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Humankind has pursued automation for centuries, all to make life easier, more convenient, and more accessible. Smart home systems represent this pursuit brought to life––now on a mainstream level. But are these integrations a luxury or a necessity? And how has automation really changed the way we live? 

An evolution in smart home systems 

Picture walking around the Chicago World’s Fair. The year is 1933, and you’re marveling at the incredible ideas around you that emerged from the Great Depression. One, in particular, catches your eye: the House of Tomorrow. The futuristic home is made of glass and steel and has incredible features like central air, automated garage openers, and “iceless” refrigerators. 

While incredible for the time, it wasn’t for another 30 years after the Fair that people had a glimpse of the first automation system. The Echo IV was a forerunner to a lot of what we see today and allowed people to control the temperature in their homes and turn appliances on and off. This was followed by motion-controlled lights, automated garage doors, and programmable security systems in the ‘80s.  

But smart home systems as we know them didn’t really take off until the early 2000s. With new technologies and the Internet of Things, the dreams of the World’s Fair and automation inventors of the past were finally available. 

Automation has made a lot of things easier 

In the 1930s, or even a couple of decades ago, having an automated home may have seemed like a luxury. In today’s interconnected world, it feels like an achievable necessity. Smart home automation has a lot of key benefits:

Full home control: Check security cameras, turn the shades down in your living room, and close your garage door––all while on vacation? Smart home systems give you control whenever, wherever 

Convenience and accessibility: Sure, you can get up and turn off all the lights in your house and close the blinds yourself, but smart home integrations make it easier than ever. And these systems bring accessibility to everyone in the home. 

Greater efficiency: Smart home automation learns your patterns over time. When your lighting or thermostat adjusts to your exact schedule, that translates to money and energy saved. 

Improved security and functionality: Smart home systems make home security easy with access to cameras and motion-controlled sensors. They also improve appliance functionality (think: home audio systems sorting your music collection). 

The smart home systems and integrations we trust 

Ask anyone on our team and we’ll say that smart home systems are a necessity. We live in a world where we can order dinner at the touch of a button and virtually redesign our living rooms before buying anything. Why wouldn’t we want to access our home’s systems in the same way? 

At Stereo Planet, we make home management easy. We do this in the following ways: 

Full smart home systems: From lighting and shades to thermostats and video, we can design and implement smart home systems that make sense for your needs. 

Full-home WiFi: Something they couldn’t really fathom in 1930 was WiFi and the Internet of Things. These systems keep smart homes operating seamlessly, and full-home WiFi networking means there isn’t a dead zone in your home. 

Aesthetic automation: We help clients organize their smart home integrations from in-wall touch panels. It’s total control that doesn’t compromise design. 

Stereo Planet makes life convenient  

Once upon a World’s Fair, smart home systems seemed like unrealistic luxuries (they did each have an airport hangar…). Today, we think smart home systems and home automation are necessities. Not only do they make our lives more convenient, efficient, and enjoyable, but they also keep us more connected to the people we love. If you’re considering a smart home upgrade, get in touch! Stereo Planet are your local home automation and networking experts. 

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