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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...
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...
Save Energy this Winter with Motorized Blinds And Shades

Save Energy this Winter with Motorized Blinds And Shades

Regulate The Temperature Of Your Chicago, IL Home With Smart Technology 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. SEE ALSO: Why Are Motorized Blinds An Essential Smart Home Feature? Maintain A Consistent Temperature Your windows are responsible for most of the heat transference that occurs in your home, which is why having motorized blinds and shades is such an effective solution. Your window treatments create an insulating pocket of air between windows and the rest of the room, establishing a barrier that keeps your warm air from leeching outside and cold air from making its way in. That barrier also helps keep cold air inside during the summer, and by blocking sunlight, you’re also diminishing heat gain. When you’re having people over for entertaining, your home heats up. The stove and the oven are on while you’re preparing food, and as more people show up, their body heat raises the temperature. You want your home to be warm in the winter, but you don’t want people to get uncomfortable. By connecting your...
Why Should Your Design-Build Firm Partner With Barrett’s?

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

Learn The Benefits Of Working With A Professional Smart Home Installer As integrating smart home automation becomes the standard for new homes, design-build firms need to learn how to utilize this technology without causing too many headaches for workers and homeowners. The issue is that the world of smart technology is vast and constantly expanding, and it is difficult to gain in-depth industry knowledge when your firm is already so busy. That’s why working with a smart home installer like Barrett’s Technology Solutions is a great solution for your business. We pride ourselves on collaborating with designers, builders, architects, and other trade professionals in Naperville and the surrounding Chicagoland area to find the exact smart solutions they need for their projects. Keep reading to learn how partnering with Barrett’s takes the stress off your staff so they can focus on what they do best. SEE ALSO: Builders: Are You Prepared for Your Smart Home Projects?  One Company For All Your Smart Home Needs 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...