San Francisco Smart Home Trends for 2016

Smart Home System in San Francisco

Remote home control system on a digital tablet.

As the heart of the tech industry in the US, San Francisco homes know a thing or two about being smart. A new home may be a smart home using the latest in technology to control your appliances, doors, windows, heating and air conditioning, entertainment system and other electronics. The technology that has provided the latest in home security has expanded to include all of your electronics integrated into one control system. This technology can also be installed in older homes, increasing their value.

Temperature Control

You can now have attractive programmable thermostats that allow only one or two rooms to be heated or cooled. These designer thermostats are touch pads connected to an HVAC system with a timer that works with various types of heating and cooling. This includes geothermal systems that save energy.
If you want to reset a timer or turn off the heat when you leave home, your tablet or smart phone can send the message to the thermostat.

Doors and security

You can monitor home security with cameras that can be accessed with your tablet or smart phone.  You can see anyone approaching your home from your work and watch your kids return from school. Some cameras even have a biometric facial or handprint recognition system and you are alerted on your smartphone when a stranger approaches. You are also alerted when a familiar person enters the home. Your pet can even be monitored.
You can also lock and unlock doors and windows using a phone app. This is very helpful if you are returning home with an armful of groceries and it is difficult to use your door key. Your smart phone may also be used to lock your home or your car.
Window coverings and lights can be controlled on timers or through your mobile device if you are away from home for an extended period of time.
Another wired system can alert you to fire, CO2 problems, water leaks and flooding when you are not home. The apps work with smoke alarms and water sensors.

Kitchens and bathrooms

You can start your dishwasher or washing machine remotely if you forget to start it before you leave home. This smartphone app allows you to communicate with the appliances and control the settings.
A smart home can have a remote to start the shower to warm it before you get in. A remote can also start a whirlpool tub or steam shower. Your water use can also be monitored.


You can control your television sets, sound system, mood lighting and wi-fi with one-touch devices. This includes wall panels with touch screens along with access through your phone, tablet or laptop.
A remote device can turn music on or off in any room or outdoor area. You can create your own home theater system with a large screen high-definition television and surround sound. The entertainment system can be pre-programmed to record or play your favorite programs or films.


Performance Audio, serving the San Francisco Bay area since 1976, will create and install a completely integrated system for all of your electronics. You will be able to monitor and control everything from lighting and entertainment to security from one attractive touchpad. You will also be able to monitor your home from your mobile device.
The smart home of the future is here now for your convenience while increasing the value of your home!

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