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Life Before & After Control4 Home Automation

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Discover the Control4 Way of Life

Are you interested in bringing whole-home automation to your Nashville, TN life? There are many smart systems to choose from, but at Symspire, our preferred manufacturer is Control4.

Control4 is a smart home controller that collectively manages and automates all your home’s subsystems. From audio speakers to lighting to even pool controls, you can control it all from the Control4 system—even if you’re miles away from home.

Sounds promising, right? Still, many people ask us if Control4 home automation is “worth it.” This blog will compare what life is like with Control4—and without it. Then you can be the judge!

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Why Smart Homes Fail & How a Professional Can Help

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How to Own the Smart Home of Your Dreams

The online magazine Fast Company recently published an article titled ‘The Smart Home Is Failing as a Concept—Because It Sucks.’ In it, Jared Newman laments that smart home devices often do not work, saying, “Just this week…the two Alexa-connected blinds in my bedroom failed to roll down at their scheduled time.”

He continues, “The SmartThings lights in my bedroom don’t work with Apple’s Siri assistant, and my Tilt blinds only work with Alexa.” His devices aren’t compatible and integrated together—and that’s his first mistake.

DIY smart devices aren’t built for integration and compatibility. Running a collection of smart gadgets connected to a voice assistant is not a “smart home.” A truly automated home requires a professionally installed and hardwired system that runs on the same network. Sophisticated smart home controllers like Control4 are not found on Amazon or at Best Buy. But for the homeowner who’s serious about luxury living with smart technology, using anything less will only lead to headaches.

In this blog, we’ll share how working with a smart home company can deliver the quality smart home results you desire. And if you’re located in the Nashville, TN, area, you can find all the home automation solutions you need from Symspire.

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How To Use Voice Assistants with Control4 Home Automation

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Take Control of Your Lighting, Audio, Thermostats, and More with Your Voice

Some folks love their voice assistants. Others prefer to use manual handheld controls. But if you’re like the 128 million Americans that regularly use voice assistants, you may appreciate that you can now control your home’s systems with verbal commands.

Control4 smart technology lets users manage their entire home through their voice. Control4 integrates with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Josh.ai, and through the Apple HomeKit, can connect with Siri too.

If you’re unsure if voice control is right for you or are curious how it works with whole home automation, let us be your guide. Read on to see how you can take command of your Lebanon, TN home—all through your voice!

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Should I DIY Home Automation or Hire a Smart Home Company?

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These 3 Questions Will Help You Find the Best Solution

If you’re interested in a personalized smart home system, you’re faced with a decision: do you do the installation yourself or hire a professional?

That depends on what type of smart home experience you’re looking for. If you’re interested in only one or two smart features, you may be fine with a DIY setup. But for a fully automated household, a smart home professional can program and install a sophisticated system that seamlessly ties into your everyday routine.

As a smart home company that serves the Lebanon, TN, area, we at Symspire understand it can be hard for homeowners to determine the first steps toward home automation. Ask yourself the following questions to decide what kind of smart home project suits your needs.

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Control4 for Music Lovers: Multi-Room Speaker Systems

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Connect All Your Indoor & Outdoor Speakers to One Sophisticated System

Here’s an experiment to try at home. Next time you’re preparing dinner, whether that’s in the kitchen or at the grill, put on some feel-good music at a comfortable volume. You’ll likely notice your family’s mood brighten, and they might linger nearby longer, talking and possibly laughing together.

Music always has the power to lift our spirits. Whether your Gallatin, TN, household listens to Fleetwood Mac or The Weeknd (or both), there’s no better way to enjoy music and podcasts than over a multi-room speaker system. And to easily group and control your speakers, a Control4 smart home controller unites them all.

Control4 is one of the leading smart home systems worldwide and can automate everything from lighting to heating and cooling. In this blog, we’ll highlight how to use Control4 for whole-home audio systems.

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Getting Started: Control4 Smart Systems for Home Builders

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We Answer Your Questions About Designing and Building with Home Automation

Smart homes aren’t just the future—they’re here. If you’re a home builder, are you prepared to provide an automated home for your clients?

The way we build houses today is vastly different from even five years ago. Now we must think carefully about pre-wiring, not just for electricity, but for the internet and audio. Wiring is not only about being up to code. It’s about how the homeowners will actually live and use technology for convenience and entertainment.

Smart systems like Control4 let luxury homeowners access their homes from anywhere in the world, right from the Control4 app. Whether you build single-family residences, luxury apartments, or even commercial buildings, a Control4 system will put your Murfreesboro, TN-area business ahead of the competition.

Read on to see why partnering with a Control4 installer will improve your building projects.

SEE ALSO: Do I Need an Electric Contractor for a Smart Home System?

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Here’s What a Smart Home Company Really Does

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What to Expect from a High-End Smart Home Installation

Smart homes aren’t a work of science fiction or fantasy; and your smart home doesn’t have to look like an ultra-modern spaceship. Homeowners are already enjoying the luxurious convenience of smart home systems that blend into their house’s interior seamlessly.

Imagine tapping “Good Morning” on your phone and watching lights turn on, shades rise, and the thermostat adjust automatically. Your coffee pot can even start brewing! It’s all possible with a comprehensive smart system. One can buy ‘smart’ devices like a video doorbell or voice-activated speaker, but it isn’t a truly smart home without a central hub connecting them all.

We share below what a smart home company does to create the best experience possible for your Gallatin, TN lifestyle. 

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Home Builders: What You Need to Know About Whole Home Automation

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Factor in the Smart Technology That New Homeowners Desire

Modern homebuyers are willing to pay more for properties with existing whole home automation. If you’re a home builder, are you making the most of your projects by factoring smart technology into the designs?

The best time to consider home automation technology is before anything’s been constructed, in the planning stage. We’re more connected than ever, and it’s safe to say that home automation isn’t a fad. Homeowners are starting to see their technology as an intrinsic part of the house.

As a home automation installer servicing Gallatin, TN, and the surrounding areas, we’ll share what home builders need to know about getting started with smart tech.

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3 Ways You Can Improve Your Security with Control4

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Going Beyond an Alarm System to Keep Your Tennessee Home Protected

As the premier security and surveillance company serving Lebanon and the surrounding areas, we know how important it is for homeowners to keep their property protected. Most homeowners want an alarm system installed to notify the authorities in case of a breach, but there are other smart security solutions available that can tie into your home automation and control system to add an additional layer of protection.

Read on below to learn three ways you can use your Control4 system to improve the security of your Tennessee home, then chat with us at the bottom of your screen if you have any questions.

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Home Automation Gift Ideas for a ‘Smart’ Holiday Season

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Smart Gadgets & Systems Tennessee Homeowners Love

Are you looking for a special, useful gift to share with a loved one this holiday? Maybe you want to find something they’ll never forget—but are feeling a little stumped. And if your relative or friend has a December birthday, there’s even more pressure to think creatively.

If you’re searching for something they’ll use in their daily life, have you considered a device they can pair with whole home automation? Whether they’re new to smart technology or already have a Control4 system in their Murfreesboro, TN-area home, get inspired by these automated gift ideas.

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Enjoy the Flexibility and Control of a Custom Security System!

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Middle Tennessee’s Best Security Installations Demand a Forward-Thinking Approach. 

When you’re working with a custom security system installer like Symspire, you owe it to yourself to get the most from our services. We are inventive – continually looking for new ways to improve your experience, enhance your security and innovate our security concepts. Because we’re not stuck in our ways, you probably won’t end up with the same system as your Spring Hill neighbors.

Take advantage of this opportunity by adding unique features that maximally benefit you as well as a couple of ideas that could make your security solution stand out. Curious? Keep reading below to see what we recommend and learn about all the extra contingencies we add to your security suite.

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A Control4 Dealer’s Guide to Smart Home OS 3

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Everything You Need to Know About Using Control4’s Upgraded Operating System, Now with Video Support!

Maybe you’ve considered upgrading your Control4 system to the new and improved Smart Home OS 3, but you won’t be convinced until you see how it works. Or maybe you’ve already invested in the system, but you’re still a bit new to it and need a useful resource to reference later. We’re convinced this blog will help you in either scenario.

As a Control4 dealer deeply familiar with Control4’s new operating system, we’d love to showcase how to use OS 3’s greatest features so using it in your Brentwood, TN, home feels more intuitive.

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Introducing the New Control4 Smart Home OS 3!

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Upgrade Every Facet of Home Control with Control4’s Exciting New Operating System

In case you missed the news last month, Control4 has announced its brand-new operating system for its home control systems around the world: Smart Home OS 3. As a leading Control4 installer, we are proud to report OS 3 provides improved customization features that touch every element of your Control4 smart home, from security to your entertainment and far more.

As a Tennessee Control4 dealer based in Nashville, we at Symspire want to share with you the exciting developments OS 3 holds for your Control4 system and detail how you can upgrade your existing Control4 system with the help of our team. Though it’s nearly impossible to narrow down the features of OS 3 we’re most excited about, we’ll share some of the ones that we think will most impact your home control system and why you’ll enjoy them. Read on to see more about this impressive release and how to receive this update.

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The Top 4 Home Security System Trends Happening Now

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Which Hot Trends Should You Take Advantage of This Summer?

Here at Symspire, we work with many clients who want updates to their home security system, which gives us the unique opportunity to present the freshest surveillance and safety trends. We also talk to homebuilders who need the inside scoop on the finest products and systems to show their clients.

If either of the above describes you, Symspire is here to help! Let’s talk about four security trends we’ve seen this year and how they can reinforce safety in homes throughout the Nashville, Tennessee area. You’re about to find out how these trends benefit you, and what Symspire can do to make them a reality in your home or construction projects.

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4 Strategic Placements for Home Surveillance Cameras

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Where to Position Cameras to Secure Your Property – And Why Each Location is Important

“Location, location, location” is the phrase you often heard when scouting out the perfect home here in the Nashville, Tennessee area, but did you know that mantra also applies to your security cameras?

At Symspire, we’ve been installing home surveillance and security equipment locally for decades – long enough to know that even the best camera equipment is ineffective if it’s not positioned to maximize your home security.

Why? As much as we dislike thinking about this topic, some areas in and around your home are more vulnerable than others – meaning, more likely to experience break-ins, porch piracy, vandalism and other criminal activity.

Does your current surveillance camera placement effectively target risk areas and mitigate hazard? Are there any areas where you shouldn’t place cameras? We’ll give you a quick overview of where you should have cameras, and how Symspire can help.

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5 Common Home Surveillance Questions, Answered!

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Symspire Answers Your Most-Asked Questions About Home Surveillance Systems

If you’ve never installed a security camera system before, we understand you have some questions about home monitoring equipment. You might even have some reservations about a home surveillance investment at your home.

Whatever your questions or concerns are, Symspire is here to guide you in the right direction. As a Tennessee-based home security company, we have decades of experience helping homeowners just like you build world-class home surveillance setups right here in the Brentwood area.

Our dedication to service explains why we’re happy to share our knowledge, even before you start working with us. Keep reading for the most commonly asked questions homeowners have about home surveillance and how we respond.

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Why Integrate Your Security System with Smart Home Technology?

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Nashville’s Local Security and Surveillance Company Also is a Proud Control4 Dealer!

When a smart home automation system is all synched up, its many capabilities collaborate, creating a more convenient life for you. With our smart home integration projects, Symspire has successfully fused multiple security controls together, from video doorbells to cameras to alarm systems.

We can’t think of a better example of integration than home security. As a full-service security and surveillance company serving Hendersonville and the entire state of Tennessee, we at Symspire believe unexpected elements like lighting, shades and more should also complement your home security systems. The more we integrate your technology, the more efficiently you can manage your house.

With the astounding capabilities of Control4, you can obtain a superior smart security system for your home. Keep reading to see some of the many opportunities that Symspire would like to explore with you.

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4 Ways to Prevent “Porch Pirates” With Your Home Security System!

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Keep Deliveries Safe with Improved Home Surveillance Measures

You’ve heard the term before: “Porch pirates.” We all love to indulge in some online shopping from time to time, and we’d hate to see our valuables stolen from our porch between when the postal service delivers it and when we take it inside.

Unfortunately, porch pirates take advantage of that vulnerable window of time and nab packages when we’re not looking. It could easily happen to you: One study by InsuranceQuotes.com estimates that 25.9 million Americans have had a package swiped from their doorstep before they could retrieve it.

How can you use your home security system to ensure that your packages left at the front door stay safe? Fortunately, Symspire is the Nashville area’s trusted source for a personalized home security system that fits your unique needs. We look forward to the opportunity to protect your Brentwood, TN home from these unfortunate, costly incidents. Keep reading to see how!

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5 Ways You Can Increase Your Home’s Security Presence in 2019

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Protect Your Family This Year With Enhanced Safety and Surveillance

Making the initial investment in home security is always important, but what are you going to do to ensure that your systems are protecting your family at top capacity? If you’ve installed some safety features in the last few years at your home in the Brentwood area but want to upgrade your tools in 2019, Symspire can help you identify some areas in which you can improve.

A new year provides an excellent opportunity to strengthen your home security for you and your family. And as Tennessee’s local security and surveillance company, our team is here to help. Keep reading for five suggestions to take your home security system to the next level

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