It’s easy to fall in love with the idea of total, whole-home control. Whether it’s the ability to provide remote monitoring and management that appeals to you, or the ease-of-use enabled through one-touch setting and high-powered user interfaces, home automation allows you to customize your living space to meet your unique needs.

Although the adoption rate of home automation and the smart home is steadily rising, there are still many with initial concerns and even fear in regards to the products, installation requirements and of course financial costs.

Will the integration process be a long, drawn out intrusion in my home? Are there hidden fees and costs I’m not being made aware of? How easy is it really – what if I can’t figure out how to accurately use my system? All of these questions reflect common concerns shared by those who are new to home control technology – leading many to stick with their present, disconnected home.

However, last week Control4, a leading innovator in residential and commercial automation systems, unveiled their smart home Starter Kit, which provides homeowners with the ability to integrate smart-home control in a single room, while maintaining the power and capability to expand to a complete home system down the line – in line with their needs and budget.

The package makes it possible for homeowners to experience the benefits of automation for under $1,000. The Starter Kit includes:

  • The new Control4® HC-250 Controller – the brains of the system!
  • A Control4® SR-250 remote, which can control all the devices in your entertainment system, plus movies and music, lighting, and more.

Until now, there really hasn’t been an affordable way to introduce consumers to the truly transformative benefits of home tech, control and automation – when virtually everything in the home works together, automatically. Control4’s new Starter Kit offers consumers the opportunity to experience these benefits in one room, determine what they like, how they’d wish to evolve their control capabilities, and get a real taste for the smart home, while then providing an avenue for them to expand control throughout the entire home, whenever they see fit.

Furthermore, the Control4 HC-250 delivers a new level of performance, control and value. This slim little box tucks behind your TV or on a shelf acting as the “brain” of your home’s system; easily automating, integrating and controlling the key devices and systems in your home. The HC-250 provides control of lighting, temperature, and security systems, while also providing instantaneous access to your video and music collections, gaming systems, streaming content and more, all through the TV in your living room or from your favorite Android® or Apple® tablet or smartphone.

The Control4 HC-250 is the first smart home solution that isn’t a compromise; allowing you to control entertainment plus the systems that matter most to your family. Users can whip through huge media libraries and enjoy a selected movie, song, or playlist in mere seconds, turn lights on or off, respond to a security alert, or adjust the air conditioning – all through the same interface, whether it’s on a TV, a touch screen or a mobile device. Homeowners can even add extra functionality that can be controlled by this device, such as shade control, motion sensors, garage door sensors, window sensors or even water leak sensors.

And of course, the question on everyone’s mind – the costs associated. The Control4 smart home Starter Kit, easily makes home automation accessible to the mainstream through its affordable pricing. With no monthly fees, the HC-250 has an introductory U.S. MSRP of $599 and the SR-250 is priced at $199. Both are available from over 2,000 authorized Control4 dealers in North America and at Magnolia Home Theater at Best Buy.

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