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....
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...