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Articles tagged with: smart home control

Upgrade Your Control4 Home Automation System with OS 3

New, Innovative Features to Make Daily Life a Breeze

Upgrade Your Control4 Home Automation System with OS 3

Your smart home automation system should consistently be improving and elevating life in your Edina, MN living space, whether through your motorized shades, smart security, or top-notch entertainment setup for everyone to enjoy.

So how can you take your system to the next level to further add more convenience, comfort, and efficiency to your special occasions and everyday routine? The Control4 OS 3 update brings new, improved-upon features and an easier-to-use interface to your entire system management. It’s smart home simplicity, brought right to your hands.

In this blog, we’ll dive into the many benefits of the OS 3 update. Want to find out more? Keep reading on below.

Don’t Make These Home Lighting Mistakes

Install the Right Smart Lighting Solution with Lutron

Don’t Make These Home Lighting Mistakes

You know you can go to your local Best Buy (a home-grown Minnesota favorite) or Home Depot and find all sorts of smart devices for your home. Smart light bulbs, thermostats, locks, irrigation controllers, and much more are easily found up and down the aisles. So why not put them together your own smart home?

Of course, you can take this approach. But prepare to think like a home technology integrator like Lelch Audio-Video. We like to explain it this way: If you are reasonably handy, there’s a lot you can do with the right tools and materials from Home Depot to fix or upgrade your home. On the other hand, you may not want to take on a complete remodel of your home.

When it comes to something like smart lighting, you may want to add some intelligent light somewhere, like an outside light that you can program to come on at sunset. Or maybe you can put in a few smart bulbs that you can dim and control with your smartphone or with Alexa on your Echo smart speaker.

But doing lighting right is both art and science. The art is in achieving the right aesthetic effect, and the science is in having the right amount of lighting and easy and consistent control of your home’s illumination. To that end, we’d like to point out a few common mistakes we often see when lighting projects are not fully baked. The good news: Lelch Audio-Video is a certified Lutron smart lighting installer, and we can help you avoid these mistakes in your Woodbury home.

Motorized Shades - The New Health Benefit

Yes, Motorized Shades Can Improve Your Well-Being

Motorized Shades - The New Health Benefit

Are we making a bold claim about motorized shades? Perhaps, but we think we can back it up. Consider some known facts from medical science:

  • Exposure to sunlight increases absorption of Vitamin D, a critical nutrient
  • Natural light helps ward off seasonal depression - especially from long gray winters (unfortunately they are a Minnesota reality)
  • Interestingly, natural light helps with sleep, and we know that sleep is critical to good health

You might be wondering at this point: what does this have to do with installing motorized shades in my Woodbury home? Read on as we connect the dots!

Did You Know Your Smart Home Could Do This?

As Control4 Platinum Dealers, We Help You Get More Out of Your Technology

Did You Know Your Smart Home Could Do This?

Even though most people invest in smart home technology for convenience, families end up using it in widely different ways. Some stick to pragmatic approaches like using voice control in the kitchen while others go all out and use lighting control for elaborate Christmas displays. In our time as Control4 Platinum Dealers in Minneapolis, MN we’ve seen all sort of smart home scopes and uses.

How you decide to use yours is up to you. Our job is to give you the best tools and support to make sure you can execute all your unique ideas. Now with the When à Then feature from Control4, it's easier than ever for you to add new settings and scenes to your system as inspiration hits. To get you started, we've compiled some interesting uses and requests we've seen from previous clients. 

Enhance Your Minneapolis MDU Properties With Control4 Smart Solutions

Make Your Buildings Stand Apart from the Crowd

Enhance Your Minneapolis MDU Properties With Control4 Smart Solutions

As a building owner, property manager, or developer, you look for ways to set apart your projects and give yourself an edge.  You may have a complex with several residences, a high-rise apartment or condominium complex, or a mixed-use development that includes work and office spaces. In a competitive market, you want some points of differentiation.

It’s no secret that today’s dwelling-seekers are interested in smart home technology. The increased peace of mind from using smart cameras and sensors for monitoring and security, as well as the attraction of smart lighting and climate control to save energy and go "greener," make smart technology an attractive draw in a new living space. Most of these developments have common-area amenities like theater rooms, meeting and office space, and fitness facilities to draw prospective tenants.  All of those areas present excellent opportunities to differentiate your property with automation features as well.

In this blog, we will highlight smart solutions for your multiple dwelling unit (MDU) properties from Control4.  Control4 is the leader in smart home automation, and their products and MDU solutions offer a variety of ways to make your development stand out in Minneapolis, from small to very large.  Just keep reading to learn how. 

Control4: Smart Home Automation Your Way

Control4 Lets You Choose, From Buttons to Voice Control

Control4: Smart Home Automation Your Way

With so many smart devices around us, from smart thermostats to lighting, how we interact with them is important.  In fact, human interface design is so important it’s a prime reason why people choose one product over another, especially when it comes to technology.  Microsoft Windows or Apple Macintosh?  IOS or Android?  These are some systems that have significant differences in how you interact with them, and many people have strong preferences about one or the other.

Control4 is a clear leader in smart home automation.  One significant way it leads is with the number of choices the system provides to control your home’s functions and smart devices.

The best way to see all the interface options for your Eden Prairie home is to visit our showroom.  Lelch AV is a Platinum Control4 dealer in the Twin Cities area, and our showroom is a great way to learn about all the possibilities with smart home automation.

But first, let’s tell you a few ways Control4 enables you do smart home automation your way.

The Best Way to Get Started With Smart Home Technology

Make Daily Life Easier with Control4’s CA-1

The Best Way to Get Started With Smart Home Technology

Imagine your home responding to your every need, day in and out.  Daily life can be a breeze when you have smart home technology throughout your Prairie, MN property.

But if you’re just starting out, it can seem overwhelming.  Where do you begin, what do you want to be included, and how can you add on in the future?

Not to worry – we break down the basics for you and introduce you to a product that can make the transition easy.

Read on below to learn more!

What's New with Control4? Here's What You'll Want to Know.

Catch Up on the Latest Smart Home Automation Developments

What's New with Control4? Here's What You'll Want to Know.

Here’s some news for you: 2017 was a fascinating year for Control4.

The smart home technology business started the year with an announcement that it became the first to add cloud-based connected home management to their routers. The good news continued with the acquisition of Triad Speakers, a high-end audio brand.

The positive developments continued all the way into the fall when the company was named a CES 2018 Innovations Award Nominee for upgrades to its latest operating software release.

With an updated Control4 system, you can give your Lakeville, MN home the latest in automation technology. 

We at Lelch Audio Video are proud to be a Control4 dealer that can customize a solution for your property. Below, we’ll look back at some of Control4’s most exciting developments over the past few months.