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Buying a Smart Home? 4 Questions to Ask Before Moving In

What to Expect from Smart Home Living

Buying a Smart Home? 4 Questions to Ask Before Moving In

If you’re moving into a new home with a built-in smart system, congrats! You’re setting off on a new life filled with comfort, convenience, and luxury.

Today, four in ten Americans say they’re interested in smart home living. And for a good reason! Automation systems like Control4 sync lighting, shading, entertainment, HVAC, and security into one easy-to-use platform.  

But smart homes also require a little extra knowledge and preparation. You’ll want to get the most out of your smart system and be aware of what may need maintenance or upgrading. So, ask yourself the following questions before moving into your new Bergen County, NJ, home.

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What Can My Smart Home Control?

On your smart home interface, you’ll be able to view icons of the devices already integrated into your system. But if you’d like to add more technology, you can always expand! Consider the following smart home possibilities.

In your New Jersey smart home, you can automate and control:


  • Interior lighting
  • Landscape lighting
  • Motorized shades
  • HVAC
  • Fans
  • Garage doors
  • Gates
  • Smart door locks
  • Multi-room audio
  • Home theater
  • Televisions
  • Outdoor entertainment
  • Pool/spa
  • Surveillance cameras
  • Security alarms
  • Energy management
  • And more!

How Do I Use It?

There are many ways to use your smart system. Your house may include custom wall keypads with buttons like ‘Morning’ or ‘Dinner’ that adjust the lights, shades, and thermostat for the perfect ambience. Alternatively, you can swipe through icons on a wall-mounted touchscreen or your smartphone app to find the technology you need.

Control4 also manufactures the sleek and handy Neeo remote, with both hard buttons and a touchscreen. You can select TV channels, dim the lights, and lock the doors—all from your remote! And if you use a voice assistant like Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant, you can tell it what you need, and your house will respond.

Does My Smart System Need an Upgrade?

For a secure and speedy smart home interaction, you need to ensure you’re running on the latest technology. First, check your smart system interface. If you’re using Control4 and it’s still running on OS 2, you should upgrade to the sleeker, more intuitive version OS 3. If you’re unsure if your software, hardware, or wiring requires upgrading, a smart home integrator can take a look for you. 


Who Can Help Me with My Smart Home?

Many people don’t know there are technology professionals who specialize in smart home integration. A company like Total Home Technologies in Bergen County designs, programs, and installs systems across properties of all sizes, customizing the experience to each homeowner’s needs.

Maybe you have an indoor pool that needs waterproof entertainment and automated lighting. Or perhaps you own a horse stable that could use security cameras and smart locks. Whatever your lifestyle requires, we can accommodate it with smart technology.


Need assistance with smart home technology? Contact our team here for any questions or inquiries you may have. We look forward to speaking with you soon!


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