Get Full-Home Automation Fast With Control4

Nowadays the smart home revolution can be seen just about everywhere, with individual products you can buy to control elements of your home like lighting, to whole-house systems that allow you to link products from room to room.

And if you’re looking for something that gives you the latter ability, you won’t find it on the shelves of your local store. For a real smart home customization system, you’ll want to look at a system like Control4

When you use Control4 for your smart home automation system, not only will you be able to share content and preferences throughout your home, but it will also boost your home’s security while even dropping down your electricity usage.

With Control4, you get room-to-room access to all of your digital and technological assets, but you can also boost the effectiveness of individual parts of your home:

  • Your Home Theater: Start a movie, turn off the lights, and set your perfect volume with the touch of a single button.
  • Your Lighting: Dim the lights with one button when you want to set a romantic mood or set up automatic lighting to help save on electricity usage.
  • Your Comfort: Stop worrying about the thermostat and keep your home comfortable with Control4’s advanced temperature control.
  • Your Music: With a multi-room music system you can listen to the same song throughout the house, or change it up in each room.
  • Your Security: Get updates on your home’s security whether you are there or not, by linking your system to security cameras, alarm systems, and other features.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.


Projector vs. TV Screen: How To Choose The Right Home Theater Display

When you’re shopping for the right home theater display, you’ll find you have two main options: getting a TV screen, or a projector.

Most people are comfortable with TV screens, and consider projectors to be the stuff of movie theaters and conference rooms. However, for both TV screens and projectors, you can now find high-quality options for far less than they used to be.

But which is right for your home theater? It all comes down to what you want in terms of features.

Care

Your TV is pretty much maintenance-free for its lifespan. Modern LEDs are long-lasting enough that you don’t need to worry about replacing them. But with projectors, you may find you need to replace internal lamps.

Cost

The great thing about projectors is that one box can make a huge screen. With TVs, you could be looking at 80-inch plus screens, which will cost more and be a lot more unwieldy. 

Resolution

While HD and 4k screens are all the rage, it’s crucial to think about your screen size when you’re concerned with resolution. Most new TVs feature this technology, but they also have to be a large enough size to make it count. HD projectors, on the other hand, will give you the resolution that you want.

Brightness

In a dark room like a home theater, your projection screen will shine. But if you’re in a bright room, a TV screen will handle any additional light with ease.

Room space

While a projector can provide you with a massive screen, you’ll need to be far enough away from it to truly appreciate the quality. If your home theater is small, you may need a TV screen as you can’t get far enough away to enjoy a projector.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


How To Plan An Outdoor Audio Visual System For Your California Home

As a California homeowner, you’re missing out on one of the most significant benefits the state offers: the ability to enjoy the outdoors.

Whether you have a large backyard in Orange County or a smaller patio space, you can design an outdoor audio-visual system that helps make your time spent outside more enjoyable. You’ll have more opportunities to entertain, and a comfortable place to spend your time off.

There are some essential elements you should install in your outdoor space to increase your enjoyment levels and your comfort. And with modern technology, using these systems is easier than ever.

Stop staying indoors on those lovely days, and start using your exterior space to increase your household’s quality of life.

  1. Get the right speakers

Perhaps one of the most essential parts of your outdoor entertainment space is the speakers. Whether you’re hanging out in the pool or having a drink, you want to hear your music loud and clear — without disturbing your neighbors too much. These days you can find speakers disguised as landscaping features, hidden in walls or ceilings, and even in-ground around your yard.

  1. Get a TV

Nowadays you can find TVs designed for the outdoors, which means everyone can enjoy the big game without going inside. Install TVs under covered patios or other areas where you can control the sunlight and glare, but you don’t need to worry about moisture when you purchase an outdoor screen. TVs should be large enough that people can see without needing to be up close, and you can even connect your TV to your outdoor speakers for an immersive environment.

  1. Get a variety of lights

With automated lighting connected to a smart system, you can raise and lower lights whenever you need to. In your outdoor space, consider having several different types of lighting for different areas of your yard. Pathways can be lined with lights to help people see where they’re walking, and colored lighting can be a fun effect for parties and entertainment.

 

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


How The Crestron Home Automation System Will Help You Get The Home Theater You’ve Always Wanted

When it comes to smart homes, your system will only be as useful as the way it is designed. When you work with an expert audio visual installation team, you know you’re in good hands.

But you still need to decide on a control system that will unite the different features you want in a home theater. With Creston, you have a tried-and-true home automation system that will help you get the theater you’ve always dreamed of. How will Creston’s system benefit you? Read on to find out.

Multi-Function App Control

When you use Pyng, Creston’s mobile app, you can access other third-party apps, such as your streaming services. That means changing what you watch on your system just requires pressing a button, not exiting the app.

Compatibility

You may already have speakers you like installed in your home theater, but will they work with Creston? The good news is, yes, Creston will work with other smart home devices, so you don’t need to replace anything.

Useful Features

Using Creston in your home theater doesn’t just mean you can easily control your sound and visual elements; it also means you can control other smart features to enhance your viewing comfort. With motorized shades, you can make sure no sunlight ruins your view, and with automated lighting, you can raise and dim your lights without even getting up.

Customization

A great thing about the Creston system is that it is highly customizable, which means you can work with your trusted dealer and installer to make sure everything works the way you need it to. However, it is possible to mess with your system too much, which is why it’s crucial you work with someone who knows what they’re doing.

 

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


3 Smart Home Trends That Will Help You Design Your Own

One of the most coveted features for modern homes is the ability to handle multiple tasks around the house without needing to do more than press a button.

Smart homes have added a new level of convenience for homeowners, as they can control everything from security to lighting, from the comfort of home or even elsewhere. Turn on the lights when you’re away to make it appear that you’re home, or turn off the downstairs TV that you left on without leaving bed.

But no two smart home systems are alike, as you can customize yours to your home and your needs. When you’re ready to upgrade your home, these trends will help you figure out which features are right for you.

More Voice Controls

From Siri to Alexa, one of the features of early smart controls that has stayed popular is the voice control feature. You don’t need to carry a remote around with you to perform functions, and you can get an even faster reaction to your commands.

Caring for Little Ones and Pets

Parents have more opportunities than ever to make sure babies are safe and secure for their early years. There are new technological advances every day that allow you to monitor your baby’s breathing while they sleep, and even their heart rate.

Similarly, more and more pet owners are using smart gadgets to care for furry friends. Imagine being able to clean a litter box remotely, or say hi to your pet when you’re on vacation.

Upgraded Bathrooms

While the luxury toilet market sprouted some years ago and allowed users to control multiple functions right from their seat, other than those pricey objects, most bathrooms are decidedly un-smart. Features like motion activated lighting can help you take care of business in the middle of the night, and even voice-activated showers are on the horizon.

 

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


Put The Power In Your Hands With The Right Smart Home Remote

Upgrading your California property to a smart home will undoubtedly make your life easier. When you can control everything from your lighting to your music, from anywhere, you have more time to enjoy life without worrying about your home’s systems or security.

A smart home will take all the components you use at home and give you the power to control them with a handy remote.

But no two smart home remotes are exactly alike, and in fact, they vary in style, size, and capabilities — which type is right for your home’s setup?

Tabletop Screen Displays And Tablets

Tablets have become popular choices for smart home remotes as they can fit into stands to sit on tabletops or be carried with you around the home. As opposed to traditional remotes, with easy touchscreen displays and numerous size options, you and all your family members will all be able to use it without accessibility concerns.

Traditional Remote Styles

If you like the feel of your TV remote and want something that can blend into the rest of your space, a conventional remote style to control your smart home will be an ideal choice. Not to mention, the majority of traditional-style smart home remotes have been updated far beyond your TV’s, with greater features and greater power.

Voice Activated Remotes

If you’re really looking to up your convenience level, choosing a voice-activated remote control for your smart home system means you can stay in your comfortable position while turning the room’s lights down. Voice-activated remotes can be super handy but aren’t for everyone.

Apps

You’ll be able to control your smart home systems from an app on your phone, which ensures that you can take care of anything at home, no matter where you are. In fact, some people even prefer to do the majority of their smart home control through their app.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


Is Your Outdoor Space Optimized For Music?

When you truly want a high-quality, all-encompassing entertainment system, you have to consider what you will do with your outdoor space. And for Orange County backyards, you need to have a music system if you want friends and family to enjoy the area year-round.

But playing music outdoors has a host of challenges you won’t find indoors. With no ceilings or walls, it is the installation of your speakers that will have the most impact on how good your sound quality is.

If you want to optimize your outdoor space for music, these tips will help you get started.

  1. Install hidden speakers in plants and foliage

One of the best ways to overcome sound issues outdoors is to have speakers placed around your backyard so that no matter where people are standing, there is a source of sound nearby. An experienced audio-video installation team will help you identify areas where plants and other backyard elements can disguise speakers for a more cohesive look.

  1. Place speakers in covered areas

Do you most often hang out under a covering outside of your living room or another patio space? Be sure to have speakers installed so that you can listen to music as loudly or quietly as you want. Covered areas will also be your best area for storing remotes or other related needs.

  1. Don’t torture your neighbors

If your speakers are facing towards the fence that separates you and your neighbor, they won’t be as excited as you are for your music. Make sure that none of your audio output devices are too close to or pointed at neighboring property lines.

  1. Make your music moveable

When you’re ready to move inside or outside, you might not want to have to restart that last song you were listening to. Instead, with a multiroom music system at your California home, you’ll be able to take your music indoors and out by only pressing a button.

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


4 Handy Spots To Install Motorized Shades In Your Home

One of the most significant functions of modern smart home systems is being able to control your environment with the touch of a button. Adjust the temperature and dim the lamps; even put on some music from the other room.

And don’t forget to include motorized shades as part of your system, so that you can easily let the sun in or out, on demand. Motorized window shades can be useful in many rooms of your home, and can be an easy way to have your whole family be able to adjust them since they will be controlled via remote.

There are some ideal spots to start with when installing motorized shades in your home.

A Home Theater

If you have a window or two in your home theater, you don’t want any glare blocking your viewing, but you may also not want to install curtains. In that case, having motorized shades means you can control lighting with the touch of a button, and you can hide your blinds as quickly as you need to.

A Dining Room

You’re sitting at the table, enjoying your dinner together when you realize a view of the Orange County sunset is all that is missing, Rather than getting up to adjust your windows, click a button and you can lift your shades to see the splendor outside.

Bedrooms

Once you’re relaxed and ready for sleep, getting out of bed to close the window shades can be a real drag. With motorized shades, you can open and close them whenever you want, from wherever you are.

Entryways

When a central system controls your blinds, you can open and close them from anywhere, which means changing up your entryway when you are away to make it look like someone is home. Close them at night and open them during the day and no one will realize your house is empty.

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


When To Plan Your New Construction Home’s Audio Visual System

Are you building a new home? The earlier in the process that you start planning for your new construction home’s audio-visual systems, the better.

Many residential audio-visual components in Orange County homes look best when set within wall recesses, hiding electronics and power cords. Anticipating these needs while your home is under construction means you won’t have to live with construction again in the future. Plus, you’ll be able to tailor each component of your system to the ideal specifications for each room’s size and shape.

How to Start Your Planning

You’ll want to find a trusted Orange County residential audio-video specialist, and bring them into the construction team early on. They’ll help design rooms for each purpose, and specify things like wiring and electrical outlet placement to facilitate your lifestyle best.

Why to Start Planning Early

Aside from allowing for your audio-visual system to be installed for high-performance, having your A/V team collaborating with builders means they’ll be able to start work on any extensive projects within plenty of time before you move in.

Furniture shopping will also be easier when you know how and where your home A/V system is set up. Make sure any cabinets to hide electronics are the size they need to be and plan for furniture placement based on where your screens are.

Be More Flexible with Changes

Perhaps you have a room in mind for a home theater, but your audio-visual specialist tells you the ceilings are too high for proper acoustics and viewing. When you’ve already moved into a house and dedicated each room to its purpose, it’s harder to be more flexible with changes that may come up. Adjusting your plans in the middle of the building process, however, gives you time to adapt.

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


Upgrade Your Home’s Lighting To See Long-Term Savings

How often do you look at your power bill, wondering why your energy usage is so high? And how often do you walk through your house turning off lights in empty rooms?

When you upgrade your lighting to a smart system, you won’t have to worry about either of those anymore.

Smart lighting puts control into your hands, allowing you to turn off lights from afar, and dim them for a more intimate feeling. And that control means more savings on your bills. These are just a few of the many options and their benefits that you’ll get with a lighting upgrade.

Stop Worrying About What You Turned Off

Headed to the airport and worried that you left some extra lights on? Don’t worry about burning out bulbs when you have remote lighting control. Turn lights on and off from anywhere, and while you save money you can feel safer: turn on lights before you get home, so you never have to fumble for a switch in the dark again.

Use Less Energy, Improve Your Environment

Your smart lighting system remote should have dimming controls so you can quickly change the lighting of a room. Dim lights from the couch while watching TV, and turn them up when trying to complete a crossword. Every time you use your bulbs at a lower level, you save the energy required to power them completely.

Incorporate Motion Sensors and Timers

While it’s great to have access to lighting control from anywhere, you don’t want to have to remember when to turn things off every night. Instead, use timers for certain outdoor lights to turn them off when no longer needed, like when the sun is coming up. Motion sensors are also great for your home’s exterior and for places like hallways or bathrooms that may be accessed at night.

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.