Are you someone who is considering turning your home into a smart home? One that makes your everyday life easier by automating your home’s systems, and also impresses your guests by turning your home into an entertainer’s dream—the go-to house for parties and gatherings?
As you probably already know, you have an almost unlimited number of options when creating a smart home. If you’re tech-savvy, you can go the DIY route and buy products from your local electronics store and attempt to set up the system yourself, or you can go all out and hire a professional programming company that will customize your entire system in the exact way you have in mind.
Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages. Obviously, the DIY route will be much more cost-effective, while hiring a professional programming company can quickly escalate your financial outlay. On the other hand, off-the-shelf products you can install yourself have their limitations, while custom systems designed and installed by professionals have almost unlimited capabilities. The system you ultimately land on will likely be determined by budget and how strong your desire for customized automation and control is.
Matthew Grisafe, owner of AV Programming Associates commented,
There are many ‘off-the-shelf’ products you can purchase that will allow you to control certain aspects of your home, such as lighting, audio, video, and security, but what really sets homes apart that have customized programming is the complete integration of all of your home’s systems. One of the things our clients love about the Crestron programming our company does, is that they can set up ‘scenes’. A scene is a single predetermined setting that controls multiple systems. So, for example, if you were having an intimate dinner party with a small group of friends, you could select your ‘dinner party scene’ and with the touch of one button, it will dim the lighting in your dining room, turn on soft instrumental music, open the front gate to your home, and turn on the exterior lights leading up to your front door for your guests.”
Hiring a professional Crestron programming company isn’t just about customization, however; they can also help you come up with creative ideas and solutions to your own ideas that you may have thought would be impossible to implement. Grisafe continues, “My company has had some pretty outrageous requests over the years. So far, we’ve always been able to fulfill them and keep even our most demanding smart home clients happy.”
Grisafe’s company utilizes Crestron products almost exclusively for the smart homes they program. Their products are extremely customizable, but are also very user-friendly for homeowners. There’s no need to be overly tech-savvy to operate the system once it’s programmed by a professional Crestron programming company.
If you want to learn more about the possibilities for smart homes using Crestron programming, take a look at the e-book written by Grisafe titled, Home Entertainment and Control at the Tip of Your Finger.