Get More Stunning Window Treatments with Motorized Shades

Get More Stunning Window Treatments with Motorized Shades

Are Your Windows Dressed to the Nines?   If you’re looking for that next upgrade for your home to make it look more stunning and luxurious, look no further than your windows – or rather, what’s hanging in front of them. Window treatments can have a huge impact on the look and feel of a room. Changing up that one element can go a long way toward making your home feel fresh and new. It’s also the perfect time to explore the possibilities of leveraging smart technology with your window treatments. Motorized blinds and shades offer many advantages, from convenience to energy savings, but their biggest value lies in their ability to make your Gold Coast home more beautiful. Keep reading to learn how.   SEE ALSO: DOES YOUR LIGHTING SYSTEM MAKE YOUR LIFE MORE LUXURIOUS?   The Perfect Brightness in Every Room Bright light can bring out the best in home décor and furnishings, but the struggle with natural light is that it can’t be controlled. Some days may be too bright, while other days will be dim and dreary. With standard window treatments, there’s nothing you can do to combat fickle weather. Motorized shades, on the other hand, give you the ability to control exactly how bright each room is. On particularly sunny days, the shades lower automatically to filter out the harshest rays, leaving a pleasant glow that’s not too overwhelming. On dimmer days, the same sensors that cause the shades to lower will alert the smart light fixtures in the room, causing them to brighten automatically.   Protect Your Furnishings from Sun Damage UV Rays...
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...
How to Get the Best Outdoor Entertainment for Your Home

How to Get the Best Outdoor Entertainment for Your Home

Enjoy the Warm Weather with an Outdoor Audio Video Installation As brutal as Chicago winters can be, there’s no better place to be than outdoors once springtime hits. Now is really the time when Illinois homeowners should be thinking about what kind of entertainment upgrades they’d like to make to their outdoor areas. Of course, the right audio video installation for a roof deck in a Chicago home will be entirely different than what’s best for a backyard in the suburbs. That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide to the best outdoor entertainment options and setups for each environment. For Backyards or Patios There are so many factors that can affect outdoor entertainment in the typical backyard setting. The location of the pool, the size of the patio, the amount of landscaping…all of these things will need to be taken into consideration when designing the best entertainment system for your space. Generally speaking, however, this is the typical technology setup: Audio An outdoor audio setup should include weather-resistant components that won’t be damaged by Illinois’ harsh winter snow or summer rain. We recommend using Sonance Landscape Series speakers and buried subwoofer. You’ll get excellence sound quality from subtle speakers that don’t distract from the beauty of your outdoor living space. Video Your two main options for video are an outdoor home theater setup or a television. If you are used to hosting large parties, a projector and screen is a good idea, but if you just want something for watching your favorite movie while relaxing in the Jacuzzi, we suggest an outdoor television from a reputable brand like...
3 Unusual Ways Motorized Shades Can Enhance Your Home

3 Unusual Ways Motorized Shades Can Enhance Your Home

Protect Your Home and Save Energy with Motorized Shades Many people consider installing motorized shades in their homes because of the increased convenience and comfort that the automation provides. However, motorized shades offer far more benefits than simply being able to adjust the natural lighting throughout your Naperville, IL home at the touch of a button. Below, we’ve covered three lesser known advantages that you can gain by investing in motorized shades. Lower Your Energy Bill An energy-efficient HVAC system isn’t the only way to save money on your energy bill. One of the biggest factors that impacts the temperature in your home is heat from the sun. When your windows are open, the sunlight comes in and raises the temperature within the room, causing your HVAC system to have to work harder to cool the space. The alternative is not to keep your shades shut 24/7—you want to be able to enjoy your outdoor views. Instead, smart home automation allows you to connect motorized shades and HVAC into one smart system. The motorized shades will raise to allow light into the room, but when the integrated sensors indicate that the sun’s heat is too strong, the shades lower automatically, with no manual effort required.  During the winter months, the same system allows your motorized shades to adjust intelligently to let in more sunlight to naturally heat your home. Protect Your Furnishings UV light can be very damaging to your furniture, especially the textiles throughout your home. The furnishings that are exposed to direct sunlight will fade, while the remaining décor will maintain its bright colors, causing your home’s...