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Smart Home Automation Changes the Way You Live in Your Home

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Smart Control, Motorized Shading, and Whole-Home Audio Solutions Make Life Easier

Home automation is no longer a futuristic luxury afforded to the characters of a science fiction flick. Smart home automation is a proven trend that is here to stay. When you’re working with the professionals at Launch Systems, you can change the way you experience your Portland, OR home and incorporate all of your technologies into one intuitive and simple-to-use home control system.

Some technologies can make your home more comfortable, such as lighting and climate control; others can elevate your entertainment experience to another level! To learn about two of our favorite smart home solutions, keep reading below.

SEE ALSO: Don’t Let Social Distancing Get You Down – Socialize in Your Home Theater

Automated Window Treatments

Motorized blinds and shades can do more than cover your windows to provide privacy from peering eyes. Different fabric and style selections can offer various features depending on how you want to use them. For example, curtains made of tightly-woven fabric can block out ambient light, perfect for using in your bedroom and in home theater spaces.

With the tap of a button on your smart home control system, you can draw open the curtains to let warming, natural light into your bedroom in the mornings so you can more naturally ease yourself into the day ahead. In your living spaces, roller shades or sheer drapes with a looser fabric weave can allow softer light to filter into areas. Any annoying glare is reduced, but your family can still see the beautiful outdoor views through the fabrics.

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Let Control4 Ease the Stresses of the Holiday Season

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Make Your Home Merry and Bright with Home Automation

Not to add to any existing stress you may have regarding the upcoming holiday season, but here’s a reminder: the holidays are right around the corner! No matter which holidays you celebrate this winter, it’s sure to be a time full of merriment, gift-giving, and gatherings with your family and friends. Why not make life a little bit simpler by incorporating the capabilities mentioned in this blog with your existing Control4 system? Or, if you want to treat your Huntington Beach, CA home to an extra special holiday gift this year, invest in a new Control4 home automation system to unleash a whole new world of possibilities for yourself, your family, and your holiday guests. Keep reading to learn more about how Control4 can help you ease the stresses of this holiday season.  

SEE ALSO: Why You Should Have Control4 Home Automation in Your Home

Individualized Access Codes

The holidays are a hubbub of activity, with family and friends entering and exiting your home more often than usual due to holiday parties and get-togethers. Do you remember the days of hiding a key under a fake rock or other un-safe yard locations so your guests could enter your home while you were away? Those days are gone, thankfully, and your Huntington Beach-area home no longer needs that potential security breach hiding in your flower bed. Instead, send a smart lock guest access code to friends and family arriving from the airport while you’re away at work. You can text or share the code with them prior to their departure. Once they arrive at your doorstep, all they need to do is type in the code and voila, keyless entry. You can monitor your home from your smart device, too, and ensure they’ve locked the doors if they need to run errands before you arrive home from work.

Deter Porch Pirates

In addition to an influx of guests, you’re probably receiving package deliveries more frequently this time of year due to an increase in your holiday shopping. Instead of losing track of the safety of your packages, utilize smart home devices that work well on their own but even better when integrated into a Control4 automation system. Video doorbells are a great addition to any Huntington Beach, CA home’s façade. Whenever the device detects motion or when someone rings your doorbell, you’ll be able to monitor the camera feed and even speak with the person at the door. You can speak with delivery drivers, unlock your smart lock remotely, and have the delivery person place your packages inside the door. You can then lock the door behind them. Any potential porch pirates will also be deterred, knowing they’d be caught in the act on video.

Lighting

Lutron lighting control can also integrate with your Control4 automation system. As guests arrive, they’ll be able to easily locate your home from the street with luminous landscape lighting and holiday string lights that automatically turned on at dusk. There’s no need to manually operate your lighting or forgetting to turn lights on because you were busy prepping for the evening’s festivities. You can sync indoor lighting with a timer or with the tap of a button on a smart device, keypad, or touchscreen, and it can all operate in sync with the rest of your home. Cozy up next to the fireplace and get into the holiday spirit with festive colored lighting, and stream your favorite holiday playlists throughout your home with a multi-room audio system.   An integrated smart home is possible and easy to use thanks to Control4 smart automation. Chat with us using the live chat at the bottom of your browser or fill out our contact form to get started on your no-obligation consultation. We look forward to helping you ease your holiday stresses.

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A Robust Home Network is the First Step to a Smart Home System

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Professional Installation Services from Launch Systems Keep You Connected

Smart home solutions such as lighting control systems, climate control, security systems and more have all become popular for the modern homeowner. Before you begin adding additional smart home devices to your Laguna Beach, CA home, make sure your home network can handle the influx of smart technology without lagging and causing you potential headaches. You will also want to ensure your network is encrypted and safe from potential cyberhacking.

 To be sure your network is robust and safe enough to handle a variety of smart home solutions, employ the services of a home network installation service provider like Launch Systems. We have decades of service, providing excellent customer service to Californians just like yourself.

Keep reading our blog to learn why you should consider a professionally installed home network before you begin building your smart home automation system.

SEE ALSO: Consider a Lutron Lighting System for Your California Home

Works Seamlessly

Devices just work as they should! With adequate bandwidth and designated traffic channels, your smart home devices can work seamlessly and without a hitch. Everyone notices when the internet isn’t working well; they rarely notice when it’s lighting fast! With the upcoming string of holidays, help your visitors connect without notice. Any family and friends visiting your Laguna Beach home won’t notice a thing, but you’ll know your home network has lightning-fast and reliable service thanks to a network installation by Launch Systems.

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The Benefits of a Professional Home Security Installation

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An Expert Smart Home Security System Has Much More to Offer Huntington Beach Residents Than a DIY Setup

The saying “You get what you pay for” is more than a little cliché. That said, there are still many cases when it has the ring of truth. One of these instances is your home security system. There’s been a dramatic increase in the number of smart security products available at your local big-box store, but that doesn’t mean these devices are your best option for keeping your home safe. If you want to be sure your security system is protecting you, you want a professional installation. A technology integrator like Launch Systems can design and install a smart home security system that’s powerful and easy to use, perfect for homeowners in Huntington Beach, CA. Read on to learn more.

SEE ALSO: Explore our home automation solutions with our video library

SECURITY EVOLUTION

Home security systems used to be simple to install and control. Typically, your system included your standard-issue locks and deadbolts on your doors, along with an alarm system to monitor your doors and windows. If an intruder entered your home, an alarm would activate, and the authorities would be notified. A system like this is fine for what it is, but smart technology allows for much more advanced security and surveillance solutions. Smart video doorbells and locks give you much greater control over who can access your home. They also provide more information on what’s happening inside the house. Surveillance cameras have also come a long way in recent years, making it easy to install a network of cameras and sensors to keep an eye on every square inch of your property.

EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Modern security systems are much more advanced than their older counterparts. However, these systems are also much more complicated to design and install, requiring much more experience and training. That’s why you should have a professional handle your home security needs. At Launch Systems, we’re home automation experts. If you take a look at our past work, you’ll see we design systems that are both eye-catching and functional. We bring our passion, professional demeanor and enthusiasm to every project, no matter how complex.

WHAT WE BRING TO THE TABLE

What else do you get when you hire a professional to install your smart home security system? One thing to keep in mind is that we’re trained to install these systems. We know what components need to go where, how to link them to each other and how to make controlling the system easy. However, a professional installation from Launch Systems includes more than plugging the devices into your walls. For example, take your home network. No matter how advanced your surveillance cameras are, they won’t do you much good if the network linking them together isn’t strong enough. With inadequate network coverage, you’ll still be left with a subpar system. If you choose us for your home security installation, we’ll test your network and any other components that might compromise the system. This ensures total peace of mind for you and your family. To learn more about our home security and surveillance services, call us at (949) 515-7030. You can also visit our website and fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page, or you can leave a message in the chat box in your browser.

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How Hidden TVs Help Designers Create More Beautiful Homes

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Impress Your Customers in the Laguna Beach Region with TVs That Blend Into the Background When Not in Use

If you’re an interior designer, you know the importance of blending form and function in a home. Your customers may want the latest and greatest speakers, home theater equipment and automation systems, but you’re the one who needs to make it look appealing. One way to create a better-looking home while still allowing for smart home automation is to make the equipment invisible until it’s ready for use. Because of their size, TVs can be a major eyesore in many rooms, but they don’t have to be. In this blog, we’ll walk you through some hidden TV solutions we like to use and how they can benefit interior design professionals in the Laguna Beach, CA, area.

SEE ALSO: Check out our interactive smart home demo!

HOW TO HIDE A TV

The display is the largest component in any home A/V system, which makes it the most challenging piece to conceal. There are a few easy solutions: Homeowners with a projector can roll the screen up whenever it’s not in use. If you have a customer interested in a new standalone display, LG’s Signature OLED TV R9 features a screen that rolls down into the base for easy concealment. By and large, however, these solutions aren’t applicable for most homeowners. Don’t despair if you’re a designer in this situation; there are still ways to hide TV and get a cleaner look for the home. One popular way to hide a TV is for it to look like a piece of art or a mirror hanging on the wall. A cheap and simple way to do this is to add a frame around the edge of the screen, especially if the TV is set to display personal photos or some other decorative artwork when it’s idle. Another choice is to go to a company like Séura that makes specially designed displays that look like a piece of art or a mirror until it’s time to watch something. The other, more costly method of concealing a TV is to hide it inside a piece of furniture or behind a wall panel. This approach requires special furniture or some wall modifications to your walls, which can work with new construction but can be a challenge with remodel projects. But if that’s the approach you choose, we can help you make it happen.

BENEFITS OF HIDDEN TVs

If you’re designing homes that don’t meet the expectations of potential buyers, you’ll find yourself in trouble very quickly. With this idea in mind, the benefits of hidden TVs become obvious. It’s much easier to blend a mirror, painting or photograph with other design elements in a room than to do so with a bulky display. Instead of a chunky piece of electronics taking up lots of space and drawing attention away from other aspects of the room, the TV meshes elegantly with whatever aesthetic you’ve chosen. Less clutter on the walls or the floor makes for a much more seamless, attractive design. And your customers can still enjoy a cutting-edge TV integrated with the latest automation technology. Your clients will also enjoy showing off this high-tech wonder to their friends and family.   Want to learn more about hidden TV solutions from Launch Systems? Give us a call today at (949) 515-7030. You can also visit our website and fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page, or you can leave a message in the chat box in your browser. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Why You Should Have Control4 Automation in Your Home

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Launch Systems is the Control4 Dealer in the Newport Beach area

Smart home automation is becoming a reality for millions of homes across the globe, with the market estimated to grow to a value of more than $53 billion by 2022. One of the main benefits of home automation is the convenience, allowing homeowners to control a variety of functions within their home—lighting, security, thermostats, and more—with the tap of a button or a voice command. Instead of using ten different apps to control your 10+ devices, comprehensive home automation systems manage all of your devices in one integrated, easy-to-control interface. One popular and well-respected brand of home automation control systems is Control4. Control4 dealers consult with homeowners on their automation needs, considering current use cases as well as potential future use case scenarios. Once designed, dealers work alongside home builders and architects or alone to install a system into your home. After installation, a Control4 dealer can provide further service and maintenance as you need. Keep reading to learn why consulting with a Control4 dealer for integrated home control is the best decision for your Newport Beach, CA home.

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Easy to Manage

Amazon Alexa is one of the first gateway smart devices users add to their homes. Seventy percent of smart home technology consumers said that once they bought their first internet-connected device, they were more likely to buy another. As you add smart devices to your home, an integrated Control4 system helps you maintain control easily, without your system becoming too unwieldy. With voice control or the tap of a button on your smartphone, remote control, or installed touch panel, you can control your smart lighting, dim tunable LED lights in the evenings and raise your motorized window treatments in the morning to let in the sunshine.

Home Entertainment

Your home theater or media room may have a variety of remotes—one goes to the Blu-ray player, one to the TV display, and one you can’t quite figure out or remember what it controls. Control4 offers a simple smart remote that anyone in your family can intuitively operate. Want to watch TV? Tap on the Watch TV button. It’s as simple as that. Play music from your personal music collection or stream directly from your favorite Spotify stations from anywhere in your home. You can manage the tunes in the dining room to play relaxing music while the outdoor area is streaming a fun pop riff while the kids are playing in the pool. Speakers and sound systems are all operable with a Control4 system. A dealer ensures your surround sound is fully immersive while your wired and wireless network connections are running at the fastest speeds with virtually no interference.

Comfort and Convenience

You can also automate your climate control system, ensuring the AC isn’t running at full capacity in the middle of the day while everyone is away at work or school. Temperatures can be set to adjust during specific times of the day or as the seasons change. In conjunction with climate control, you can operate your smart lighting control and motorized window treatments automatically or with the tap of a button on your smart device. If you forgot to turn the lights off as you left for the day, use your smartphone to turn off the lights automatically. If you’d prefer to lower the roller shades while you’re watching a movie, tap a button on your smart device instead of losing your comfortable seat on the couch. Comfort and convenience go hand in hand when you have smart home control automated with Control4.   Launch Systems has a stellar reputation of making complicated household functions effortless as the Control4 dealer in Newport Beach, CA and the surrounding areas. If you’d like to see a Control4 system in action or want to know what we can do for your home, call us today at (949) 515-7030 or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you.

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