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Which Home Automation System Is Right for Me?

Which Home Automation System Is Right for Me?

Your Guide to Navigating the Options for Smart Home Control   When looking to upgrade your house with smart home automation, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the many options. Should you get lighting control? Do you need surveillance cameras? Do you start with one area of the property or do every room at once? We’re here to answer all of your questions and help you feel confident in your decision to enhance your home with smart technology. By far the question we hear most often is “which control brand should we pick?” The short answer is that the right automation system for your Hinsdale, Illinois home depends entirely on your needs and preferences. And here at Barrett’s, we’re ready to design a system based on whichever control platform you prefer. That said, it’s always great to understand the different options. In this blog, we will break down the main features of Control4, Crestron, and Savant home automation systems. Read on to learn about each option. See Also: Must-Have Smart Home Technology for Luxury Homes in 2018   Savant Home Automation Think of Savant as the Apple of smart home control systems. Savant emphasizes the user experience and aesthetic, making it a good brand for those who are looking for simplicity and ease of use. While all of these control brands support the use of “scenes,” (saved settings for lighting, audio, climate, etc. for different activities throughout the day), Savant places a big focus on them. The idea is that Savant is there throughout the day, making life easier for you. Savant makes it super easy for... read more
Barrett’s Technology Solutions Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018

Barrett’s Technology Solutions Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018

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 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” 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.

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Must-Have Smart Home Technology for Luxury Homes in 2018

Must-Have Smart Home Technology for Luxury Homes in 2018

We like to think of the new year as a fresh start – new resolutions, new goals, and perhaps new smart home technology!

Whether you already have a smart home and want to add new features or you’re starting from the ground up, you can leverage the latest tech to create the home of your dreams. Below, we cover the luxury home automation trends that are going to hit it big in Illinois in 2018. Explore what these smart features can do for you!

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Your Motorized Shades Can Keep the Coldness at Bay

Your Motorized Shades Can Keep the Coldness at Bay

Winter is nearly here, and with it comes the holiday hustle, the darker nights, and that frigid weather Chicagoland, IL residents know all too well!  So how can you maintain a cozy warmth when outside the temperature drops by the hour and your energy bills are skyrocketing?

Motorized shades are the ideal solution.  You’ll give your HVAC system a break and feel all the needed comfort your home can provide with a simple press of a button.  Read on to learn more about this luxury smart technology for the season.

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Usher in the Holidays Safely and Soundly

Usher in the Holidays Safely and Soundly

The holiday season is a time to be with family and loved ones.  Perhaps you’re the one entertaining the crowd in your home, or perhaps you’re planning on traveling. Either way, smart home technology can make life easier during this busy season. Below, we talk about our top two technologies that we think are a great fit for Chicagoland homeowners to invest in: whole house audio video and smart home surveillance.

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How Can You Learn More About Smart Home Technology?

How Can You Learn More About Smart Home Technology?

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:

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How to Get a High-Quality Movie Experience without the Clutter

How to Get a High-Quality Movie Experience without the Clutter

The Innovative Approach to Home Theater Design: CinemaFrame®

Over the years, home theater systems have become more and more refined. Chicagoland homeowners no longer have to devote an entire room to clunky speakers, receivers, projectors, and other media equipment if they want to enjoy movies with the best audio and visuals possible. Instead, hidden technology has made it possible to keep the design clean without compromising on performance. You can hide the speakers in the ceiling, tuck away the AV equipment in a media cabinet, and run wiring behind the walls.

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The Latest Trends in Smart Home Design

The Latest Trends in Smart Home Design

Enhance the Look and Feel of Homes with Luxury Smart Technology

In our last blog on smart home design, we outlined some helpful tips for Illinois interior designers, custom home builders, and homeowners on how technology can enhance the look and feel of each room. But both high-end technology and interior design are constantly evolving, so we’re back again. This time, we’re focusing on three technology trends that have been hitting it big in the Naperville area of late.

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3 Characteristics of a High-End Audio System

3 Characteristics of a High-End Audio System

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.

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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.

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