Home automation moving into DIY territory

It's getting easier to integrate automation into a home so that the components work together for greater comfort and energy efficiency.

At the 2016 International Builders' Show, O’D McKewan, general manager of 3 Blind Mice Window Coverings and automation specialist, discussed the new developments in the home automation trend that make it easy for consumers to tackle the project on their own.

Consumers can make everything from entertainment systems to window coverings and lighting work in concert to deliver just the effect they want, all at the touch of a button, he said.

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