For the Best Music Experience, You Need the Right System.
Where do you draw the line between a standard sound system and a high-performance audio system? Here at Barrett’s Technology Solutions, we’ve designed many high-end audio systems for luxury homes, and while each system is fully custom, there are a few characteristics that are true across the board for each one. If you have been considering adding an audio system to your Chicago, Illinois home, then read on to learn about what’s most important.read more
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.read more
Illinois Homeowners and Designers can Both Benefit from this Smart Technology
These days, technology is everywhere, especially in a bustling city like Chicago. It has transformed so many different industries, and interior design is no exception. Now, you can plan out an entire room on your iPad or hide televisions directly in mirrors, to name a few. But the technology we’ve found is most useful for interior designers is actually smart lighting control. If you’re looking for new ways to take advantage of technology in home décor, then read on to learn why automated lighting is a fantastic design tool.read more
Strong Home Networking is Essential for Smart Home Automation
The most advanced technology in the world isn’t much use if you can’t get it to work properly. If you’ve been frustrated by lagging audio, devices that won’t connect to the internet, or slow buffering when streaming video, the odds are likely that your network isn’t strong enough to support your Illinois smart home. This is especially true in areas like Chicago, where the dense population causes so much network interference.
It’s a common issue with an easy solution. Keep reading to learn about the role that home networking plays in smart home success and how you can easily improve the reliability of your automation system.read more
A Professional Audio Video Installation for Almost Home Kids.
There are charitable organizations all over the world in need of aid, but often, you need look no further than your local community. Joe Barrett, President of Barrett’s Technology Solutions, stumbled upon a worthy cause in the Naperville-based charity Almost Home Kids.
Almost Home Kids is a short-term transitional and respite care facility for children with complicated health needs. The healthcare facility gives children a home-like environment where they can feel loved and cared for while also getting the medical attention they need before transitional safely home. From 24-hour respites to transitions that span multiple months, the Almost Home Kids facility is there to provide children with a medically safe environment, as well as training for parents on their child’s own home medical equipment.read more
The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.read more
Get Illinois Builders, Interior Designers and Homeowners on the Same Page
When designing and installing a private cinema, there are so many different factors that go into creating that perfect movie-watching environment. Builders, electricians, AV experts, interior designers, and other contractors all have to work together to achieve the homeowner’s vision. With that many cooks in the kitchen, avoiding miscommunication and mishaps along the way is the goal.
Barrett’s Technology Solutions takes a proactive approach to Chicagoland home theater design and installation projects. We manage the entire process to ensure that everyone is on the same page about what needs to happen at what time in order to streamline the cinema installation. Read on to learn about the role that strong project management and AV expertise play in home theater success.read more
Learn How to Modernize Your Chicago Business with the Latest Technology
As 2016 comes to a close, it’s the perfect time for business owners throughout Illinois to start thinking about improvements for the new year. This year, a lot of advancements in business technology made it possible for Chicago companies to operate more efficiently and effectively—are you planning on taking advantage of them? In this blog, we outline how conference room automation can add value to your bottom line and some easy ways to get started.read more
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.read more
How to Set Up Wiring for Smart Home Success
In Chicagoland, the smart home market is growing fast. More and more homeowners are seeking out automation technology right from the start—during new construction. For builders and architects who are just now dipping their toes into smart home technology, it can be difficult to know what you need to do during the construction stage to ensure that the home is built to support smart devices. Below, we’ve put together a short guide to home automation wiring so that you can better understand your role in smart home construction and ensure that your Illinois home buyers are fully satisfied with their investment.read more