Green By Design

How do you manage and control the energy your family uses? Is it safe to say the majority of us take our energy resources for granted? With energy costs on the rise and the detrimental effects on the environment, it has never been more apparent that we need to evaluate the amount of energy we use, and find ways to reduce it. In these times, it’s hard not to ask yourself, “What could I be doing to save energy and money?” But, what are the answers? Where do you find them?

RMS has the solutions to help you save energy AND make you more comfortable.  Our clients have been enjoying “Green Technology” for over a decade with lighting control, shading solutions and temperature control. When programmed properly, “Green Technology” creates effective solutions for energy savings.

Lighting Control Systems: When you choose a lighting control system, you’re not only changing your way of living—you’re also making a conscious decision to lessen your impact on the environment.

  • Electric light dimming saves electricity usage.
  • Daylight sensors and occupancy sensors intelligently adjust electric light based on the amount of daylight and whether or not you’re in the room.
  • Scheduling timers can automatically dim or turn off lights based on the the time-of-day.
  • Control your home’s lighting from anywhere in the world from your Apple iPhone, iPad or Android device.

Shading Solutions: Utilizing daylight reduces our need for electric light, and saves energy. A shading system from RMS provides precise control of daylight – all at the touch of a button.

  • Shading protects your home from harmful UV, blocks sunlight to lower cooling costs or allows sunlight to pass into your home helping with heating.
  • Shading is available in hundreds of fabrics, including sunscreen, privacy and blackout shades. New styles include Roman shades and Venetian blinds ensuring the perfect solution for any room.
  • Automatically or manually adjust shade positions using a variety of control devices.
  • Coordinating controllable shading with a lighting control system delivers the most effective energy management solution.

Heating and Cooling Control: Temperature control systems are the perfect complement to lighting and shading systems. Manage your light and shade/drapery systems for convenient control of all aspects of your environment—natural light, artificial light, and temperature.

  • Vacancy/Occupancy sensors can select a set point when a space is occupied and another when the space is vacant, automatically saving energy when no one is around.
  • Wireless temperature sensors can be installed almost anywhere in the room discreetly which reduces unsightly wall clutter.
  • Tying your heating and cooling system into one centralized system that also controls your shading and lighting provides a very powerful, unified energy saving system.
  • Apple iPhone or Android control allows operation from wherever you are.

Here at RMS, we constantly research new technologies to provide our clients with the best solutions. Currently we are investigating new energy monitoring services that will work in conjunction with our automation systems to maximize your energy efficiency.  If you would like more information about these exciting new services, please contact us.

An RMS automation system gives you the ability to control lighting and temperature throughout your entire home, any time, from any location—all while saving energy. The question is not whether you need this level of convenience and control. The question is why you would accept anything less.

Apr 29, 2011 / Features

Let’s Get Connected

Today we are connected in so many ways that it’s hard to remember what it was like before the Internet or the mobile phone. These technologies have transformed the way we live and have created many innovations that we can’t (as much as we hate to admit it) live without. The need for a fast, reliable, and properly engineered home network is critical to fully enjoying the features and benefits of this technology age. RMS has the solutions to allow you to maximize the capabilities of your Internet and all your connected devices.

Today, a high speed Internet connection can provide your home with almost unlimited entertainment.  Music, television shows, movies, and even video games can be easily accessed through a properly designed and managed home network.  You wouldn’t consider equipping your home with an antiquated electrical system, plumbing that won’t support your needs, or a climate-control system that won’t keep you comfortable. A home network has become a very important sub-system that needs proper design and implementation to ensure your family can enjoy all the “Cloud” has to offer.

Cable boxes, DVDs, and CDs will be things of the past in the very near future thanks to the “Cloud.”  We’re hearing a lot about the “Cloud,” but what exactly is it? The concept is quite simple:  the “Cloud” is how high-speed Internet provides this content to our homes, on-demand.  In addition to entertainment options, the “Cloud” offers a secure location for backing-up your personal digital content, and the ability to access it anywhere.  The “Cloud” provides vast access to media material and its uses are almost limitless. New innovations are constantly being developed.

Online media services such as Apple’s iTunes, Netflix, Pandora, Hulu, and YouTube enrich many of our lives. Interactive, online game services, such as XBox Live and Steam, are popular family experiences connecting players around the globe. Communication services, like Skype, have given us the ability to easily, and economically, connect with family and friends on another block or even another continent. Through Facebook and Twitter, we can keep in touch with childhood friends and keep tabs on a son or daughter away at college.

To fully utilize these services, and many more, a reliable wired and wireless home network is required.  In addition to allowing easy access to these online services, RMS is able to integrate your home’s other sub-systems, including lighting, HVAC, and home security onto a comprehensive, secure, home network.  RMS has the knowledge and experience to design, engineer, and implement a network tailored to your family’s specific needs.

Once a customized home network is established, using it couldn’t be easier!  A home computer, iPad, or even an iPhone can access and control all the systems on a properly constructed and integrated home network.  Imagine using your iPhone to turn up the heat in your home as your plane touches down on the runway, ensuring a cozy and warm homecoming.  Or, turning the lights on in your foyer as you pull into your driveway on a dark night. RMS can design a reliable infrastructure to channel this amazing technology.

Managing all those systems and gadgets can be frustrating and consume a lot of precious time when you’re trying to figure out a problem. To make things worse, the only person you could rely on has now gone off to college! We are proud to have very experienced technicians that can solve problems quickly as well as answer any questions. As part of our commitment to our clients, we take extra steps in setting up your network to provide monitoring capabilities that alerts us of potential problems, even before you know they are happening! In many cases, problems are solved remotely right over the Internet.

RMS has built its reputation on fast, reliable service. We want you to know that your investment with us is in capable hands.  Let RMS design a system to provide you with the best experience possible. We’ll provide you with the sensible solutions you deserve. Let’s get connected!

Feb 22, 2011 / Features