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The Benefits of using One Company for Custom Home Installations

on Wednesday, 13 May 2015.

With so many different companies offering security systems, home automation, sound, lighting control, and custom home can all be a little overwhelming when you begin your search for an installer.

You may have found someone to do the audio, but you still need someone to do security cameras. Or maybe you found a company that does media rooms, but you still need to get a fire protection system. You will probably feel like you are getting pulled in so many directions that you will want to abandon your projects altogether.

Fortunately, by selecting one company that is licensed and trained to do all of the above home upgrades, you will be saving yourself time, money, and lots of headaches for several reasons.

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In this day and age time really is a precious resource. When you choose one company that is experienced in all aspects of audio, sound, lighting, and security; then the help you need is only one call away. You also only have to worry about setting up one appointment.


You may have heard that buying in bulk or package deals can save you money. The same is true for all your customized home technology needs. Hiring individual companies for various services will add up fast. Before you know it you will be covered up in invoices and fees. By using one company you will not only save money, but also saves that headache of remembering to pay multiple bills each month.


Any company that can specialize in multiple aspects of home automation, fire protection, lighting and security is certain to have more knowledge and a better understanding of whole house or commercial property installations. Other installers might get snagged up if they get out of their area of expertise, but installers that have experience in all aspects can sail on through.

This is especially important in troubleshooting. Perhaps your audio system has malfunctioned and you call the company that installed it, but they tell you the company that just did the whole house WiFi must have changed a setting on the system and to call them. This is not a situation you want to find yourself in.

If you would like to find out more about how we can maximize the quality of your space, call us at 865-690-0154. It is only one call and one team, and we are here to offer you better life solutions.

Mother's Day

on Monday, 04 May 2015.

great gift ideas to treat any mom

This upcoming Sunday, May 10th is Mother’s Day, and we all want to treat our mothers to the best. So why not give her a little more than just a card and beautiful flowers. Give her something that she will cherish and use daily!

Below are some of the best gadgets on the market:

1. The Perfect Bake

We all can agree that we love our mother’s cooking, but what if we can get her something that will help her in the kitchen? Well if she is a baking enthusiast, The Perfect Bake system is a great addition to creating her favorite recipes and more!

2. Click and Grow

The Click and Grow technology enables your mother to grow three herbs and spices simultaneously with zero effect. It waters, gives out the right amount of oxygen, nutrients and light to take care of each plants every need. No green thumb needed with this independent smartpot! Once again, the Click and Grow is a great addition to help your mom in creating her favorite recipes and more.

3. Aervana

The Aervana turns aerating wine into a push-button experience by inserting the battery-powered device into your mom’s favorite bottle of wine, and dispensing the perfect amount into her wine glass. The Aervana takes wine tasting to a whole new level, and is a perfect to add extra fun to her next get together. No more lifting, aiming, holding, or spilling. NO more mess! With the Aervana, she can enjoy her wine at its best, instantly and in style.

4. Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

The newest of the Kindle family is the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. This beautiful tablet has an 8.9 inch HDX screen and is the first to feature the Dolby Atmos experience. Incredibly light design, and has both a front and rear- facing camera. Available in 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB storage and comes with free live video support 24x7. Have your mother enjoy all of her favorite movies, books, TV shows, and more with the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9!

5. Pigeon Smart Photo Frame

Never have your mom be out of the photo loop again. The Pigeon Smart Photo Frame alleviates any complicated steps from digitally displaying photos and videos by letting you be the one to send them via an app on your phone. The smart photo frame is a beautiful 10 inch screen with double watt speakers, app enabled and simple to set up through WIFI.

Hope we have given you some ideas to pamper your mom this Mother’s Day, and for all the wonderful mothers out there…

Happy Mother’s Day!

iSS is a VisionArt dealer!

on Friday, 24 April 2015.

We are proud to announce that we are now a dealer for VisionArt Galleries! You may be asking yourself, what is VisionArt? Well we can tell you that…

VisionArt Galleries provides a solution that helps conceal a flat screen television. Their products are custom made and manufactured by expert craftsmen in the USA. VisionArt offers a wide range of styles and price levels, allowing customers to customize and build their very own television concealment system.

At iSS we take it a step further by providing exceptional insight on how and what will look best in your home. We help you from beginning to end, making sure everything looks and works exactly the way you want it. Check out the video below on our most recent install of a VisionArt concealment system.

If you have been thinking about wanting to display something more than the TV, call us at 865-690-0154. We would be happy to help offer you better life solutions.

Earth Day!

on Wednesday, 22 April 2015.

Guess what day it is? Mike...Mike, guess what day it is??? Not only is it hump day, but today is also Earth Day! Instead of just planting a tree or going with the motto of reduce, reuse, and recycle; adopting a green lifestyle at home is an important part of the global drive to protect the environment. Learning how to be green at home is one of the easiest ways to make a meaningful contribution to the Earth!

Check out our green living tips below:

1. Heating:

HVAC systems account for almost half the energy usage in the home. To reduce your energy uses consider setting your thermostat a couple of degrees lower in winter and a little higher in summer. Delaying the point at which your heater or air conditioner kicks in cuts down on your energy use. Or having a programmable thermostat can be highly effective in conserving electricity because they can be used to run air conditioning and heating systems only when they are truly needed.

Also, proper maintenance will keep your HVAC system running at peak efficiency as well. Furthermore, weather stripping windows and doors will provide insulation and reduce the need for heating or air conditioning.

2. Appliances:

Appliances can be some of the greatest culprits when it comes to energy consumption, especially the refrigerator. One sure way to go green when it comes to appliances is to purchase Energy Star qualified items. These appliances use between 10%-50% less energy than non-rated models, and they have to meet energy savings standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.

In addition to choosing Energy Star products, it is also necessary to turn appliances off at the wall when not in use. Keeping them in stand-by mode might be convenient, but it uses power unnecessarily.

3. Water Consumption:

There are a number of easy ways to reduce your water usage. Repairing leaking pipes and faucets is one of the most effective ways to conserve water around the house. Using drip irrigation to water one's lawn is another major conservation tactic. Installing low-flow toilets, faucets and shower heads also saves water. Showers use less water than baths, and shorter showers offer an even greater savings. Do you leave the tap on while you are brushing your teeth? If you do, you are wasting water and money...

4. Lighting & Electricity:

One of the simplest and most effective ways to save energy is to turn off lights in unoccupied rooms, and to let sun light into the room during the day. Turning off televisions and computers that are not being used is another way to use less electricity. Because one of the single biggest users of electricity is the refrigerator, cleaning its coils and fixing faulty refrigerator seals is an important part of a household's plan for saving energy. How a person uses his or her appliances also makes a difference.

5. Composting & Solar Energy:

Composting, or the recycling of organic matter into soil and fertilizer products, offers a variety of environmental benefits. These include providing nutrients for plants to grow, increasing plants' resistance to disease, preventing soil erosion, and in some cases it is also a natural pesticide. In addition, composting reduces the need for commercial fertilizers that might leech into the water supply, and it also recycles materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

The sun is an endless supplier of energy to the Earth. Solar panels are human-made power plants that harness energy from the sun to turn into electricity without burning any fossil fuels to do so. When tree cover around the house is heavy, the best place to install panels is on the rooftop. Solar panels in the yard can also be mounted on devices that move the panels to track the sun's movement. Getting the most benefit out of solar panels, however, requires careful planning.

These may be our green living tips, but there are many more ways to live a green lifestyle at home. Share your green lifestyle tips on our FaceBook page: iSS FaceBook Page


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