Holiday Season Automation Ideas

by • November 08, 2016

It’s officially November and you know what that means…que the Christmas music, you only have 50 or so days left to buy all your gifts. But wait, what about Thanksgiving and all the entertaining in between? It’s time to show your houseguests just how smart you (err, your home is) this holiday season.

With Home Automation, no light will be left out, literally. At Paradise Home Entertainment, we take pride in knowing what is trending each season. Here are a few ideas to make your home shine brighter for the holidays, whether you have guests coming into town or not.

Entertaining Automation Ideas
  • Say to Google’s Alexa “we’re having a party” to turn on music from the audio system, adjust lights and adjust thermostats for the perfect party mode.  Say Alexa “good night” to turn everything off. 
  • A “Party” scene – create instant ambiance with the press of a button with lighting that illuminates key decorative elements and a customized playlist that starts up automatically.
  • Someone drop in unexpectedly? No worries. Get notified when guests arrive by hearing a chime through the audio zone’s speakers.
Customize Your Kitchen Lighting

Home automation truly thrives in the kitchen. You can create custom scenes for cooking, snacking, and dining.

For your marathon Thanksgiving Day cooking session, have your lights set to brightly illuminate all the dicing and slicing surfaces. You can also use your Control4 App to select your favorite playlist to play on the speaker system while you cook.

Then with the press of a button, your lights will automatically go from cooking to dining—more subdued and intimate. You can even use the Control4 In-Wall Touch Screen to alert everyone over the intercom that dinner is served!

Set Your Wireless Thermostat to Adjust to the Changing Weather

OK, we understand that we live in Arizona, but what about your out-of-town guests coming from the dreaded snow? Make them comfortable with a wireless thermostat. Designed to automatically adjust for optimal comfort and efficiency—even when you’re not sure whether it’s going to be another warm late-autumn day.

Install Motorized Shades for Comfort, Safety & to protect your furnishings

Based on the current weather, sun’s position and the time of day, have Paradise measure and install QMotion Motorized automatic shades, pleated blinds and curtains.  They offer dozens of colors and percentage of light pass through all the way to black out. For easy installation they can be AC or battery operated, batteries last about 2 years with daily use.  They’re programmed to open and close to as you desire. 

Smart Door Locks

Got houseguests? Get smart door locks installed to your system. You can even assign guests a temporary access code that lets them come and go as they please. Best of all, you can set it to expire automatically after they leave.

Holidays and home automation go together like turkey and stuffing. Make your smart home even smarter for the holiday season. Contact Buzz at Paradise Home Entertainment for all your home automation needs.


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