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When it comes to the installation of Smart Home technology by professionals for your Orange County home, this is probably not a DIY project you want to take on unless you have experience in the industry. Even with today’s “easy” plug-and-play devices, there are a lot of working parts that need to be connected to ensure a custom system that answers your needs. 

Here are three of the main reasons it is recommended that you let the professionals design and install the high-tech features of your Smart Home.

3 Reasons for Professional Installation of Smart Home Systems

  1. A Custom Technology Package – When you hire a professional Smart Home automation specialist, all of your high-tech devices work flawlessly together – the key to a successful Smart Home installation. An installation professional from Experience Audio Video in Orange County can design a completely custom system that can activate all of your most used devices and automates them for convenience and simplicity.
  2. Professional Installation and Wiring – The most attractive perk of an automated Smart Home is the fact that the high-tech smart devices have superior wireless functions. A professional Smart Home consultant can advise you of the best hardwired installation options and will plan everything to work together for your convenience. From pre-wiring and lighting solutions to networking and top of the line A/V installation, the pros can direct you flawlessly. 
  3. Step-By-Step Training on Your New Smart Home – High-tech audio and video systems can be complicated. If you aren’t technology friendly, it can be downright frustrating. Combine this with poorly written owner manuals, and you can end up feeling defeated. Savvy Southern California homeowners leave it to the audio video professionals who will not only install your new Smart Home features but will patiently show you how to best use your new system. 

Let the Professionals at Experience Audio Video Create a Custom Smart Home Technology Package for Your Orange County Home 

Avoid the stress and call the audio video experts at Experience Audio Video in Orange County. The talented team in Southern California can help you design a custom Smart Home system that addresses all of your needs. We invite you to contact us at our Orange County location today to get started on designing the new technology upgrades for your Orange County California home.

 

 


Myths About Smart Homes

Smart devices are so abundant that the term “smart” is worn-out to the point that it is almost meaningless. The term “smart” began several years ago with smartphones and has extended to thermostats, doorbells, alarm systems, and kitchen appliances. Misconceptions about smart homes are dominant and create confusion in the marketplace.

Here are a few misconceptions about smart homes:

APPS ARE SMART

Everyone knows that apps are convenient and relatively easy to use. It seems that there is an app for everything generally speaking. Although it sounds too good to be true, it is also too good to pass up for many people. That fact is that apps are not smart, they don’t control anything. In order for them to control anything they must connect to and communicate with a control system. That is what most people don’t understand.

SMART DEVICES WORK TOGETHER

There are so many smart appliances and devices on the market today so it is understandable that the average consumer might think that they actually communicate and work together. That unfortunately is simply not the case. Even if all the smart devices operate using Wi-Fi communications doesn’t mean they will work together. When updates are made to either the hardware or software, functionality may be affected for some period. That is a way of saying the device or system won’t work and there is no way of knowing for how long.

IT’S A DIY PROJECT

The next myth is that the average person can do it themselves. But unless you are a skilled professional, you shouldn’t take on a smart home project. If you want to use Alexa or Google Assistant virtual assistant software to turn on and off a light, then go for it. But a smart home takes more planning and expertise. 

NEED A PROGRAMMER TO MAKE CHANGES

While professional help is needed for the initial install and setup, the system is easy to manage once it is up and running. Which makes life so much easier for both dealer and customer. Before when smart homes were the new thing, if the cable provider changed something, the homeowner would have to call the dealer or programmer to reprogram the system.

 

 

 

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.

 

 


Video Conferencing for the Home

We have been remotely socializing, learning and working for months now. You are probably tired of sitting in an uncomfortable chair in the corner of the room looking at a laptop screen. Or you are tired of looking at your small phone screen talking to your family and friends on zoom. 

Technology is changing and adapting to the new normal way of life. Crestron has created HomeTime that is a professional video conferencing for your home. Crestron has leveraged their experience in enterprise UC to bring professional quality Zoom conferencing into your home. You can also have it integrated within your Crestron ecosystem. 

 CONTROL FROM ANY TELEVISION IN YOUR HOUSE

With the Crestron HomeTime video conference system it will allow you to join and host Zoom meetings using any television in your house. That is right, no laptop required. The benefits of the new Crestron conference system are:

  •     Full-duplex, advanced beamforming microphone enables natural conversation
  •     See friends and family in a much larger video window
  •     Logitech MeetUp conference camera captures everyone comfortably in-frame – no more crowding around a laptop
  •     Its built-in speaker delivers high-quality audio throughout the room

 INTEGRATED REMOTE CONTROL

The TSR-310 has a 3-inch color touchscreen, backlit buttons, voice control capability, and enhanced Wi-Fi. You can use a TSR-310 handheld touchscreen remote, the same one you use to control lights, shades and thermostats, to conveniently control your Zoom meetings. 

The uses of a TSR-310 on HomeTime are:

  •     Start/join scheduled meetings
  •     “Meet Now” (enter your meeting ID and password from remote)
  •     Volume/mute control
  •     Select view (speaker, gallery, full screen)
  •     Camera control (pan and zoom)

ADD ROOMS

Crestron’s DM NVX AV-over-IP technology supports both video and USB. Because of that the Crestron HomeTime video conferencing engine can be located remotely. With the optional “add-a-room” kit, you can easily route meetings to televisions in other rooms.

 

 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.

 

 


Smart Home Technology

Smart home technology comes in a comprehensive and diverse ecosystem and there are options for everyone. What do you need a smart home for? How do you know that is what you need? That is where a smart home professional like us comes into play.

Here are some questions to help you get to the bottom of what you want out of your smart home:

Is your smart home technology for function or fun?

   FUN

  •     Amazon Alexa
  •     Control4 Home Audio

Amazon Alexa is a smart home/personal assistant. Alexa can turn on your favorite tv shows, play your favorite music, tell you a joke, control connected lights or other devices. 

 FUNCTION

  •     Crestron motorized shades
  •     Control4 System

With Crestron motorized shades you can have them programmed to gradually open in the morning or you can control the temperature in your home throughout the day. And with a Control4 system you can tie your smart devices together to make them even more convenient and functional.

Do you want smart home technology to enhance safety or entertainment?

   SAFETY

  •     Yale, Baldwin and Kwikset smart locks
  •     Ring Alarm
  •     Hikvision IP Cameras

Smart locks allow you to unlock and lock your door remotely. You can give access to guests that you want when you aren’t home, and you can revoke that access. IP cameras can be accessed anywhere even when you aren’t at home. If your Ring alarm detects an issue it will send you a notification.

    ENTERTAINMENT

  •     Apple TV
  •     Triad Multi-Room Audio

There are many options for smart home entertainment. For all of your streaming needs there is Apple TV. You can watch all of your favorite tv shows and movies in one place. If you want audio throughout your entire home, outside, or select rooms you can use Triad audio and Control4 and use one of your favorite music streaming services.

No matter what you would like to do we can help you decide.         

 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.

 


Smart Home OS

While you have been home these past few months, I am sure you have thought; Can I turn on my lights with my iPad? Can I turn on my lights and tv at the same time from a push of one button? Can I see what doors are unlocked at once? Well the answer to those questions is yes, if you had a smart home. With technology in your home the options are endless. 

Some of the things you can do today with a smart home are:

  •     Control all the lights around your home
  •     Get notifications and video when someone is at your door. You can even unlock the door and communicate with the person there
  •     You can monitor your home security system when you go back to the office

SMART HOME WITHOUT AN OS

Unfortunately, most of the time you have a smart home you have multiple apps that you have to manage, but with a smart home OS you won’t have to change apps you can just one to manage all of your smart home needs. It really is more convenient.

Traditional smart lighting might sound like it would be useful and they would be, but what if you don’t have your phone or Alexa. Well then you would have to get up and manually turn on the lights, now you have disrupted the connection between the lights and the app. The disruption could also mess with your default settings. 

SMART HOME WITH AN OS

Thankfully there are home automation specialist like us that have the knowledge to help you get your smart home OS. You may still be wondering what a smart home OS (operating system) is. It is a system that is designed to join hundreds of connectable devices around your home and control them with one platform. One popular operating system is Control4 Smart Home OS 3. 

Some of the smart home products from Control4 you can get are:

  •     Smart thermostat
  •     Universal remote
  •     Multi-room music and video
  •     Home theater audio and control

The best part of having a smart home with an OS is that you can set up scenes. Like:

VACATION

You can set up your lights to come on and turn off at certain times, so it looks like you are at home. By doing that you can help prevent a burglary while you are not home. You would also get notifications on your cameras if you had them.

KIDS

You probably have to work and worry about your kids when they come home. Well with a smart home OS there is less to worry about. You can have your front door lock behind the kids when they come in. 

 

When you are ready for a connected home give us a call and we will set up a meeting for you!

 

 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.

 


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.

 


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.