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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.

Essential Components of a Redesigned Conference Room

Your conference room is the launch site for every important initiative in your business, so when it is time to redesign it, you can’t afford to cut corners. Make sure you get everything you need to make your conference room work for you by working with an office automation expert who can help you choose the right components and put it all together into the perfectly functioning workspace for your business. As you plan your redesign, make sure these components are part of your new space.

Video Conferencing

Video conferencing is an essential part of doing business today. It allows meetings to happen quickly and efficiently across borders and time zones, without the extra expenses and delays associated with unnecessary business trips. When you’re redesigning your conference room, invest in the very latest in video conferencing technology to ensure for smooth meetings without the glitches in video and audio that can make virtual meetings frustrating. Make your video conferencing tools part of your overall office automation technology so that it can be easily controlled with a few clicks.

Integrated Lighting

From video presentations to work sessions, lighting needs in conference rooms vary from meeting to meeting and even within a single gathering. Integrated lighting makes it easy to get the right light for the task at hand, to enhance productivity and ensure the right environment for every type of meeting. When you integrate conference room lighting into your office automation, a single click can change the lights in your conference room so you can transition smoothly from one part of your meeting to another.

Presentation Systems

High-tech presentation systems are ideal for getting employees on board for new initiatives and winning clients over with memorable pitches. Forget fumbling with a laptop or drive, crossing your fingers and hoping it displays correctly. Instead, use a state-of-the-art presentation system that works seamlessly and never sells your work short.

When your conference room is ready for an overhaul, TVTI is ready to provide support for office automation in Chicago that incorporates all of your needs. Talk to one of our experts today about automatic technologies and how tools like wireless surround sound and commercial lighting control systems can make your space more efficient. Dial (312) 265-3760 to find out more.

The Benefits of Having a Home Security Camera

Home security cameras can be an effective part of home security systems for a number of different reasons, especially if they are incorporated into your overall home automation design. If you are weighing the advantages of adding home security cameras to your security system, here is a closer look at some of the benefits.

Monitor Your Children

When your children are home alone, get the peace of mind of knowing you can check in on them at any time by installing home security cameras that are integrated into your home automation system. Use your smartphone to check to see that your children have returned home from school, and even lock the door behind them with your phone if they forget. You can also use your security cameras to look in on your kids when you’re having a night out, to make sure they’re safe and sticking to your rules. When you can’t be home, your security cameras are the next best way to monitor your children and ensure their safety.

Monitor Caretakers

If you hire a nanny to care for your children or in-home caretakers to look after an aging loved one, how can you be sure that they are providing the kind of service you expect? Check in on caretakers you entrust with your loved ones with a few clicks of your smartphone any time, so you can feel confident that your family is getting the care they need. For working parents and people who are caregivers for aging relatives, this peace of mind can be invaluable.

Monitor Your Property

The most obvious benefit of security cameras is the ability to deter criminals and capture footage of would-be intruders in action. Modern security cameras not only film people who wish to break into your home but also alert criminals that they are being watched and that the authorities have been contacted.

Talk to TVTI about how home security cameras in Chicago can be integrated into your home automation system to make your family safer. Call us today at (312) 265-3760 to get answers to your questions about smart home technology.

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