Discover Remote Shade Control, Alarm Management and More in This Blog
We’re sure you know the feeling: you’re driving to work and realize that you failed to lock the door behind you. Or you’re stuck in traffic on your way home, but your kids or guests are standing outside, waiting to get in.
Though it’s important to feel safe when you’re actually inside your San Antonio, TX, home, there’s nothing like having security paired with a control system that you can carry with you everywhere you go. With the right technology in hand, you can always know what’s happening both inside and outside your home at all times. Our team installs high-end technology from trusted brands like Savant and Control4 because of their superior control and seamless user experience. You’ll love seeing each smart home and security solution on a single screen, giving you peace of mind that your Hill Country home is always well-protected.
Keep reading to see how we can give your family some peace of mind with top home security features such as remote shade control, remote access and more.
Get Your Backyard Ready for Sports-Watching Parties, Bonfires and More Before the Season Starts.
Though we realize that the end of August rarely means that Texans start feeling the first signs of fall, we’d like to encourage you to make the most of this transitional season. Let’s face it: We didn’t catch much of a break from the heat all summer, with temperatures reaching record-breaking highs this year. However, fall officially starts in less than one month.
When you finally feel the slightly cooler air that signals autumn is here, you’ll want to head outside to enjoy it, and we’re excited to show you a few creative ways to do just that. Sterling Home Technologies will optimize your outdoor audio and video with weatherproof TVs and immersive surround sound, preparing you for a host of seasonal events. The fun outside doesn’t end after pool parties and BBQs are over: keep reading to see some fresh outdoor entertainment ideas for your San Antonio, TX, home!
No matter how you’re spending your San Antonio summer, an outdoor speaker installation makes for a better time
It’s another hot and humid summer in Texas, and the heat isn’t going to break anytime soon. It’s tempting to stay inside all day, but you can still have fun with family and friends in your backyard. Whether you’re lounging by the pool, cooking burgers and hotdogs, or simply taking in the balmy summer evenings, you can make this a memorable summer spent outside.
For elevated outdoor entertainment this summer, consider installing outdoor speakers. The right music sets the ideal mood for any occasion and can help you have more fun doing whatever interests you. Here are three common backyard activities that benefit from an outdoor audio system in your San Antonio, TX home.
Be Proactive in Getting the Ideal Temperature for Your Home
Summer is almost here, and the temperatures in San Antonio, TX are starting to rise. If you're not careful, that could mean an overworked AC system, skyrocketing energy costs, and lots of sweat. But there's a simple solution: invest in a smart thermostat. With a single device, you can regulate the temperature in your home easily and efficiently – and when you integrate with other systems, you can enjoy even more benefits. Want to keep your cool as the weather gets hot? Keep reading.
How Technology Can Streamline Your Daily Routines
A lot of things about smart home control sound impressive, from controlling all your technology from a mobile app to getting your home to respond automatically on your behalf through schedules or sensors.
While there's no denying that a lot of smart home control features are cool. How relevant would they really be in your family's lifestyle? The goal of smart home technology is to simplify the day-to-day lifestyle in your home in San Antonio or the Texas Hill Country.
Whether you need a little boost getting up in the morning or added peace of mind when you leave the house, here are some examples of how you can use smart technology throughout he day.
Find a Reliable Solution That Matches All of Your Family’s Needs
The allure of smart home technology is stronger than ever. How many times have you seen an ad for a smart device like a thermostat or speaker advertised on TV or online? Maybe next-door neighbors have flaunted their new wireless speakers or smart lighting. Eventually, you’ll want to join in on the fun as well and embrace the best in luxury living. They key is knowing where to start.
Home automation companies are the best way to get a comprehensive, reliable technology solution. Every smart device from lighting to security goes under one umbrella for increased efficiency and comfort. But how do you know which one to go with? As you do your research, you’ll likely come upon three big names: Crestron, Control4 and Savant.
How do you know which one to go with? It depends on a variety of things, but we recommend a one-on-one consultation with your local technology experts to find the ideal solution for your home in San Antonio, Boerne, New Braunfels, TX, or the Texas Hill Country. As you read this blog, we showcase some of the reasons we personally like working with Savant in most of our projects.
These Home Lighting Control Solutions Take You Beyond the On/Off Switch
Each day you use your lights in a myriad of ways – from snapping yourself out of sleep in the morning to creating a safe path to your front door when you get home after work. But as you go about your daily routine, do you ever wonder if there’s a more convenient way to manage them throughout the day?
Embrace a home lighting control solution that offers a variety of options to match the diverse needs of your home in San Antonio, TX or the Texas Hill Country. Take advantage of keypads, mobile apps, or voice commands for a more intuitive way to adjust lighting throughout the day. Smart lighting is entirely customizable, so you can pick and choose whichever options work best for your family.
Check Out the Latest Features from Savant Systems
Every time a new smart device hits the shelves, our clients come to us asking if it’s the right fit for their existing home automation system. In many cases, these new devices are not compatible or don't meet our safety and efficiency standards. As our clients expand the scope of their smart homes, we usually recommend they stick to trusted brands.
Relying on the same company—like Savant Systems—for most of your home will result in an even more reliable solution. That’s why we’re so excited about some of the unique features the company has to offer. We outline some of them below, to help you figure out which are the best fit for your home in San Antonio, TX or the Texas Hill Country.
Find the Ideal Match for Your Entertainment Needs
The primary reason many people decide to install a custom home theater is that they want the big screen experience. However, in all the excitement, it’s easy to go a little too big. Even though a smaller screen will leave you wanting more, going big can be a literal headache to deal with.
Screens that are too big for the room will result in eye strain and fatigue. Eventually, you'll want to stop using the theater in your San Antonio, Boerne or Texas Hill Country home entirely. As you read this blog, we'll highlight some tips for picking out the perfect screen size for your theater.
Make Sure to Include These Features During Your Smart Home Installation
Getting new technology shouldn’t just be about making your home cooler or more fun. The one thing you should focus on during any smart home installation is what makes your home feel like a home: comfort, safety, and peace of mind. Most companies offer a variety of features that directly address those needs. As you read this blog, find out which of these are a must-have for your home in San Antonio or the Texas Hill Country.
Take in Fresh Air Without Saying Goodbye to Your Entertainment
Now that the scorching summer weather is behind us, it’s time to take in the crisp fall temperatures here in San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country every chance we get. Though we can all use a little more sunshine, only a few of us are content sunbathing for hours. How can you make your outdoor spaces fun for everyone? Take advantage of an outdoor entertainment solution that lets you watch the latest Cowboys or Spurs game or catch up on the fall premiers. Since your television will be the hallmark of any outdoor entertainment system, we want to focus on that in this blog.
Motorized Shades Let You Embrace the Power of Natural Light
When you imagine lighting control, you're probably picturing switches, dimmers, and timers. But lighting control shouldn't just take your artificial light into account. There are a variety of reasons it's essential to harness natural light in your San Antonio or Texas Hill Country home. And no technology helps with this task more than motorized shades. In this blog, we're going to explain the benefits of daylighting—embracing natural light—and show you how motorized shades play a significant role.
With a Professional Installation, the Opportunities Go Well Beyond Movie Night
Do you wonder if a dedicated theater is the right fit for your San Antonio or Texas Hill Country home? Not only are home theater systems ideal for watching movies, but they also offer a variety of other entertainment benefits. Designing a space that provides high-definition video and immersive sound benefits the sports nut in the family, the music aficionado, and even the expert gamer. Getting more out of your theater beyond movie viewing involves just a few updates to your design.
Avoid These Common Pitfalls to Better Protect Your Family
Do you sometimes worry you're not doing enough to protect your family? Are you worried the security you have in place isn't doing its job? Despite your best intentions, it's possible that a few mistakes could leave your home vulnerable. The good news is that with the right tools, these mistakes are relatively simple to resolve. In this blog, we highlight some of the top mistakes we see in home security systems and offer some solutions for your residence in San Antonio or the Texas Hill Country.
Don’t Let Your Home Wi-Fi Become Your Most Vulnerable Point of Entry
Fears about connected devices are not unfounded. Real threats exist of hackers accessing the devices on your home wi-fi to view surveillance footage and even unlock doors. With a physical attack, you know immediately when someone is in your home; cyber-attacks can be a lot more insidious. Hackers could be collecting data for extended periods to gauge your habits without you noticing.
It's no wonder that many people are reluctant to join the Internet of Things bandwagon. The good news is that you can take a lot of easy steps to make sure your home wi-fi has a robust and secure foundation. From the devices you choose to ongoing maintenance, there are ways you can take advantage of this newfound technology without fearing a third-party intrusion.