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.

 


Save Your Furniture and Stop the Glare with Motorized Shades

When you work hard for your home and the things inside it, you should protect them from solar damage with motorized shades. These shades provide you with a variety of levels of light that give you the privacy, energy savings, or glare reduction that you need when you need it. If you live in Orange County, trust our professionals at Home Theater Installation of Orange County to recommend and install the perfect motorized shades for your home.

Why Are Motorized Shades Better Than Manual?

Compared to manually drawn drapes or shades, motorized shades give you control over all the window coverings in a room with the touch of a button. This push-button control increases your home's usefulness and accessibility for everyone.

Because some homes have a design that makes accessing the shades difficult due to the manual controls' locations behind furnishings, automating the process with motorized operation makes everything easier. Even people who may not be able to reach the manual shade controls due to height or mobility issues can still customize the level of natural light in the room.

If you tie your motorized shades into your home automation system, you can adjust the lighting in a room even when you aren't at home. For example, if you forgot to close the shades when you left for work, you can close them automatically from your app. This control protects your home's privacy and your furnishings and pictures from damage caused by excessive sun exposure.

Imagine sitting on the sofa with a loved one and closing the shades without getting up to reduce glare on the screen and increase your privacy. You may not want to have your shades open after sunset while you have the lights on in your home. Motorized shades let you gain privacy at the touch of a button.

Get Started on a Home That Offers Comfortable Living

Motorized shades are a small convenience but one that you will wonder how you could live without. Get started on creating a smarter home by calling us at 714-744-4455 to talk to one of our experts in home automation. At Home Theater Installation of Orange County, we can get you the motorized shades and home automation system you need to make your house a modern castle.

 


Gain Control of Your Home's Safety and Security, Even When You're Not There

If you have a smart phone, you have a means of controlling a home security system from anywhere in the world. While most people consider their homes to be their castles, you can provide your family with a better security system than a drawbridge and moat. Today's home security systems include automated locks and remotely operated cameras. Discover more about your options from us at Home Theater Installation of Orange County.

Keep Your Home Safe from Anywhere

Did you lock the front door? Instead of going back home, open your security app on your phone and check the lock's status. Having remotely locking doors protects your home from those who may try to break in by stealing your keys.

Also, if you feel concerned about your home while on vacation or at work, log into your security system app on your smart phone and take a look through the cameras. You can even move the cameras to change your point of view. This use of cameras gives you peace of mind that everything is fine at your home and your belongings are safe. You can also use it to check your home for signs of broken windows or interior damage from a storm or earthquake, even if you are still at work.

Using security cameras and remotely controlled locks help protect your home's belongings by giving you the ability to check in at any time and from anywhere. But these are not the only uses for a home security system.

Watch Your Kids or Pets

If you have kids or pets that occasionally stay at home alone, you probably worry about them. Using home security cameras also lets you make sure that your kids got home safely from school or that your dog is not shredding your bedding in your absence. Even if you're not physically at home, you can still keep an eye on your kids or pets through home security cameras.

Start the Process to Secure Your Home Today

If you feel ready to make your home a more secure place, let us know at Home Theater Installation of Orange County. Phone us at 714-744-4455 to start the process of having a home security system installed throughout your home.

 


Sanitizing Your Crestron Touchscreen

Just like your phone or iPad your Crestron Touchscreen should be sanitized per the CDC recommendations during this difficult time. Here at Home Theater Installation Orange County (Commercial Audio Video Installation Orange County) we recommend that you sanitize the screen before and after each use and wash your hands as well.

 

Crestron has made a wonderful blog about how to sanitize your touchscreen, which could be useful for your phone or iPad as well. 

 

This is how Crestron says to clean their screens;

To clean a Crestron interface, simply use any commercially available non-ammonia glass or disinfectant cleaner solution with 70% isopropyl alcohol. Do not use anything containing bleach. Apply a small amount of cleaner directly to  a microfiber or a similar disposable towel or cloth-be sure the cloth is damp and not wet. Then wipe the glass display clean. Most of our systems are not waterproof so do not apply cleaner directly to any interface. And do not wipe the plastic surrounding the display.”

 

To read more about sanitizing your equipment please check out Crestron’s blog post

 

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.