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5 Smart Home Systems That Make Your Life Simpler

5 Smart Home Systems That Make Your Life Simpler

It often seems as if advancements in technology change so rapidly it can be hard to keep up. Instant communication makes it easier to talk to loved ones across the country, but it also makes it easier for work to follow us home. High-definition audio and video allow us to enjoy a theater-quality viewing experience in our own homes, but controlling all your devices may involve half a dozen devices.

The electronics in your home don’t need to be a source of stress, though. With the right home automation and control system, you regain control of your technology and can start having more fun around the house. At Barrett’s, we specialize in creating easy to use systems coupled with professional and dedicated support to help you and your family. Here are five systems a smart home company can install in your Naperville, IL home to simplify your life.

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3 Reasons Lighting Control is Essential for Condominium Projects

3 Reasons Lighting Control is Essential for Condominium Projects

From Alexa-enabled speakers to fully automated conference rooms, individuals and businesses alike are clamoring for automated devices to simplify everyday tasks and make life more comfortable. And yet, there’s one area where automation has yet to truly take off: Apartments and condominium developments.

Whether it’s due to budgetary concerns, a lack of technical know-how or the fear of a complicated installation process, the reluctance to embrace automation is a missed opportunity for builders and property managers. Today we’ll be looking at one of the simplest but most effective automation technologies available for condo developers in Illinois’ Gold Coast: Lutron lighting control.

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The Benefits of a Upgrade For Your Home Network

The Benefits of a Upgrade For Your Home Network

More and more devices in our homes rely on your home network: Smartphones, tablets, laptop and desktop computers, gaming consoles and so on. When you add up all the necessary connected devices then factor in your home automation system on top of that, it’s no wonder you might be seeing some strain on your network.

What’s the best solution? Simple: A network upgrade from our trusted staff at Barrett’s Technology Solutions. Here are three key benefits of a home networking solution for your Hinsdale, IL home.

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Builder’s Guide to Blending Design and Smart Lighting

Builder’s Guide to Blending Design and Smart Lighting

If you’re a builder, architect or designer looking to make an impact in the luxury home market, you know smart home features are increasingly in demand. Homeowners are looking to differentiate themselves, while still enjoying all the benefits of automation. An easy and elegant way to astonish your prospective customers is to consider lighting control instead.

Installing smart lighting will benefit both you and the homeowners alike. They gain more control over their lighting design (both indoors and outdoors) and you are able to better blend design and function. Let’s go through some reasons why smart lighting control is a bright idea for Lincoln Park, IL building professionals.

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Top Smart Home Automation Trends For 2019

Top Smart Home Automation Trends For 2019

Whether you’re considering giving your home a smart technology upgrade or already have a smart home automation system in place, there’s a wide world of opportunities available to help you maximize the performance of your integrated technology. Given the rapid advancement of smart devices and home control systems, there’s always something new on the horizon, and we’re keeping a close eye on the industry’s biggest trends to ensure our Chicago clients get the best service with the most features. In this blog, we look at new communication, wellness, and security technology that will take your smart home automation system to the next level.

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Barrett’s Technology Solutions Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019

Barrett’s Technology Solutions Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019

BARRETT’S TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS of NAPERVILLE, IL Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019   Awarded by Community of Over 40 Million Monthly Users, Annual BOH Badge Highlights Home Remodeling & Design Professionals with Top Ratings and Most Popular Home Designs   January 28, 2019 – Barrett’s Technology Solutions of Naperville, IL has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The 52-year old technology integration firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.1 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2018. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2019” 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. “We would like to thank Houzz for honoring Barrett’s with the ‘Best Of Customer Service’ award for the 4th year in a row” said Joe Barrett – President of Barrett’s Technology Solutions. “We strive to provide our clients with the highest levels of service & support and this recognition is very much appreciated.” “Best of Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design,... read more
Save Energy this Winter with Motorized Blinds And Shades

Save Energy this Winter with Motorized Blinds And Shades

January is the time for making commitments that improve your lifestyle, and for a lot of people, money-saving decisions are smart resolutions. One of the biggest expenses when it comes to living in Chicago during the winter is your heating bill, and the frigid temperatures can be brutal for the climate control system in your home. Luckily, there’s a smart home solution that can help you cut down on your utilities spending by adding insulation along with other temperature-regulating features. Keep reading to learn how motorized blinds and shades will keep your Chicago, IL home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

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3 Trends To Enhance Your Home Theater Design And Technology

3 Trends To Enhance Your Home Theater Design And Technology

The frigid Chicago winter is upon us, which means you’re about to spend a lot more time indoors. The next few months are going to be full of home entertainment: binging Netflix shows, catching up on the year’s biggest movies, getting lost in the digital worlds of video games. Whether you’re looking to create a dedicated home theater or turn your living room into a multi-purpose media room, you have a lot of options when it comes to design and technology elements.

In this blog, we’ll explore some of the biggest trends in home theater design and technology. These tips and upgrades will enrich how you engage with media in your Chicago home, making it easier to endure the harsh winter season.

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Why Should Your Design-Build Firm Partner With Barrett’s?

Why Should Your Design-Build Firm Partner With Barrett’s?

There are a lot of different smart technologies out there, and rather than going to different dealers for each separate component, you can count on Barrett’s as your one-stop resource for your entire smart home project. Whether your client is looking for smart lighting control, a network of surveillance cameras, or in-wall speakers for every room, Barrett’s has the expertise and the manufacturer connections to help you get exactly what you need and create a design and installation plan that makes the process run smoothly. We’re a smart home installer that takes pride in our ability to stay organized and work efficiently as we multi-task. This attention to detail ensures that you get the best service every step of the way, from the initial discovery and design stages to the installation, wiring, and programming of comprehensive smart home systems.

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Why Are Motorized Blinds An Essential Smart Home Feature?

Why Are Motorized Blinds An Essential Smart Home Feature?

Learn The Benefits Of Motorized Blinds For Your Hinsdale Home At our Technology & Design Expo in July, representatives from the smart lighting company Lutron explained to visitors about motorized blinds and shades that are taking the smart home industry by storm, rapidly growing in popularity in residential markets after becoming a fixture of commercial spaces. Offices, stores, and restaurants have been taking advantage of motorized window treatments for years, and Barrett’s is proud to partner with Lutron to bring smooth, whisper-quiet blinds and shades to homeowners in Hinsdale and the greater Chicagoland area. Why has this smart home device seen such a popularity boost in recent years? Because it hits three critical aspects of automated technology: beauty, comfort, and convenience. Keep reading to learn why motorized blinds and shades are a must-have technology for your Hinsdale smart home. SEE ALSO: Get More Stunning Window Treatments with Motorized Shades Enhance Your Home’s Design Much of your home’s atmosphere comes from the lighting, and motorized blinds and shades give you more control of your home’s appearance by regulating how much natural light enters your space. Program your window treatments to automatically adjust throughout the day to match the sun’s movement, or set specific scenes that reposition your shades and change your smart lighting configuration at the same time. The treatments themselves are elegant and fully customizable to match the décor of your home, and there’s a wow factor when you pull out your smartphone and push a button to have all of your blinds change their position simultaneously. Because you have such precise control, you can get creative with how... read more

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