Unfortunately, many people who own a TV and surround sound system can’t ever reliably figure out how to get their equipment to perform optimally, which is why the correct application of a control system is very valuable. Control systems allow you to simplify your entire entertainment system, to run your equipment efficiently and correctly, and to control your devices without having to understand their technological inner-workings.
There is a wide range of offerings in the home automation world: from simple smart remotes to control media systems to full automation systems. Most of the companies on the market offer a single control/automation system that can control a variety of things. Here at DJS we specialize in products from Crestron Electronics, which has been building control and automation systems here in the US for decades. They offer dozens of options for processors (the brain of the system) and dozens upon dozens of control devices to select from.
One of the most appealing offerings from Crestron is a new set of ultra-small devices that can be installed in a standard wall enclosure. These devices are priced so that they fit into the budget of a modest home and can easily offer features that justify the cost. This system will not only control your home theater surround system and all its sources but can automate window shades, thermostats, lighting, spas and pools, and more. The processor is about the size of a matchbox and the complete system can fit inside a two feet tall wall enclosure in your closet or storage room.
When it comes to optimizing your home’s “green” appeal these products are the ticket. Lighting control modules can be added to the system to minimize power consumption by automating lighting to turn on only when people are present or when security is a concern. The habits of the client can be tracked and the system automated to suit individual use. Additionally, automation of the shade and thermostats can greatly help keep the house cool or warm depending on the time of year. All of these systems can be monitored and can display power consumption in real time on your smart phone, TV, iPad, or wall mounted touch-screen.
Adding a system like this can take away the frustration of trying to control your TV and surround sound, save you money by minimizing your electric and gas bills, maximize your down time by ensuring your lights, shades, and thermostats are exactly where you want them all the time, add value to your home when you decide to sell it, and improve your peace of mind because you know that you have done your part to conserve the world’s precious resources.