Sometimes the little things ARE the big things – a discussion about Smart Homes

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First of all – what IS a Smart home?

A ring doorbell? A Nest thermostat? A Phillips Hue lightbulb? Remote-controlled blinds? Even a smart washing machine/dryer? A lot of appliances now are touting smart features available on their own solo apps. But do these make a smart home? The short answer is NO. What makes a smart home is the ability to have all of your home appliances and technology work through a single portal. And the ability to automate these features so they work together to AUTOMATICALLY respond to your life, working for you without you needing to touch anything at all:

A press of a button turns off every light and television, then arms the alarm.

A voice command brings up the kitchen lights and turns on Food Network.

Set the scene automatically with lights that dim as the movie starts.

Arrive home to a well-lit house, shades drawn, and the perfect temperature.

Tap an app and send your house music to the patio and pool.

Why would I WANT a smart home?

  1. Obviously, having one system that can control all of the technology in your home reduces the clutter of multiple remotes, and you never have the problem of not being able to find the ONE remote or app you need. You can have one app for the entire house – accessible by a wall terminal and/or cell phone and/or ipad.
  2. Missing from a DIY, or box-store system will be the customization and scalability you get from a professionally installed home automation system. A professionally installed smart home system is tailored to perform precisely the way YOU want it to. Then after the initial install, personalization gives you the power to change or modify your system as desired. You can adjust and fine-tune many of the features of your system to match exactly what you need.

Why use a professional, like Bentley Electronic Systems, to install your smart home?

    Bentley Electronic Systems prides itself on the ability to work with many of your pre-purchased smart features. When you ask for a consultation, we will review your current systems to determine which can be incorporated into the full smart home automation you would like.
  2. SCALE
    You can start with a single unit, but with an eye toward future automation. Bentley can advise which system will be the best for your needs, and that can work within a future structure. So you can start with a security system, then add entertainments features, then add lighting, then thermostat, then automated blinds – whichever features mean the most to you, and in whichever order makes the most sense for your life.
    Or start with a single room, expand to outdoors and then commit to the full house.
    Even though your home automation system is built to last, from time to time, technology needs a little extra TLC or updating to stay fresh and always work reliably. The wireless network in your home might need to be tweaked or a wire may need to be routed to an area that’s difficult to reach. Bentley Electronic Systems has the tools, knowledge, and training to guarantee that your home automation system will perform optimally. And should you ever run into a glitch—even months or years after the system has been installed—we are there to help!

How do I get started?

Simply reach out to Bentley Electronic Systems using the email contact us form below, or call us at 860-657-8558. Let’s have a conversation about the vision for your home. We are happy to make the recommendations that work for you. There is no charge for a consultation!


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