Get Ready for the Holiday Season with Savant Home Automation

Get Ready for the Holiday Season with Savant Home Automation

How Home Automation Lets You Worry Less and Enjoy More With Halloween just behind us, we’re now barreling headlong into the holiday season in Hinsdale. With it, the Illinois fall is also in full swing, and winter – well, it does come early here! But you can be ready for the holidays with a little help from a Savant home automation system. Savant’s smart home features can take care of little things, give you peace of mind, and make holiday entertaining just a little easier. There’s a lot to do for the holidays. Whether it’s ordering gifts, getting the house decorated, keeping the holiday lights working, or ensuring all the meals and parties are affairs to remember. As always, you’ll be busy! Let a Savant home automation systems take a bit of the load. Here are four of our favorite ways you can enjoy the holidays more with home automation. SEE ALSO: 4 Ways to Get Ready for Fall with Home Automation Corral the Holiday Lights Depending on how elaborate your holiday lighting display is, we know they can be finicky. But Savant lighting control can help. Put your holiday lights on a schedule that keeps the neighborhood happy, the electric bill in check, and lights from burning out from overuse. Because what’s more annoying than debugging errant holiday lights? With Savant’s elegant app, you can turn your holiday and outside lights on or off with a tap on the screen. So when you have that holiday party, you can set all your outside landscape lights and holiday ones for the perfect welcoming look. Make Entertaining Effortless Whether it’s family...
Meet Crestron HomeTime, the Home Video Teleconferencing Solution

Meet Crestron HomeTime, the Home Video Teleconferencing Solution

Stay Connected with Family and Friends with Pro-level Videoconferencing at Home The Coronavirus pandemic has yet to run its course, and right now, many of us are still doing the majority of our work and education from home. Chicago public schools reopened in September virtually, employing platforms like Google Classroom to facilitate remote learning. Major technology companies like Google, Facebook, and many others have announced plans to continue remote work for professionals well into 2021. In this environment, connectivity, communication, and collaboration from home have become essential. But communication is not merely for work and school; it’s important to keep up with family and friends and continue participating – however remotely – with your social groups. Crestron has long been a worldwide leader in home automation, as well as a staple in Fortune 500 conference rooms with commercial automation and audio-video solutions. They have brought their considerable expertise to bear on a new home video teleconferencing solution, one that can turn your Chicago living room into a comfortable boardroom for keeping touch with anyone and everyone without hunching over a laptop. Ready to learn more? Keep reading! SEE ALSO: 3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology   Taking Home Conferencing to the Next Level Crestron’s unique capabilities with automation and AV make it the perfect company to take video teleconferencing into the living room. The company partnered with Logitech, which also has broad experience with both consumer and professional products, to use the Logitech MeetUp 4K camera for wide-angle videoconferencing. The MeetUp’s 120-degree field of view lets the whole family sit on the sofa and hold a conversation...
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...
Why Hire a Professional Home Automation Company?

Why Hire a Professional Home Automation Company?

More Often than Not, It Pays to Hire an Expert Smart devices and home automation products are everywhere these days. The success of smart assistant platforms like Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Apple’s Homekit has certainly popularized Jetsons-style futuristic control over many home features, especially thermostats, lighting, and audio entertainment. There’s no shortage of smart lights, cameras, locks, thermostats, and more. Can you build an automated home using consumer DIY products found at your local electronics store? The short answer is yes; you can automate your home using some of these products. The real question is, what do you consider an automated home to be? With some DIY products, you might end up with a collection of smart devices that don’t always work in harmony. You could end up with many devices that you can control remotely via voice and smartphone, but the sum of them add up to something less than an automated home. So, should you hire a professional home automation company (like Barretts Technology Solutions) to make your home smart? Of course, we’ll make the case below. Keep reading! SEE ALSO: Which Home Automation System is Right for Me? What to Consider We’ll admit to you right here: by and large, most DIY consumer smart devices work well. Lights will turn on and off via your voice, and a Nest thermostat will obey your smartphone changes and even adjust based on your location. The issues tend to arise when you want a group of different devices to work together consistently, and not execute automation sequences as if it was an occasional parlor trick. So here are...
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....