Answering Charlotte, NC’s Pressing Tech Questions

So you’ve got your smart thermostat and your smart lighting system, and you’ve even invested in a smart washing machine. That must mean you have a smart home automation system right? Well, not exactly. Smart automation is about more than just having the latest tech; it’s about having a single system that controls all of your connected devices. That’s why we’ve put together this blog – to clear up some confusion surrounding smart homes and integrated technology. If you’re curious about how you can improve your lifestyle, read on for more.


Home Automation vs. Smart Technology

You’ve probably encountered “smart” technology before. Maybe it was an aforementioned thermostat or washing machine, but more likely it’s the phone you have in your pocket right now. Smart tech has completely transformed the way we interact with one another. But what, exactly, make a device “smart?”

When a device is called smart, it refers to its ability to connect and communicate over the internet. That means your refrigerator can send a notification when your milk expires, or your lighting system can inform you of real-time updates on your energy usage.

So what’s the difference between having smart tech and having a smart home? The term “smart home” specifically refers to a system that combines most or all of your smart technology into a single interface. That means you don’t have to learn potentially complicated controls of each of your devices. The level of convenience is astounding.

How Do You Control Your Smart Home?

One of the most common ways to control a smart home system is with a touch-panel device. This could be a dedicated component that lives on your wall, or the smartphone you use every day. Thanks to apps you download onto your tablet or smartphone, you won’t ever have to worry about finding a remote control under the couch cushions again.

The smart home app controls every aspect of your system with a single, simple and intuitive interface. Typically, a well-designed system is one that only encompasses the things you’ll need during your day. There’s no need to install a whole home audio system if you don’t intend to use it. Your system is completely customizable, and the control interface reflects that.

The interface is specifically designed so that just about everyone can use it, with bright colors and pictographs, so there’s no need to learn anything complicated. Plus, your system is totally scalable, meaning you can add components and devices as you see fit.


Now that you know what smart home automation is, and how you can easily control it, you may be ready to take the next step! If you have any questions, like what products work best and how voice-control technology is changing the industry, click on the “chat with us now” box at the bottom of this page.


And if you’re interested in upgrading your Charlotte, NC property with a smart home automation system, contact us today by filling out this form or by giving us a call at (704) 821-AVCD.