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.

 


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.

 


How Smart Homes Are Redefining Accessibility

While smart homes have become all the rage thanks to their convenience, they also serve a purpose for individuals with disabilities. In fact, smart homes are making it easier for everyone to live on their own, in their own home.

Not everyone can open locked doors, reach light switches, or even close the blinds, so smart homes that utilize voice control and remote control now allow wheelchair users and people with disabilities to participate more in the management of their homes.

Voice recognition software has allowed many people with disabilities the opportunity to text and email as well as controlling functions within the home. When dexterity is limited, pressing small buttons isn’t always an option, so voice control leads to even more opportunities for communication and engagement.

Security can also be a concern for people with disabilities living on their own – imagine not being able to look at someone’s face through a peephole when the doorbell rings. With smart home technology, homeowners can monitor security from anywhere, using cameras and door controls to know who is knocking.

Imagine an act as simple as opening the blinds on a warm, sunny day. When you are wheelchair-bound or limited in movements, even pulling a string may not be an option. Instead, motorized shades and blinds connected to a smart home system allow for window coverings to rise and fall with the touch of a button or a simple voice command.

Finally, picture a scenario where its night, your head is hitting the pillow, and you realize the bathroom light is still on. If you use a wheelchair, getting up to turn it off requires a lot more effort and time than it will take for someone with full mobility. But with smart home controls, you can turn the light off from anywhere without even needing to get up.

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.

 


What Components Go Into A Smart Home?

From new construction to renovations, smart homes are becoming almost an expectation for homeowners. But what does it actually mean to have a smart home?

There are plenty of different levels of intricacy and cost associated with smart homes, and all will depend on the capabilities you want and the size and condition of your property. When it comes down to it, these are the most common and expected components of a modern smart home.

Thermostats

No longer do you need to check your thermostat to make sure you’re not spending more on electricity or heating than you need to; smart home technology allows you to monitor and adjust your home’s temperature and settings, no matter where you are. Some systems will even automatically adjust your home’s indoor heating and cooling dependent on weather changes outside.

Lighting

Whether you want the ability to turn off outdoor lights from your bedroom, or merely to dim the bulbs in your living room while you watch your favorite show, smart home lighting systems will help you keep electricity waste down and will tailor each room’s atmosphere to your choice. Not to mention, remote lighting control can be helpful when you are away from your house and don’t want it to look so.

Appliances and Accessories

Wouldn’t it be great if you could lower the shades in your home without getting up, or even pressing a button? With voice-activated appliances and accessories throughout your home, you can keep yourself comfortable while making changes to your surroundings.

Security

Keeping your home safe is important, and with a smart home, you can link security cameras, motion detectors, and other elements that help you know you’re safe at all times. Access these systems from within your home or when you are away to always know that your belongings are protected.

 

 

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.