Take Your Home Theater to the Next Level

Take Your Home Theater to the Next Level

Upgrade Your Home Theater Installation with the Best in Seating, Projection, and Audio We’ve all spent much more time at home than ever. Fortunately, as the health situation slowly improves in Chicagoland and across Illinois, we are starting to get back to some level of normalcy. That said, no doubt you have depended on home entertainment to provide a much-needed mental break. If you have a home theater or media room, it’s probably gotten a workout lately. With all the time you may have been spending in your home theater, you might be dreaming about some ways you could enhance it. Perhaps a larger screen and sharper projector for more cinematic visuals? Bigger, bolder sound that truly immerses you in the show? Or maybe even more luxurious seating that makes you never want to leave your home theater? If any of those have crossed your mind lately, we have some excellent suggestions for upgrading your home theater installation in Naperville. Read on to see some of our favorites. SEE ALSO: Discover the Wonders of a Smart Home Theater   Sony Projectors The first thing you think about in home theaters is likely the picture and screen. Bigger is mostly better, as long as the seating distance from the screen fits the screen size and room parameters. But picture quality is paramount too, as you want a sharp, vibrant picture no matter what content you’re watching, from cable TV to Netflix to movies from Blu-ray discs. No matter your setup, you cannot go wrong with Sony projectors. The Sony ES projector line is filled with state-of-the-art features and technology. Features...
Let Savant Home Automation Reduce  Everyday Stress

Let Savant Home Automation Reduce Everyday Stress

Let Smart Technology Sweat the Routines While You Juggle Work, School, and Entertainment With social distancing and restrictions an unfortunate reality of current life for some time, stress is on the rise. Home has always been many things, but now home is the center for work, school, and entertainment as outside options are curtailed. With the whole family in the house – including perhaps your college-age child unexpectedly back home –  life at home is busier and needs to balance multiple priorities for everyone at the same time. With all that is going on, why not let smart technology take a bit of the load off? Here are some tips on how a Savant home automation system can sweat the small stuff in your Chicago, IL home while you focus on more important things. SEE ALSO: Savant Home Automation: Power at Your Fingertips   Harness the Power of Light Light has a profound effect on our bodies, mood, and energy levels. With everyone at home juggling multiple tasks simultaneously, the right light is essential for different activities. Proper task lighting is critical to maintain focus and reduce fatigue. With lots of time spent indoors, using natural light effectively also helps mood and natural rhythms. Motorized shading and window treatments are incredibly convenient; they help manage natural light streaming into the house in different areas. You can control them to let in just the right amount of sunlight, letting just enough of the outside in while minimizing glare and heat buildup. The best part is that one touch on a wall keypad or touchscreen can set all the windows up just...
3 Telltale Signs of Home Networking Problems

3 Telltale Signs of Home Networking Problems

These Signs May Indicate You Need a Network Upgrade These days, connectivity is a must-have utility, right up there with electricity. Our connected world is dependent on the internet for most day to day activities, whether it’s’ work, school, or entertainment. When your apps or computers aren’t behaving as you expect, it’s often challenging to figure out what’s wrong. Is it the software, the hardware, or a connectivity issue? There is the tried-and-true method of restarting devices that often cures many ills, but frequent problems point to something else – and sometimes it’s your network that’s failing you. How do you determine if you’re having home networking problems in your Chicago, IL home? Read on for three telltale signs. SEE ALSO: Behind the Scenes: How Home Networking Impacts Your System   Weak Wireless Is there a sore spot in your home for wireless signals? For example, your tablet can keep a connection only in one corner of your expansive family room. If you are relying on the wireless router/modem supplied by your internet provider, it may not have the range and coverage to blanket your entire home with a robust wireless signal. What’s the solution? Strategically placed wireless access points can solve the problem, as well as higher-end routers with the latest Wi-Fi standards, better antennas, and stronger radios for range. Alternatively, mesh networking solutions that daisy chain connectivity may be right for your property.   Slow Connections Slow connections can be a result of many things, and it’s often difficult to narrow down the issue. The best way to diagnose them is to restart a problem device, and also...
Announcing: Barrett’s Technology Solutions Has Moved!

Announcing: Barrett’s Technology Solutions Has Moved!

Discover Our New Chicago-Area Location and Exciting New Additions We have exciting news from Barrett’s Technology Solutions: we have moved! Our new location in Lombard brings us to a more centralized location to downtown Chicago, IL and the surrounding suburbs for more conveniently located and personalized services. As Chicago’s luxury smart home company, we’re bigger and better than ever in our all-new space. Guests can explore and interact with our smart technology systems to find what will suit their lifestyles at home. Continue reading to see all that’s happening and what’s to come at our new headquarters. SEE ALSO: How to Boost Your Interior Design with Motorized Shades What You’ll Find at Our New Location As you walk through the doors of our new Lombard Design Center, be ready to be immersed in the latest home automation technology. With Savant’s smart systems, you’ll witness total control of lights, audio, motorized shades, and more from our touch screen control panel. Soon you’ll be able to enjoy the many aspects of hidden audio from our high-end speakers installed throughout our design center. You’ll start to imagine entertaining your household and guests with your own multi-room audio system. In our new dedicated design office, we’ll use the space to visualize your next home project. Our state-of-the-art rack building and system testing center allows us to deliver the highest level of performance, reliability, and quality control with every system we install. Our commercial clients can also explore our conference room technologies to maximize their business’ efficiency and productivity. All That’s to Come We have relocated, but we’re not done expanding the Barrett’s experience....
Embrace Minimalistic Interior Design Ideas with Smart Technology

Embrace Minimalistic Interior Design Ideas with Smart Technology

Incorporate Automatic Window Treatments & Hidden AV in Your Design Projects Minimalism is not just a design trend anymore—it’s a lifestyle. The term is no longer exclusive to stark, cold spaces with little to no furniture. Your clients can fill their homes with bright colors and eclectic pieces while remaining sparse and leaving room for their taste to shine. But the one thing that can kill a minimalist’s dream? Unsightly technology. Wires, boxes, switches, remotes, screens, and bulky speakers don’t do much for aesthetics. Yet many modern homeowners desire smart technology to enhance their lifestyle. Luckily, there’s an overlap between minimalism and tech, and that’s found in hidden technology. Continue reading to see how hidden AV and automatic window treatments will enrich your Chicago, IL interior design projects. SEE ALSO: 4 Areas Builders and Designers Should Place Smart Lighting   Automatic Window Treatments Nothing creates a more sleek and refined appearance in windows than automatic shades, drapes and blinds. Right from a smart system’s app from Savant, your clients will raise and lower their windows’ shades to a uniform straight line. Motorized shades eliminate the need for drawstrings or cords and are as much of a convenience as a style choice. Users can schedule their shades to rise automatically at sunrise and lower at nightfall for instant privacy.   Hidden Audio   Homeowners can enjoy the magic of high-quality audio in each room of their home without the clutter of floor-standing or bookshelf speakers. Recessed in-wall and in-ceiling speakers blend into the space, and the circular grilles can be painted to match the wall color. Sound will swell out...
4 Areas Builders and Designers Should Place Smart Lighting

4 Areas Builders and Designers Should Place Smart Lighting

Impress your clients with lighting control in these 4 home spaces Smart home technology is going to be increasingly in demand if you build homes or work in interior design. Prospective homeowners want these devices in their homes because of the convenience they offer and how they contribute to a superior lifestyle. And one of the most common home automation systems your clients will be asking for is lighting control. To show you’re in touch with their needs, here are four spaces you can install or plan for smart home lighting in your Lincoln Park, IL building projects. Read on to see what they are. SEE ALSO: Builder’s Guide to Blending Design and Smart Lighting LIVING ROOM The living room will be one of the busiest spots in your clients’ homes. The number of people and the time they spend there make the living room the perfect place for smart home lighting. From a strictly visual perspective, you can install discreet spotlights and recessed fixtures to emphasize pieces of art or other important elements in the room. With smart home lighting and compatible fixtures, your clients can also change the brightness and color temperature of any fixture at any point in the day. This can all happen automatically if they want; they can also create preset scenes for certain moods or activities. Scenes can include multiple smart systems, including motorized shades and multi-room A/V setups. BEDROOM Bedrooms are another area where lighting control can greatly benefit your clients. They can ease into their day and sleep better at night by setting up schedules and scenes using their home control...