the energy efficiency they can bring to your Salt Lake City, UT, home. Let’s explore some scenarios to see how that happens.

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Why A Control4 Installation Is The Best Choice For Your Project

Control4 offers a variety of features to enhance your smart home

Transitioning to a smart home can be overwhelming. There are many things to consider in a smart home installation. What technology should you include in your Park City, UT home? What would be the best way to control it all?

The one thing that shouldn’t be complicated is choosing your automation partner. Go with a Control4 installation for your project for the greatest reliability and customization. Learn what makes Control4 one of the world's leading home automation brands.

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