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Articles tagged with: Smart Home Technology

Tips for Securing Smart Home Automation Devices

Tips for Securing Smart Home Automation Devices

Smart home automation devices are becoming one of the main features of luxury living. After all, who wouldn’t want garage doors that magically open as you approach your home; lights that know when you go to bed and turn themselves off; a thermostat that optimizes itself to save you money; or a refrigerator that lets you know the milk is sour before you take a sip?

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!

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.

Are Motorized Shades Worth It? Here's Why the Answer Is Yes.

Motorized Window Treatments Are Perfect For Manhattan Residences

Are Motorized Shades Worth It? Here's Why the Answer Is Yes.

If you have a residence in Manhattan, you already know the most significant benefits that come with living in the city that never sleeps.

You’re never too far from the action – whether it’s eating at the hottest restaurant or seeing the newest Broadway show. There’s always something happening in New York City.

Chances are, if you’re living in Manhattan, your residence also has a spectacular view of the city’s skyline or even the East or Hudson Rivers.

This begs the question: Are you making the most of your unit’s view?

If you don’t know the answer to that question, we have a solution: Switch out your regular blinds for motorized window treatments. 

What, exactly, can motorized shades do for your Manhattan residence? Below, we share three reasons why it’s a worthy addition to your property.