Tag Archive | Home Automation

5 Benefits of Home Automation

Have you realized the benefits of automation for your home? I’m not talking about a setup like Tony Stark (Iron Man). Although it’s super cool, a built-in artificial intelligence acting as your do-it-all butler is probably not possible just yet.

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Unlike Iron Man’s equipment, the home automation technology that we offer at Westcoast AV Gallery is made for you. It’s easy to use and offers a lot of benefits.

When most people think about home automation, the conversation seems to revolve around simple environmental controls like lighting, heating and air conditioning. Although these areas are very helpful, they only scratch the surface of what is possible. Read More…

Will a Home Theater Improve Your Property’s Value?

Vancouver-based home automation experts shed light on this important question

Acquiring your own high-quality home theater is a tremendous personal achievement; however, there is a “bigger picture” to consider:  Will investing in a home theater increase your property value?  The answer is YES!  When a home theater system is integrated correctly, your home immediately advances to a higher value. Multiple top-tier real estate agents agree: For the right buyer, a home theater is a huge draw.  In certain markets, the addition of “smart” features, like home theaters, are seen as a must-have amongst high-end house hunters. There’s no question about it, once you experience an integrated home, you never want to go back!

Quality of components makes all the difference

Quality of components makes all the difference

Quality is Key

Buyers in this market are fully aware of the available brands.  They are looking for names like Control4, Lutron, Samsung and other top-tiers.  High-end brands are more likely to return their investment when it comes time to sell. It is slightly different at the mid-market level.  Having a home theater in a suburban home is less likely to dramatically increase your property values, but they are still excellent for making your home stand out in the market.  A fully-furnished home theater in a basement, for example, will give your home significant market appeal and opens the door for you to increase the asking price over comparable properties in the region.

In the Final Analysis…

For many situations, a well-outfitted theater can actively boost your property values and adds a great amenity to showcase when you are trying to make a sale! When you’re ready to learn more about home technology, give us a call or visit our showroom. We make it easy.

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Vancouver Control 4 Dealer: Is Control 4 Right For Your Home Or Business?

West Coast Audio Video Gallery is a Vancouver Dealer of Control 4.

Control 4 is an affordable residential and commercial automation solution that can make your home or business smarter and more efficient.  With control 4 your home’s audio, video, lighting, security, thermostat and even jacuzzi can be controlled from a keypad or touch screen device. However, there are many home automation choices on the market, so how do you know if Control 4 is the  right solution for your home or business? Here is some friendly advice that will hopefully clear the confusion.

The three most popular manufacturers in the automation industry are Crestron, Savant, and Control 4.

Crestron has been around for 40 plus years and is the grandfather of the “smart home” automation industry. Crestron systems are usually used for large-scale homes that are 5,000 square feet or more, Crestron is also used for government buildings, educational facilities, and medium to large corporate buildings.

Savant is similar to Crestron in price, but lacks the 40 plus years of experience in the market. They offer a solution unlike Crestron that is slightly easier to program for projects that do not require a lot of customization.  Savant hardware is comprised of a Mac Mini making many to believe that Savant is the Apple of smart home automation. They also use exclusively Apple products for control like the iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad. However, these control devices and apps are also available for any other control system you may choose to use.

Control 4 was born on the philosophy that you do not need to be living the life of luxury to enjoy smart home automation. The Control 4 market targets homes and businesses that are less than 5,000 square feet and do not require a lot of customization. The control 4 programing is extremely simple to configure compared to Crestron or Savant. This ready to go out of the box approach Control 4 adopted creates huge savings for consumers looking to save money on expensive programming costs.

Our team here at West Coast Audio Video Gallery uses Control 4 frequently to make homeowners lives easier while not breaking their bank when doing so.  Control 4 is not the right solution for every project, but if you have a small to medium sized home or business, it may be the right solution for you.

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