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Tahoe home improvement: Simplifying your home technology

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Home technology is one of the biggest considerations when buying a new home today. Where past generations lauded over Viking ranges, Sub-Zero refrigerators, hardwood floors, radiant heat and granite countertops, those amenities are now widely used.

Homeowners and new homeowners are looking at how their home technology can make their homes more efficient, easier to operate and more comfortable to live in. With the right home entertainment and control system, any home can be a media wonderland and give the owner simple, complete control of the heat, air conditioning, lighting, TV’s, music systems, security, pool and spa controls, motorized window shades and lawn irrigation systems.

With the cultural shift toward energy efficiency and conservation, many appliances and lighting systems are using innovative materials and technologies to lower electricity usage and reduce carbon footprints, and home control systems can bring all of these separate systems together.

Thanks to the do-everything-device revolution that started with the iPhone, people can now control all of their home’s systems from their smartphone or tablet.

Companies like ELAN Home Systems, which makes the g! Entertainment and Control System, have been working for years to develop integrated home control systems that are as easy to use as an iPhone.

Today, these systems let homeowners control nearly everything in their homes from one device, like a universal remote for the whole house.

This means that owners can check in on their security system while they are on vacation, turn on the lights and air conditioning when they’re on the way home and even unlock their electronic door locks so the neighbor can feed the family pet!

Any homeowner that has a pool or spa, irrigation system or surveillance cameras can benefit from an easy-to-use home control system that lets them set temperatures, set schedules and view cameras from anywhere in the world with just a few button presses.

And let’s not forget one of the most used appliances in every home in America: the TV! Home control systems like ELAN g! can give homeowners a whole new level of control over TVs and whole-house music systems, allowing them to control every TV and room of audio in the house from a single remote of touch screen.

Parents can use the system to check what their kids are watching or listening to, and it lets them listen to different music in every room of the house.

It’s now more affordable than ever for a custom electronics professional to install a home control system that integrates the lighting, audio, video and HVAC into one single control device like an iPhone or Android smartphone.

And what starts as a small system is easy to expand later to include additional features like pool and spa control, motorized window shades and lawn irrigation systems, giving homeowners the option to build a system over time as they find how much they love having access to every home system on one simple screen.

Today, custom electronics professionals are people who make dreams come true; whether it’s a Roman-themed home theater, a whole-home music system or lighting control that allows you to turn off every light at night with one button, there is something for every homeowner with today’s home control technology.

This article was submitted by Epic AV Automation. For further information on the home control ELAN g! System, contact Epic AV Automation in Truckee at 12177 Business Park Dr #8 and PO Box 909 in Orangevale. Call toll free 877-627-2215 or local 530-563-6560, or visit at epicava.com.

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