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Feb 4, 2014

Unlocking your front door at home while still at work; turning your hot tub on while still sitting on your couch; or seeing who just rang your doorbell without leaving the comfort of your bed.  What once seemed impossible is today a reality as advances in home technology are making control of a variety of home features easier than ever.


For example, the latest technology can be used to control your lights, audio and media systems, heating and cooling systems, security cameras, irrigation systems, and pools and spas.  Once installed, systems are accessible by tablet or smartphone, from anywhere in the house or the world.

“The most popular requests we get from customers wanting to access home technology remotely is for their media systems, followed by lights and heating and cooling controls,” said Nick Fabrick, Vice President , Xtend Technologies. “The great thing about automation systems is that many are modular so customers can pick and choose what they want to control and add on additional components as time goes on.”

The top two areas to consider when deciding on how to integrate automation technology into your home, according to Fabrick, are budget and personal preferences. The modular capability of systems allows customers with the smallest of budgets to begin integrating the technology into their home without breaking the bank.  Once determining budget, it’s important to think about personal preference and what will be most utilized in your own home. For example, are you a movie aficionado? Surround sound that you control without leaving your couch might be the place to start for you. Or perhaps you have school-age children that get home before you do, being able to see when your child arrives home or unlocking the door for them while you’re still at work might be your number one priority.

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Interested in learning more about what might be possible in your home? Stop by the Great Big Home + Garden Show’s Dream Basement, built by XTend Technologies, to see the latest in home remote control technology.

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