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Top 4 Reasons to Love a Smart Thermostat

Your home should be a comfortable place to reside in. If it’s somewhere where you only eat, sleep, and shower, then there’s something wrong.

You might spend a lot of time outside of your house because the internal temperatures are always unbearable. But that no longer has to be the case anymore. When you have a smart thermostat installed in your abode, you’ll never want to leave.

Here are the top 4 reasons to love a smart thermostat.

1. Keep Your Home’s Temperature Stable While You’re Away

If you live somewhere where the temperature fluctuates quickly, you may worry about it doing so while you’re on vacation or a business trip. With a smart thermostat, you can keep the temperatures stable so pets don’t feel uncomfortable and houseplants don’t wilt.

This also gets rid of the need to hire a housesitter or have loved ones drop in to check on things while you’re gone. Retain your privacy while you’re out of town.

2. Have More Control over Energy Used

You have more control over the temperature of your home with a smart thermostat. So when you compare your bills, it’ll be easier to pinpoint if something’s broken or charged incorrectly.

Also, many smart thermostats come with movement sensors. It can track when and where in the house people are active. You can then adjust your thermostat settings accordingly so you aren’t wasting energy in any particular room.

Some higher-end smart thermostats can even learn to adjust their settings on their own, based on “learning” from the information gained from tracking.

3. Have Different Temperature Zones

Do you run cold while your spouse runs hot? End all arguments about the temperature in your home by creating temperature zones!

By setting each room’s temperature separate of one another, you can create areas that are perfect for each member of your family. This can cut down on family arguments about how hot or cold the house is. Every family member will have their own comfort zones.

4. You Can Use Voice Commands

Too lazy to get up and walk across the room to adjust your thermostat? No problem!

Smart thermostats are compatible with voice command technology. This means all you have to do is tell your thermostat to lower or raise the temperature, and it’ll do it.

Since you can use voice commands, you won’t have to get interrupted with activities, such as a family game night or movie night with your spouse. Enjoy the luxury of adjusting your home’s temperature without skipping a beat in whatever you’re doing.

Get a Smart Thermostat for Your Home

A smart thermostat has a number of benefits you can enjoy for years to come. Together with other smart technologies, it can integrate perfectly with the rest of your home’s ELAN system. The more automated elements you have, the easier life will be.

If you’d like to learn more about how a smart thermostat fits into your smart house plan, then get in touch with us

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Simple Living: Set-and-Forget Luxury with ELAN-Automation

The July 2019 issue of Residential Systems magazine just ran a nice piece on an ELAN-automated home project we completed recently in here in Sarasota. Learn more about our residential home automation projects here.

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Case Study: Home Automation for Commercial

Sound & Video Contractor magazine featured a case study on our work at Waterworks, one of Sarasota’s premier social and business clubs. Learn more about our commercial technology automation projects here.

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SmartHouse Earns Top ELAN Awards at CEDIA Expo 2018

September 2018

CEDIA, the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association, held their annual Expo in San Diego earlier this month. This home tech trade show and conference brings together more than 20,000 home tech pros and 500+ exhibitors for the leading event in connected technology. During the event, they present the heavily sought after CEDIA Awards which honor the best of the best in technical excellence, product innovation, and individual professionals within the home technology industry.

SmartHouse Integration had a very successful week at the CEDIA Expo bringing home two very prestigious awards, the Top ELAN Dealer in Florida and Top ELAN Flagship dealer in North America. Nortek Security & Control hosted the top ELAN dealers in North America for a dinner and celebration of this year’s success where SmartHouse was exclusively honored for being the Top ELAN Elite Flagship Dealer in North America. “This is a huge honor for our company”, states Mark van den Broek, CEO of SmartHouse Integration. “We saw the Flagship program as an amazing value for our clients. A five-year warranty on electronics is unheard of in our industry. Adding this type of warranty to our expertise ensures that our clients have some of the finest designed and installed systems in the industry.”


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Ask SmartHouse Why You Need Lutron Shades

Daylight has a quality that we respond to emotionally. Colors read true, finishes reveal their texture, and an uplifting quality pervades any room bathed in daylight. As we become more conscious of our footprint on this planet, we realize that making the most of daylight in our homes simply makes sense. Utilizing daylight reduces our need for electric light, and saves energy. Lutron shading systems provide precision control of daylight – all at the touch of a button.

Save Energy

Utilize your shading system to save additional energy beyond routine use of shades. “Winter warm” opens the shades, taking advantage of sunlight warming a southern façade. “Summer cool” does the opposite by lowering shades and blocking solar heat gain, thereby reducing your cooling costs. In addition, Lutron shading fabrics are made from sustainable materials for complete environmental and energy savings.

Elegance & Ambiance

Lutron controls are designed to look and work beautifully. Stylish control and fabric options coupled with innovative technology elegantly transition a space to create the right amount of light for any activity. Shades align precisely within 1/16 in of each other for a balanced, beautiful look to a row of windows.


Managing daylight is not restricted to a single wall station in your home. Shading systems can be controlled using a myriad of keypads, IR remote controls, wireless tabletop controls, or set to an astronomic time clock for automatic adjustment of shades.

Safety & Security

Utilize a whole-home shading system for simultaneous control of all shades. By setting a pre-determined scene for “Away”, simply select this button when leaving to close all shades and restrict the view inside your home.

Reduce Glare & Protect Furnishings

Lutron shading systems diffuse light and prevent glare from washing out a computer or television screen. Shading systems also protect furniture, fine art, rugs, and even wood surfaces, from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter by using shading systems to deflect or harness solar heat.

© 2018 Lutron Electronics Co., Inc

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SmartHouse Integration: NEW Upcoming Projects

Check out two of the NEW and EXCITING projects SmartHouse Integration has in the works; Halcyon of Siesta Key and The Pearl Sarasota. Both projects are multiple dwelling units (MDUs) where we are not only using home automation and lighting control within each of the residences, but also for the grounds energy management and access control.

Both buildings are currently under construction, however there are only a few units left available for sale, so follow the links below to inquire about owning yours today.

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SmartHouse Integration Open House – May 16, 2018

If you were fortunate enough to attend our Open House, thank you for stopping by and making it such a huge success. The event brought together industry professionals to show, instead of tell, what home automation can do. The demonstrations featured A Day in the Life with a SmartHouse” which took attendees through a full day as owners of a smart home, displaying the various interactions and capabilities of the ELAN home automation system. The features showcased were automation of shades, lighting, audio, video and more. We hope everyone enjoyed seeing what a SmartHouse can do, as much as we enjoyed showing all of the products and services we have to offer.

We’d also like to give a special thanks to our vendors that attended; Jason Davis and Bret Jacob from Nortek Security & Control, and Brett Karuza from AMI Sales (pictured from left to right below). We hope we showed off our brands as well as you all represent them.


If you missed the SmartHouse open house, you definitely missed one heck of a party as you can see from some of the photos below. Be on the lookout for the next one, or swing by the showroom in the meantime and we’ll be happy to give you a private demonstration.


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Island Get Away Project: 2018 Mark of Excellence Award WINNER!!!

January 10, 2018 — SmartHouse Integration was awarded the 2018 TechHome® Mark of Excellence Award for CUSTOM HOME OF THE YEAR – UNDER $50,000 for their Island Get Away project. This award was presented at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 9-12, 2018. This makes the 15th award SmartHouse Integration has received for their work since 2009, and it is starting off as another award winning year.

The TechHome® Mark of Excellence Awards, presented by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, recognize the best in custom integration and installed technology. Each year manufacturers, distributors and systems integrators compete in more than 30 award categories for this coveted honor. Entry categories include manufacturer products and integrator projects, as well as the TechHome Integrator of the Year Award, which celebrates outstanding business success, resource use, comprehensive technical skills and exceptional quality in professional installations. All entries are judged by independent experts within the industry, and winners are announced at the Mark of Excellence Awards Reception during CTA’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES)®.

SmartHouse would like to thank the amazing homeowners of the Island Get Away for allowing them to turn their vision into an award winning SmartHouse!

Check out the March 2018 edition of CE Pro Magazine for the feature article on the project, as well as coverage on

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SmartHouse Integration – Your Sarasota CEDIA Integrator

SmartHouse Integration – Your Sarasota CEDIA Integrator

CEDIA is the international trade association and central touchpoint for 3,700 member companies that represent every facet of the ever-evolving technology market.

The association powers integrators’ passion by providing development pathways that move them to the next level by providing education, community, resources, and vision.

CEDIA members deliver technology solutions that allow people to have their best moments in life from the comfort of their own home: life lived best at home.

Contact us today, your Sarasota CEDIA integrator, to see how we can help you live your life best at home.

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SmartHouse Integration partners with Bang & Olufsen

Like no one else.

Since 1925, Bang & Olfusen has become an international design icon and a global symbol of audio-visual excellence. Today, Bang & Olufsen is world renowned for its distinctive range of quality televisions, music systems, and high-performance loudspeakers; products that combine technological excellence with emotional appeal in a sensational design language.

SmartHouse is very excited to be a Bang & Olfusen Professional Partner serving the West Coast of Florida and beyond. We have a variety of products on display in our showroom. Come by to check out how we can bring the audio-visual excellence of Bang & Olufsen into your life.

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