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Our Summer Safety Checklist for your Home Surveillance System

Our Summer Safety Checklist for your Home Surveillance System

Barrett’s Technology Solutions shares which safety gear makes the biggest impact during this vulnerable season! As the heat rises, so does the prevalence of crime. In fact, studies have shown that most varieties of criminal activity peak during the summer — seeing an increase of more than 10 percent. Research cites many reasons that this could occur. Homeowners are away longer for vacations, or they’re opening windows to invite the fresh lake breezes. Some psychologists have mentioned that warmer weather and increased alcohol consumption result in increased crime compared to temperate climates. No matter the root cause, it’s our job at Barrett’s Technology Solutions to prepare your home in Lincoln Park and throughout Chicago for anything. That’s why today, we’re giving you a comprehensive home safety and surveillance system checklist that not only compensates for summer mishaps but also pays off all year. SEE ALSO: 3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology Smart Locks Smart locks help protect your property at multiple entry points, such as doorways and gates. Smart locks let familiar people in by using a door code, unique PIN or even biometric (thumbprint) access.. Many residents choose to connect this feature to video doorbells so that they can video chat with the person at the door before unlocking it. This feature protects you by eliminating the real possibility that someone could find that key you’ve hidden under your mat and break in. Do you often find yourself forgetting to lock the door behind you as you leave? Integrated locks help with that: Just one click from a smartphone app secures the door behind you. Sensors...
How Can You Create the Best Media Room on the Block?

How Can You Create the Best Media Room on the Block?

Barrett’s Technology Solutions Gives You More Control of Your Entertainment Spaces. You want your home media room to stand out. Imagine creating an entertainment space, with the help of a certified integrator, that becomes the talk of your Chicago, IL, neighborhood. With Barrett’s Technology Solutions, your dreams can actualize into a cool, polished environment that you’ll be proud to enjoy by yourself or with friends. Picture stepping into a media room uniquely designed for you, pressing one button and seeing your favorite titles appear on the screen. Settle into your favorite chair and sink into a comfortable escape for hours. Sound enticing to you? Here’s how to make your dream a reality. SEE ALSO: Why Big Summer Movies Are Better in a Home Theater Sense of Style Why settle for a generic concept of what a media room “should” look like? Barrett’s Technology Solutions artfully crafts your media room to your exact specifications and preferences to help it reach its full potential. During a one-on-one consultation, let Barrett’s Technology Solutions know what themes, movies, or sports team inspire you and we can design with that in mind. Comfort is just as important as well: what is your preferred mode of seating, for example? Some close-knit families prefer communal setups, with loveseats and sofas, while diehard movie buffs might want some traditional theater seats added into the mix. We’ve never heard a request too unique for us to handle. Surround Sound When building your sonic environment, we take equipment, speaker placement and soundproofing into consideration to create audio that feels dynamic and lifelike. We use only top-quality speakers, like Meridian...
Why Home Builders and Designers Need an Integrator for Outdoor Projects

Why Home Builders and Designers Need an Integrator for Outdoor Projects

Barrett’s Technology Soltuions helps building professionals in the Chicago area design and install outdoor audio/video systems that will wow clients every time As you probably know by now, today’s discerning homeowners view smart home technology as a must-have feature instead of a nice addition. If you’re an architect, designer or interior decorator and you aren’t including home automation systems in your projects, you’re missing out on a substantial revenue source. With summer approaching, homeowners want to enhance their outdoor spaced with smart technology. It’s easy to see why; outdoor audio and video systems help people relax and have more fun in their yards. But setting up outdoor audio and video requires specialized training, knowledge and a set of skills most electricians or contractors don’t have. That’s why you want an expert technology integrator like Barrett’s by your side for your next project. Today we’ll walk you through all the reasons you should bring us on for any upcoming outdoor audio/video projects you have in Chicago. SEE ALSO: Your Ultimate Outdoor A/V Upgrade Guide SAVE TIME AND MONEY No matter how large or complex your outdoor A/V project is, you want to avoid costly last-minute changes. You don’t want to dig up speakers, rewire a TV or move some critical component because some minute detail was overlooked in the planning stages. You can avoid these potential pitfalls by working with us as soon as possible on a project. This way, we work with you to achieve your customers’ vision while minimizing the chance of errors from the get-go. We’re well versed in the technical hurdles involved in outdoor A/V projects,...
3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology

3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology

Get faster, more reliable performance from your devices while also improving your network security with help from Barrett’s Technology Solutions trusted integrators We know our tech savvy clients probably know the basics of setting up a home network: You plug a modem into the wall, then plug a wireless router into the modem, and you’re up and running. However, if this is still the setup, you’re using for the devices in your home in 2019, you’re in dire need of an upgrade. There are so many devices in our homes with wireless internet connectivity compared to years past. This puts a tremendous amount of strain on your network, which could cause all sorts of problems. Security and logistical concerns that didn’t exist before the proliferation of Wi-Fi devices are now big issues for homeowners. Here are a few reasons why your existing home network installation isn’t enough in 2019, and what homeowners in Illinois’ Gold Coast gain from a network upgrade. SEE ALSO: Behind the Scenes: How Home Networking Impacts Your System MORE INTERNET-ENABLED DEVICES Think about all the devices you and your family have that connect to the internet: desktop and laptop computers, phones, gaming consoles, speakers, TVs, thermostats, security devices, light fixtures and even some appliances. Your network is clearly overloaded and with all these devices fighting for bandwidth and your overall connectivity is likely to drop. If you’re still relying on a single wireless router to cover your entire home and you haven’t looked at the cabling you’re using, you’re going to see long load times and the occasional network crash. Our experienced, knowledgeable staff will...
3 Exciting Ways Tunable Lighting Improves Your Home

3 Exciting Ways Tunable Lighting Improves Your Home

Everything you as a homeowner needs to know about smart lighting solutions for your home They may not be something you think about a lot, but your home’s light fixtures play a major role in setting the mood for a room, as well as how you feel. Even if it’s just at a subconscious level, you know that darker lighting in a room puts you to sleep while bright lights wake you up. With this in mind, wouldn’t you like a system in your home to make your lights easier to manage? And wouldn’t it be great if that same system could boost your energy and help you live a healthier life? You can do all this and more with smart home lighting for your Hinsdale, IL residence. In this blog, we’ll walk you through three of the top benefits of smart lighting control. SEE ALSO: How Can Lutron Lighting Control Lower Your Energy Bill? A HEALTHIER HOME Would you believe that lighting control systems can make a substantial health impact on homeowners? It’s true! Smart home lighting allows for more precise control of the intensity and color of your fixtures so they can be programmed to mimic the way natural light changes throughout the day. In turn, this helps you better synch up with your circadian rhythm, or your natural internal clock. The main way this works is by using tunable light fixtures. Smart lighting manufacturers like Ketra and USAI have designed lights that use “warm dimming” LEDs. This allows you to control both the intensity and color of the fixtures separately and with much greater precision. At...