Yes, it’s true. You can control various parts of your home right from you iPad. All you need is the Control4 My Home for iPad app. The best part? The app is completely free! This is yet another reason to get that cool iPad you’ve been dying for. With an iPad, the Control4 My Home app and this article, you are well on your way to controlling your house.
The first thing you need to do is find an approved dealer to install the ControlFX system in your home. Once this is done, just load the app onto your iPad and you are ready to begin. The size of the app is a mere 6.9 MB, very little when you consider what it can do. The app itself, in keeping with Apple products, is very user-friendly.
On your startup screen, you’ll see icons for Watch, Listen, Lights, Comfort, Security and More. We’ll start with something simple: Lights. Click on this icon and you will see all areas of the home with a dimmer switch. Just start testing each system.
My personal favorite is the Listen icon. This section ties in with everyone’s favorite app: iTunes. You can create a queue of music to be played from any number of your lists. If you have a home stereo system, you can even select the room in which you want it to be played. Or have a party and play the music in the whole house!
How many televisions do you have in your house? Well, you can control all of them from your iPad. It’s even great for playing jokes! Are you in the kitchen, you’ve called your kids for dinner but they can’t seem to unglue themselves from the television? It’s as easy as 1-2-3! From the palm of your hand, you can just turn off the television in the living room from the kitchen. You’re kids might be upset but at least their dinner won’t get cold!
The temperature icon is best in the winter when it’s just too cold to get out of bed. With just the touch of your hand on the iPad, you can turn on the heating and wait for the house to warm up before you get up. No more running out of bed to turn on the heating and then running back to bed. Once you’ve tried this, you won’t be able to live without it.
The security icon is the one that allows you to control your home security system. There are also plenty of other controls and benefits including, but not limited to, controlling various aspects of the whole house or only part of the house, controls while you’re away (a great security feature) and so many more that I will let you discover yourself. Discovering everything this app can do is half the fun!
So, if you are just looking for an excuse to buy an iPad or you already have an iPad and you want it to perform more tricks, this is the app for you.
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