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Simplify Your Life with Smart Routines

Imagine a world where your home anticipates your needs. The lights turn on as you walk in the door, the perfect morning temperature greets you when you wake up, and your favorite playlist starts pumping as you head to the gym. This isn’t science fiction- it’s the reality of smart home routines.


What are Smart Routines?

Smart routines are automated sequences that control various smart home devices based on specific triggers. These triggers can be time-based (like sunrise or sunset), location-based (when you leave or arrive home), or even voice-activated commands. By creating custom routines, you can streamline your daily tasks and transform your living space into a haven of convenience and efficiency.


Someone sitting in bed with a coffee cup

Benefits of Smart Routines:

  • Effortless Convenience: Forget fumbling for light switches or manually adjusting the thermostat or opening the blinds. Smart routines handle these tasks automatically, freeing up your time and mental energy.
  • Enhanced Security: Schedule lights to turn on at dusk to create the illusion of occupancy when you’re away, deterring potential burglars.
  • Reduced Energy Consumption: Program your thermostat to adjust automatically based on your daily schedule, saving you money on utility bills.
  • Improved Peace of Mind: Relax knowing your home is functioning optimally, even when you’re not there.

Creating Your Smart Routines:

First Choose Your Smart Home Platform: If you haven’t already installed a smart system, we highly recommend Control4, Savant Systems, or a Josh.AI home intelligence system.

Explore Automation Features: Each platform offers user-friendly interfaces or in the case of Josh.AI, a voice-activated system that will help you create and customize routines. 

Set Triggers and Actions: Define the trigger that will activate your routine (e.g., time of day, location, voice command). Then, specify the actions for your devices (e.g., turn on/off lights, adjust thermostat settings, play music).

Test and Refine: Once your routine is set up, run a test to ensure it functions as expected. Don’t hesitate to adjust and refine your routines based on your preferences.

The beauty of smart routines lies in their customization. Here’s are some ideas to get you started:

Identify Your Needs: Think about your daily routine and what tasks you’d like to automate. Common examples include:

“Wake Up” Routine: Lights turn on gradually, thermostat adjusts to your preferred morning temperature, and your favorite news or music starts playing.

“Leaving Home” Routine: Lights turn off, thermostat lowers settings, and security cameras activate.

“Movie Night” Routine: Dim the lights, adjust the thermostat for comfort, and turn on your smart TV or projector.

AI generated image of a smart system and it's connectivity

At Digital Systems AV, we’re passionate about helping Chicago homeowners unlock the full potential of smart home technology. Our team of experts can guide you through the process of selecting the right smart devices, setting up custom routines, and ensuring your home runs like a well-oiled machine.

Ready to simplify your life and elevate your living experience? Contact Digital Systems AV today for a free consultation. We’ll help you create a customized smart home solution that puts convenience and comfort at your fingertips.

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