Partnering with a Smart Home Company: Frequently Asked Questions

Partnering with a Smart Home Company: Frequently Asked Questions

Team Up with Chicago’s Technology Experts If you’re a builder working the Windy City, you’re familiar with homeowners’ high expectations. Specifically, they expect smart technology in their homes. Whether you’re renovating an old Gold Coast property or you’re building a new residence in Clarendon Hills, integrating electronic devices is an essential part of the process. We understand how daunting it can be to form a new partnership with a smart home company. In this blog, we’ll answer some of your most frequently asked questions when choosing a system integrator. Keep reading to find out what you should be looking for in your next technology partner. See Also: Must-Have Smart Home Technology for Luxury Homes in 2018   Why are clients so interested in smart technology? Homeowners today want convenience at their fingertips. With the rise in popularity of voice control devices like Amazon Alexa, Google Home and just about any modern smartphone, they’re used to easy access to information and services. And who wouldn’t want a home that anticipated their every need? With a smart home system, homeowners can complete multiple tasks with the touch of a button. A single tap or voice command on a control device can dim the lights, lower the shades and start up all AV equipment in a given room. It’s a fun and useful way to simplify their lifestyle.   Aren’t Amazon Alexa and other devices wireless? If so, why work with an integrator? A common question for both industry professionals and homeowners alike: why don’t I just do it myself? With so many smart devices on the market today, it may seem...
How Can You Learn More About Smart Home Technology?

How Can You Learn More About Smart Home Technology?

Architects, Designers, and Builders Can Stay Educated Through Our Blog Series   As your local smart home company, our role goes beyond installing custom technology throughout Chicago. We think it’s just as important to serve as an educational force. This is particularly the case when building partnerships with other professionals such as architects, designers, and builders. Through our CEU courses and our ongoing blog series, we strive to keep you informed on the latest in smart home technology and how you can use it in your projects. If this is your first time on the Barrett’s blog, welcome! There’s a lot of content available, but to make things easy, we’ve provided a list of the top five most popular articles from the last year: 1.    A Home Automation Wiring Guide Architects and builders have many clients that want smart technology installed during the construction stage. We agree this is the best time to install pre-wiring for a smart home to ensure it’s compatible with all their connected devices. With unique device and networking requirements, this installation can’t be done by an electrician. Don’t worry; your local smart home company is here to help! Check out this guide on how to incorporate home automation into the building process. 2.    The Latest Trends in Home Design The design and technology industries have one thing in common: they’re always evolving. As new design trends emerge, you should be looking to see what technological advancements are available to help you achieve them. In this blog, we highlight threesolutions that will help interior designers create beautiful, livable homes for their clients. Click here to find out how...
Celebrating 50 Years of Embracing Change

Celebrating 50 Years of Embracing Change

Innovation and Effort Have Made Us the Smart Home Company We Are Today Last night, Barrett’s Technology Solutions’ employees, partners, and clients came together to celebrate a momentous accomplishment: 50 years in business. Our Chicagoland company has grown tremendously both in staff and skill, with combined experience of personnel above 300 years! It is at times like this that it’s nice to take a step back and look out how far our smart home company has come and what the future holds. Where We Came From In 1966, the United States was on the brink of a media revolution. Music was exploding in popularity—The Beatles had just released Revolver, The Mamas & the Papas debuted their second hit album, and classic singles like Paint It Black and Good Vibrations were on every radio. On top of that, film productions were becoming more and more sophisticated, with epic films like Doctor Zhivago and The Sound of Music warring for Academy Awards. Between 1949 and 1969, the number of household televisions jumped from less than one million to 44 million. James R. Barrett saw an opportunity in this media revolution. With the growing popularity of color television, he started Barrett Magnavox, focusing on what was then the luxury brand for televisions and stereos. Over time, he began incorporating more notable brands, such as Mitsubishi and Bowers & Wilkins, in order to provide value for clients. By 1972, Barrett’s company was the second authorized Mitsubishi dealer in America. Where We Are Now Today, our company may use different brands, but our commitment to quality service and support has stayed constant. The business...