Create an Outdoor Fun Zone with Audio and Video Entertainment

Create an Outdoor Fun Zone with Audio and Video Entertainment

Spring Is the Perfect Time to Bring the Entertainment Outside  With spring around the corner, longer days are just ahead. There is something about the longer days with Daylight Savings Time that turns your thoughts to the outdoors. We know this is Illinois, and we can still get a spring snowfall, but anyway you look at it, warmer, sunnier days are just ahead.   Spring traditionally is a time to start planning home projects. After the winter, many Naperville homeowners turn their attention to backyards and landscapes. It’s time to get the pool ready, the outdoor furniture uncovered and cleaned up, and spruce up the landscape with annuals. While you’re attacking all those projects, consider a way to add another dimension to your outdoor spring and summer fun with an outdoor audio and video system. Explore some ideas below to create your own outdoor oasis that will have you spending more much-needed time al fresco.  SEE ALSO: Take the Entertainment Outside with an Outdoor Speaker System  Outdoor Audio  The most popular outdoor entertainment solution is audio. It’s not hard to see why. Music can set the mood for relaxing on the patio on a Sunday afternoon with a good book, energize a summer pool party, or create the ambiance for cocktails and dinner with friends on a warm evening. Whether you like relaxing background music, rock and roll, or have audiophile golden ears for your eclectic music collection, there’s an outdoor audio system that will satisfy you. You can choose from various brands and styles that range from outdoor speaker specialists to outdoor series from some of the best-known hi-fi audio companies.   Spring is the perfect time to plan for your...
How to Protect Your Home with a Smarter Security System

How to Protect Your Home with a Smarter Security System

Smart Home Technology Puts You in Control to Keep You Safer  Does your home have an alarm system? Most do, and many houses are prewired with low voltage cable to install basic systems. The typical setup includes window and door sensors to detect opening when the alarm is set, a keypad for entering codes, a siren, and indoor motion sensors. You may have such a system or are familiar with them.   The problem with these systems is that they are not very informative or easy to use. When an alarm is tripped, do you see a code? It might represent the window or door opened, but you might be confused as to which one it is. Likewise, changing codes or adding temporary ones for guests might involve a degree in programming.  There’s a smarter approach to a home security system. Today’s smart technology solutions offer a far more intuitive experience and put you in the know about what’s happening in your Chicago, IL home. Explore how below.   SEE ALSO: 3 Features to Look for in Home Surveillance Systems  Smart Sensors and Surveillance  As we mentioned, window, door, and motion sensors have been around for years. But now you can monitor your home’s environment too. Water and humidity sensors can tell you about a leak long before it becomes an expensive problem. Temperature sensors can go beyond your smart thermostat, informing you of an issue with your wine room or a potential problem in your kitchen with something overheating. Intelligent carbon monoxide sensors can notify you of a potentially deadly situation before it becomes a danger.  What about those window, door, and motion sensors? Use them with smart cameras that can trigger recording on motion,...
Add the Wow Factor to Your Projects with Integrated Whole-Home Video

Add the Wow Factor to Your Projects with Integrated Whole-Home Video

Sleek, Unified Video Systems Deliver Seamless Entertainment Throughout the Home As homes become smarter and more sophisticated, homeowners look for more ways to make it easier to manage their homes. One area that has typically been a source of frustration for many is the management of audio and video entertainment. In the AV and smart home industry, one of the fundamental reasons homeowners bring us in is to integrate audio and video equipment to make it easy and intuitive to use. No one likes multiple remotes, interfaces, and methods of doing the same thing in their home. As just about all audio and video entertainment has converged on digital formats, you might think things have become more straightforward. To some extent, they have, but the plethora of content options, equipment, and video and audio formats still presents considerable complexity. One way to decrease the complexity is to plan for integrating whole-home video and audio systems from the start in your new Chicago, IL residential projects. Not only will it add a wow factor to your builds, but your clients will appreciate the benefits outlined below.   SEE ALSO: Elevate Your Builds with Integrated Audio-Video Solutions   All Content, Everywhere One of the most important benefits of a whole-home video system is to get all the same video and audio entertainment in every space the homeowner wants. With non-integrated approaches, different smart TVs, streaming devices, cable and satellite, and media server sources, homeowners may not have access to all their entertainment in every location. A whole-home system not only ensures that all sources are available everywhere they’re desired, but they...
Elevate Your Builds with Integrated Home Audio-Video Solutions

Elevate Your Builds with Integrated Home Audio-Video Solutions

Partner with Our Audio-Video Installation Experts for Best Results Just as floorplans, appliances, and finishes are key decisions in the home design-build process, integrated technology is becoming an equal consideration for homebuyers as they search for their next property. Beyond smart lights, locks, and thermostats, your clients may want in-wall speakers in every room, an outdoor audio-video system, and the ability to control everything from one platform. Incorporating these solutions into a build requires the skill of an integrated technology expert like Barrett’s Technology Solutions. We specialize in the design and installation of home automation and control, including audio and video solutions, and can work with you during pre-construction to lay the foundation for a high-quality and intuitive whole-home entertainment system. Keep reading to learn why you should partner with the audio-video installation experts at Barrett’s on your next custom build in Lake Geneva, WI or the Chicagoland area. SEE ALSO: Builders: Are You Prepared for Your Smart Home Projects?   We Work with Industry-Leading AV Manufacturers Just like you, we want to deliver the very best results for our clients. To ensure that our audio-video projects are intuitive, reliable, and deliver high-performance picture and sound, we build our systems with professional-grade technology from leading manufacturers in audio, video, and home control. Barrett’s is a certified dealer for brands like Savant, Sony, Samsung, Leon, Sonance, Coastal Source, and more. These brands stand at the pinnacle of performance and innovation to provide users with the very best in high-resolution entertainment—all while maintaining the beauty of their environment.   We Prioritize and Preserve Beautiful Interiors That leads us to our next...
Chicago’s Lead Home Automation Company Opens Office in Wisconsin

Chicago’s Lead Home Automation Company Opens Office in Wisconsin

Barrett’s Technology Solutions Is Proud to Serve Lake Geneva In the home technology business, while most integrators are local, some will go well beyond their home geographies to serve their clients. Barrett’s Technology Solutions is no exception, as we have served clients outside of the greater Chicagoland area for many years as we have evolved to best meet their needs. As one of the Midwest’s leading AV technology and home automation companies, we’re thrilled to announce that we have opened a local office to serve customers in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Lake Geneva has always been a great vacation destination for Chicagoans over the years, and we’re proud to have developed deep relationships with homeowners and trade partners there. Read below to learn more about our new Lake Geneva outpost! SEE ALSO: Why Hire a Professional Home Automation Company A Local Base Our Lake Geneva office will allow our team to service our clients with more efficiency and speed. We will be able to keep supplies for service needs locally without requiring a long trip back to our Chicago-area offices. Should a piece of equipment need diagnosing or reprogramming, we can take that equipment back to our local office and minimize time at a client’s home. The office will also provide a base for meetings with clients and trade partners to discuss projects and plans. See Technology in Action Over the next few months, we intend to outfit this location with some select home technology solution demos. This will give Lake Geneva clients and trade partners the ability to see the technology in action, ask questions, and get a better...
How to Improve Your Home Network Performance

How to Improve Your Home Network Performance

Three Ways a Professional Network Installation Boosts Your Home’s Connectivity If it hasn’t become all too clear in these times, we are all very dependent on our data links to the world at large. From online shopping to Zoom video conferences, our home networks have become vital links to staying connected with everything important in our lives. While the effects of the pandemic and Zoom calls will subside over time, there’s no question that reliable connectivity is and will continue to be a necessity. With all the strain current home networks are under, it might be a good time to review your system. Is it keeping up with all the high-resolution video streaming for video conferences and entertainment? Are your security cameras delivering you a quality feed when you want to see something? If not, you might be in need of some upgrades. Keep reading for three ways a professional home network installation can keep your Chicago, IL home connected in the fast lane. 3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology Wired vs. Wireless Connections It may be a wireless world, but wires provide the infrastructure for most wireless devices to work. Generally, a wired connection is more reliable than a wireless one, as wireless frequencies are subject to interference from other devices or can be affected by walls and other obstructions. Where might you want a wired versus a wireless connection? Wired connections are excellent for high throughput devices like desktop computers, networked drives for backup and media libraries, network video recorders and cameras for video surveillance, and some smart TVs and video streaming devices. What happens...