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Home Automation in the Fox Valley by Michael Martin

Michael Martin is president of Martin Systems located in Green Bay, WI.

You’ve probably heard about home automation. Maybe you have even considered it but thought it would be too difficult to implement and use. Maybe it seems unnecessary.

 Actually, home automation is simple to use and installation might not be as difficult as you think.  Northeastern Wisconsinites are realizing why home automation isn’t just for the wealthy; it’s for anybody who wants to take advantage of technology that provides safety and convenience for their families.

Home Automation is The Future

According to iWatchlife.com, the sale of smart home devices has doubled from 2012 to 2013. Experts predict a rise in the number of smart home devices as more companies begin to provide home automation services.

You probably already have a smartphone or tablet in your home. You’d be surprised at how easy installing a home automation system is for Fox Valley residents.

Peace of Mind

With the flick of your finger on your tablet or smartphone you can make sure your garage door is shut while you’re watching your kid’s soccer game. After you finally hit the road for the family trip to Mount Rushmore, you panic that you left the stove on and whether or not the kids turned their bedroom lights off. You can simply take out your phone and turn off the lights and stove.

 At the touch of your fingertips you can control:

  • lights

  • music

  • temperature

  • security system

  • and more

You can wake up to a cold Wisconsin morning and, from your cozy bed, turn up the temperature of your home.

The Safety Factor

 Yes, northeastern Wisconsin is generally a safe area of the country in which to live, work and go to school. However, things do happen. Home automation can relieve major safety concerns. Best of all – it’s right there on your smartphone or tablet.

Security alarm goes off? You and the police will be notified. You’re away for the night? You can turn on your outdoor lights, and possibly indoor lights to make it look like you are home.

A concern for all parents is the safety of their children. Home automation provides the ability to see when someone enters the home and what electrical sources they are using (sorry – sneaking in after curfew will be difficult).

Home Automation in the Fox Valley

Fox Valley residents are smart citizens. I encourage you to spend some time researching home automation and think about how it could create a more convenient and safer home environment for you and your family.

When You Live an Automated Life, the Possibilities are Endless


Infographic provided by Control4. www.control4.com

(Imagery provided by Control4)



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