Make Your Outdoor Space an Oasis

A lot of us have been forced to stay home in this trying time. Staying home doesn’t mean you can’t have fun or go outside. Do you have a backyard? Well you can turn your backyard into your outdoor oasis. Home Theater Installation Orange County is here to help!

 

Get Your Dance On

 Outside might be the best place to dance. There is a lot more room outside than inside and you don’t have to worry about breaking grandma’s antiques. You might be thinking that you don’t have anyway to get music outside, but we have a few solutions for you.

  1.     Triad Garden Array
    •       Satellite and subwoofer speakers that are placed strategically throughout your yard. Each satellite speaker offers a 150-degree listening area. 
  1.     Sonance Mariners
    •       Sonance Mariners come in different sizes, the smallest being 10-inches tall. Each mariner has precision mounting brackets that simplifies installation and provides up to 180-degree of pivot and securely locks the speaker into place

 Outdoor Living Room

You have the perfect outdoor area. You have your outdoor furniture, you have an outdoor fireplace or firepit (maybe both), and you have your speakers set up what is next? You might not have thought about it, but an outdoor television could make your outdoor area complete. A SunBrite Television is built to be outside so there is no stressing about the rain, snow, dust, insects, salt air, humidity or extreme temperatures. 

Get Some Vitamin D

You have been working from home for a few days and are getting restless, your kids are driving you crazy and not getting their homework done. It’s time to head outside, have your kids play their favorite sport, make an outside bowling alley, listen to music, or just enjoy the sun.

 

Check out Control4’s blog, Tech that Takes Your Outdoor Spaces to the Next-Level, and then give us a call to set up your new outdoor speakers.

  

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). 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 Have a Successful Home Remodel

As everyone is sitting at home in quarantine they are looking around their houses for projects to do. Are you one of those people? The best way to make sure you have a successful home remodel is to plan ahead and do your research.

One thing to think about while you are doing your home remodel is if you would like to make your home a smart home. Home Theater Installation Orange County can help you figure out your smart home options, whether you want surround sound throughout, an automated projector screen, use your phone to control all of your electronics, etc.

A Control4 blog called, “Steps to a Successful Home Remodel” that gives the steps and a little description of each step.

1. PLAN AHEAD

Think about the big picture. You want the remodel to make sense to your families needs and be functional. Make sure you let your designer or contractor know what you are envisioning. 

2. DO YOUR RESEARCH

By doing your research, you’ll find an understanding of return on investments, potential costs, your choice of materials, and what upgrade options you have, like a smart home.

3. SET A BUDGET

When you finish your research, you will have an idea of what type of material you want and you’ll be able to establish a budget. You will also be able to figure out what is a must, what you would like and what you don’t want to do during your remodel. Make sure that when you speak to your smart home professional that you give them your budget so they can make an accurate proposal for you.

 4. HIRE A PRO

 Once you have your plan and budget set you need to bring in the professionals. Depending on what you have decided to do for your remodel is who you have to call. 

 5. FINALLY! ENJOY YOUR NEW SPACE

 Now your remodel is done, sit back and enjoy your newly renovated home!

 

Check out Control4’s blog and then give us a call to schedule your meeting with Brian!

  

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). 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.

 


Working with a Designer on your Connected Home

Are you working with a designer to design your perfect forever home? Has your designer talked to you about the ways you can make your home a smart home? With the way that home technology has evolved designers have more options to give you. A lot of designers work home automation companies to give you the best home system for your budget. Home Theater Installation Orange County will work with your designer to pick the perfect smart home OS for you.

 

The perfect smart home OS will connect all of your technology in your house. Control4 has a list of devices and services that could be integrated with a Control4 Smart Home; they include:

  •       Connected appliances
  •       HVAC control
  •       Electric blinds and shades
  •       Smart lighting
  •       Security cameras and systems

 

You can find the rest of the list and more information on Control4’s Blog, Connecting Technology and Design with a Smart Home OS.

 

  About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). 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.

 


Do You Know the Value of Your Home?

Have you thought about selling your house? Then you have probably thought about the value of your home. You probably also think that the only way to bring your property values up is by doing big ticket items, i.e. redoing the bathrooms, redoing the kitchen, doing the floors, etc. But by making your home a smart home could also bring up the value of your home. Home Theater Installation Orange County can help you make your home a smart home.

 

With home automation the prospective home buyer would see the convenience that it would bring to their day-to-day lives. If you automate your house the correct way and have everything integrated into one system you will only need to use one app to view everything, lighting, security, thermostats, speakers, etc.  

 

Control4 has a blog called, 5 Innovative Ways to Increase your Home’s Value this Year. In this blog they tell you about the different ways that you can increase the value of your home. Check it out and then give us a call to schedule your appointment today!

 

 

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). 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.

 


Use your Apple watch to Control your System

Have you ever misplaced your remote, been so comfortable you didn’t want to get up and turn on the lights? Well you are in luck, by contacting Home Theater Installation Orange County we can help you with that.

By having a Control4 automation system in your home we can set up your apple watch to control some features, that way you won’t have to get up to turn on or off the lights anymore.

 Some of the features are:

  •     Actions: Single-button control of your most popular and used shortcuts and scenes to set a mood or make a quick change.
  •     Media: See what audio or video that is playing in each room in your house and change volume, add additional rooms, or turn things off.
  •     Thermostats: See all thermostats in your home, adjust the temperature, and apply presets.
  •     Lighting: Control individual lights in any room of your house or activate lighting scenes that control many lights at the same time. 
  •     Security: Check status of locks, unlock or lock doors, and open or close garage doors.
  •     Local or Remote: Control your home from the comfort of your couch, or use your watch when you're away at work or traveling.

 

The best thing about using your apple watch to control your control4 system is that the Control4 App for Apple Watch is included with the Control4 App for iPhone. Check out Control4’s blog, Home Automation On Hand. Literally. for more information.

 

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera 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.

 


Independence for Autistic Individuals With a Smart Home

Home Theater Installation Orange County understands that individuals who have autism struggle with gaining their independence. With a smart home setup you can help your loved one have more independence while having peace of mind for yourself.

Some things you can add to your home to help your child gain their independence are;

  1.     Automated blinds that open at a certain time
  2.     Cameras and intercoms
  3.     Covert Cameras to monitor caregivers

There is a wonderful blog on Control4’s website that is called, Automation for Autism: Control for a Cause, and it is about how you can automate your home to help you’re your child with Autism live independently. You can check out the blog for more information on how to make your home accessible.

 

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera 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.

 


Helping Your Parents Stay in Their Homes Longer

Have you wondered what to do with your parents as they age? Are they unwilling to go to a home? Home Theater Installation Orange County can help you set up a smart home for your parents so you can feel comfortable letting them stay in the home that they love.

There are a few ways we can setup their home in order for them and you to have peace of mind. 

  •     Sensors
    •  Sensors installed on the windows and doors can report if they have left the home.
    • They can be an element of overall safety as they can be put on the doors of medicine cabinets or refrigerators.
  •  Security Cameras
    •  You can put cameras inside and outside the home to make sure that your loved one doesn’t fall and get hurt. They even have cameras that have built-in microphones.
    • Smart intercoms – they are intercoms at the front door with a built-in camera, with a touchscreen, tablet or smart phone your parent can talk and see who is at their front door without opening it.

Those are a few ways that you can make sure your parent is being safe and comfortable in their home. Check out Control4’s blog, Smart Home Technology Allows Seniors to Age in Place, for more ways to make sure your parent or loved one can live in their home while giving you peace of mind that they will be ok.

  

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera 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 Having a Smart Home Right For You?

Have you been thinking about making your home a smart home? A touchscreen, app or remote that will work for your surround system, turn on your lights, open your shades or connected door locks sounds like we are living in the future. At Home Theater Installation Orange County we can help you figure out what you really need to make your home a smart home.

Centralized lighting is very helpful. Have you come home with your hands full and wish your lights were on when you walked through the door? Well with either a Crestron or Control4 lighting system you can turn your lights on while you are outside before you grab the kids or groceries. Or have you been on vacation and wish your lights were on a schedule so it looked like you were home? That is another wonderful thing we can do. We can have a vacation schedule setup in your lighting program, no need to worry just have fun!

Do your kids get home before you during the week? Do you have a housecleaner? Well with electric door locks you don’t have to worry about giving all of the kids and house keepers a key to your house, we can set up a code just for them.

Every program is personalized to your needs and wants. Let us know if we can help you simplify your life.

On Control4’s website they have a blog post, “What is a Smart Home OS”, that talks about the home technology that we have now; “A smart home operating system, like Control4 Smart Home OS 3, is designed to unify hundreds of connected devices across the home and control them all from a single platform that gives homeowners the control and personalization you want while also offering concierge-style professional support when needed. Phew! I know— there was a lot of information in that one sentence, but in a nutshell, that's what a comprehensive smart home OS does. So let's break it down, point by point.” 

 

 

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera 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.

 


Automate Your Home's Climate and Lighting for More Comfort and Energy Savings

Never stop halfway to work and wonder if you turned off the lights at home or turned up the air. Home automation systems regulate your lighting and climate control to optimize your energy savings and comfort. In fact, leaving lights on can contribute significantly to wasted electricity. We can help you with home automation at Home Theater Installation of Orange County.

Stop Wasting Light!

The International Dark-Sky Association estimates that 30% of outdoor lighting in the United States is unnecessary. Examples of wasted outdoor lighting include fixtures without shields that indiscriminately shine their light everywhere instead of focusing it on certain areas. In fact, the amount of exterior lighting the United States uses could light all of New York City for two years! Wasted indoor lights also contribute to the problem.

If you don't think that wasted light affects you, look at your utility bills. By investing in home automation that lets you control your indoor and outdoor lights from anywhere, you can reduce the amount of wasted light around your home. Not only will you save electricity, but you can also make your home safer by giving the illusion that someone is home turning lights on and off.

Cool Off Without Paying Too Much

In southern California, though the climate typically is mild, there will be days when you need the air conditioner or heater in your home. Instead of leaving the central air running all day and cooling an empty home, turn it on when you leave work through a home automation system. When you arrive, you will enter a comfortable home, and you didn't have to pay to keep cool all day.

Home automation systems also can let you change the temperature if you are at work and your kids are home. Instead of trusting your little ones to properly set the thermostat, you can do the job yourself. By keeping tight control over your home's temperature, you will reduce the amount of electricity and money wasted.

Money Savings and Comfort: What More Could You Want?

By investing in a home automation system, you can enjoy both home comfort while cutting your utility bills. What better combination could you get? To get started, contact us at Home Theater Installation of Orange County at 714-744-4455. We're here to make it easy to upgrade your home to a smart home.

 


Surround Sound: It's What Sets Apart a Movie Theater from Your Home's TV

What makes your home theater a runner up to the experience you get at a movie theater? The answer lies in the sound systems. Movie theaters offer surround sound that includes physical speakers on all sides of the viewers. However, most televisions only have a speaker in the TV, so sound comes from one source. To upgrade your viewing experience, you should integrate surround sound into your home.

What Is Surround Sound?

Surround sound includes speakers and receiver channels. You need to match the number of speakers to the number of receiver channels.

When it comes to sound systems, you will see a number with one or two decimals in it. The standard version has the number of speakers to the left of one decimal and the number subwoofers to the right of the decimal. For example, 7.1 surround sound has seven speakers and one subwoofer. You will need seven receiver channels.

Newer systems, such as Atmos, has a third number. This value, which comes to the right of a second decimal, represents the number of up-firing speakers. This type of surround sound creates an even more realistic representation of where the sound would come from.

Improve Your Home Theater

If you don't already have a home theater surround sound system, or if you only have a 5.1 model, consider upgrading to a more complete experience. The more speakers you have and the better the sound system controlling them, the more integrated you will feel into the action.

Make Your Home Theater a Better Experience

Transform your home viewing experience into one that more closely replicates watching a movie at a theater. Start your process today by picking up your phone and calling us at 714-744-4455 at Home Theater Installation of Orange County. Let us help you to turn your TV watching into an experience of unsurpassed video and audio.