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Why Home Builders and Designers Need an Integrator for Outdoor Projects

Why Home Builders and Designers Need an Integrator for Outdoor Projects

As you probably know by now, today’s discerning homeowners view smart home technology as a must-have feature instead of a nice addition. If you’re an architect, designer or interior decorator and you aren’t including home automation systems in your projects, you’re missing out on a substantial revenue source.
With summer approaching, homeowners want to enhance their outdoor spaced with smart technology. It’s easy to see why; outdoor audio and video systems help people relax and have more fun in their yards. But setting up outdoor audio and video requires specialized training, knowledge and a set of skills most electricians or contractors don’t have.
That’s why you want an expert technology integrator like Barrett’s by your side for your next project. Today we’ll walk you through all the reasons you should bring us on for any upcoming outdoor audio/video projects you have in Chicago.

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3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology

3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology

We know our tech savvy clients probably know the basics of setting up a home network: You plug a modem into the wall, then plug a wireless router into the modem, and you’re up and running. However, if this is still the setup, you’re using for the devices in your home in 2019, you’re in dire need of an upgrade.
There are so many devices in our homes with wireless internet connectivity compared to years past. This puts a tremendous amount of strain on your network, which could cause all sorts of problems. Security and logistical concerns that didn’t exist before the proliferation of Wi-Fi devices are now big issues for homeowners.
Here are a few reasons why your existing home network installation isn’t enough in 2019, and what homeowners in Illinois’ Gold Coast gain from a network upgrade.

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3 Exciting Ways Tunable Lighting Improves Your Home

3 Exciting Ways Tunable Lighting Improves Your Home

They may not be something you think about a lot, but your home’s light fixtures play a major role in setting the mood for a room, as well as how you feel. Even if it’s just at a subconscious level, you know that darker lighting in a room puts you to sleep while bright lights wake you up.
With this in mind, wouldn’t you like a system in your home to make your lights easier to manage? And wouldn’t it be great if that same system could boost your energy and help you live a healthier life? You can do all this and more with smart home lighting for your Hinsdale, IL residence. In this blog, we’ll walk you through three of the top benefits of smart lighting control.

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Why Big Summer Movies Are Better in a Home Theater

Why Big Summer Movies Are Better in a Home Theater

Summer movie season is here, and that means it’s time for the studios to show off their biggest, baddest, most awe-inspiring movies. In years past you had to trek to your local movie theater, wait in line, and sit through commercials just to enjoy the best possible visuals and sound, but no longer.With a professionally installed home theater system for your Chicago home, you can bring the best elements of the cinema to you instead of needing to brave the multiplex. It’s easier than you might think, and we can walk you through everything you need.  Here are 3 elements that make your at-home movie-going experience superior.

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Your Ultimate Outdoor A/V Upgrade Guide

Your Ultimate Outdoor A/V Upgrade Guide

Watch spring sports while you’re grilling or listen to your favorite music on the patio with these essential systems for your home

We’re finally emerging from the frigid days of winter in the Greater Chicagoland area, and the warmth of spring marks the return of backyard parties, barbecues and other chances for outdoor fun at home. You can add some new outdoor entertainment options this spring with audio and video systems from Barrett’s Technology Solutions.

Picture it: You’re with your family and friends in the yard, the grill is going, and the Cubs game is playing on your new 49-inch outdoor TV. Or maybe you’d prefer something a little more serene, like a calming playlist in the background as you lounge in your patio chair with a favorite book and a glass of wine. Regardless of the occasion or mood, an outdoor audio and video installation is the perfect spring upgrade for your Naperville, IL, home.

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3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades

3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades

Chicagoland builders and designers should keep these systems in mind for their next retrofit or new construction projects

We’re well into spring at this point in the year, which is both a seasonal high point for buying and selling homes. It’s also the time homeowners start thinking about spring cleaning, and both factors make this an ideal time for builders and designers to suggest smart home upgrades for their clients.

But how do you stand out in a crowded market, especially as automation technology becomes increasingly common in homes? As the Chicago area’s leading smart home company, we’d suggest these three systems for your next project.

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5 Smart Home Systems That Make Your Life Simpler

5 Smart Home Systems That Make Your Life Simpler

It often seems as if advancements in technology change so rapidly it can be hard to keep up. Instant communication makes it easier to talk to loved ones across the country, but it also makes it easier for work to follow us home. High-definition audio and video allow us to enjoy a theater-quality viewing experience in our own homes, but controlling all your devices may involve half a dozen devices.

The electronics in your home don’t need to be a source of stress, though. With the right home automation and control system, you regain control of your technology and can start having more fun around the house. At Barrett’s, we specialize in creating easy to use systems coupled with professional and dedicated support to help you and your family. Here are five systems a smart home company can install in your Naperville, IL home to simplify your life.

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3 Reasons Lighting Control is Essential for Condominium Projects

3 Reasons Lighting Control is Essential for Condominium Projects

From Alexa-enabled speakers to fully automated conference rooms, individuals and businesses alike are clamoring for automated devices to simplify everyday tasks and make life more comfortable. And yet, there’s one area where automation has yet to truly take off: Apartments and condominium developments.

Whether it’s due to budgetary concerns, a lack of technical know-how or the fear of a complicated installation process, the reluctance to embrace automation is a missed opportunity for builders and property managers. Today we’ll be looking at one of the simplest but most effective automation technologies available for condo developers in Illinois’ Gold Coast: Lutron lighting control.

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The Benefits of a Upgrade For Your Home Network

The Benefits of a Upgrade For Your Home Network

More and more devices in our homes rely on your home network: Smartphones, tablets, laptop and desktop computers, gaming consoles and so on. When you add up all the necessary connected devices then factor in your home automation system on top of that, it’s no wonder you might be seeing some strain on your network.

What’s the best solution? Simple: A network upgrade from our trusted staff at Barrett’s Technology Solutions. Here are three key benefits of a home networking solution for your Hinsdale, IL home.

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Builder’s Guide to Blending Design and Smart Lighting

Builder’s Guide to Blending Design and Smart Lighting

If you’re a builder, architect or designer looking to make an impact in the luxury home market, you know smart home features are increasingly in demand. Homeowners are looking to differentiate themselves, while still enjoying all the benefits of automation. An easy and elegant way to astonish your prospective customers is to consider lighting control instead.

Installing smart lighting will benefit both you and the homeowners alike. They gain more control over their lighting design (both indoors and outdoors) and you are able to better blend design and function. Let’s go through some reasons why smart lighting control is a bright idea for Lincoln Park, IL building professionals.

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