With today’s homes becoming more electronic and high tech, it seems to become more difficult and complicated to run each of the “Sub-Systems”. There are many systems in the home with different keypads and user interfaces that operate differently and can clutter up your walls. Wouldn’t it be nice if all of these systems could come to together into one easy to use interface that operated with the same menu structure across all the systems? This would eliminate having to learn a new menu for each device and reduces the clutter on the wall. With a Home Automation system from Reed’s Built-Ins, this can become a reality.
How it Works
We start off with what systems need to be controlled. Some examples of what can be controlled can include but is not limited to: Heating/Cooling, Lighting Control, Pool/Spa, Irrigation, Whole House Music/Video, Gate/Access Control, and Security. Once you have selected what you want to control we connect all of these systems to a central control processor. This acts as the brains of the system. From there, we design the system around the Graphical User Interface or GUI which is the most important part. This is the interface you, as the homeowner, will interact with on a regular basis. This can include in-wall touch panels, handheld remotes, laptops or computers, or even mobile devices such as an iPhone so you can check on things while you’re away. No matter what combination of hardware devices you use they all share the same intuitive GUI to make it easy to navigate and control.
The Difference Is In the Programming
Many companies can make systems with connections between equipment to make them “talk”, but the best systems are those that take the same equipment and create an easy to user interface that anyone can walk up to and operate. “If it’s not easy, it won’t get used” is one of the design philosophies we go by. By finding out from you what we can do to make life easier, we can add simple things to make daily activities a breeze. For example, a “Goodnight” button, that with a single press turns off all the lights in the house, turns on the hall light at 30% for a nightlight, makes sure the home theater was turned off, powers off all the music in the house, sets the heating back a degree or two for the night, and arms the security system. While it sounds complicated, to you it’s still just one press of a button.