Glen Bruels (homeowner): We had some experience (and a fair amount of heartache!) with integrating multiple A/V sources in the mid-90’s in our previous home in Colorado – the system was only in full operation for about a month during our first five years there and had to be completely redesigned twice. The technology has made lots of advances since then, although it’s dominated by a couple of big players who charge exorbitant rates and usually come at it from either lighting or A/V. We chose to go with Control 4 because they were different. They see themselves as middleware, making a system that will talk to anybody that meets the protocol. Best of all, we can view and control everything on our iPads!
Ideally, we want the system to monitor energy, water, and the propane tank. Control 4 is developing an energy module to control ‘vampire’ loads, but it won’t be ready for this house on Day 1. We’re talking to software companies that can work with Control 4 on the water side, but at first we’ll probably only have a low water alarm.