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There are a number of compelling reasons to go with smart home technology whether you are building from the ground up or in need of a retrofit.

I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly reminding my son to turn off the lights when he leaves a room. And I distinctly remember my father singing the same chorus to me when I was growing up. And then there’s the battle my husband and I have over the thermostat. I like the house warmer in the morning and I crank up the heat to help get me going. The problem is that I often forget to turn it down when I leave the house. But with today’s technology, these sorts of battles (and charges) are unnecessary. Automation and modern building techniques give homeowners new levels of control, comfort, and security.

Convenience is a strong motivator for many homeowners deciding to incorporate smart home technology. There are products that offer users remote access to systems including music and multimedia devices, heating and cooling systems, intercoms, elevators, garage doors, and more.

“It is our priority that our clients find the systems that we install easy to use. We design and install with that in mind; that approach ensures that our clients use the technology they have invested in.” – Drummond Ayres, Audio Video Specialists

Drummond Ayres of Audio Video Specialists (AVS) in Jackson Hole says that clients come to AVS looking for a way to simplify their lives and enhance their lifestyle, for sure, but they also want a sense of security—a way to know that their systems are managed. “Imagine,” he says, “running out the door and setting your home in ‘away’ mode with a single press of a button—set the alarm, scale back the thermostats, and turn off the lights. A smart home can save you time and give you peace of mind.”

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An Audio Video Specialists automated home is sophisticated and effortless. PHOTO: Miguel Esguerra

But convenience is only one reason to smarten up. Efficiency and resale values also play into the equation. Because smart homes are more efficient, you save money over time. The initial expense that goes into the technology—a factor that deters some—has less impact when you consider the monthly savings that the technology produces. As for resale value, more and more owners are looking for fully integrated homes and won’t settle for anything less.

The pros at Audio Video Specialists have extensive experience with home automation, and each AVS team member comes from a background in electronics. From dedicated studio- quality home theaters, to the complete automated control of a house, AVS can upgrade your home or help advise you on integrating the right systems before you build. AVS takes pride in offering fair prices, professional installation, and most importantly, quality service for your system for years after the original installation. Ayres says, “It is our priority that out clients are more than satisfied with the work we do and that our clients find the systems that we install easy to use. We design and install with that in mind; that approach ensures that our clients use the technology they have invested in.”

A top priority for the homeowner should be the partnership between homeowner and technology advisor when integrating tech into a home. Ayres recommends finding a technology partner who will listen to they way you use technology and the way you hope technology can enhance your life. The team at AVS stays up on all the latest technology and can help guide clients in selecting the best products for their needs. Ayres says, “The home tech field changes rapidly. The way we approach technology in the home,” he says, “is vastly different than it was a decade ago. Then, technology in the home was often fragmented. Today, we have the ability to seamlessly integrate tech into every room.”

From dedicated studio-quality home theaters, to the complete automated control of a house, AVS can upgrade your home or help advise you on integrating the right systems before you build. AVS takes pride in offering fair prices, professional installation, and most importantly, servicing the system for years after the original installation.

Because technology is ever-evolving, AVS pros keep their eyes on developments in artificial intelligence and systems that will be able to perform daily tasks for the user with less physical interaction. And for luxury and convenience, AVS has you covered. High-tech home theaters are all the rage in luxury homes and the pros at AVS know that a home theater should be easy to use and reliable.

The products that AVS carries are from the most respected names in the industry. Ayres says, “When you choose Audio Video Specialists to take on your home tech integration project, you can be assured that not only will your system be expertly installed, but also that it will be comprised of the highest quality equipment available.”

As for Ayres’ must-have smart-home tech devices or systems? He says, “Every homeowner should have an easy-to-use universal remote system to deal with today’s multiple sources and devices. It will simplify your life!”