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Czar Audio-Video & Home Theater simplifies your life

Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 | 4:20 PM

Are you smarter than your house? Okay, trick question. These days, though, the modern home is programmed to think of everything at the touch of a smartphone or tablet. Set the lights and music for company to arrive while you’re at work? Done. Turn off everything after your kids have left the house and left everything on? Done.

Home automation should protect you, entertain you, keep you comfortable and accommodate your lifestyle. Today’s modern homes are complex facilities, so you must integrate all the different electronic equipment and systems to work seamlessly together throughout your house. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution.

Enter Crestron Automation by CZAR Audio-Video. Now, automation technology is practical and easy to use, with seamless integration of your entire home’s audio and video, home theater, lighting, shade control, security, climate, communications, internet, outdoor living and more.

“What we do is design custom home theaters for designers and builders throughout Southern California throughout the San Gabriel Valley,” says owner Dave Fernandez. “We’ll automate and motorize your blinds, your home’s lighting control, and entertainment systems, as well as all your security functions. We’re talking everything from that mega-TV in the den to the temperature of every room.”

Fernandez estimates that the vast majority of new homes built today, are being built as “smart homes,” wired, programmed and constantly upgradable to accommodate any one of the myriad of scenarios the Czar team can imagine.

And yes, if you really want to, you can spend your kid’s inheritance on a state-of-the art system, but the reality is you don’t have to.

“The days of you having to spend couple of hundred thousand dollars to do this are over,” says Fernandez, whose company is a certified dealer for Crestron Home Integrated Technology, makers of much of the hardware used in smart homes. “We can go in to a 5,000 square-foot home,” he explains, “and completely automate the home for $25,000 now, or actually, from $10,000 to $25,000, from start to finish, where before you would spend $50,000 to $150,000.”

And just as important is the idea that families can now monitor and control their home energy use with a smart home. “I can control my heating and cooling, and monitor energy consumption from my iPhone,” Fernandez explains. In an energy-conscious green home that equates to big savings. Lowered energy usage means a decreased carbon footprint. And lower bills mean rebates.

Among a host of other projects in Southern California, Czar is currently working with City Ventures on the Ambassador Gardens project in Pasadena on the former site of historic Ambassador College. The six-phase luxury housing development features new Craftsman homes, each completely wired for immediate smart home technology, depending on each homebuyer’s needs and desires.

If you can imagine it, the professionals at Czar can wire it, program it, install it, and you can turn it on and off from anywhere in the world. That’s pretty smart.

Czar Home Theater is at 419 W Maple Ave., Monrovia, (626) 471-3543 or visit