3 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Home Automation Specialist

3 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Home Automation Specialist

Reason 1: Do You Want Home Automation That Works?  The title is only a bit facetious, but there are many, many home automation options in the market. You only need to look in Home Depot, Best Buy, and Amazon to find a wide range of smart home devices from a plethora of vendors, with most of them tying into the platform umbrellas of the world’s largest tech companies.   So, what’s wrong with that? Nothing, many of those devices are brilliant products. But what happens when you try to put together a complete smart home using these devices and platforms? It can get surprisingly complicated. Think about your laptop or desktop computer. You probably know how to maintain it and keep it updated and running relatively smoothly. What if you had a whole department full of them to manage? That’s what IT departments or outside services tend to do, so employees don’t have to spend time worrying about the technology they use.  The concept is the same for a smart home. If you want to be your own integrator, you may be happy with DIY solutions. If you need a Chicago, IL smart home that just works – so you don’t have to be the IT department – you might consider an experienced home automation company like Barrett’s Technology Solutions. Explore why below!  SEE ALSO: Barrett’s Technology Solutions Wins ASID Illinois Design Excellence Award  Laying the Foundation  While many smart devices work over wireless network technologies, wiring and cabling are still necessary for optimal connectivity in many homes, especially larger properties. A couple of examples: Smart security cameras may be installed in locations around the perimeter of a house. Cameras need connectivity and power. A single ethernet cable solution can provide both...
Take the Entertainment Outside with an Outdoor Speaker System

Take the Entertainment Outside with an Outdoor Speaker System

Enjoy the Fresh Air and Enhance Your Property’s Value     With all the time you’ve likely spent at home lately, the changes of scenery we might have taken for granted from activities like eating out or the movie theater seem like exciting things to look forward to again. The time will come soon. In the meantime, staying at home can still be lots of fun, especially with the right upgrades. We don’t mean to minimize the health crisis in the least, but all the time at home likely makes you notice things that can be improved. One area that we think adds both great fun factor and value is outdoor entertainment. With an outdoor speaker system, TVs, and smart control, you can turn your Chicago home patio, garden, or backyards into an entertainment oasis. Not only will it give you a much-needed change of pace from the indoors, but it will also add value to your property and the “wow” factor for entertaining. Read on for some of our favorite outdoor entertainment upgrades. SEE ALSO: Why Homebuilders and Designers Need an Integrator for Outdoor Projects  Outdoor Speakers There’s nothing like music to set the mood. Whether you want energy for an outdoor workout or mellow tunes to relax and unwind in the fresh air, there’s an outdoor speaker for that. The options, in fact, are nearly endless, as almost every quality speaker manufacturer of note has an outdoor series. We are partial to a few brands that have long specialized in outdoor audio. Sonance is a pioneer in architectural audio speakers and whole-home audio. One of their most versatile outdoor...
5 Smart Home Systems That Make Your Life Simpler

5 Smart Home Systems That Make Your Life Simpler

Install these devices in your Naperville, IL home to improve your daily routine and ease stress 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. SEE ALSO: Which Home Automation System is Right for Me? 1) MOTORIZED SHADES It’s likely that the only time you think about your shades is when you get up to lower them. Motorized shades are simply controlled remotely from your couch or your bed, so you don’t have to adjust them manually. Even better, you can set your shades to adjust themselves automatically based on a predetermined schedule or by following the path of the sun through the sky. 2) LIGHTING CONTROL Would you like to enjoy a more striking lighting design in your home while increasing your energy efficiency and making your fixtures simpler...
Top Smart Home Automation Trends For 2019

Top Smart Home Automation Trends For 2019

Enhance Your Smart Home with These Exciting Technology Innovations Whether you’re considering giving your home a smart technology upgrade or already have a smart home automation system in place, there’s a wide world of opportunities available to help you maximize the performance of your integrated technology. Given the rapid advancement of smart devices and home control systems, there’s always something new on the horizon, and we’re keeping a close eye on the industry’s biggest trends to ensure our Chicago clients get the best service with the most features. In this blog, we look at new communication, wellness, and security technology that will take your smart home automation system to the next level. Remote Access with Savant Looking for a solution that provides you with a home automation system with built in remote access? Look no further than a Savant system. Simple download the Savant Pro application on your smart device and it is easy to control your whole home from where ever in the world you may be. Want to turn up your thermostat before you arrive home after a long day at work? Forgot if you closed the garage on your way out? With remote access these daily hassles become a breeze to manage. We believe that Savant is a wonderful system that allows you and your family the freedom to experience total home control, even while you’re away. Feel Refreshed With Circadian Rhythm Lighting Spending a lot of time indoors can make you feel sluggish and unfocused because you’re cutting yourself off from the wellness benefits of natural sunlight. Thanks to millennia of matching our behavior to...
Save Energy this Winter with Motorized Blinds And Shades

Save Energy this Winter with Motorized Blinds And Shades

Regulate The Temperature Of Your Chicago, IL Home With Smart Technology January is the time for making commitments that improve your lifestyle, and for a lot of people, money-saving decisions are smart resolutions. One of the biggest expenses when it comes to living in Chicago during the winter is your heating bill, and the frigid temperatures can be brutal for the climate control system in your home. Luckily, there’s a smart home solution that can help you cut down on your utilities spending by adding insulation along with other temperature-regulating features. Keep reading to learn how motorized blinds and shades will keep your Chicago, IL home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. SEE ALSO: Why Are Motorized Blinds An Essential Smart Home Feature? Maintain A Consistent Temperature Your windows are responsible for most of the heat transference that occurs in your home, which is why having motorized blinds and shades is such an effective solution. Your window treatments create an insulating pocket of air between windows and the rest of the room, establishing a barrier that keeps your warm air from leeching outside and cold air from making its way in. That barrier also helps keep cold air inside during the summer, and by blocking sunlight, you’re also diminishing heat gain. When you’re having people over for entertaining, your home heats up. The stove and the oven are on while you’re preparing food, and as more people show up, their body heat raises the temperature. You want your home to be warm in the winter, but you don’t want people to get uncomfortable. By connecting your...