How You Control Your Technology
A difficult to use, non-intuitive control is the barrier to any true luxury home automation experience. Our mission is to give you control with intuitive controls, like audio management from one simple tap on an iPad. This is exemplified in our award-winning Cheshire home, featuring a multi-room SONOS audio system.
Volume controls are programmed seamlessly through a SONOS iPad or iPhone app. This gives users remote access to home cinema systems, as well as other smart home operations like motorised blinds.
We also find here at SONA that many of our clients, when it comes to watching TV day to day, prefer a traditional style remote rather than an iPad. People can take for granted how important sensory elements are when it comes to using home automation. Many of us still prefer to ‘feel’ buttons whilst navigating though channels without having to look at what we are doing. We therefore always talk to our clients about their personal preferences when it comes to remote controls.
Engraved keypads are your chance to put your individual stamp on the home. Here you can customise exactly what you want each function to say, from lighting controls to blinds, curtains, audio, visual and climate. Choose from the type of setting you want to create, such as entertainment or relaxation, or the mode you want your room to be in – for example, morning or night mode.
You can also use these to automate sequences, for example when you come in from work, or change them seasonally. For even better ease of use, these keypads can be backlit and automated to turn on as soon as you enter a room.
Motorised blinds and curtain rails: flush to the ceiling
This technology can be the hallmark of any luxury home, providing a quick and easy change of atmosphere from a remote device. With their flush to the ceiling effect, the entire room is draped in darkness instantly, helping to promote security or a warm, relaxed environment.
SONA’s solutions can be automated for when you leave the house, and feature no dangerous cords. By integrating them into the ceiling, we create a ‘barely there’ effect that you’ll only notice as the light fills or exits the room. Totally mechanical, there’s no effort required but a swipe of the finger.
Not only that but it really is a time and effort saver. Many homes these days feature plantation shutters, yet have blinds behind them to black the light out at night. To close the blinds, you have to open the shutters, close the blinds then close the shutters. Doing this in a large house with 20 or 30 windows twice a day can actually be really time consuming, so automated blinds just makes good sense, but not many people think of it until they experience how life changing automation is.