Managing a house, no matter how big or small it is, can be challenging for any family. Busy schedules and hectic routines can make it difficult to keep your household running efficiently … and have time to relax and unwind. Necessary and mundane tasks, such as setting back the thermostat and shutting off the lights before you leave the house or go to bed, are easily forgotten or simply ignored due to lack of time or energy. Even activities that are seemingly so simple, like closing the drapes to block out the harsh afternoon sun or choosing a song to enjoy on the stereo system, can become tedious and tiresome when you’re tired or pressed for time. Here’s where a smart home system can help. Programmed by a professional home systems integrator (or by you if you buy a DIY kit), a smart home system can control the lights, thermostats, motorized shading, audio system, security system, home theater equipment—basically anything else the uses electrical or battery power—so you don’t have to.