Staying a Step Ahead
Automated window treatments are another area Smith says used to be reserved for high-end construction but are now readily available and advisable for any homeowner. “Imagine being able to control your shades and sleep a bit later by just pressing a button,” Smith offers. “Or, protect the value of your investment in your upholstery, art and flooring by closing the shades for the time of day that sun will do its most damage. An automated system will also extend the life of your window treatments merely by reducing the human interaction that often results in harming delicate cords and slats.”
Smith says shade automation does not have to be part of a new construction program, but is a popular choice for existing homes, as are audio installations. “Sonos has been a phenomenal product to add to luxury homes because the interface is fantastic and instead of using their little box speakers, we connect it to high quality built-in speakers through powerful and pure amplifiers.”
Homeowners have a variety of security features available from a number of outlets: cable providers, telephone providers, local big box stores and traditional alarm vendors. Security cameras have never been more affordable or easier to self-install, but like anything, you will always get what you pay for. AVD has built a reputation for delivering high-quality and secure networks for their clients’ computer, security and entertainment needs for more than 30 years. As families gather together and combine everyone’s needs under one roof, Smith cautions that what a home needs today (particularly one previously used on a seasonal basis), is quite different from a year ago. Professionals are trying to maintain the same levels of productivity they have become accustomed to in a traditional office environment, secondary and college students are trying to stay connected to remote learning parameters while still enjoying a wide-range appetite for digital entertainment, and everyone in the household is trying to stay connected to, well, everything. Smith advises guest networks be established in a busy home in order to keep critical information and data secure while still providing enough bandwidth for other members of the home. Virtual private network connections to established business servers that enable businesses small and large to function are critical to today’s work-from-home population.
For a company whose name seems to describe what they provide, Smith says his company has become so much more, due in part to the entire team’s insatiable curiosity and appetite to discover new technology, and in part to the wave of innovation and life-improving products available to homeowners today. Smith underscores the subliminal effect on a homeowner’s ability to “choose a scene” from pre-sets established in their telephone as they are only miles from home. That scene will adjust the climate in the home, appropriately light the interior, informatively light the exterior, and provide a truly welcoming experience for a homeowner. That may seem like a luxurious or indulgent set of demands that some may deem to be unnecessary. But harken back to another time, when the world was a bit slower and a bit quieter; remember seeing your home at the end of the street and your parents had put the outside lights on for you? Inside, the house glowed with a warmth that immediately reminded you that this night was the night of your favorite dinner. Those were calmer, seemingly more secure, times. Today’s technology can provide those same secure feelings of home, and so much more.
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