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Automation to Prepare Your Vacation Home for the Off Season

As the calendar inches closer and closer to Labor Day Weekend, and school supplies begin to line the shelves in area stores, it becomes more and more apparent that summer is nearing its end. For our luxury homeowner clients this can bring headaches, preparing to protect and restore vacation homes for the fall and winter months. Pools, landscape work, heating and cooling systems, and other vital home systems need to be prepared for the off season, quickly turning the end of the summer into a chore. Luckily, GMI and the #DoneRightNotEasy crew help solve many of these issues for our clients with our simple and reliable Crestron automation systems.

Swimming Pools

While you should always hire a licensed and experienced pool operator to winterize your swimming pool effectively and safely, automating part of your pool ecosystem into your Crestron system will help ensure a worry free off season. Armed with the proper knowledge and ability to work closely with vendors of all kinds, GMI has learned the ins and outs of providing full swimming pool automation. Allowing you to use the pool heater to automatically adjust the temperature based on the weather forecast, or have the automation system instantly trigger a pool chemical feed based on pool conditions.

Energy Use

When the #DoneRightNotEasy crew builds out a Crestron control system, energy efficiency is at the top of our priority list. Shading and lighting systems are central to this principle, as a connected lighting control system reduces energy consumption through dimming lights to use only the necessary energy, and harnessing the energy of the sun through light sensors and motorized window shades. These factors are essential to protecting your vacation home and keeping energy use low while you are away for weeks at a time. Other automation solutions rely on direct user interface in order to adjust and monitor these environmental systems, but GMI understands that our end users time is valuable, so we create and program systems to work effortlessly in the background leaving the end user to focus on their primary residence.

Security and Back End Support

It goes without saying that protecting your vacation property from robbery or vandalism is incredible important. This is one of the many reasons that all of our automation systems are integrated into monitored security systems. The protection doesn’t stop there, since your vacation home is unoccupied for weeks or months at a time, back end system maintenance becomes vital to keeping things safe and secure. This comes in the form of proactive monitoring systems which keep track of the system and notifies us of any device failure or latency. They can even be programmed to notify of negative trends, allowing us to address system failure before it happens. Even greater is the the ability to remotely access the system and address issues regardless of how far away we are from the physical location. Since our systems are comprehensively documented, if an issue pops up when your vacation home is unoccupied we can oftentimes address and repair without you worrying about keeping track of the system yourself.

The last thing on a busy luxury homeowners mind during the last weeks of summer is how their vacation home will be maintained during the off season. In the end, our custom build Crestron automation systems are about creating a simple more efficient life for our end users, allowing them to enjoy the vacation home for which they work hard all year.


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