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Did you know that there are millions of burglaries in the U.S. each year? Most burglary offenses are committed against residential properties. You should always feel secure about your home, whether you are away at work or gone for a longer amount of time on vacation. Having an automated video surveillance system can give you the peace of mind you deserve. Keep reading to learn how to discourage a break-in at your home.
Potential thieves are often crafty and know how to target houses to burgle. One way to discourage burglaries is not to leave anything outside of your house. Put away bicycles, lawn mowers, and scooters so that someone can’t just walk off with your belongings. It’s also a good idea to wait until trash day to put out boxes from expensive purchases, such as flat-screen televisions and stereo systems. These boxes let burglars know what’s inside your home—and may make them curious enough to find out what else you have. Keep valuable objects away from windows, and remember to close your curtains in the evening to prevent snooping.
Create an Illusion
Most burglars are less likely to strike if they think someone is at home. You can use a home automation system to control your lights, audio and video system, and motorized window treatments—even when you’re not at home. Program the settings so lights turn on and off at certain times, or connect to the internet to control everything remotely.
Install a Security System
Burglars almost always look for the easiest way into homes and target houses that appear the most vulnerable. When you have a security system that includes cameras and video surveillance, you can keep an eye on your house from anywhere and give ne’er-do-wells a reason to think twice before invading your home.
Are you ready to boost your home’s security? Tunnel Vision Technology, Inc. can automate your home’s systems for your convenience as well as your overall security. Give us a call at (888) 480-7371 to learn about our custom security solutions for homes all over the Chicago area.
Last updated 5 days ago
Office lighting and temperature are two of the simplest (and most underestimated) methods of boosting productivity. On closer inspection, the concept seems simple: Employees simply aren’t motivated to work as hard if they’re straining their eyes and are distracted with the temperature. However, it can be difficult to justify the advantages of improving worker productivity by simply making the office more comfortable. To that end, we here at Tunnel Vision Technology Inc. have compiled this brief overview of how the office environment affects worker productivity:
Natural Lighting vs. Artificial Lighting
The Circadian Cycle refers to the body’s natural biological clock which governs when people eat, sleep, and of course, are at peak productivity. This cycle is governed through several hormones, namely cortisol. Individuals whom are exposed to more artificial light than daylight exhibit increased levels of cortisol, which in turn contributes to increased stress and sleepiness. A combination of natural and artificial lighting, or even just individual control over lighting, can improve employee morale.
The Importance of Staying Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold
Cold temperatures may be good for computer towers and other hardware, but the truth is that low temperatures can have an adverse impact on worker productivity. In fact, a Cornell study shows that a significant amount of concentration and energy is diverted to keeping warm, resulting in less focus on the work and more errors.
Whether you want to automate your entire office for superior energy efficiency or you simply want to boost employee productivity and morale, our specialists at TVTI can help. We’ve been working closely with businesses in the Chicago area since 1999, and we have the resources to provide simple solutions to office automation. To schedule a consultation with a TVTI specialist, contact us online or call (888) 480-7371 today.
Last updated 10 days ago
Not that long ago, a “home theater” was nothing more than a big TV and some loud speakers. Today, custom home theater systems bring the complete movie watching experience to you. As the lights dim and you get comfortable in your leather recliner or beanbag chair, you’ll wonder why you spent so much time (and so much money) going to the movie theater when you can have the exact same experience in the comfort of your own home. If you are thinking of making this addition to your home, here are a few things to keep in mind to create the perfect home theater.
Frame and Insulate
After you choose a location in your home for your new personal theater, you will need to frame and insulate the room to keep loud explosions and gunfire from waking up your family or scaring the neighborhood. Loosely packed insulation can help keep loud movie sounds from rocking the rest of your home or disturbing your neighbors.
Pre-Wire the Multimedia Equipment
Once the shell is complete, you will need to pre-wire the multimedia equipment for seamless integration and installation. Pre-wire the speakers, projector, high-definition cable/satellite box, Blu-ray player, gaming console, and any other components you wish to integrate into your home theater system.
Install Theater-Style Seating
No home theater is complete without theater-style seating. If the room is large enough to accommodate multiple rows of seats, elevate the back row with a pre-built platform. There are plenty of seating options, from leather recliners with cup-holders in the armrests to loveseats and couches. Just make sure each seat in the house is comfortable and you won’t hear any complaints from the audience.
If all of this sounds like a lot of work, it is. Fortunately, the experts at Tunnel Vision Technology, Inc. of Chicago can turn your home theater dreams into a reality. We offer some of the best audio/visual products in the industry, as well as comfortable leather seating and accentuating theater décor. Contact TVTI today to get started on your custom home theater! We can be reached online or at (312) 829-9145.
Last updated 12 days ago
Whether you are building a custom home theater or simply want to enjoy your favorite tunes throughout your home, sound quality is everything. If you consider yourself an audiophile, you will love the high-performance, on-wall loudspeakers from Leon Speakers. Their highly trained craftsmen approach each speaker as artists and musicians, which means that you are getting the very best sound from your new loudspeakers. And because each speaker is hand-crafted, you can count on Leon Speakers to stand the test of time.
Tunnel Vision Technology, Inc. is committed to helping you design and build the home theater of your dreams, which is why we have partnered with Leon Speakers to bring you the best possible sound. If you live in Chicago, contact TVTI at (312) 829-9145 to learn more about our custom home theaters and home automation services.
Last updated 17 days ago
Today, more and more gadgets around us are becoming smarter and easier to use. In recent years, great strides have been made to make homes a bit more “tech savvy” as well. With an intelligent home control system, you can run your home while away through a smartphone, tablet, or computer. If you’re still unsure about whether or not this system is for you, consider the following situations that would be made easier with a home control system.
Forgot to Lock the Doors
Have you ever walked into the office or left for vacation only to get a sudden and panicked thought, “Did I forget to lock the doors?” With a home control system, you can lock your doors with the touch of a button. This quickly eases your mind, so you can focus on your day’s work or enjoy the start of your vacation rather than worrying about whether or not your home is secure.
Deter Burglars While on Vacation
In addition to locking the doors and setting the security system, a home control system allows you to turn on and off the lights around your home. This will come in handy when you are away on vacation, as a well-lit house is less likely to be the target of a burglary than a home that is clearly vacant.
Last-Minute Dinner Guests
What would you do if your spouse called you as you were leaving the office and told you that his or her boss is coming over for dinner? You would probably get take out from somewhere nearby, but with a home control system you can turn on the kitchen lights and pre-heat the oven so you’re ready to cook the minute you walk in the door. A home control system allows you entertain guests with little advanced warning.
If you would like to enjoy the convenience of a home control system, contact Tunnel Vision Technology, Inc. We are Chicago’s premier smart home installer. With our intelligent home control system, you will have your home at your fingertips from wherever you are. Contact us online or call (312) 829-9145 to learn more about our home automation services.