5 Reasons to Consider a Home Automation System

5 Reasons to Consider a Home Automation System

Joelle Alcaidinho
Apr 13, 2011

Home automation was even more of a topic at this year's tech events than last year and it got us thinking about how we could integrate automation into our own homes. If your first thought when you hear "home automation," is "meh," perhaps you should take a look at these reasons to consider a home automation system.

Here are some reasons for why one should considering a home automation system. It is important to note that not all home automation systems distribute video, audio, and control the lights, so some of these reasons are not applicable to all types of home automation systems. These reasons are courtesy of Charles Stucklen from Cloud9 a Control4 platinum dealer:

1) No More Remote Drama: A system like Control4 would allow you to replace your remotes with your iPad running the Control4 app. We have several remotes and the idea of chucking most of them and replacing it with a product we already own and use, our iPad, is highly appealing.

2) Cluttered Spaces Vanish: Around our TV right now we have a Wii, PS2, XBox360, and DVD player. For my parents the clutter is even worse, they have a Wii, 360, cable box, Blu-ray player, PS3, VCR, and receiver. A home automation system will cut down on the clutter near your TV by bringing all your components into one location that is not underneath your TV.

3) Say Goodbye to Messy Wiring: With stashing all those set-top boxes in one location, you no longer have the clutter of wires all around your TV. Home automation mean smarter wiring and much less cord control is needed overall.

4) Source Sharing: We love that with a home automation system it is easy to take what we are watching in one room over to another. This is a big selling point for those who have multiple TVs and speaker systems in their homes.

5) Consistent User Interface: This point alone makes us recommend a home automation system to our parents. For those who are not fond of studying up on how each remote and system works, learning 5 or 6 menus is not a party. With a home automation system, you learn how that home automation system works and once you have that down, you can control everything connected to it whether that is the lights or the channels on the TV.

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