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AMX Premieres AMXhome with Energy Management
Posted on Friday, September 24, 2010

New Feature to Popular Home Automation Software Solution Simplifies "Going Green" For Homeowners, Installers

RICHARDSON, TX - September 23, 2010 - AMX®, the leading provider of solutions that simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments, today announced AMXhome with energy management. This new feature provides homeowners greater energy-efficiency as they can monitor and manage their utilities, including electric, water, gas and oil, from a touch panel. AMX will be showcasing the new AMXhome in booth #912 at CEDIA 2010, being held September 23-26 in Atlanta.

"AMXhome with energy management comes along at a crucial point as the marketplace is seeing a strong demand for green, eco-friendly solutions," said Adam Gershon, AMX product manager. "AMXhome applies the latest technology to deliver a total solution for home energy management benefitting homeowners by giving them simplified control and automation, with reports and monitoring, of their home's systems and utilities."

AMXhome energy management allows users to monitor utility consumption performance through color-coded icons and view estimated monthly utility costs at a glance. Homeowners can 'go green' by taking advantage of pre-programmed options that can automatically adjust energy usage, such as global light dimming and HVAC control. In addition, historical data can be retrieved on the touch panel through comparative reports, and can be viewed by the hour, day, week, month and year. Utility usage patterns can be analyzed to prevent overconsumption and ultimately reduce utility costs. In addition to monitoring consumption, alerts can be set for low oil and propane tank levels.

"The fatal flaw in most of today's standalone energy-monitoring products is the inability to control a home's environment with the data the products produce," said one of the initial installers of AMXhome Eric Thompson, president of ThompsonModern. "To achieve real results, products must present specific, actionable data coupled with well-defined business rules, or triggers. AMXhome energy management delivers these 'smart' capabilities and provides an intuitive platform for homeowners to amplify their home's energy efficiency."

AMXhome can automatically manage HVAC activities and building pressure control, based on inputs from weather forecasts and various indoor and outdoor sensors, inclusive of pressure sensors. Building pressure is measured and controlled to achieve neutral to slightly positive pressure which optimizes healthy air quality and building envelope performance. Other smart features include, trigger alerts that notify homeowners of abnormally high usage, such as an 85 degree thermostat in winter, and automated response that will correct over-usage as the owner desires.

"These types of systems not only provide significant energy savings and greater comfort for the homeowner, but are likely to increase the value of the home itself, Gershon says."

AMXhome is sold as a complete dealer solution consisting of system designs, equipment lists, third-party gear, and marketing and sales materials for the four most popular residential applications. These include distributed audio, home theater, essential home control and whole home control.

Dealers with an AMXhome subscription will be able to offer their customers the energy management feature as a stand-alone solution, as a complement to a larger AMX system, or can add it to previous AMXhome installations.