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What to Include in Your Home Automation

Home automation has been growing in recent years. Instead of simple timers or remote controls, smart homes can anticipate your needs and actions to ensure a more comfortable and safer home. With smart locks and smart thermostats, for example, your home will have higher security and lower energy use. Continue reading to learn the essential elements of your home automation systems.

Window Coverings

Window coverings, such as your blinds or shades, may be one of the first areas to receive home automation. With automation and motorization, your window coverings can raise or lower depending on outside temperatures or the direction of the sun. With this power, you can lower your energy bills and reduce ultraviolet damage in your house.

Climate Control

In addition to automated window coverings, your thermostat and fans can greatly benefit with automation. Many smart thermostats learn the day-to-day actions in your house and schedule heating and cooling services accordingly. You can also program your climate control system to turn on or off according to your own desires, such as cooling the house before you arrive home from work.

Security Measures

Your home’s security is vitally important to the safety of you and your family. By installing the highest levels of security, complete with home automation, you can keep your family and your belongings safe from burglars and disasters. With wireless security cameras, automated locks, and alarm systems, your home will have exceptional security.

Lighting Fixtures

You can control your lighting fixtures with a central hub, which can control most areas of your house. You can also control lighting separately with specific equipment and timing capabilities. No matter your choice, automated lighting can increase your home’s security and lower energy bills.

Learn more about home automation in Chicago with the help of TVTI. With our smart home technology, you can lower energy bills, increase security, and create an easier life for you and your family. Please visit us online and call us at (312) 265-3760 to learn more about our automation design.

How Do Speakers Work?

Speakers translate electrical signals into sound, so you can hear audio from a home theater system, a cellphone, or stereo speakers. Using an electromagnet and a permanent magnet, speakers pulse electricity into a cone of flexible material, which emits sound. To learn more about how speakers work, read on.

An electromagnet is a metal coil that generates a magnetic field every time electric currents flow through the coil. In a home theater speaker, this electromagnet is located in front of a permanent magnet. As electricity pulses through the electromagnet coil, the magnetic field vibrates back and forth in reaction to the permanent magnet. The flexible material amplifies the vibrations, which creates sound.

Get the best home theater speakers in Chicago with TVTI. With our complete home theater systems, you can enjoy wireless surround sound and the greatest visual technology there is. We are available to answer questions and start designing your home theater once you call us at (312) 265-3760.

Using Control4 and Amazon Alexa

To create a smarter, faster, and easier home life, home automation has become a sought-after addition to homes. Amazon’s groundbreaking smart home hub, known as Alexa, has quickly become a popular and useful home automation system. Watch the short video to see some easy ways to enjoy Alexa with the help of Control4.

By connecting an Alexa to various controls around the house, many tasks become simpler and hands-free. Climate control can be adjusted with one word. Lighting, music, and television can be set to any desired level without ever touching a button. With Alexa’s home automation installed, life will be easier than ever.

Work with the experts at TVTI, and we will introduce your home to the technology of the future. Smart homes in Chicago will change lives, so call us at (312) 265-3760 to get started.

Just Like the Real Thing: Your Dream Home Theater

A home theater system is the perfect way to enjoy your favorite movies and television shows from your own couch. With advancing technology, you can sit in your home theater and think you are in a real theater. Read on to learn more about how you can benefit with a home theater system.

Why You Need One

If you do not like crowds or you prefer to be in the comfort of your own home while watching a movie, then a home theater system is the perfect addition. With a home theater system in place, you can utilize the newest and best audio and visual technology. Home theater systems can be as simple or as luxurious as you want. Install comfy lounging chairs in your living room; or outfit a special room with carpeted walls for better sound and lighting quality. The options are endless to enjoy your favorite movies without leaving your house.

How to Get One

With the expert help of a home automation and technology company, you can have the best products in your new home theater. Work with designers to create and visualize the completed room to your exact specifications. If there is anything out of place or an item you wish to add, this 3-D rendering can help realize your vision. Once you are sure of how your future home theater will look, designers and installers will work tirelessly to turn your vision into reality.

Ways to Enjoy One

Enjoying a home theater should involve your favorite movies, your favorite snacks, and your brand-new equipment. This equipment should include home theater speakers, a big-screen television, and comfortable seating. Once your theater is installed, you can simply play your movie, sit back, and relax in comfort and style.

You will never want to leave the house with TVTI's home theater systems in Chicago. We will help design and realize your vision to create a beautiful home theater installation. Please call us at (312) 265-3760 to speak with our design team.

How to Use a Surveillance System

There are a variety of home security systems and several ways to use them. If you install a surveillance system, then it is essential you use it correctly to keep your home and family protected. Here is a brief look at how to use a surveillance system.

Home surveillance systems—usually used with wireless security cameras—are great tools to deter would-be burglars or keep an eye on your kids while you are away. These cameras should be placed around specific areas of concern, such as entrances, pools, or family gathering rooms. To make full use of your surveillance system, pair it with smart technology on your phone so it can alert you to out-of-the ordinary activity spotted on the feed. With a smart surveillance system, you can access the camera feed from your phone to check up on your kids and the babysitter or see if there were any disturbances.

Protect your home and your family with TVTI and our state-of-the-art home surveillance systems in Chicago. Our home security systems can keep you informed about the state of your home and family. Please call us at (312) 265-3760 to speak with a customer service representative.

Magnetism and Sound

Many people may not think to question how the sound comes out of their home theater systems and speakers. The key to generating sound through a speaker, however, can be relatively simple once one knows how magnetism relates to sound. Watch the video for a better look.

Every speaker—from wireless surround sound speakers to small ear buds—uses a small magnet and electromagnetic coil. The sound generates an electric current with the coil and magnet, which then moves the speaker’s fabric housing. This movement generates the soundwaves that everyone hears while listening to music or watching a movie.

Want to know more about how home theater speakers work? Call TVTI at (312) 265-3760 to learn about our home theater systems and wireless surround sound near Chicago.

Automated Climate Control: The Energy Efficient Choice

Home automation is quickly becoming a trend in older and new homes around the country. Home automation can apply to your lighting, entertainment, and energy. In addition to increased comfort, home automation systems can help you save energy through your climate systems, which will also have a positive impact on the environment. Let’s look at how automated climate control is more energy efficient.

Smart Operations

With smart home technology used in your climate control, your system can change the temperature based on the different actions of you and your family. For example, an automated climate control system can project—based on trending data taken of your home—when someone will be in the house and when no one is home. By using this type of data, the system can change the temperature to suit a full or empty house which will better regulate your energy use throughout the day.

Efficient Appliances

Even though your automated climate control system can be used with any heating and cooling appliances, they are best used with the latest and most efficient models. Furnaces and air conditioners can change in energy efficiency in a matter of years, so pairing your automated climate control system with the latest appliances will greatly increase your home’s energy efficiency. Your newer appliances will require less energy to cool or heat better than your past appliances, and your automated system will regulate the amount of energy used to deliver you greater energy savings.

Informative Trends

Your new automated climate control system uses advanced technology to understand and project your family’s temperature trends, but it can also communicate those trends to you. With this type of smart technology, you can analyze and track your trends of energy consumption; if you notice problems, then you can quickly change them to create a more energy efficient home.

Make your home more efficient in all areas with TVTI's home automation systems. With our smart home technology near Chicago, we can help you leave a better impact on the environment and save money in the process. Please call us at (312) 265-3760 to learn more.

How Does Surround Sound Work?

Part of a complete home theater system is the surround sound. With surround sound, you can experience a movie or television show as if you are on set and a part of the action. If you are curious how surround sound works—and how it can benefit your movie-watching experience—continue reading below.

Split Audio

One of the most important aspects of surround sound comes from splitting the audio for whatever television show or movie you are watching. With the right media, the audio can be split in several ways that are then placed around you. These splices of audio help to fully immerse you in the movie-watching experience. For example, a Western movie may split the audio so that horses’ hooves come out of one speaker while actor dialogue, musical score, and other audio come out of three other speakers.

Strategically-Placed Speakers

In addition to split audio, your surround sound and home theater system works best when you place speakers in a strategic manner around the room. Most speaker and surround sound design will have two large speakers next to the television and then three smaller speakers spaced evenly behind your seats. By placing these home theater speakers around your theater system and media room, you can experience all of the sounds at once and in a fully-immersed manner.

Correctly-Formatted Media

The only way that your surround sound system will work properly is if you use the right media. You can turn on your advanced home theater system every time you watch a movie, but if the movie is not formatted to surround sound you will not have the true experience. To utilize your surround sound in the correct manner, you must use the DVDs, Blu-rays, or digital copies that have been formatted for surround sound systems.

Learn more about wireless surround sound and other home theater systems near Chicago with the experts at TVTI. We can help you choose and set up a theater-quality sound system once you call us at (312) 265-3760.

Increasing Security at Your Business

How secure is your business when you’re away? If you’re not using a custom business security system, then your interests could be at risk. Business security systems can be integrated into your office automation system to give you real-time access to your premises around the clock, no matter where you are, so you are always in control.

Use your business security system to access every corner of your office space and the exterior of your building with wireless security cameras. Ensure that intruders aren’t accessing your workspace, and use your security system to monitor your employees and the additional staff you bring into your business daily, such as your custodial team. Review footage to see who is accessing restricted areas, and capture shoplifting and other kinds of criminal activity on camera so that you have evidence to provide to authorities.

Better security to good business for you, your employees, and your customers. Build a custom business security plan with office automation and wireless security cameras in Chicago with help from the experts at TVTI. To start designing your system, call (312) 265-3760.

How Speakers Are Made

Chances are that you spent a lot of time thinking about speakers when evaluating home theater systems or setting up wireless surround sound, but did you ever wonder how exactly those speakers are actually made? Watch this video for an inside look at the craft of speaker manufacturing.

By getting a better understanding of how speakers are made, you can be a more informed shopper when you’re looking for home theater systems. This video also includes an explanation of different types of speakers and the sounds they are best at amplifying.

At TVTI, we can walk you through the process of picking speakers for home theater installation, wireless surround sound in Chicago, and more. Call us today at (312) 829-9145 for more information about everything from home theater speakers to smart home technology.

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