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...
Builder’s Guide to Blending Design and Smart Lighting

Builder’s Guide to Blending Design and Smart Lighting

Lincoln Park building and design professionals add value to their homes while drawing in clients with smart home features 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. SEE ALSO: Builders: Are You Prepared for Your Smart Home Projects?  SAVINGS AND STYLE WITH LEDs Something as simple as the bulbs you install in lighting fixtures couldn’t make that big of a difference, right? Not true; different bulbs generate different types of light and make an impact in the aesthetics of a project. That’s why you should always be considering the use of LEDs. According to some estimates, LEDs use 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs; your buyers will thank you for the savings they’ll see on their electric bills. LEDs are also safer to handle than compact fluorescent bulbs.From a design perspective, though, LEDs give you many more options in terms of a home’s interior design. Barrett’s is proud to be dealers of USAI who offer world class LED lighting fixtures. These fixtures use warm-dimming, tunable white, and infinite...
Top Smart Home Automation Trends For 2019

Top Smart Home Automation Trends For 2019

Enhance Your Smart Home with These Exciting Technology Innovations 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. Remote Access with Savant Looking for a solution that provides you with a home automation system with built in remote access? Look no further than a Savant system. Simple download the Savant Pro application on your smart device and it is easy to control your whole home from where ever in the world you may be. Want to turn up your thermostat before you arrive home after a long day at work? Forgot if you closed the garage on your way out? With remote access these daily hassles become a breeze to manage. We believe that Savant is a wonderful system that allows you and your family the freedom to experience total home control, even while you’re away. Feel Refreshed With Circadian Rhythm Lighting Spending a lot of time indoors can make you feel sluggish and unfocused because you’re cutting yourself off from the wellness benefits of natural sunlight. Thanks to millennia of matching our behavior to...