Your Guide to Smart Energy Trends in 2019
Living green and resourcefully can feel like an uphill battle. Many of us try to recycle and bring reusable bags to the store. But oftentimes, the challenge seems impossible, especially after reading statistics that despite many of our efforts, 91% of plastics aren’t recycled.
But as technology evolves, so do our ways of living. If you want to make your Scottsdale, AZ-area home energy efficient, or reduce your energy bills each month, there’s a ‘smart’ way to do it. Keep reading to discover home energy management technology to adopt for a more efficient lifestyle.
Ask These 5 Key Questions For A Better Result On Your Next Project In Mesa, AZ
Is 2019 the year that you have decided you want to add smart technology to your home? You may already own some devices like a Nest or Ecobee thermostat or a Google Home speaker. You have a myriad of options when it comes to smart home automation, but you want a solution that works in unison and doesn’t demand much attention to just work.
For example, when the hot Arizona weather starts ramping up soon, you want motorized shades that will lower automatically when the sun is hitting that side of the house. You want not only that, but also your lights and climate control to adjust automatically to the changing sun, so your home stays comfortable and energy efficient. And when you arrive home in the evening, the right scene is set for you – with lights and temperature according to your preferences and perhaps even a welcoming music playlist.
Home automation can get complicated, especially when you want several systems to trigger each other and work in concert. Making everything work together – consistently – requires careful planning, rational technology choices, and technical expertise in programming and installation. Beyond some simple, non-critical automation, you want an experienced home automation company that can handle design, installation, and after-sale service.
You might be asking at this point – O.K., how do I choose one? Read on to learn five critical questions you should ask when selecting a home automation company to integrate smart technology in your Mesa home.
Just like Electrical and Plumbing, Smart Home Integration Takes a Pro
Today’s homebuyers and homeowners are increasingly interested in integrating smart features in their next home. A recent study by CEPro, a magazine for professional integrators, showed that the knowledge and interest in smart home technology have increased dramatically in the past five years. Much of this is in no small part due to the popularity of smart consumer products like the Nest thermostat, Ring video doorbell, and the Amazon Echo speaker with Alexa.
If you are an architect, builder, or designer, you are likely familiar with smart home tech and understand that your clients are interested in it. But you are an expert in your field and are not expected to follow a rapidly changing space like smart home automation closely. You might lay out an electrical plan for a project, but an electrical contractor is typically the one who will work the details and install it.
Make Meetings Enjoyable in With State of the Art Comfort and Control
Have you ever attended a meeting where any or all of these things have happened:
The presenter brought a laptop and is fumbling trying to get their presentation on the screen
The presenter found a cable to connect to for the projector, but can’t find a button or remote to lower the screen
The lights are too bright to view a presentation. The presenter turns the lights off, but it’s too dark, so attendees are nodding off
The conference room has windows, but the shades are hard to reach and close. Sun is streaming in and creating heat and glare.
The conference room is too cold, and the thermostat is locked behind a key – or there isn’t one in the room. Everyone’s attention is on keeping warm, and not the meeting.
The conference room is too warm, and people are falling asleep in a presentation. Or they step out to get away from the stuffiness.
When you get people together for a meeting, it represents a significant investment in time, and ultimately money. If the session is with people outside the organization, perhaps for a sales presentation, you don't want these issues to detract from the business at hand.
There is a solution to controlling and taming the conference room. Much like a gaggle of remote controls on a coffee table is not a great way to get a movie going on your home theater, cryptic buttons and controls are no way to manage your conference room technology. When you get in the room, you want to get the meeting going swiftly. Making sure you can get the tech working correctly is paramount. One way to get your Phoenix meeting spaces under control is with conference room automation solutions from our partner Control4.
Let’s look at some ways Control4 can turn your meeting spaces into productive environments.