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Top Smart Home Technology Trends in the Kitchen & Bath:

Technology in the kitchen and bath goes beyond appliances to integrated smart home technology like voice control, lighting, audio-video, and home networking.

The word “technology” when used in the context of the home can mean many, many things. From a green building perspective, it can mean systems or building materials used to make a home more...

Top 5 Reasons Why Every Home Should Have a Lighting Control System:

One of the most misunderstood home technology systems is the lighting control system. Many homeowners who are building luxury homes purchase lighting control systems simply because they feel it is an expected feature for resale. What they fail to realize...

Interior Design for the Smart Home: 5 Tips to Avoid Costly Mistakes:

Interior designers have a common pursuit: the neverending quest to create spaces that inspire. When it comes to integrating home technology in a beautiful and meaningful way, however, even Architectural Digest Top 100 and Elle Décor A-Listers can stumble...

 

Home Office 2.0 - Top Tips for a Great Home Office:

With the advent of the global pandemic, the role of online, home-based conferencing and work has taken over every industry. The convenience and accessibility of videoconferencing will last long past the pandemic and continue to be a crucial element of work and communication. With the home's new role of workspace, building an environment of professionalism and effectiveness in both...

Care About Your Health? Then Look at Home Wellness:

What does home wellness actually mean to homeowners beyond the buzz? We explore lighting, music, acoustics, and air and water purification in the home to contribute to a healthy home and potentially curb disease over the course of a lifetime. Read more by here...

What Is the Life Expectancy of Your Electronics?:

So you have been in your home for some time and now your electronic systems are showing signs of age. You had a home technology company come in and they are asking you to replace items that seem perfectly fine. Are they trying to get in your wallet, or is the information you are receiving accurate? Keep in mind that...

Why an Enterprise-Grade Network is a MUST in every Luxury Home:

The world we live in today has become increasingly connected. Not long ago, most people only had a desktop computer and maybe, a laptop computer that needed access to the Internet or maybe a network-connected printer. In just a few short years it seems that every device in our lives can now communicate

Surveillance Cameras - 12 Things You Need to Know:

When looking for a surveillance camera system, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the huge number of products available and the confusing technical jargon that comes with them. Just walk into any big box retailer and there are numerous brands all seemingly selling the exact same camera. Every brand claims to offer high resolution and night vision, and sorting through the claims can be confusing.

Home Theater vs. Media Room - What Is the Difference?:

Nomenclature is a challenge when it comes to home technology. We struggle with terms that resonate with homeowners. From the “AV guy" to system integrators to custom installers to technology designers to low-voltage contractors, the home technology industry seems to have an identity crisis, even though all those terms mean essentially the same thing to an insider. The same goes for...

Budget Advice - 4 Vital Tips:

When embarking on a new home build or remodel project, the fuzziest budget item for most homeowners is typically the technology budget. Your builder, architect, and interior designer can quickly ballpark what a...

Why a Smart Home Needs a Strong Wiring Backbone:

Wireless connectivity is faster than ever, but your home still needs a solid network of wiring for higher bandwidth, better Internet security and a host of other benefits.

In a world that increasingly uses wireless communication, conversations about cabling / prewiring can seem a bit outdated...

Human-Centric Lighting - The Next Big Thing in Home Design:

Able to simulate daylight and dusk and develop a deeper connection with the outdoors, Human-Centric Lighting offers an exciting new approach to home lighting.
Of all the amenities in a home, lighting can have the most impact on design, ambiance and even your sense of well-being. Set at the appropriate brightness and color temperature, lighting can accentuate the architectural features of your home while affecting your mood and well-being. Smart lighting has the ability to touch every part of our lives...

The Moving Canvas - 21st Century Digital Art Arrives In the Home:

Art collecting has long been a passion for those who wish to own and display a piece of work to which they feel an emotional connection. There are many reasons why a person would want a piece of art in their home—perhaps the piece or artist evokes strong positive memories, they feel the piece speaks to the design, mood...

Bad Home Acoustics Lead to Negative Health Consequences Over Time:

Renowned acousticians Steve Haas and Anthony Grimani on the importance of home acoustics and the effects noise can have on wellness and health.

5 Steps to a Better Outdoor Entertainment Space:

A study last year by the American Institute of Architects showed that as homeowners look to make improvements, outdoor living spaces top the list. To create an outdoor space that you will use even more, technology is a key element. HTA Certified home technology professionals can expertly outfit your outdoor spaces with technology in such a way that it will actually add value to your home

The Smart Home: What You Need to Know:

It has taken a few years, though smart home systems have finally gained acceptance as a very desirable feature to integrate into a home of any size, shape, or style. It does not matter if you live in a 1,200-square foot bungalow on the beach, a condo on the 16th floor in the city, or a sprawling mansion in the country, a smart home...

The Single Most Important Part of Your Home Technology System:

Would you feel comfortable if a General Contractor told you he could build your dream home without a set of architectural plans? Of course not. As we all know, a house is very complex and is built from many different items: a foundation, framing, plumbing, electrical...

Home Theater Design - 3 Essential Ingredients:

Are you in the process of planning a home theater? Possibly you are well into the design or even already have some construction underway. Or, you may have only recently started to consider the possibility. In any case, you have likely been overwhelmed with copious, confusing and often misleading information on...

5 Tips for Implementing Home Technology Systems – Without the Pain!:

In a recent conversation with a very experienced builder, it was clear that he and many builders are looking for direction on the best way to have a home’s technology systems installed. He admitted it is difficult for builders to wrap their heads around the myriad technologies and brands available today. He said something

You Do Not Have to be an Audiophile to Enjoy Great Sound:

Humanity’s love of music is timeless and universal. It sustains the soul, speaks to the imagination and shapes our perspective on the world.

In our view, everyone should respect the life-affirming spirit of music and value how it was explicitly meant to be heard and...

Voice Control in the Smart Home - What you Need to Know:

Voice control platforms offer a hands-free way to operate lights, thermostats, door locks and more, but is there a catch?

We have all been there — wet hands, full arms, juggling five things at once, or just in the middle of something else when the doorbell rings, you need more light, or you’d like to change the channel...

5 Questions To Ask About Aftercare Service:

Amongst the many factors you should consider when hiring a home technology professional for your project, their approach to ongoing service and maintenance of your technology systems is arguably one of the most important. Your home technology will likely require more upkeep and maintenance than any other system in the home. For all of the convenience, security, comfort, and entertainment

How to Hire a Technology Pro:

The first step of a successful home technology project is hiring the right company. This is also easily the most important ingredient in the recipe for success. At the Home Technology Association, we realize this is a difficult decision, and our mission is to make it easier for you to get this right...

How to Partner with Home Technology Firms:

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HTA Certification Defined:

Over 25 industry experts plus the Home Technology Association’s esteemed Board of Advisors have weighed in to create the rigorous standards of HTA Certification. Our goal is to empower consumers, architects, builders, and interior designers with the best information possible so that they may research and hire the best home technology integration firms for their projects.

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