7 HOME IMPROVEMENTS FOR SUMMER 2017: home technology,


Posted June 7, 2017

Summer is almost here, and there’s no better time to upgrade your home. Evolving trends and improving technology mean there’s a lot you can do, but here are seven essential updates for your home this summer.

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Perks of Regular Home Maintenance: home improvement, lifestyle, spring cleaning,

Perks of Regular Home Maintenance

Posted February 17, 2017

We tend to take care of our nice, expensive things. We regularly change the oil in our cars and go to the car wash. We polish our shoes and dry-clean our clothes. However, we often skip routine maintenance tasks on our homes—arguably our most expensive and best investments.

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BITS & PIECES: FROM HOME SMART HOME MAGAZINE: for fun, home smart home,


Posted November 28, 2016

Check out these fun facts in this infographic featured in our most recent issue of Home Smart Home magazine. Download this issue for more fun, inspirational and entertaining articles and stories about automation and technology.

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Home Automation for Gamers: 6 Tips to Create an Immersive Gaming Session: for fun, gaming, smart lighting,

Home Automation for Gamers: 6 Tips to Create an Immersive Gaming Session

Posted August 10, 2016

​Do you love gaming but feel like something is missing? With these five home automation tips, you can boost the mood of your gaming session and take it to the next level.

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#C4Anywhere: Show us where YOU control your smart home!: anywhere access, apple watch, control4 app, smart home,

#C4Anywhere: Show us where YOU control your smart home!

Posted June 21, 2016

With a refreshed appearance to the user-interface and enhancements specifically in the comfort and security experiences—whether it's to maximize energy efficiency or to ensure that all is safe and sound—monitoring and controlling your smart home from the palm of your hand (or even on your wrist) has never been easier...

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The Keypad: The Ideal Interface for Personalization: comfort, home automation, interfaces, keycaps, keypads, safety, security,

The Keypad: The Ideal Interface for Personalization

Posted June 16, 2016

Last year, we saw a dramatic rise in smart home reports and surveys popping up everywhere. As a manufacturer with over 180,000 smart home systems in the field, we receive a ton of great information from our customers when we issue our customer surveys. Our own feedback shows that homeowners desire personalized experiences in the home with regard to entertainment, comfort, security and more. In fact, we estimate that 60 percent of them want their homes to react according to their predetermined preferences, just as they walk through the door.

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Automation for Autism: Control for a Cause: assistance, autism, home automation, power and possibility, smart home,

Automation for Autism: Control for a Cause

Posted December 2, 2015

As an interior designer I have dedicated my life to creating optimal environments for individuals with autism. Raising an autistic child can be a challenge; I know, my son Devin was diagnosed at age three. Through my research, my writing, and my work, I recognize that design cannot cure a child, but the right designed environment can eliminate unnecessary roadblocks...

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Modern Man Caves: home automation, man cave, smart home,

Modern Man Caves

Posted December 1, 2015

Since the dawn of time—or perhaps just since man lived in caves, actually—the alpha male of the family has desired a place of his own. A room where he can get away from it all, have a sip of a little fermented-something, and entertain some fellow cave dudes...

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The 'Great 8' Fall/Winter Smart Vacation Rentals: rental, travel, vacation,

The 'Great 8' Fall/Winter Smart Vacation Rentals

Posted September 22, 2015

You may have caught our first feature on vacation rentals, where we cover our “Top 10” favorite summer ‘smart’ spots. Now that the leaves are changing and the weather is getting cooler, we thought we’d share our “Great 8” favorite fall and winter destinations that are outfitted with home automation. Whether you’re looking to visit Park City for the Sundance Film Festival, or hit the ski slopes in Whistler, Telluride or Deer Valley, each of these vacation homes are buzzing with Control4 smart home technology to make your stay even more comfortable, convenient and entertaining when you get in from the cold.

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9 Ways Home Automation Systems Can Help Working Parents: back to school, family, safety, security,

9 Ways Home Automation Systems Can Help Working Parents

Posted August 12, 2015

As a parent, your first priority is certainly the safety of your kids. And if you are a working parent, the thought of your kids’ safety is sure to bother you while you’re away at work too! A home automation system is not just an essential security feature, it can do much more for you and your family. Here are 9 ways a home automation system can help...

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Stay in Style: Top 10 'Smart' Vacation Homes for Rent: rental, travel, vacation,

Stay in Style: Top 10 'Smart' Vacation Homes for Rent

Posted July 3, 2015

Vacation homes on sites like VRBO and airbnb are all the rage right now. Travelers are finding that it's more enjoyable, convenient, and oftentimes even more affordable, to stay in someone's personal pad than in a hotel. And when you stay in a smart rental, you're generally provided with more amenities that you may have never experienced before, such as...

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Congratulations to the Winners from "The Smarter Living Experience" Live Event!: home automation, live smart, smart home, winners,

Congratulations to the Winners from "The Smarter Living Experience" Live Event!

Posted April 27, 2015

Just for pre-registering, over nine thousand people were entered to win a $1500 giveaway for gear from Control4. And during the event, there were even more opportunities for viewers to win some incredible prizes just for engaging with us on social media.

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Learn How to #LiveSmart and You Could Win $1500!*: home automation, launch event, live smart, smart home,

Learn How to #LiveSmart and You Could Win $1500!*

Posted April 17, 2015

Join us for The Smarter Living Experience this Tuesday, April 22 at 7:00pm ET and you could win up to $1500 from Control4 or some really cool prizes from our partners. You won't want to miss it!

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Join Us for The Smarter Living Experience!: home automation, live smart, smart home,

Join Us for The Smarter Living Experience!

Posted April 6, 2015

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live the smart life? Or perhaps you are already living it and are ready to take your smart home to the next level. Join us as we take you step-by-step through the automated home, sharing with you all of the amazing new products, updates and experiences that will completely change the way you interact with your house daily—making your life more convenient and more enjoyable with every moment.

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Gearing Up For Spring Cleaning With Home Automation: home automation, seasons, smart home, spring cleaning,

Gearing Up For Spring Cleaning With Home Automation

Posted April 1, 2015

Spring cleaning is about more than just clearing out the garage or dusting the nooks and crannies you’ve neglected for the past several months. It’s about starting anew. It’s about re-organizing your home in a way that reflects a fresh outlook on life. It’s your opportunity to take your house (and all its furnishings and features) and align them with your goals. What better way to do some spring cleaning than with Control4 home automation?

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Unique Home Automation Ideas For Women: home automation, ideas, smart home,

Unique Home Automation Ideas For Women

Posted March 17, 2015

Imagine: You come home after a long day of work and, instead of manually adjusting the thermostat, flipping on all the lights, activating the gas fireplace and turning on the stereo system, you simply press one button to transform your home environment into a place that’s warm, welcoming and relaxing.

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Unique Home Automation Ideas For Men: home automation, ideas, smart home,

Unique Home Automation Ideas For Men

Posted March 17, 2015

Ready to turn your house into a restful retreat away from work? Here are three home automation-inspired ideas—all possible through a professional installed and customized Control4 system...

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Extra Extra! A New Issue of Home Smart Home Awaits!: home automation, home smart home, smart home,

Extra Extra! A New Issue of Home Smart Home Awaits!

Posted February 18, 2015

Home automation systems can impact a person’s life in a myriad of ways. In this issue of Home Smart Home, you’ll see how the owners of a high-end villa in Spain use their Control4 system to enjoy the finer things—such as mood lighting, automated towel warmers and perfectly heated whirlpool tubs and swimming pools—while in their absence guests are able to operate the lights, thermostats and other electronic amenities with ease. Meanwhile...

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Internet of...Toys? Christmas Gadgets for Techy-Tots.: christmas, family, for fun, holiday,

Internet of...Toys? Christmas Gadgets for Techy-Tots.

Posted November 21, 2014

Kids of this era are interested in toys with flashing lights, robotic movements, and loud noises—you know, the ones that leave us parents wanting to rip our hair out in patches. However, Internet-connected toys aren’t all bad, in fact, some of them are great for education and development. So with an “if you can’t beat them, then join them” attitude, I bring you these pretty cool, techy toys for connected kids.

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4 Home Automation Ideas for Entertaining Guests This Thanksgiving: for fun, holiday, home theater, lighting, smart home, thanksgiving,

4 Home Automation Ideas for Entertaining Guests This Thanksgiving

Posted November 12, 2014

Thanksgiving has the potential to get pretty chaotic. With all the cooking that needs to be done (add to that guests arriving and football blaring on the TV), it can be pretty easy to lose a degree or two of thankfulness. Here are 4 great smart home ideas that will help you kick off the holiday season just right.

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Automation Hits the Road: for fun, motorhome automation, travel,

Automation Hits the Road

Posted August 30, 2014

As someone who grew up watching Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jeff Gordon battle on the racetrack every weekend, I always dreamed of buying a motorhome and traveling from state to state watching every NASCAR race throughout the season. When I saw what one race fan from Georgetown, Tennessee did to his 49-foot motor coach, I considered selling everything I own to join him.

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Off the Wall: Automated Table Tennis: automated lift, for fun, sports, table tennis,

Off the Wall: Automated Table Tennis

Posted August 26, 2014

While I’ve seen my fair share of table tennis set-ups, I’ve never seen one quite like this one. Lightweight and collapsible, this ping-pong table lent itself well to being integrated into a larger home automation project. With the press of one simple button...

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Back to School: 7 Ways a Smart Home Can Help: automated door locks, back to school, home automation,

Back to School: 7 Ways a Smart Home Can Help

Posted August 5, 2014

It’s that time of year. Shopping for new clothes, buying new backpacks and school supplies, registering for classes, getting the first-day jitters. And for a lot of parents (like me), it’s time to figure out how to manage kids before and after school. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use my Control4 home automation system to “school” my family.

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Lighting the Way:

Lighting the Way

Posted July 23, 2014

In a previous article, I wrote about a number of ways to use technology to make things easier on moms. I’m now excited to share with you the nuts & bolts of how I use lighting in our smart home to make my job easier as a mom. Now don't worry, I'm not going to get technical, but rather will give you an overview with real life scenarios that show you just how easy, convenient and practical lighting automation can be. Since I can't give you a personal tour of my house, I will show you how I control the house...while I'm home and away!

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Outdoor Entertaining: Our Top 5 List:

Outdoor Entertaining: Our Top 5 List

Posted May 23, 2014

Memorial Day weekend here in the US is pretty much the official start of summer for most of us. We take this three-day weekend to start a sun-filled summer of picnics, golf, camping, fishing, beach visits, outdoor barbecues and, if you’re lucky, a lot of lounging by the pool. We thought we’d kick off the summer season by highlighting a few of our favorite automated outdoor spaces.

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