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Your Ultimate Outdoor A/V Upgrade Guide

Your Ultimate Outdoor A/V Upgrade Guide

Watch spring sports while you’re grilling or listen to your favorite music on the patio with these essential systems for your home We’re finally emerging from the frigid days of winter in the Greater Chicagoland area, and the warmth of spring marks the return of backyard parties, barbecues and other chances for outdoor fun at home. You can add some new outdoor entertainment options this spring with audio and video systems from Barrett’s Technology Solutions. Picture it: You’re with your family and friends in the yard, the grill is going, and the Cubs game is playing on your new 49-inch outdoor TV. Or maybe you’d prefer something a little more serene, like a calming playlist in the background as you lounge in your patio chair with a favorite book and a glass of wine. Regardless of the occasion or mood, an outdoor audio and video installation is the perfect spring upgrade for your Naperville, IL, home. SEE ALSO: How to Get the Best Outdoor Entertainment for Your Home OUTDOOR VIDEO An outdoor TV is a great way to enjoy your favorite entertainment in the company of friends and family and a TV offers many opportunities to enhance outdoor fun. You can set up an outdoor home theater and experience your favorite movies like an outdoor drive-in.  And just like we mentioned above, having the big game on screen as you grill hamburgers and hotdogs makes any backyard get-together amazing. There are a couple points to keep in mind when expanding your existing home video system outdoors. First and foremost, you can’t just put a regular indoor TV outside. Typical...
3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades

3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades

Chicagoland builders and designers should keep these systems in mind for their next retrofit or new construction projects We’re well into spring at this point in the year, which is both a seasonal high point for buying and selling homes. It’s also the time homeowners start thinking about spring cleaning, and both factors make this an ideal time for builders and designers to suggest smart home upgrades for their clients. But how do you stand out in a crowded market, especially as automation technology becomes increasingly common in homes? As the Chicago area’s leading smart home company, we’d suggest these three systems for your next project. SEE ALSO: Why Should Your Design-Build Firm Partner with Barrett’s? OUTDOOR LIGHTING CONTROL Spring and summer are the time for backyard barbecues and other get-togethers, which makes giving homeowners a way to make those events easier. Why should their backyard party stop just because the sun has set? With outdoor lighting control, the fun can last all night long. With outdoor lighting control, residents can highlight outdoor elements or architectural features to create a more customized and appealing design. In-ground well lights can add subtle lighting around plants or trees, while colored LEDs can help add some visual flourish to a home’s exterior aesthetic. These systems also give homeowners the same benefits lighting control provides in indoor spaces. Your clients get centralized controls using their phones, a substantial increase in energy efficiency and the opportunity to customize their exterior lighting to a much finer degree. HOME ENTRY SYSTEM If you are away from your home this spring on vacation or on a business...
5 Smart Home Systems That Make Your Life Simpler

5 Smart Home Systems That Make Your Life Simpler

Install these devices in your Naperville, IL home to improve your daily routine and ease stress 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. SEE ALSO: Which Home Automation System is Right for Me? 1) MOTORIZED SHADES It’s likely that the only time you think about your shades is when you get up to lower them. Motorized shades are simply controlled remotely from your couch or your bed, so you don’t have to adjust them manually. Even better, you can set your shades to adjust themselves automatically based on a predetermined schedule or by following the path of the sun through the sky. 2) LIGHTING CONTROL Would you like to enjoy a more striking lighting design in your home while increasing your energy efficiency and making your fixtures simpler...
3 Reasons Lighting Control is Essential for Condominium Projects

3 Reasons Lighting Control is Essential for Condominium Projects

With lighting control, high-rise developers in Illinois’ Gold Coast can cut costs, attract potential buyers and make their buildings easier to manage 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. SEE ALSO: How Can Lutron Lighting Control Lower Your Energy Bill? MORE EFFICIENT BUILDINGS One of the biggest costs for any home, including condos, is utility bills. Between the costs of lighting the space, running appliances, and heating or cooling the unit, energy costs quickly become a major factor in any potential resident’s financial future. A Lutron lighting control system makes your individual units much more efficient. LED lighting is 70-80 percent more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, and they’re safer to handle than compact fluorescent bulbs. Lighting control also allows your residents to dim bulbs instead of simply having them on or off, and every percentage point of dimming results in an equivalent reduction in energy use for that light. By using sensors and automated schedules, residents will see even greater savings by ensuring lights aren’t on in areas that aren’t being used. HAPPIER, HEALTHIER...
The Benefits of a Upgrade For Your Home Network

The Benefits of a Upgrade For Your Home Network

Larger homes with a greater number of Wi-Fi enabled devices put strain on the network of your home, but Barrett’s can help 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. SEE ALSO: Behind the Scenes: How Home Networking Impacts Your System FASTER SPEEDS When you’re trying to watch a movie, play games online or simply browse the Internet, you expect a quick response time. That may not be the case if you’re relying on a single wireless router to cover your home or you have an unreliable connection. This will cause all sorts of frustrating glitches and even device crashes. This is especially true when it comes to video streaming. To get the most from 4K video content, you need the right equipment as well as the sufficient network speed and bandwidth. You won’t get that with a subpar network. A professional network installation alleviates many of these issues. Our staff will take a look at the wiring in your home as well as your modem, router and other equipment to give you optimal speeds and full wireless coverage throughout your home. GET MORE FROM YOUR DEVICES The individual elements of...