Control4: A Powerful, Fresh Approach to Home Automation

Written by | Updated August 22, 2013

The smart home industry is booming. And as you’d expect, security giants like ADT, Honeywell and AT&T all offer automation in addition to traditional security services. But a company based in Salt Lake City, Utah proves you don’t have to be big to be a powerful player in the home automation industry.

This company is Control4. The decade-old company is on a mission to provide homeowners and business owners an affordable, custom automation system that offers the ultimate control. And judging from its numerous industry awards, Control4 is destined to accomplish its mission.

Read on to learn more about what sets Control4 apart from its competitors, what it’s doing to keep families safe and how it helps protect the environment.

What’s Makes Control4 Special?

Many home and business automation systems only offer integration with a dozen or so devices from a handful of manufacturers- but Control4 is different. Control4 has partnered with major brands in the electronics, energy, lighting and home security space. As a result, its system interoperates with a huge range of third party devices. This gives the customer the ability to create a truly custom automation system. In fact, according to its website, Control4 solutions interoperate with more than 7,000 third-party consumer devices, and more are on the way.


Control4 Offers a Wealth of Smart Home Solutions

Control4 offers a variety of automation solutions like multi-media, lighting, security and climate control, but we are particularly impressed with the company’s focus on families and the way a Control4 system supports the environment.

Its family oriented home automation solutions are designed to make life less complicated and more enjoyable while keeping your family safe. For example, you can configure automatic wakeup sequences that turn on lights and music so you and your Tweens stay on schedule. It can alert you via text message when kids get home from school and give you a heads up if they’re watching TV during homework time. Control4 can ensure your TV so it won’t turn on during specific time periods (like after lights-out). Worried about little ones escaping to the backyard pool? Control4 will notify you via flashing lights, sound alert or text when specific doors or windows are opened or motion is detected in a potentially dangerous area. Motion sensors and pressure sensors can be used to trigger nightlights, so kids can safely find their way to the bathroom in the middle of the night.


Control4 does a great job of keeping your family safe and sound, but it can also save you money and help you feel good about minimizing your environmental impact. With Control4 you can conserve energy by setting your house to “away” status, or use a “green” setting to decrease HVAC usage, turn off lights that aren’t needed and reduce standby power usage. Plus, you can integrate motion sensors or programmable timers so lights turn on and off as necessary or better yet, adjust lights from 100 to 90 percent output. You’ll probably never even notice the difference, but Control4 says you’ll save enough energy to reduce up to 850 pounds of carbon dioxide each year (that’s equal to not driving a car for 30 days)! Best yet, whenever you want you can make adjustments to your system from your phone, tablet or laptop with the Control4 MyHome app and a 4Sight subscription.

A Talented Team is Behind Control4

It’s no wonder Control4 is on the cutting edge of the smart home movement; it’s backed by superior management and quality customer service. Martin Plaehn is the president and CEO of Control4, and brings a wealth of technology expertise to the forward thinking company. Susan Cashen is Control4’s marketing genius who infuses the company with over two decades of consumer marketing experience. And Control4 was recently honored as a 2013 CEPro Quest for Quality winner in the technical support category thanks to fast call-back service and in-depth product knowledge.

Control4’s other awards include the 2013 Product of the Year Award for Whole House Control/Automation Systems from Electronic House and Best Home Control System 2013 from the popular Sound Vision Install Awards.


Wondering What Control4 Can Offer You?

If you’re curious what Control4 can do for you, head straight to the website’s Lifestyles tab and start exploring the vast assortment of features Control4 offers. When you’re ready to learn more, reach out to your local Control4 dealer.

A smart and connected home offers convenience, peace of mind and money savings. Control4 might not be a household name yet, but we bet its home automation solutions are already making those well known brands envious.

Written by Alexia Chianis

Wanderlust junky and mom of two, Alexia is a former police officer and U.S. Army Captain who draws on her experiences to write about a myriad of safety topics. Learn more

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