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The Evolution of Smart Home Technology

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

The Evolution of Smart Home Technology, taking the term “remote control” to a new level.

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It wasn’t that long ago that home entertainment systems required loading DVDs or VCR’s into huge drives, storing 2-foot-deep televisions into large entertainment media consoles, managing a stock pile of remote controls, and mounting speakers to walls.

Well, those days are over. Smart home technology has evolved to allow homeowners to control everything from thermostats, lighting, and door locks, to monitoring media and security remotely. Even the term “touch of a button” is obsolete when homes are being controlled with customized apps that are loaded onto smart phones and tablets—so it’s really the “touch of a touch screen.”

According to Thomas McKenzie, owner of Steamboat-based Cloud 9 Integrated Systems, a smart home is, “a way to use technology to enhance your living experience.” Primarily, that means being able to create a home environment you enjoy and to control a home remotely, which is a huge benefit to anyone, especially a second home owner.

Nest: Technology Changing Property Management

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Nest: Technology Changing Property Management

 

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Your Steamboat Spring property is the sanctuary you escape to whenever you get the chance, but busy schedules and distance can make it tricky to check in and make sure everything is just as you left it.  That tingling at the back of your neck or knot in your stomach telling you that something is amiss can drive you mad. Fortunately now you can make sure the mechanical room is warm and dry, the stove is off and your new ski’s were delivered wherever you have cell service or an Internet connection.

Many of you will already use or be considering using a property management company to monitor and maintain your vacation home. At a minimum, your home would be inspected on a weekly basis. But with the possibility of freezing pipes, leaks, flat alarm batteries, wildlife letting themselves through the open dog door, is that enough? Plus, these services don’t come cheap.