Have fun and worry less this holiday with help from home automation
The holiday season is in full force. The race to finish shopping, party planning and decorating is underway, but with that fun can come a whole lot of stress. It’s easy to worry over the weather, travel plans, or gifts being mailed on time - but there are many holiday details that simply don’t have to be stressful. Especially when a home automation system can take the worry off your plate and put your mind at ease!
There are a lot of smart home gadgets on the market today that may provide a sliver of relief, but where a homeowner really benefits the most is when their house is working in unison with the technology across the entire space, in a streamlined system powered by a reliable network. A home automation system will relieve cumbersome tasks, improve your home’s functionality and make your space more enjoyable. Exactly the kind of feeling you want when entertaining in your home during the holidays (or anytime of the year)!
Incorporate seasonal music in your entire home, controlled directly from your smart device.
A home automation system allows you to queue up the music you want, in the room you want, at the very moment you want it! Imagine sipping hot cocoa by the fire with your closest friends and family listening to I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Bing Crosby, while the kiddos listen to You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch in the family room. You don’t have to leave your guests to change the song or make volume adjustments. Simply use your phone or tablet to make changes to the playlists quickly, without leaving your guests’ side.
Automate lighting and decorations to reduce bills and grow holiday cheer.
Outdoor holiday lighting can easily be integrated into an existing home automation system. Create eye-catching light displays that respond to nightfall sensors and turn off at designated times. You will reap the benefits of lower energy bills and a holiday wow-factor across the neighborhood. Inside, home automation systems eliminate the need for unnecessary dimmers and light switches. Adjust lights easily from your smartphone or tablet to create a cozy holiday ambiance. Plus, the new app from the Savant home automation system includes a feature called “Capture”, so if you really like the lighting and media experience you are having in your dining room, you can tap the Capture button and save it as a new “Scene” to use again at another holiday gathering! You can even schedule when that Scene goes into effect during the day! The time savings you will experience with home automation will cut prep time and give you more time with the people you love.
Protect your holiday guests and home with strategic security measures.
Have friends and family over to your home for the holidays means you have a lot of people coming and going in and through the house. You can’t be everywhere at once, but you can have your smartphone handy to check on the kids playing video games downstairs, or unlock the door for your relatives while you are busy taking dinner out of the oven! Your home automation system will let you monitor who is at any door and see them on your TVs and other screens when the doorbell rings. This ensures you don’t open the door to those you don’t recognize or potential intruders. Additionally, your home automation system allows you to lock specific doors, windows and other entry points so kids or elderly visitors can’t unexpectedly leave or wander. Plus, you can assign key codes to long term guests for selected access in and out of your smart home during their holiday stay.
Create the perfect holiday movie theater.
If you find yourself super stressed, remember the holiday season is a time to slow down and enjoy memories with those you cherish. One great way to do that is to sit down to your favorite holiday movies. You can create the perfect watch party experience using a home automation system that adjusts to you theater preferences. With one button the lights go down and the movie starts, while the temperature is adjusted to keep everyone comfortable. Need to take a break and get some more cookies and eggnog? Simply pause the movie and the lights slowly turn up so you can retrieve your holiday goodies.