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The 5 Best Home Automation Systems

Over 60 million properties in the U.S. will be labeled “smart homes” by the year 2022. But our homes have a much greater capacity for technological innovation than simply asking Alexa to play some music. So how can you take your home automation to the next level? And what are the best home automation hubs available?

From security to entertainment, to your home office, there are so many options for making your house more efficient. Read on to find out more!

1. Whole House Audio

Upgrade your Amazon Echo or Google Nest speaker by installing a central audio control for your home. You’ll be able to control exactly which rooms are playing the same music (or any audio at all) while keeping your speakers out of sight.

You can control your audio system wirelessly, and wander from room to room without missing a beat. What’s more, this can be applied to video too!

2. Integrated Security

Whether you’re on vacation or simply out for dinner, you can rest easy knowing your automated home security system is keeping you and your home safe. Our monitoring center offers protection 24/7.

Install a variety of devices, including touch panels, keypads, and discreet CCTV to keep your home totally secure. You can playback recordings from your phone or computer to check any time what’s going on in and around your property.

3. Climate Control

Now more than ever we need to make sure we’re not wasting energy by needlessly heating and cooling our home. With Florida’s temperamental weather conditions this could be challenging, but our climate control system makes it easy.

Adjust your AC remotely, set a program for the upcoming day, and personalize the settings for every room in your house. This way you’re in complete control of the temperature of your home, while also doing your bit for the environment.

4. LED Landscape Lighting

Utilize LED landscape lighting to highlight the most stunning features of your home. Whether that’s an infinity pool or a luxurious driveway, landscape lighting provides a warm yet chic ambiance to your home.

You can link the controls to your phone or tablet via WiFi, or simply program them to turn off and on according to daylight hours. This way you’ll have a smart garden to accompany your smart home.

5. Home Office Upgrade

The final home automation feature you need is to enhance your home office technology and security. With more and more meetings taking place at home in the era of Covid-19, now is the right time to invest in your home office.

Our H.O.P.E program allows business owners to stay competitive with advanced network capacity and first-rate power management.

Now You Can Achieve Home Automation Perfection

We’ve now covered five of the top home automation features you should be considering. It’s time to make use of the incredible technological advances available to us and create a smart, sophisticated, and secure home.

SmartHouse Integration is a certified dealer and multiple award-winner with over 20 years of experience making houses more intelligent.

Get in touch for more information about how we can help you innovate your home’s technology.

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Here’s How Future Technology Will Transform Your Home

The ways in which future technology will affect our lives is far-reaching. From healthcare to tasks of daily living, the advancement of new technology aims to make our lives easier and better in just about every way.

Nowhere is this more true than in our own homes. Studies show 69% of households now have at least one smart home device. But how will future technology change your home for the better?

While we can only predict some of the ways in which our lives will be enriched by technological advances, we do have some pretty good ideas on how they might help create more comfortable and modern houses. Keep reading to learn how the future of technology will transform your home and the life you live there.

Always Connected

The younger generations that are alive today are already among those that have grown up never knowing a world without the internet, but those being born today and beyond will grow up in a world of constant connectivity.

Bluetooth and WiFi technologies are already in every developed country. But technology already exists that links more than just our phones and computers to this online grid. And it will continue to grow so that your entire home can be linked up. The appliances and machines you use every day will be online capable and always connected.

Completely Automated

Along with this online capability comes the capacity for a completely automated home.

Out of milk and eggs? Your fridge will know as it creates your grocery list for you.

Shades that automatically open and close and lights that turn on and off at specified times? These total home solutions are already here, and only getting better.

Energy Efficiency

Along with completely automated homes will come enhanced energy efficiency capabilities.

Besides the already existing technology that allows your home’s temperature and lighting to be scheduled and controlled remotely, developing technologies geared toward renewable energy and decreasing our carbon footprint will likely result in appliances that can be similarly controlled and turned on and off.

Enhanced Security

Where security is concerned, technology has already changed the way we keep ourselves and our families safe.

From wireless camera systems that let us monitor our homes in real-time while we’re away to fire suppression systems that automatically send alerts to the local fire department, our homes have never been safer or more secure. And this technology will only continue to grow and advance.

Future Technology in Our Homes

And the best part?

As future technology comes into play and becomes more commonplace, it’s easier and more affordable than ever to start making your home a more comfortable place to live. From simple additions like controlling the temperature and lighting to more in-depth integrations like security and monitoring, upgrading your home isn’t just about paint colors and layout remodels anymore.

Are you ready to take your home to the next level of comfort and convenience with the newest in technology?

Contact Smarthouse Integration to learn how you can bring your home into the future!


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Diving Into Some Of Today’s Top Home Automation Products

When was the last time you switched on the kettle or the oven with your own hands? probably very recently but all that could be about to change. The future is here. Many home automation products are changing the way we live our lives for the better.

From the comfort of our smartphones or even our voice assistants, we can control our entire homes and now even our kitchens to make our lives that little bit easier.

Here are some of the smart home products you should look out for.

Smart Ovens

Did you know it’s now possible to set your oven from the palm of your hand? Ovens are now app-based appliances. You can amend the temperature, setting and get notified when your food is cooked.

Some more expensive smart ovens also include internal cameras so you don’t even have to enter the kitchen and poke your head in to check up on your food. Many machines can sit on the counter but if you want a full-size oven then you may need to have it professionally installed into your kitchen cabinet.

Smart Locks

In 10 years traditional locks will be a thing of the past. There is no need to worry about losing your keys any longer, now smart locks enable you to use your smartphone or fingerprint to access your front door or even the individual rooms in your house.

This means if you are ever away from your house and someone needs to get in you can temporarily grant them access from further afield.

If you combine a smart lock with a smart camera system you can also check who is entering your house and if you see it’s a neighbor or someone you trust, you can let them in, wherever you are in the world.

Smart Kettles

Do you get bored of having to continuously wait for your kettle to boil? Then don’t despair you can now boil your kettle when you know you are five minutes from home so that it’s ready and waiting for you when you get in.

You can use either an app your smartphone or if you have a smart home system integrated into your smart assistant and everything set up you can ask it to boil your kettle for you.

Smart Light Bulbs

Have you ever left the house and worried that you’ve left some of the lights on? You don’t need to look like a madman to all of your neighbors now as you lock-up and then have to unlock your front door to double-check you’ve turned everything off.

A simple tap on your smartphone app will ensure that all of your smart light bulbs are off. Equally, if you also have a smart camera system set up you can activate the lights in your home to make it look as if someone is home if you spot someone suspicious lurking.

Smart lighting that mimics sunlight is set to be one of the key smart home trends in 2020.

Home Automation Products Are The Future

From smart light bulbs to smart kettles that you can fill up remotely, smart home products will soon be present in everyone’s homes. It’s even possible to turn 500-year-old homes into smart homes

If you are interested in having your entire house wired up with the greatest and latest home automation products, hassle-free, then be sure to contact us today.

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Facial Recognition is Emerging (SRQ Magazine Feature)

We recently had a tip included in the 2020 Spring Home Portfolio guide from SRQ Magazine. Check it out online here…

While voice control has had a steady growth in popularity, facial recognition is an emerging technology that goes one step further.

If you’re interested in implementing facial recognition into your home automation project, then let us know. We’d love to discuss whether this approach works for your lifestyle.

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Great Home Technology Trends to Look out for in 2020

In 1999, the Disney Channel released a movie called Smart House.

The forward-thinking kids’ movie featured a home outfitted with futuristic technologies. This included an interactive home computer capable of making meals, cleaning up messes, and playing with the family dog.

20 years later as we head into 2020, the concept of a smart home is no longer just a plot point in a kid’s movie. Smart home technology is changing the way we live and interact with our families.

Keep reading to learn more about the newest home technology trends to watch out for in 2020 below.

Advanced Sensory Tech

Smart home tech innovations can only improve if scientists develop more advanced sensory technology.

Recently we’ve seen improvements in sensors for safety equipment associated with water heaters, HVAC systems, and electrical boxes. The sensors monitor the equipment to ensure all works properly and send out an alert to the homeowner when it doesn’t.

In 2020, homeowners can expect even better sensory tech that applies to more parts of their home. Imagine sensors installed in your walls to alert you if there’s a termite infestation starting or issues with the foundation.

The goal of advanced sensory tech is to monitor and prevent expensive and dangerous issues by catching them before they happen.

Security Systems

Integrating smart technology into security systems is another advancement consumers can look forward to in 2020.

Home security providers were one of the first industries to adopt smart technology. The expensive tech started out letting you know when something moved by your front door.

Now, smart home security systems can tell the difference between a human and an animal. This prevents the security system from setting off an alert unnecessarily.

Smart Lighting

Thanks to smart lighting technology, you’ve probably walked into a dark public restroom only to have the lights turn without a switch.

Smart sensors identify movement in the room and turn the lights on only when necessary, which helps to save money and energy.

In 2020, you can expect bigger advances in smart lighting. Things like lights that imitate sunlight to prevent seasonal affective disorder. Even lighting that mimics the movement of the sun throughout the day for people who spend a lot of time indoors.

Home Tech Innovations for Entertainment

The introduction of voice-command televisions and smart speakers revolutionized home entertainment.

The same goes for hidden TVs, advanced home theater systems, and other home tech innovations.

In 2020, you can expect virtual and augmented reality to enter your living space. Not only will this change your television watching experience, but also any gaming experiences.

Hidden high-resolution projectors that respond to voice command will also be available in the upcoming year.

Stay Up-To-Date with the Latest Home Technology Trends

The idea of a completely-smart home isn’t just a fictional plot point anymore.

We’ve seen tons of new home technology trends hit the market in 2019 with even more to arrive in 2020 and beyond.

Want to stay up-to-date on all of these tech trends?

Check out the SmartHouse Integration blog for the latest news in Smart Home technology and how it will affect your life. Head over today to get a glimpse of the technically advanced future in your grasp!


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Creating the Ultimate Smart Home in 2020: New Trends to Look For

Homes that adjust the lighting depending on the time of day. Blinds that draw with a voice command. Robot house assistants.

It sounds like something out of a sci-fi cartoon. However, some of these home automation technologies are already here, and some of it is on its way.

Here are some trends to look for when you’re creating your ultimate smart home heading into the new year…

Lighting That Mimics Sunlight

There’s already lighting that knows when a person is in the room or not, and turns on accordingly. But the coming year could see a new advance in home lighting.

Specifically, experts are talking about human-centric lighting that mimics sunlight more accurately, which could benefit people with seasonal depressive disorder. But it doesn’t stop there – this high-tech indoor lighting might even follow the path of the sun throughout the day.

This could also mean lighting that has less blue in it during the evening hours, which can disrupt sleep patterns.

More Robotic Help

We already have robots that do our floor cleaning for us. But look for an extension of this heading into 2020, including lawnmowers that can navigate your property on their own.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. As artificial intelligence gets more advanced, you might see more and more robots completing tasks that were once up to you to worry about.

Who knows? Maybe you’ll soon have a robotic assistant that makes breakfast for you in the morning or entertains you.

Fewer Wires, Better Wireless

On one hand, there are smart charging solutions available that don’t require you to plug in your wireless device to charge. There’s already technology that allows a device to get powered up from across the room using invisible beams.

Meanwhile, the 5G network is being rolled out to make devices communicate with each other more easily, while also speeding up the connection.

Assisting With Independence

New smart home products can possibly help seniors live independently in their homes longer. One of the technologies already on the market is an automated dispenser of medication that knows when and how much medicine to deliver.

Seniors can also benefit from the many features of a home that can be automated with voice command, such as closing blinds, turning off music or lights, and adjusting the thermostat.

Smart thermostats can also automatically adjust the temperature for the time of day while helping to save money in utilities for those on a fixed income.

Speaking of thermostats, another emerging technology is home zoning that can adjust the temperature of different rooms independently.

Create The Ultimate Smart Home in 2020

As technology increases, so does home automation. Homes of the future (and some of them now) will be able to be controlled by simple voice commands, and more devices will do things automatically thanks to advances in artificial intelligence.

If you’re looking for some ultimate smart home solutions to bring your house or apartment to the next level, be sure to contact us.

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Smart Homes of the Future: Smart Home Technology Predictions to Know

Experts believe that the smart home industry will grow from a $4.4 billion industry in 2013 to a $21 billion industry in 2020.

To understand this growth, it’s important to know what the future of home tech holds.

Let’s take a look at some predictions to see what smart homes of the future will look like.

Great Expectations For Smart Homes of the Future

Looking at where smart homes started and how far they’ve come helps us gauge their future.

So what is going to happen with the future of smart home technology?

Homeowners can see who is at their front door while they’re at work, turn lights on and off, play background music, lower and open blinds, and more.

There are already garages that start the charging process when you drive your electric vehicle in. Imagine what the future is going to hold for your smart home technology.

Perhaps your garage door and the front gate will recognize your vehicle as it drives up through number plate recognition technology, allowing only authorized vehicles to enter the premises.

Smart homes of the future are going to be more advanced when it comes to security.

Whole-Home Integration

High-end smart homeowners can schedule their lights to turn on and off on command via their smartphones, control their air conditioning, and more. Homeowners have this control with the simple tap of a finger, whether they’re in their home or on the other side of the world.

The idea behind a smart home of the future is to have an entire home that operates as one eco-system.

An integrated smart home will have the ability to make assumptions based on the residents’ behavior and preferences.

Future smart homes will use facial recognition on visitors who arrive on your doorstep for added security.

Each room will detect a person entering a room and switch on the heating or the cooling system. Lights will turn on or off depending on the time of day and whether someone is in the room. These features will save you money on utility bills and lower your environmental footprint.

Your home entertainment system will get to know your viewing habits and pre-download viewing preferences before you type shows in the search bar while looking for something to watch.

Smart Home Maintenance

Your smart home will soon be able to monitor your home’s maintenance. Imagine your home telling you that your air conditioning system needs maintenance before the problem arises.

Through the monitoring of sounds on certain frequencies, your smart home might be able to tell you if an appliance is drawing too much power or damaged. Your smart home will also help you keep your power bill to a minimum through appliance usage analysis and reporting.

Smarthome Integration is the Future

Smart homes of the future are right around the corner.

The one thing we’re sure of is that smart home technology is going to be fully integrated. All parts of your home will work together to create a more relaxing and convenient home life.

Head over to our total home solutions page to see how you can improve your home.

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4 Smart Home Security Trends You Need to Know

As a homeowner, you want to protect your home. Right?

If you’ve got a nice house and a lot of valuables, there’s always the potential of a break-in. Protecting your stuff should always be a priority, but with all of the security trends out there, it can be difficult to know how to pick the right one.

As security measures get more and more technologically advanced, some of the smart home security trends are pretty mindblowing in what they can do. Today, we’re going to go over 4 of the best trends that are going to keep your home and property safe at all times.

Life’s too short to be worrying about things like theft and violence. Get a good security system and feel your concerns float away.

The Best Smart Home Security Trends

Automation and remote monitoring are taking over the home security market. Nowadays, you can make sure your home is safe when you’re on the other side of the world. Go wireless and follow some of these security trends to keep tabs on your property at all times.

1. Voice Control

Being able to arm and disarm your security system with your voice might feel like more of a breach of security than an increase in security. Actually, voice control is already dominating the smart home market with things like Google Home and Alexa.

Voice-controlled security systems would involve voice recognition, so your system would only arm/disarm when they hear your voice.

2. In the Cloud

The future of security is most likely going to be based in the cloud. This remote storage system already allows us to access most of our information without the need for any physical drives or specific computers.

In terms of security, it would eliminate any software complications and prevent a burglar from being able to hack into anything. It would also store images captured by the surveillance system, making the perpetrators easier to find.

3. Attack Of The Drones

Drones aren’t just for annoying airport employees and spying on unsuspecting people, they can be used for good. They work wonders as a smart home security device. Pocket-sized drones can fly up to 20 feet and you can operate them from your smartphone.

Many home security calls end up being false alarms. A drone system can help you decipher a burglar from a raccoon with biometric scanning. In the future, they’ll also be able to obtain high-quality images of the perpetrators.

4. Remote Security

Expect to see more advancements with remote security in the future. You can already get notifications when motion sensors go off and do video check-ins when cameras detect something odd.

Soon we’ll likely see more things that allow you to control security features from your phone. You’ll be able to arm and disarm your system, control drones, and prevent the perpetrators from operating certain objects in your home.

A New Level of Safety

These incredible new security trends are just the beginning of the technology integration that we’ll surely see in the near future. Keep your eyes peeled for the next great advancement in smart home security trends so that you can feel safe when you’re at home and comfortable when you’re away.

To turn your home into a secure smart home, visit us at SmartHouse Integration. We’ll work with you to figure out the best way to turn your house into a smart home with incredible security, entertainment, and practical features.

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The Alarming Science Behind Sunrise Alarm Clocks

With all the smart home options available to today’s consumers, sometimes you want a natural solution to wake you up in the morning. Sunrise alarm clock lets you avoid harsh klaxons and beeps, allowing you to wake up naturally. To learn more about why sunrise alarm clocks are the right choice to help start your morning, check out this helpful guide!

How Sunrise Alarm Clocks Work

Due to seasonal change or how whether your bedroom has a window to open, it can be challenging to have a consistent level of light to wake you up. Sunrise alarm clocks provide a consistent level of light all year round, and can even sync to your smart home to mimic the current season.

By providing an increasing level of light, sunrise alarm clocks wake you up by recreating the effects of natural sunlight. By increasing the level of light over a thirty to forty minute period, you can wake up easily. Some clocks can be adjusted between fifteen minutes to an hour.

Most people fall asleep when it gets dark and wake up when it gets light. Exposure to light triggers the body’s alert sensor inhibits the flow of melatonin. By keeping your sleep and wake schedule to coincide with a natural program, you are putting the least amount of stress on your circadian rhythm.

Why You Should Get a Sunrise Alarm Clock

If you have trouble waking ups in the morning or you find that regular alarms are not working as they should, your body clock might be running out of synch. There are several environmental and social cues, also known as zeitgebers, capable of impacting our internal clocks. These factors can include levels of exercise, eating habits, and light exposure, all of which can affect your quality of sleep.

Light exposure, in particular, can help or hinder your ability to sleep, especially when it comes to getting up or falling asleep. Waking up in a dark room signals to your brain that it’s still night, which keeps your mind from activating.

By opening your windows and letting the light in, you help your brain reinforce that it’s time to get up and start your day. While artificial light is not as good as the real thing, sunrise alarm clocks help your body and mind to simulate a natural sleep cycle. There are also several different lighting options to help you wake up with either a yellow or white full-spectrum bulb. 

Alarm clocks that rely on sound not only give you an unnecessarily harsh wakeup, but it can also get you into a lot of trouble. Most snooze buttons only last five minutes or so, which means that you can forget you even woke up in the first place. Should you accidentally unplug or break your alarm clock, you could oversleep and be late to work.

Rise with the Sun

If you want your smart home to give you the best wakeup you’ve ever had, make sure to incorporate your sunrise alarm clock. To learn more about making your smart home even smarter, Contact Us today!

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5 Brilliant Home Automation Ideas You Need to Know

Thanks to automation devices like Alexa becoming more proficient and accessible, turning your house into a smart house easier than ever.

There are so many awesome features and ways to take your house to the next level.

Here are five cool and totally useful home automation ideas you can use to make your life at home a little safer and easier. 

Up and at ‘Em:

If hitting snooze over and over on your alarm is an issue for you, why not think about setting up a smart alarm?

Instead of simply being about to push a button or tap your phone for an extra 5 minutes in the morning, make it so you have to scan a tag or enter a code to turn off the beeping. Just make sure the keypad or tag isn’t in arms reach.

Both the kitchen by the coffee pot or in the bathroom are clever places to place the off switch for the alarm to be. After all, those are the two most likely places you’ll head once you wake up.

A Little Help with the Housework:

Smart appliances can be a great way to keep on top of your housework. Imagine getting a text to let you know your laundry is done or setting a cycle from your phone while you’re at work. Get reminders to take out the trash so you never miss another trash day again.

You can even set up notifications to remind you to change the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This is a great way to make sure you never forget or get to the point where they start beeping to let you know they need a recharge.

Who’s There:

With video doorbells, you can check out who is at your front door no matter where you are. There are a number of models available, some even with motion sensors, which let you monitor who is at your door, even if you aren’t home.

However, it isn’t just the doorbell that can alert you when someone is going near your safe, wandering around the backyard, or just fiddling with back or side doors. CCTV is a great way to record who is there and keep your house safe.

Light Up:

Smart lighting can also be a great way to help keep you and your house safe.

Whether you have designed a fantastic range of great mood lighting for both your indoor and outdoor living spaces or you want to make it look like someone’s home, smart lighting is a great option. 

Much like everything else on this list, your lighting schemes can be controlled by your phone or a special remote. So, no more fumbling in the dark for a light switch in the garage or having the house look empty when you’re on holiday. 

More Home Automation Ideas:

There are way more fun and great ways to use your smart devices to get your dream house.

Some other great home automation ideas can range from climate control for your house to getting notified when there is a leaky or water damage. Having a smart house can help you have a house of the future while also protecting it in the present.

For more ideas on how to update your house, check out our blog. It is full of useful hints and tips on how to create and maintain your dream smart house.

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