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3 Smart Home Services You Should Look for in Your Next Integrator


Every custom smart home starts with an experienced technology partner

Every smart home installer is the same, right? Not exactly. Depending on who you work with, you could enjoy a well-designed installation or one that requires constant maintenance and repairs. At Southern Cinema Design, our smart home services are designed specifically to ensure the very best of your North Florida lifestyle. Whether you’re enjoying city life in downtown Saint Augustine or the ocean breeze on the Ponte Vedra, your integrated technology should work to make your experience better and simplify your daily routine. In this blog, we’ll break down the essential smart home services you should look for with your next integration partner. Keep reading to learn more.

See Also: How to Find the Ideal Technology Partner for Your New Construction

Everyday Convenience with Home Lighting Control


We’ve written in this space before about the many benefits of home lighting control.  In fact, it is the number one smart home feature that homeowners are interested in when building or remodeling their house.  As a standalone solution, it has many benefits, but when combined with additional smart home features it really multiplies the enjoyment of your St. Augustine, FL residence or vacation home.

Lighting control is undoubtedly all about convenience and luxury, but beyond that, there are concrete benefits in energy efficiency and safety too.

Intrigued?  Let’s explore a few ways that lighting control works with other smart home functions to enhance your lifestyle.

See Also: Brighten Up The Season With Landscape Lighting

Here’s Why You Should Go With a Professional Network Installation


Have you ever watched a cooking video?

The chef will whip up some incredible dish quickly, right in front of your eyes. They make it look easy.

But if you know anything about cooking, you know that it probably wasn’t easy at all. That even though something looks simple, it can actually be pretty complicated.

The same can be said about a network installation.

If you’re planning to upgrade the network in your Sandy Springs, GA property, this is the blog for you. In it, we’ll show you why it might be a good idea to go with a professional installation rather than do it yourself.

Just read on to see why.

See Also: Is a Smart Home System Right for You?

A Beginner’s Guide to the Essential Smart Technologies


One of the big misconceptions about smart home technology is that you’ll only find it in huge, high-tech properties with a modern design style. That couldn’t be further from the truth!
The reality is that smart technology is affordable, unobtrusive, and rapidly growing in the Alpharetta, GA area.
There are thousands of different smart devices out there – each one doing something to make life easier, more energy efficient, or comfortable. Fortunately, you don’t have to sift through all the options yourself, and you certainly don’t have to start with all of them in order to have a “smart home.”
Below, we’ve listed out the three most popular smart technologies to include as you begin branching out into smart home automation.


Top Smart Technologies for Your Georgia Home


If you dream of one day living in a “smart home,” we have good news: smart home technology exists today that can make life much easier and more comfortable for you. The biggest roadblock to upgrading your Buckhead area home probably isn’t a lack of effective technology. Rather, it’s figuring out which areas of your home are most worth upgrading. That’s why we’ve listed out the top three technologies that you should consider starting with.


How to Improve the Wireless Signal in Your Home


Get Reliable Internet Connections with the Right Network Installation

There are few things more frustrating than trying to access your home Wi-Fi only to have the connection drop. Your gut instinct may be to call up your Internet Service Provider to complain about the weak signal, but actually, the odds are likely that the problem lies with your network, not the ISP. Keep reading to learn how a professional network installation can boost the Wi-Fi in your Ponte Vedra Beach, FL home so that you have internet whenever and wherever you want.

SEE ALSO: 5 Home Networking Features Every Smart Home Should Have

7 Characteristics of a High-Quality Home Theater System


A Helpful Checklist from Georgia’s Home Theater Experts

Not all home theaters are created equal. While you can technically stick a screen on the wall and a projector on a table and call it a home theater, there is a very distinct difference in quality between a DIY home theater and a professionally installed system. If you want a home theater system for your Alpharetta-Milton area home that is top quality across the board, then here are the seven characteristics it needs to have.

SEE ALSO: Considering a Home Theater Installation? Here’s What to Expect

Top 5 Home Theater Trends for 2017


Georgia’s Top Home Theater Store Gives a Sneak Peak of What’s to Come

If there’s one thing that’s constant in this world, it’s change. 2017 is going to see a lot of great advances in home theater technologies—are you planning on taking advantage of them? Before you head over to your local Alpharetta-Milton home theater store, take a look at our predictions for next year's biggest home theater trends.

1. 4K Displays

Still stuck using a regular HD display for your theater system? By the end of 2017, you’ll be hard pressed to find a television for sale that isn’t 4K Ultra HD. These upgraded displays boast four times the number of pixels, and now that they’ve entered mainstream adoption, they’re really quite affordable. Whether you want a regular television or a traditional projector and screen, if you’re planning on investing in a home theater, 4K is a must-have.

2. Full Automation

The cinema experience isn’t complete without the feeling of just sitting down and having the theater come to life in front of you. That’s possible with smart home automation. With automation, all of the elements in the theater room are connected into one easily manageable system. You never have to go through the manual effort of turning on the projector, lowering the screen, turning off the lights, closing the window shades, and so forth. Instead, just sit down, press the “Movie” button, and the rest happens automatically.

SEE ALSO: Home Theater Installation Guide: 5 Must-Have Features

How to Find a Reliable Smart Home Company


Five Things to Look for in a Low Voltage Contractor

If you have decided to join the growing number of homeowners in the Alpharetta-Milton area who have embraced smart home automation, then you have a big choice in front of you. Picking out the right low voltage contractor is about more than just price or location—it’s about having a company who will do it right the first time and be available for any future needs. Whether you’re looking for a contractor to install a new security system or you want a complete solution with lighting control, motorized shades, audio video, and more, make sure you keep in mind these five characteristics of a quality smart home company in Georgia.


SEE MORE: What is Smart Home Automation? Learn the Modern Definition

Smart Home Automation: What Builders and Architects Need to Know


A Guide to Incorporating Smart Technology in New Construction

Smart home automation is the new buzzword in the home construction industry, but the home technology is no passing trend. Smart homes are here to stay, and builders and architects in the Sandy Springs, Georgia area are quickly realizing that incorporating automation into their home designs is more than just a good idea—it’s essential for attracting new home buyers. Below, we cover the most common questions we come across as a smart home automation contractor who works with builders and architects on new construction.


SEE ALSO: What to Look for in a Home Pre-Wiring Contractor

Which Smart Home Control System Should You Choose?


Control4 Programming Makes Smart Home Automation Easy

In our previous blog on smart home automation, we discussed the different possibilities for how you can automate your home, such as lighting control or whole home audio. But when getting started with a smart home, there’s another choice to make: which control system will you use? Below, you can read about why Control4 programming is the smart choice for your Cumming, GA smart home.

3 Advantages of Home Lighting Control


Enhance Your Alpharetta-Milton Home with Smart Lighting

For homeowners in the Alpharetta-Milton area, smart home automation technology is offering innovative ways to make life easier and more comfortable. One of the most popular automation technologies is a home lighting control system. Lighting control allows you to manage every light in your home from one convenient touchscreen. Below, we’ve covered three main ways that implementing a home lighting control system adds value to your Georgia residence.

SEE ALSO: What is Smart Home Automation? Learn the Modern Definition

What to Look for in a Home Pre-Wiring Contractor


Southern Cinema is Sandy Springs, Georgia’s Home Pre-Wiring Expert

Constructing new homes is often a complicated and time-sensitive process. For home buyers in Sandy Springs, Georgia who want to take advantage of smart home automation systems, the best option is to do the wiring during construction so that the final design is clean, without unsightly wires visible in each room.

The responsibility of finding a reliable home pre-wiring contractor often falls to the home builders, and it’s not a decision to be taken lightly if you want high quality, reliable results.  Below, we’ve covered three important aspects of home pre-wiring that your chosen contractor should be able to accomplish with ease:

A Brief Guide to Setting up an Outdoor Audio System


Upgrade Your Cumming, Georgia Home with Superior Outdoor Audio

The gorgeous summer weather in Cumming, Georgia makes now the perfect time to upgrade your patio or backyard with an audio system. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing outdoor audio equipment, so we have put together this guide on the different aspects of an audio system to ensure your outdoor space has the best sound possible. Read on to learn about the best outdoor audio speakers and how to put those speakers to good use.

What is Smart Home Automation? Learn the Modern Definition


Find Out How to Use Smart Home Automation in Your Alpharetta-Milton Home

You may have heard about smart home automation or seen an automation solution and considered implementing it in your Alpharetta-Milton area home. Before you jump straight into turning your house into a “smart home,” it’s important to have a solid understanding of just what home automation is. In this blog, we define smart home automation and discuss some of the main ways you can enhance your Georgia residence with it.




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