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Media Rooms

on Tuesday, 24 March 2015. Posted in Home Theater


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Media rooms and home theaters are an increasingly popular feature within a home. Two major benefits are that they boost a home's entertainment value as well as its potential resale value. A media room is designed to be a multifunctional space, and most media rooms are an upstairs family room or the basement man cave. What is great about a media room is that it is a wonderful way to spend time with your friends and family and yet showcase what your home can do. Between audio, video, and possibly having some home automation in the mix can create a fantastic entertainment area.

Popular locations for media rooms are places that are self-contained, quiet, and will not interfere with the day-to-day operations of the home when in use. Once you have decided on a location for your media room, it is time to start thinking about details for the audio-visual (AV) and design requirements. Also, internet access would be recommended in a media room, as streaming video and multi-player gaming are more popular features these days.

Choosing the right size TV or projection screen is a must—you don't want to overwhelm guests with a screen that is too big for the space, or feature one that is too small and does not provide enough cinematic feel. Ultimately, size matters for any media room—the room's dimensions will go a long way toward determining the size of the TV or projection screen needed, the scope of the lighting system, and the number of speakers required for your sound system. With any media room you want to get the most sound coming towards you. Many media rooms are open areas and again multifunctional, which means distractions can come around very easily. So as a homeowner, you want to make sure you are creating a space that is easy on the eyes as well as easy on the ears!

Now just think, you have the best entertainment area, but are having to turn on the lights, the audio, and the screen all separately. What if you could turn on everything with just one touch of a button? With home automation you can! Whether you want your media room to be more simple or wanting to go all out in a sports inspired theme, home automation can bring everything together perfectly and exactly the way you want it.

In big projects like these, it is always best to call upon the professionals. So, if you have been thinking about turning that boring basement or additional room into something special, give us a call and we would be happy to help! We are always here to offer better life solutions.

Some Spring Cleaning Tips for your Security System!

on Tuesday, 17 March 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Security


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Spring has sprung and we could not be more excited for warmer temperatures and longer days. For many homeowners, the changing season means spring cleaning time. Just like your kitchen and closet could use a good scrub down, your security system could use some attention as well. Here are some tips to keep your system functioning at its best:

  • Do a run through of all the windows and doors. Check the sensors to make sure they are still attached properly and the batteries are still charged. The adhesive on door and window sensors may need some occasional readjusting. Also, check for any rotting or other warping around windows and door frames that could interfere with sensors.
  • If you have surveillance cameras, it's a good idea to clean them of any dust and grime and check for any signs of moisture. Doing so will ensure the clearest picture and an uninterrupted camera feed. Simply use a gentle lens or monitor cleaner and a soft cloth to clear any debris.
  • Inspect the panel for any signs of wear and tear. Make sure all the wires are intact and there are no unknown flashing lights or service lights blinking on the system. When you're inspecting your panel, it may be a good idea to run the system in test mode. This can ensure no false alarms to your monitoring company.

Spring is a great time to check your smoke detectors as well. A smoke detector with a dead battery is not going to do you much good when you need it most. Also, make sure fire extinguishers are still in working order and there is one located on every floor of your home and definitely in the kitchen.

Checking a security system for minor malfunctions is important to keep things running properly. The best line of defense is to have a qualified tech from your local security company come out and do a thorough inspection. They have the skills to catch something you may have previously missed. Keeping your system clean and healthy will ensure it runs properly for many years to come!

 

A Home Automation System

on Monday, 09 March 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation


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 The desire to have home automation is often a complex decision for any homeowner. Some may want their home to showcase exceptional technology or to entertain guests. While others may want a powerful experience that helps to ease the actions of their everyday lives. However, most commonly, users of home automation systems want one thing: to feel safe and secure in their homes.

The good news is that we are a Control4 dealer! A Control4 system can integrate seamlessly with most security systems. Providing homeowners with the peace of mind they desire. By using the broad selection of motion sensors, door and window contacts, stylish smart door locks, surveillance cameras and video recorders, plus whole home audio and lighting products—as a homeowner, you can provide the deterrent measures that create the illusion that somebody is home even when no one is there. There are so many things you can do with a home automation system, that the possiblities are endless!

Any homeowner will appreciate the safety they feel when they use these products daily. Both within the home and remotely, because they have confidence that their home is helping to protect their most valuable assets.

If you are thinking about a whole home automation system or need a few additions to your home security system, give us a call. We are always here to offer you better life solutions.

 

Tips for Home Lighting Control

on Wednesday, 04 March 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Lighting Control


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Automating your home's lights has been one of the biggest home technology trends in recent years. There are always new launches for individual products or whole house lighting systems designed to make it easier to operate and customize your home lighting. From automated window treatments to dimmers, learn what technology you need to light your home for safety, convenience and energy efficiency.

Lighting for Home Safety & Security:

No one likes to come home to a dark house, so integrating a lighting system into your smart-grid home system can illuminate your indoor and outdoor lighting. Lighting control can automatically make your home more welcoming, inviting and safer.

Ideally, your lighting system could link up with your automatic door locks. Working much like a standard garage door opener; you push a button to unlock your door from your car and your lights will go on. There are many variables to lighting systems that is truly up to the home owner and their image of what they want.

Another example for lighting and securing your home is motion sensors outside that can turn on the lights inside. This is a feature that works as a deterrent to intruders. Making the house look like someone is home while you are away.

Lighting sensors and dimmers:

Lighting sensors and dimmers have been available for years, but now there are versions that are controlled by radio waves that link back to your smart home integration system. They are retrofitted into your existing light switch outlets to turn the lights off and on; or dim them depending on the time of day and how much natural light is coming in through your windows. They work especially well on remodeling projects where you may not be able to get into the walls to install wiring.

These radio-control sensors and dimmers can operate lights inside and outside your home, turning on landscape flood lighting as well as lights in your garage, kitchen or any room in your home. You can even control the lights from your Smartphone or iPad, or program them in your fully integrated system so the lights come on at dusk then shut off at a preset time at night.

Window treatment controls:

You can save money and be energy-saving conscious by installing automatic window treatment controls that link up to your integrated lighting system.

For example, when a room gets warmer in the summer, the system understands that the sun is raising the temperature so it lowers the blinds to help stabilize the temperature in the room. This way you are using less air conditioning. In the winter, if the blinds are down, the system may raise them to allow the sun to help heat the space.

Automatic window treatment controls can also be controlled from your Smartphone or iPad just like your home lights. Now, depending on the level of customization, window treatment controls often require that a professional come to your home to measure and install them so they work properly.

If you trying to be energy-saving conscious and have been thinking about lighting control for your home, then give us a call! We are always here to offer you better life solutions.

 

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