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    Like to Entertain? Then You'll Love These Smart Home Solutions

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Some people have a knack for entertaining guests. More often than not, however, access to the right tips and technology can have as much of an impact on one’s competence as a host as his or her acumen for entertaining.

    Smart home climate, lighting, and entertainment solutions can help guests feel comfortable and at ease while freeing up time and energy for you to prepare food, mix up drinks, and attend to your guests’ needs. If you have children who you trust to entertain themselves in their rooms and put themselves to bed while you are entertaining, you can save additional time by checking up on them with video intercom technology on your smartphone.

    Whether you are looking to host a casual dinner for a few of your closest friends or throw a sizeable sports party, smart home technology can make entertaining easier and more fun for you and your guests. For information about the technologies that Chicago home automation installer Tunnel Vision Technology Inc. can provide you with, call (312) 829-9145. We specialize in the design and installation of Control4 and Crestron home automation systems.

    An Overview of Some Smart Home Solutions from Control4

    Last updated 20 days ago

    As a leading manufacturer and provider of home automation controllers, Control4 has enhanced the lives of homeowners across the country. With the help of the firm’s smart home technology, you can turn the heat at home up and down from your office across town and monitor your security video cameras from halfway around the world. Integrate Control4 smart home systems into your Chicago home, and you can reap benefits in the following areas:

    Climate Control

    What were your energy bills like when the polar vortex whirled over Chicago last winter? How about your comfort level? If you were shocked by the cost of heating your home or the temperatures that you suffered through in order to avoid the price shock, then consider installing a smart thermostat in your home before the winter arrives. Control4 smart home technology can sense what climate zone or mode your home is in and help you minimize your home’s heating and cooling costs.


    What is the best way to safeguard your home’s locks against lock bumping? The answer is to install push-button or touchscreen access control technology, which is not susceptible to traditional forms of lock picking and bumping and can alert you whenever a door to your home is unlocked.


    With Control4 smart home technology, you can seamlessly integrate all of your home’s audio and video systems so that they can be controlled by a single remote. When you are not in your living room or home theater and wish to power off your multimedia consoles or record a program with your DVR, your smartphone can serve as your remote.

    At Tunnel Vision Technology Inc. in Chicago, we did our research before deciding which home automation solutions to promote, install, and maintain. Control4 was and remains a clear choice because of the reliability and user-friendliness of its controllers and other technology. To learn more about how home automation technology can revolutionize your at-home experience and give you peace of mind you never thought possible, call (312) 829-9145 for a free consultation.

    Examining the Latest Lighting Technology from Control4

    Last updated 1 month ago

    For years, optimal lighting has been that elusive missing component from many homes’ designs. To understand how a few new lighting fixtures and automated home lighting solutions from Control4 can raise the quality of your home’s lighting from average to top-notch, check out this brief video clip.

    With the help of a Control4 smart home technology dealer like Tunnel Vision Technology Inc., you can do more than integrate your Chicago home’s lighting for automation purposes. You can boost its ambient appeal by programming lighting settings for different times of day, moods, and activities. You can also reduce the presence of light switches in your home and label those that remain so that they are intuitive for everyone who uses them. To learn more, call Tunnel Vision Technology Inc. at (312) 829-9145.

    How to Get the Most Out of Your Video Conferences

    Last updated 1 month ago

    The latest video conferencing technology can make collaboration between colleagues cheaper, more convenient, and more efficient than meeting in person. If the elements that make video conferencing technology revolutionary are not all there, however, the results can leave much to be desired. In order to improve the efficacy of your video conferences, make sure that all parties to the conference are equipped with the following information and video conferencing technology.

    Consider Appearance and Preparation

    If you are making a sales pitch or want your input to be heard at a video conference, you still need to practice and dress the part. Even if you are tuning in from home, you should take the time to dress up and look fresh. Practice your pitch or presentation just as you would if you were to deliver it in a room full of people.

    Set Up the Best Lighting

    It is now common for a video conference to serve as the first form of exposure that a potential employee or client has to a company. If you want to make a good impression on the talent or partner you are trying to recruit, accent the best qualities of your boardroom or office with integrated lighting. A home automation and commercial A/V wiring solutions provider can help you with this.

    Get the Right Technology

    The technology used in a video conference can make a significant difference in the quality of your meetings. High-resolution video, clear sound, and a speedy internet connection can make you forget that you are using video conferencing technology at all and enhance your delivery on the other end. A video conferencing technology dealer who is familiar with your wants and needs can help you choose the perfect equipment for your office.

    If you work in an environment where time is money and professionalism goes a long way, hire an intelligent office design and video conferencing technology expert to enhance your virtual boardroom. With a strategic design, optimal lighting, and top-of-the-line A/V technology, your video conferences can be just as compelling and engaging as traditional boardroom meetings. To arrange a free consultation for your Chicago business, contact Tunnel Vision Technology Inc. at (312) 829-9145.

    Exploring the Benefits of Home Automation

    Last updated 2 months 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) 829-9145.

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