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Articles tagged with: Home Automation

Automated Privacy Glass Brings a New Level of Control

For your home or business, Echo Workshop is your Houston privacy glass dealer.

Automated Privacy Glass Brings a New Level of Control

Nothing offers excellent control over the UV rays that enter your room more than a switchable/integrated window film. They leave your home or office more comfortable and productive. A Houston privacy glass dealer can get you the glass you need at your home or business. This will enable you to achieve a calm environment at your homestead and a peaceful work environment for your employees. 

Below are some other benefits that privacy glass can have at your premises, including front doors, windows, conference rooms, and restrooms.

Control Over Your Privacy

While getting natural light is important, so is privacy. Instead of using curtains, tapestry, and shutter blinds, you can opt to install a privacy glass, which is the best way to attain privacy, while also reducing congestion. With a switchable privacy glass window or door, you can change from plain to semi-transparent to opaque. For instance, when you hold a meeting to discuss an important issue concerning the company, you may need a more private and distraction-free environment. A privacy window or door can help.

Besides having privacy settings, smart window films can also help reduce or regulate the noise from the outside environment. This enables attendees to concentrate while also creating a quiet and conducive environment to hold a meeting effectively. With privacy glass, you can redefine the room in seconds with ease.

At home, even though you want a well-lit house that allows the morning sun to penetrate easily, your privacy should never be compromised. You can ensure this by installing privacy glass at your front door, bedroom, living room, dining room, media room, or window. You can switch from clear to opaque at different times of the day and vice versa.

Control Over Room Temperature and Light

High room temperatures and irritating glares can make you uncomfortable and lead to underperformance at work. If you are working in a position with direct sunlight, you may struggle when reading documents, thus having less productivity. With privacy windows, you can switch to opaque, which will not only reduce the room temperature by 60% but also block at least 98% of the UV rays. This will create a friendly working environment, which translates to high productivity.

Window films can also eliminate hot spots, thus preserving room temperature, which helps save energy. As a result, you can reduce the chances of your HVAC appliances wearing out.

Switchable privacy glass will enable you to control the level of UV rays that enter your room. Therefore, you can prevent the rays from damaging your valuable furnishing—for instance, the artwork, furniture, and carpets, among others.

Easy to Operate and Maintain

Unlike custom glasses, you can easily operate a switchable privacy glass by just switching on or off. There is no learning curve and you can start operating it as soon as it is installed. In addition, it is easy to clean, since it does not absorb much dust, and maintain, since it requires a relatively low operating voltage.

A Highly Versatile Nature

Given their versatility and availability in different colors and sizes, switchable privacy glass can serve other tasks like advertising and engaging with your audience. You can use it as a presentation screen at shows and exhibitions for displaying advertisements.

Echo Workshop is your trusted and dedicated Houston privacy glass dealer who is ready to help you improve your work premises or home. Our team has the right expertise and is highly experienced in all matters regarding smart films, from selecting the best types to installation. We also take pride in providing the best service. Contact us to install the switchable window film at your residential or commercial property today.

Three Ways Home Automation Can Facilitate Aging in Place

Home automation can help you and your loved ones stay safe and comfortable.

Three Ways Home Automation Can Facilitate Aging in Place

You and your loved ones have built houses and made them homes. As people age, they are likely to expect to remain in these homes as able. According to a 2018 study conducted by AARP, more than 75% of Americans hope to remain in their homes for as long as possible, even if that means that they might require outside assistance. But "outside assistance" does not necessarily have to mean in-home care. In fact, home automation — equipping your home with smart technology that can be accessed via web apps inside or outside the home — can be a great resource for helping seniors age in place. 

Read on to discover three key ways that home automation can be beneficial for you and your loved ones who have chosen to remain at home. 

Top-notch security and safety

Perhaps the most paramount concern that you might have about yourself or a loved one choosing to age in place is safety. Thankfully, home automation addresses many of these concerns. Home automation allows for much more consistent communication and monitoring of a security system than previous systems do, as much of the controls can be handled remotely. The Savant system, for example, can be controlled with the touch of a button on your smartphone, allowing you or your loved one to activate alarm systems, see 24/7 security camera footage of different rooms, and monitor the surrounding neighborhood (and who's on their doorstep) whether you're near or far.  

Ease of use with entertainment

As people age, it may be harder for them to perform tasks that they have been doing their entire lives. Fidgeting with the knobs and buttons on a radio or television set may become difficult, and with home automation, these finicky things can be a way of the past. Home automation, like the Savant system, allows for voice-controlled media systems, allowing you or your loved ones to turn on the big game, increase the volume when the home team scores, and turn down the volume after the team has won all by speaking it into existence. 

More efficient energy controls

Home automation controls so much more than security and entertainment. Much of the energy that a home uses can also be controlled remotely or from within the home with the touch of a button. Lighting controlled this way can be particularly useful, for example, if someone wakes in the middle of the night and needs to use the bathroom. Controlled lighting from a nearby smartphone can allow the person to see where they are going and ensure they get there without walking into anything accidentally. Gone are the days of walking completely in the dark and feeling around for a light switch, only to run head-on into a door. 

Aging in place is important as it can be seen as a way to maintain independence and dignity as we all grow older. The safety, security, and ease of use that a home automation system can provide for you and your family are second to none. With home automation, you'll no longer have to worry about consistently checking in with someone who has chosen to age in place. They will be able to continue life as they had already been living it, with some marked improvements. 

To learn more about what a home automation system can do for either you or a loved one in the greater Houston, TX, area, give us a call. We are a family-owned and operated smart home company that has been working with the Houston community since 1999. 

3 Ways To Enjoy Your Media Room Installation

Celebrate summer with video game tournaments, movie nights, and more

3 Ways To Enjoy Your Media Room Installation

The weather is getting warmer, which means that you will be spending the hottest part of the day inside. This means movie marathons, TV show binges, and video game tournaments to cool off in the comfort of your home. A media room is a perfect place to entertain indoors. Read our latest blog to learn three ways you can enjoy your media room installation in Houston, TX.

3 Reasons Your Project Needs A Smart Lighting Control System

Appeal to potential customers with smart lighting that improves their health and saves them money

3 Reasons Your Project Needs A Smart Lighting Control System

Your customers are spending more time in their homes than ever. While social distancing protects them from the pandemic, spending most of their time indoors can hurt their health. Create a unique selling point for potential buyers with a fully integrated circadian lighting system to boost their wellbeing. EW partners with Lutron and Vantage to craft custom solutions for your clients. Read our latest blog to learn three reasons that you could use Vantage or Lutron lighting control in your next Houston, TX project.