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    Exploring the Benefits of Home Automation

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Imagine that you have just arrived at the airport with your family to catch a flight, when your partner asks if you locked the front door. You had quietly been wanting to ask the same question, but did not want to incite anxiety and unease if unnecessary. Chances are that one of you did lock the door, and with a Control4-configured smart home, you can pull out your smartphone and double check, locking any doors and windows that were left unlocked without even having to step out of the flight check-in line. Continue reading to learn more about the major benefits of home automation.

    Boost Security

    When you have the ability to control your home’s automatic locks from your phone, monitor your security cameras, and check up on the kids you have trusted to stay home alone, your home becomes a safer and more secure place. Add to that the ability to check up on and control your HVAC, lighting, and water-intensive appliances, and you can ramp up the control you have over preventing fires and floods in your home. Automating your home may even help you qualify for a deduction on your homeowner’s insurance premium.

    Curb Energy Consumption

    Home automation takes programmable thermostats and sprinkler systems as means of saving energy to the next level. Override presets to keep your home’s temperature lower for longer on days you have to stay late at the office or keep your sprinkler heads from popping up on rainy days. Over the course of the year, your smart home system could cut your energy costs by hundreds of dollars.

    Improve Comfort

    A major perk of home automation is that you can reduce your energy costs and consumption without impacting your personal comfort. In fact, the freedom to adjust the lighting, audio volume, or temperature in a room without having to get up will probably translate into greater at-home comfort for you and everyone in your household.

    Are you ready to enjoy the many benefits of home automation? Have your home’s system and appliances automated with Control4 technology, and you will experience peace of mind, comfort, and conveniences you never dreamed possible in your Chicago home. To request a consultation with one of our Chicago home automation and smart home system specialists, call Tunnel Vision Technology Inc. at (312) 386-7219.

    A Showcase of Control4 Technology

    Last updated 17 days ago

    A nationwide leader in the provision of smart home solutions, Control4 has been at the forefront of the home automation technology industry since its inception. For a glimpse of the comfort, convenience, safety, and energy savings you can enjoy with Control4 home automation in your Chicago home, check out this video clip.

    The setting of this video is MainStreet America in Spring, Texas, where 12 homes were designed to showcase the best in home building, decorating, and design. Many consumers who visit MainStreet America for inspiration when building or remodeling a home leave the showcase so impressed with Control4 technology that they decide to have their homes configured for Control4 home automation immediately.

    Do you live in the Chicago area and want to learn more about how you can integrate your home’s security, HVAC, lighting, and audio systems with Control4 home automation technology? If so, call Tunnel Vision Technology Inc. at (312) 386-7219.

    Tips for Designing Your Home Audio System

    Last updated 23 days ago

    With the right equipment, proper room acoustics, and professional home audio system installation, you can enjoy seamless, professional-quality sound in your home. However, designing a truly premium home audio system takes time and requires the expertise of a professional. To learn more about what to consider when designing a home audio system, read below.

    Identify the Purpose

    First, think about what kind of home audio system you want. Some people want an audio-only sound system, which can be installed in almost any room with good acoustics. Others want a multi-media home theater system, which requires you to consider both acoustics and lighting. Knowing from the beginning what type of home audio system you are looking for will simplify the shopping and design process.

    Choose the Right Components

    Choose equipment that has the right power output to fill the room with sound, as an underpowered system will sound cheap, while an overpowered system will be overwhelming. Be sure that the audio system components fit into the available space in the room. You will have to consider where to put major components such as the amplifier, speakers, and subwoofer. Choose appropriately-sized, high-quality cables for your audio system to ensure a seamless look and great sound.

    Evaluate Room Acoustics

    Getting the right audio system components is just as important as putting the components in the right location. Room acoustics take into account direct sound as well as how the sound bounces off of the floor, walls, and ceiling to reach the listeners’ ears. The placement of furniture and other objects in the room also has an effect on the room acoustics.

    Hiring a professional is essential to make sure you have the right components for your audio system. At Tunnel Vision Technology Inc., we have been installing home audio systems and integrated home automation systems for years. Call us at (312) 386-7219 or visit our website to learn more about how we can create the perfect audio system for your home or business.

    Understanding the Basics of a Home Automation System

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Home automation is one of the easiest ways to overhaul and enhance the entire homeownership experience. Making the decision to have a Control4 smart home system specialist integrate your home’s locking mechanisms, HVAC system, lighting, surround sound system, security monitoring, and sprinklers can save you time, money, and stress. What are the physical requirements for home automation and how do they work to make your Chicago home “smart?” This guide to the basics can help you answer those questions.

    Systems to Automate

    Having a functional lighting, HVAC, security, or sprinkler system is important for home automation. If you are a homeowner or renter with the permission to configure your home’s wiring however you choose, you have this base covered. What you choose to automate is up to you, but the list of appliances and systems that can now be configured to work with most home automation technologies includes washing machines, pet feeders, window shades, and swimming pool vacuums.

    Home Automation Controller

    An essential component of an automated home is a control system such as Control4 or Crestron. A smart home system expert can seamlessly integrate the systems and devices you wish to have automated with one of these control systems, which is what will make your abode a smart home.

    Remote Control

    What makes home automation so convenient is the ability it gives you to control all of your home’s integrated systems from a single remote. When you have your home configured by a smart home systems expert, you can have your smartphone or tablet synched with the home automation controller of your choice so that it will serve as a remote control for your automated devices and systems.

    For years, home automation technology has been pitched as providing a glimpse of the future—and now the future has arrived. If you live in the Chicagoland area and have yet to automate your home but are looking to do so, Tunnel Vision Technology Inc. has the tools and technology to do it for you. To learn about the Control4 and Crestron home automation technology we use or to request a consultation with one of our smart home solutions experts, call (312) 829-9145.

    How Businesses Benefit from Automation

    Last updated 1 month ago

    At Tunnel Vision Technology Inc., we believe that technology can help businesses grow and succeed. Our office automation systems, in particular, are designed to keep your business running smoothly so you can focus on more important things. An automation system can set your temperature, music, lighting, and video to your preferences. You can program the security systems, lights, and temperature to change based on the time of day. If you choose, your automation system can alert you to unusual activity detected by the office surveillance system. Countless dentists, doctors, salon owners, architects, designers, restaurant owners, bar owners, and more have realized the benefits of office automation.

    With a high-tech automation system, you can save time and money while impressing your customers. To learn more about the office automation systems that Tunnel Vision Technology Inc. has to offer businesses in the Chicago area, visit our website or call us at (312) 829-9145.

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