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How to boost your smart home's connectivity

How to boost your smart home's connectivity

"I'm worried about the connection" is something we hear about a lot from current and prospective clients.

Wifi is amazing, but it's not 100% foolproof yet, and if you have a poor wifi connection, your smart home won't work as well as it should. When your connection drops, devices stop talking to each other (and your control panel) and it can be an exercise in frustration to try to bring it all back up online. 

Here are some quick tips to help you keep your smart home connected.

A Beginner's Guide to Smart Home Automation

A Beginner's Guide to Smart Home Automation

You’ve heard the term smart home or home automation, and perhaps you’ve seen a demonstration or commercial for a smart home automation system. Yes, smart home automation is transformational. It can change the whole feel of your home or office. You still have questions, though, and this article will aim to give you a foundation of smart home automation knowledge.

[INFOGRAPHIC] What exactly IS a smart home?

[INFOGRAPHIC] What exactly IS a smart home?

One of the things we keep hearing about lately is "What exactly IS a smart home?" 

Being in our little bubble inside the industry it's easy to forget that not everybody knows what a smart home is and what's so cool about it. 

This infographic from Vivint.com breaks down what a smart home is and what kinds of things a smart home can do.

This is by no means comprehensive as new technologies are emerging all the time to help turn your home into a smart home, but we hope it will help clear away some misconceptions.

How to Know if a Smart Home Installer is Trustworthy

How to Know if a Smart Home Installer is Trustworthy

You’ve got your heart set on home automation, but you want to work with a reliable smart home installer.

Now, you just need to know how to find a trustworthy smart home installer to transform your house into your dream home.

If that sounds familiar, you’re on the right track. In this article, we’ll show you a blueprint for finding a trusted local smart home installer.

Here are five ways you’ll know if a smart home installer is trustworthy:

Why contractors should partner with smart home installers

Why contractors should partner with smart home installers

Contractors across the country have noticed a change: more and more of their clients are using smart home automation in some form.

The smart home market is anticipated to hit $19.8 million by the end of 2018. By 2022, that number is expected to double, and more than half of the homes in the United States are projected to be using home automation.

It’s no secret: smart home automation is becoming a normal part of households.

What You Need to Know Before Installing a Savant System in Your Home

What You Need to Know Before Installing a Savant System in Your Home

If you are trying to choose a smart home system, then you’ve undoubtedly been researching automation systems from companies such as ADT, MONI, and Vivint.

If you’ve reached this article, then you’re likely looking for something a little more unique and perhaps luxurious. Savant is a highly rated smart home system, and in this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know before installing a Savant system in your home.

2 problems with turning your NYC apartment into a smart home

Avoid these two problems, and your NYC apartment will be a smart home in no time.

2 problems with turning your NYC apartment into a smart home

As the smart home trend is sweeping the nation, owning a smart home is on the bucket list of so many New Yorkers, but the trend hasn’t yet taken off.

The NYC housing market is complex with stringent building codes, housing regulations, high cost, and relatively low turnover.

Just the act of finding somewhere to call home in NYC can take years.

Once a homeowner finds the NYC apartment, townhome, or penthouse they’re going to stay in for the next several years, their dreams of turning it into a smart home continually face problems.

3 Signs Your Network Isn’t Cutting It

Here’s What You Need To Know About Your Wi-Fi Connection

3 Signs Your Network Isn’t Cutting It

Diagnosing networking problems is often difficult.  If your computer is slow, it could be something related to hardware or software. If your smartphone or tablet is slow, it could also be related to the device itself or the software it’s running. 

Perhaps a website you’re accessing is slow for a period, and it’s not any of your devices.  If you’re trying to watch a Netflix movie on your TV, is the quality something less than HD (high definition)?  Perhaps your internet signal slowed down temporarily.  There’s always the possibility that it’s not your signal or any device. 

Your network installation may be the culprit in a multitude of connectivity sins.  And in Manhattan, we often live in buildings with tens or hundreds of other networks, which can create issues with crowded airwaves. How do we figure out if our problems are network related? 

We’ll cover some ways to narrow it down.  Just keep reading. 

Five Smart Ways To Control Your Home’s Lights

All You Need Is a Home Lighting Control System

Five Smart Ways To Control Your Home’s Lights

Going around turning lights on and off can be tedious.  Perhaps it’s a first world problem, but here in Manhattan, with all the tall buildings densely packed together, light is essential, whether natural or manmade. 

You want your New York City home to have the right amount of light. Chances are you have invested in extra lighting for your place – perhaps lighting in built-ins that artfully draws attention to your first book collection, sconces adding soft light to your dining room, and LED spot lighting for your carefully curated artwork. 

You want to be able to control all that lighting easily, and not be reaching everywhere for switches to turn things on and off.  With a home lighting control system, you’ll have lots of choices for doing that.  Read on to learn more.

Motorized Shades – You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Frequently Asked Questions about Our Smart Shading Solutions

Motorized Shades – You Have Questions, We Have Answers

You love the idea of your window treatments going up or down by themselves.  You may want the clean cordless look of shades that don’t have those cords making you wonder which direction you pull. 

You might be wondering if automated shades can help you save energy – and money.  Perhaps they can help you do your part to preserve the planet. 

But you have questions.  Don’t we all?  We’ve put together some questions here about motorized shades that we often get from our clients.  And since we’re professionals, we’ve got answers.  Read on to find out more. 

Five Considerations for Smart Home Design

Detailed Planning Enables Smarter Homes

Five Considerations for Smart Home Design

As a designer or architect, you look at many details to ensure a home meets the homebuyer’s desires.  Room sizes, floor plans, electrical plans, and a myriad of other things are key to delivering the overall environment the client desires.

Smart home technology requires design considerations too, and they can affect construction as well as finish out planning.  Incorporating an integration professional early in the design process can ensure that smart Home technology blends in seamlessly, and is not something that feels tacked on or an afterthought.

Let’s look at some areas to consider when designing your smart home design. 

The Best Smart Technologies for Your Interior Design

Home Automation Features that Bring Style and Elegance

The Best Smart Technologies for Your Interior Design

Are you looking for ways to incorporate smart home automation into your Manhattan living space, without sacrificing your home’s design and décor?

Luckily, you’ll never have to. With smart systems like Savant, you can guarantee you’ll get a combined flair and functionality with your products.

We dive into the top smart technologies you can incorporate into any room of your home, and watch as they blend perfectly with the rest of your interiors.

Read on to learn more about these stylish, smart features!

3 Components of a Great Media Room Design

Here’s How to Create the Best Viewing Experience in Your Home

3 Components of a Great Media Room Design

If you’re trying to figure out the media room design for your Manhattan home’s entertainment center, you might begin to feel overwhelmed.

What does an ideal media room entail exactly, and how does it all go together?  We’ve got the answers for you.

We’ve listed out the top three features of a media room that you can install and incorporate into your design to make it feel uniquely fit for you.

Read on to see how these technologies and services can create the ideal entertainment room for you!

How to Make Your Home’s Lighting More Energy-Efficient in 2018

Explore the Eco-Friendly Benefits of Home Lighting Control

How to Make Your Home’s Lighting More Energy-Efficient in 2018

Did you make a resolution for the New Year? If you haven’t yet, we’ve got a suggestion: be more environmentally friendly.

There’s a reason why we chose this resolution. Unlike a resolution to go to the gym more often, you can achieve this goal with very little effort! Yes, smart technology can do the work for you, bringing energy-efficiency to your New York home automatically.

Curious? Let’s dig into the ways that upgrading to a home lighting control system can help reduce your carbon footprint.