elow are a few of the most frequent questions we get asked by our Home Automation Clients. We wanted to share these questions with you in hopes that we can shed some insight on common questions regarding Home Automation.
How easy is Home Automation to use?
If you can use a smart phone or tablet, you can easily learn how to operate your Automation System. From kids to the elderly, all find the Control4 interface extremely user friendly and similar to and Apple Interface, making automation easy to use and simplifying life’s everyday activities.
How much is it going to cost me?
We completely understand the price tag plays a big role in whether we choose to purchase something. One of the biggest advantages of Control4 is it is almost completely wireless, including lighting. This provides us with scalability and the ability to add solutions wirelessly over time and when the budget works best for you. You don’t have to start with a whole home solution from the start. A wireless solution can start with some initial hardware and pre-wiring and additional hardware can be added as and when required.
Do I require a high-speed internet connection?
We would highly recommend a high speed broadband internet connection with a minimum speed of 1 mbps download and 750 kbps upload for seamless and fast communication with your automation system.
What type of wiring will I have to run?
The wiring required really depends on the solution you choose. With both wired and wireless solutions available, we can guide you to the most cost effective solution for your home or commercial space depending on the size and scalability of the space. We emphasize during pre-construction stages to run additional wiring to future proof yourself for additional requirements. Running a wire during pre-construction is easy and cost effective. But trying to run wiring once your home or commercial space is fully constructed can prove to be quite challenging and impossible in some cases.
How can Home Automation help me save money?
Automation can help save you money in many different ways. How many times have you forgot to turn off your lights or air conditioners when leaving your home for a long period of time. Now you can access your home from anywhere and control lighting or air conditioning units anytime you need to. Another key way automation can save you money is by monitoring electrical usage of your home appliances or electronic equipment, and automatically turning them off or on low power when usage reaches a certain level every month or limits set by you. Customization to tailor cost savings into your automation integration is a key factor which can make your home automation experience even more rewarding.
What type of warranty do you receive?
All Control4 Automation products come with a 2 year warranty from Date of Installation. Avenue Sound also provides a 1 year warranty on our installation providing you with free service and additional programming at no charge to you throughout the initial year of your installation.
Will I have to pay a monthly fee?
Some automation service providers do require you to pay monthly service fees for use of their system. With Control4, you get everything in-built when you purchase the system. The only additional fee may come if you require the ability to remotely access the system which comes at a small annual cost.
We know technology is changing so rapidly and these days it’s such a challenge just to keep ahead of the pace. Give Avenue Sound a call and speak to one of our friendly sales representatives with any questions or concerns or for us to provide you with a free home consultation. Let us Electronically Engineer The Way You Live!