Smart Home Automation – Is It Right For You?

When you think of smart home automation, what comes to mind? Does the idea of saving money and security spark your interest? Elite A/V is a company that cares about our client’s well-being.  We all struggle with the same common problems and we want to help.  It has been said money makes the world go round. You may think of home automation is a luxury, however, note how some options can really be worth the investment. This article is designed to help you understand the infinite possibilities of automating your home, who really could benefit from this technology and how to get started.

Families benefit from a smart home.

In today’s society, the workforce is on the rise.  Many parents get home later than their children.  Checking in on the kids has never been easier with home automation options. Get a notification right on your phone that your kiddo arrived home safely and has locked the door behind them.

This can be achieved with a specific front door unlock code designed just for your kids.  Look in on your cameras to see if they are doing their homework like they say they are.  Additionally,  families benefit by feeling more secure when they leave the home.   Having sensors paired with surveillance cameras around the parameters of your home to detect movement and start to record.  For more in-depth information on security benefits check out this blog HERE.

Pet care is another great way smart devices can help.  Automatic feeders, sensors, and monitoring is a great way to help assist you when you are away from those awesome fur babies.

Elderly and their children benefit with a smart response.

Trying to determine the safest care for your aging loved ones can be emotional.  Having a scare of your parent not answering the phone when you call to check in on them can be gut-wrenching.  Smart home technology is incredible to put your mind at ease.  Sensors can send data if your loved one has moved around the house frequently or perhaps the sensors have not gone off in a while.  These sensors send data to a dashboard on an app to your phone.  When your parent hasn’t set off a single motion detector in their house, can spring to action.  Phone and video intercoms can be placed in your aging parents home to allow them to answer by voice even if they are stuck on the floor.  You can automatically lock doors for them at night and set the alarm to stay.

Perhaps your parents are living with you or in the casita on your property.  You can monitor if the front door opens with flashing lights in your home or notifications if you are at work. All in all, many children and elderly benefit by keeping them safe with a smart home.  The smart home list continues with emergency response technology if your loved one has fallen. Enhanced alarms to compensate for the loss of eyesight and hearing. Memory aids offering reminders for daily medications and dosages and safety features such as automatically turning off appliances.  As you can see challenges are significant when a loved one is restricted, smart home technology is a fantastic investment for your peace of mind.

Disabled benefit from gaining assistance.

We often take for granted being able to pick up a remote or walk around the home easily.  Unfortunately, some suffer from daily tasks.

Home automation is becoming a viable option for older adults and people with disabilities who would prefer to stay in the comfort of their homes rather than move to a healthcare facility.  Smart home automation can enhance the quality of a disabled loved one’s life by allowing them to have voice commands to turn on and off the television, fan, lights, thermostat and more.  Additionally, motion sensors in hallways can turn on and off lights as they are working their way to the kitchen creating a safe pathway.

Similar to helping elderly, emergency features to allow for a safer life.  Devices can collect data of heart rate, respiration, temperature and other vital functions and alert family and their physician if there is a problem.  Home robotics to help with household chores as well.

Finally, giving a disabled loved one more independence really touches their heart and allows everyone to feel better about such a challenging situation.

Out of many options Where do you get started?

Home networks are an important place to start.  There is a tremendous demand on your WIFI and network with the overflow of devices connected to your network.  Having a safe, reliable and fast network connection helps ensure smooth smart home automation.

Additionally, you need a brain to connect these sensors and systems to.  Elite A/V specializes in one of the best hubs Control 4.  This is a device that allows data to be collected and you can remotely access the information then carry out commands. It’s best to start with this device and build your home automation “toolbox” over time.

In conclusion, as you can see the value of home automation can outweigh the expense.  Elite A/V likes to address the ever-growing needs of families with a consult to help you figure out the right direction to take with smart home devices.  We are trained professionals with many years of experience in home automation here in Las Vegas.

Call today to schedule a free consultation. We can develop an affordable and beneficial plan for your smart home needs.  Mention this blog and you can qualify for a free home security package.

Smart Home Security

How can smart home security enhance your peace of mind?

Every day families go to work and leave their home unattended. Unfortunately, lawlessness is advancing from bad to worse in our communities.  1 in 32 residents in Las Vegas can expect to become a victim of property crime.  This leaves a very important decision.  How can you protect yourself and your safe haven? This is where smart home automation options come to your aid. Remote surveillance over the internet or central locking of all perimeter doors and windows are a great place to start.   We all can relate to being away from our home and wondering “did I remember to lock the door or shut the garage door?” This idea can muster up anxiety when contemplating all day long if you exposed your home to theft. Now you can verify if your doors are locked to give you the peace of mind.

Security Technology Has Made Leaps and Bounds.

If a motion is detected in your home you can get a notification in an instant from your smart home dashboard. Parents can check to see if their children have come home safely within minutes. Recieve a notification that they came in the door and the door locked behind them.  Check the security cameras to make sure pets or children are ok and what they are up to.  Alarms and detectors can update you in moments notice if there is a danger.

Safe Smart Locks

Door lock automation capabilities allow you to unlock certain parameters just to give the lawn or bug man access to the backyard. You can assign a relative with a temporary passcode that works for just a few hours to unlock your front door.  All of this can be accomplished from your device remotely.  At night it has never been more reassuring with a home automation system set up.

When it is time for bed, arm your alarm to stay with a simple voice command “good evening”. The hybrid keypad by your bedside can verify all your doors and windows are shut. The lights inside dim and fade to black, the porch lights turn on and the alarm system is armed and ready.  If a sensor goes off in the middle of the night, hit a panic button that turns on lights and plays music to reassure you that an intruder gets scared off.  Another touch of a button can notify the police.

Vacation Without a Worry.

Additionally, one of the greatest security options is the occupancy feature. When on vacation the occupancy setting can copy all the activities you used all week.  It can turn on and off the lights, tv, and electronics, the entire cycling of your actions of the previous week when you were at home. This is so much more valuable than just turning the lights on and off at night.

A vacation home can benefit as well with the option to power on and off electronics so they stay perfectly healthy and last.

Are smart home technologies secure?

We get this question a lot from our clients in Las Vegas.  It seems technology brings a new set of challenges, security within your security.  That is why it is important to hire a professional when setting up smart home features onto your existing WIFI network.

Elite A/V has access to networks that are professional grade. Moreover, the precautions our team take when setting up your smart home give you the highest level of security.

Call Elite A/V today to plan out your smart home.  We will help you understand your options and give you a plan of action that you can benefit from.  With a smart security plan, you can feel safer in the years to come.

 

 

A Showroom Designed to Educate You and Impress Your Senses.

For those of you who know Elite A/V our standards have always been high.  We now have a home theater showroom in Las Vegas that will take you to audio video dreamland! The technology on display features complete home automation control systems and a variety of home theater sound displays. Additionally, we have Salamander a/v furniture, security systems, a commercial cafe bar and a stylish game room.   We have packed this place out with tons of amazing products for you to experience!

 

Learn Smart Home Capabilities

Home automation technology has grown so much over the last few years.  Voice commands and remote control systems have never been more functional. We really do have it made in the shade! You can test out Alexa and movie and audio commands.  Home automation is at the next level when you bring Control4 on board. This remote is a fan favorite when it comes to quality and variation.  Prompt automatic Lutron window shades, color changing light displays, thermostat controls and more with the dynamic duo of Alexa and Control 4 integrations.

The Theater Experience

Throughout our showroom, there are strategic audio displays designed to impress your senses.

The theater room is where you can kick back on plush fortress theater designed seating, gaze up at a seamless 100″ projection, and take in two variations of theater sound systems.  Monitor Audio paired with Dolby Atmos and the other incredible display by Martin Logan with a 7.1 channel sound. Both radiate immense power and unique sound.  Other audio systems showcased are Monitor Audio, Triad Speakers, Dynaudio, Sonos and Bang and Olufsen.

Every Home theater in Las Vegas should have the sound that is enjoyable to watch a movie with. We want to educate you about the differences in sound, size, price, and technology. However, no matter the cost, we back up the quality of the products we offer! Each and every speaker has something to offer for your individual preferences.

 

Get your Game On!

Our game room is not shy of audio power. We have some pretty amazing floor standing KEF speakers on display for your entertainment. Play a round of shuffleboard or bumper pool and imagine what your game room could be with surround sound pumping through the ceiling. We want to help customize every space in your home to maximize your enjoyment with your friends and family.

Commercial Grade Electronic Displays

Your heart may already be pumped up at this point, however, the cafe area features an LG commercial menu board with a video panel display that will have you brainstorming ways to enhance your storefront or restaurant. Soon to come is a 70-volt commercial Sonance system that creates a personal experience in a large space.  , an alarm system panel

 

Finally, to protect our establishment we have an alarm system panel to demo for you that we feel is of the utmost importance in your home and business. If you love to explore new technology and enjoy learning about a variety of audio-video gadgets, we guarantee you will be happy with our selections.  Schedule a visit so we can demo all kinds of fun entertainment equipment for you!  Call us at 702-997-4108 to make your appointment today!

BlueBOLT is a trusted Elite A/V LLC Product

Protection is Needed in an Ever Connected World

As our homes are becoming more and more connected with advanced technologies and entertainment equipment, devices such as; routers, modems, switches, controllers, and streaming devices rely heavily on stable networks.  There is a lot that can go wrong and many variables that can cause systems to slow down or lock up which typically require a service call with your home entertainment system.  But most often these problems can easily be solved by a simple power cycle.  BlueBOLT enables Elite A/V customers to receive active help on these issues through remote cloud-based system management.

Elite A/V can monitor your network connection and power management.  BlueBOLT also allows us to reduce your service calls by 80%, Immediately respond to issues, prevent issues from occurring, and ultimately increase your satisfaction as a customer here in Las Vegas.

In addition, each BlueBOLT component offers protection from a power surge.  You may ask, “What is a power surge?” In general, a surge is a transient wave of current voltage or power in an electrical circuit. 60-80% of all surges occur within a home or building.  It could be anything from a simple thermostat operating a heating element, a switch mode power supply found on many of the devices we use today, or electrostatic discharge.  Surges that occur outside of buildings are due to lightning strikes or utility grid switching.

The amazing thing about BlueBOLT products is the self-sacrificing technology that saves your expensive electronics from being destroyed.

There are several products to choose from when we are designing the best protection for your home audio theater.  Some of the products are listed in this video on our YouTube channel:

To learn more about our products and custom integrated systems please call us and we would be happy to help.