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Home Automation vs. Smart Control: What’s the Difference?

Enjoy the Best of Both in Your Florida Smart Home

Home Automation vs. Smart Control: What’s the Difference?

‘Home control’ and ‘home automation’—what’s the difference? The two terms are often used interchangeably but have very different meanings. 

While you might be tempted to use DIY smart devices in your West Palm Beach, FL home, you can achieve much more with a home automation system. In many cases, homeowners think smart control will cover their needs when in actuality, they really want the benefits of home automation.

Read on to learn what home control and automation mean and how you can experience the best of both with a professional installation. 

Why DIY Smart Homes Fall Short

Disjointed Devices Are Unreliable & Complicated to Use. Here’s How a Professionally Installed System Makes a Difference

Why DIY Smart Homes Fall Short

We’re a home automation company. Yet when we hear people complain that smart homes are “overrated” or “don’t work” (like this article in Gizmodo), we take no offense. Why not? 

Because we know that these smart homes were not professionally installed with the best control systems. They're DIY smart homes, relying on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and “20 different apps” to control it all. If you only use off-the-shelf smart gadgets from Amazon or Best Buy, it’s no surprise that you’ll run into trouble!  

For a real smart home experience, you need to partner with a home automation company (like our team in Palm Beach, FL) that can seamlessly wire and program your entire house’s technology. Here’s why a professional smart system makes all the difference. 

4 Signs You’re Ready for Smart Home Automation

On the Fence About Home Automation? Let Us Help.

4 Signs You’re Ready for Smart Home Automation

There’s a difference between purchasing plug-and-play smart devices—like a video doorbell—and a fully integrated smart home. A true smart home is seamless and streamlined, with every device synced to the same controller. And when your smart home is installed by a professional, technology and controllers blend into the walls with no wires or obtrusive gadgets in sight.

If you’ve been thinking about smart home automation for a while but aren’t sure if it’s right for you, you’ve come to the right place. We work with new homeowners daily in West Palm Beach, FL, and we’ve seen skeptics or hesitators grow to adore their smart home systems.

Here are four tell-tale signs you’ll love smart home automation!

Control4 vs. Crestron: Which System Is Best for Your Smart Home?

We Compare Both Home Controllers to Help You Decide

Control4 vs. Crestron: Which System Is Best for Your Smart Home?

So, you’re interested in home automation. Where to start? There are plenty of products on the market that promise a smart home experience. But in our experience, DIY gadgets can’t hold a candle (or smart bulb) to luxury systems like Crestron and Control4. 

Crestron was founded in 1972 and Control4 in 2003. Both brands were way ahead of the smart home game and have developed high-end systems that integrate lighting, audio, video, security, and more across your house. 

But what all homeowners want to know is: which is best? At Definitive Electronics, we’re both a Control4 and Crestron dealer because we believe both offer high-quality home automation. So in this article, we’ll compare both to help you find the best system for your Jupiter, FL home.