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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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Why Lighting Control is the Best Interior Design Technology

Why Lighting Control is the Best Interior Design Technology

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.

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Is Your Network Harming Smart Home Performance?

Is Your Network Harming Smart Home Performance?

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.

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Barrett’s Technology Solutions Gives Chicago Children’s Charity a Helping Hand

Barrett’s Technology Solutions Gives Chicago Children’s Charity a Helping Hand

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.

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Barrett’s Technology Solutions Awarded Best of Houzz 2017

Barrett’s Technology Solutions Awarded Best of Houzz 2017

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.

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