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Tips for Planning Home Automation Systems

home automation systems Home automation systems are a great way to control the electronic and electric devices in your home, while saving energy. You can install basic or complex home automation systems that make many of the functions in your home easier and more convenient. For example, if you leave for vacation and forget to turn off the lights and set the temperature, you can control them and adjust them remotely.  In fact, your home can be programmed so you don’t need to pay attention to lights or other functions. An automation system will control your home for you, based on your needs and preferences. When considering home automation systems, here are a few tips that will make the process easier and right for your home.

Plan Carefully

When buying home automation systems, customers need to know what elements in their home they want automated. Do you want entertainment, security, heat and air, or lighting controlled? The type of system integration should be considered as well. Do you want to control your system from a smartphone or tablet? Do you want to include all functions or only some in your home automation system? Changing your mind after the installation process is very much possible, but it can be time consuming and expensive to adjust. When consulting with the professional installer, make sure you are both in sync as to requirements for your system and the associated costs.

Get a Good Wi-Fi Router /Home Wireless System

When using smart devices for home automation systems, there is the potential for delay or dropped signal. With a good quality Wi-Fi router or home wireless system,  the devices connected to your system can communicate consistently and efficiently which will keep your smart home connected.

Choose the Right Components

Some smart devices and brands are better than others. At Synergy Integrated Systems, we help you choose the products that will suit your needs within your budget.  Choosing which brand of controller is an important step in designing a home automation system.   We primarily use 2 brands:  URC total control and Crestron.  We can also help you pick devices that will work seamlessly with the controller.

Consult with an Expert on Home Automation Systems 

Home automation systems can be complex, so it is best to consult a professional for integrating smart technology. If you want to upgrade at some point, the changes will affect all of your home automation systems. Staying within the same brand of the older components may make the upgrade easier. A professional installer may be able to remotely upgrade or make a home visit to complete the upgrade. Synergy Integrated Systems offers several smart automation options for your home. Contact us today for more information on installing home automation systems and a free estimate.

Buying Home Audio Systems: 3 Things to Consider

home audio systems More and more people are opting to experience entertainment in the home. It is convenient, relaxing, and you control the experience. Home audio systems provide that enhanced level of entertainment beyond regular TV watching and music listening. It is important to consider three things when choosing a home audio system.

Music vs TV/Movies

Home audio systems for music and for movies have different requirements. Movies have a wide dynamic range with capability of high volume. This requires more power. Combined with center mixed dialog, deep-bass demands, and a multichannel soundtrack, the sound works in concert with the video. The sound experience is not the focal point. In contrast, music is dynamically compressed, has little to no deep-bass effects, and is primarily stereo sound. A music system is focused on the sound quality. Once you decide your main preference, you can choose a system that works for your purposes.

Whether you are using speakers primarily for music or TV can affect the type of home audio system you will invest in. For music, an added small subwoofer will add more bass. This is perfect for primarily music listening with occasional TV and movies. A pair of monitors or floor-standing speakers can deliver boosted, full sound. For mainly TV watching, a soundbar and a wireless subwoofer combination is great for boosting your TV and movie sound. It also works for occasional music listening. For a better experience when watching TV and movies, a surround sound system is a good choice for a home audio system.

Room Space

Before you select your home audio system, look at your room. Room size and openness affects your speakers’ sound. Large, open rooms make small speakers sound small and localized. Small, closed-in rooms don’t work well with large speakers. Not only do they take up lots of space, the bass can make the sound muddy. Serious movie watchers can accommodate a full range of speakers for cinematic experience. Music lovers can also immerse themselves in a richer sound. A smaller space can accommodate a small subwoofer system to provide adequate sound for movies or music.

Speaker Placement Options

A proper assessment of your space and how you will use your system will determine how your speakers should be set up.

  • In furniture: If space is limited, you may opt to put speakers in an entertainment cabinet or on a bookshelf. If your speaker produces heavy bass, avoid placing in an entertainment cabinet. The sound will bounce around creating undesirable resonances.
  • In the corner: Avoid placing full-range, floor-speakers on the sides of a TV that squares off a corner. This setup will cancel out the bass. You may want to opt for bookshelf speakers or a separate subwoofer.
  • Walls and floors: Large, smooth surfaces tend to reflect sound and change what you hear. Use furniture, carpet, drapes, etc., to break up the surfaces and reduce echo.

Synergy Home Audio Systems

Synergy Integrated Systems is a premier source for home audio systems. Our comprehensive range of speakers and systems offer the quality you want for your home. We provide custom designs and installation specific to your requirements. Contact us today for your free consultation.

4 Connection Options for Your Wireless Home Theater

Wireless Home Theater Many modern homes today are incorporating wireless home theater systems into their entertainment preferences. Wireless home theaters eliminate unsightly cables, allow flexibility to move from room to room, support customization of multi-room setups, and centralize control of the system. Wireless options for home theaters are constantly evolving. As new technology emerges, new options for wireless home theater systems expand. Depending on the types of components you want added to your home theater system, there are a few solutions you can utilize. Here we outline four different options available for your wireless home theater.

Wi-Fi Network

For entire-home speaker setups, Wi-Fi offers the greatest amount of range and reliability. The speakers and receiver in many systems often have a wireless connection built in, but you can also buy wireless-ready systems. With a wireless-ready system, you would add a wireless transmitter and receiver to the system setup to enable connectivity. Wi-Fi is great for flexibility, because it easily allows component additions on the network. Wi-Fi promotes great connectivity and high fidelity sound throughout your home. Although Wi-Fi is popular, there are several wireless home theater variations designed around Wi-Fi networks. One such variation of Wi-Fi-connected home theaters is called Miracast. This system provides point-to-point wireless transmission without proximity to a Wi-Fi Access Point or router. This setup allows the transfer of both audio and video content between two devices.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth can stream music from any Bluetooth-equipped device, such as smartphones, tablets, and computers throughout the home. For people who like to have music in various rooms such as the living room, patio, bedroom, or other areas of the home, this is a good choice. If you have only one or two paired speaker setups, it will work well. More speaker setups may require a different wireless option. Bluetooth works well for short distances, such as an average-sized room.

Apple’s AirPlay

If you are already an Apple iOS user, AirPlay is a good option for your home theater. AirPlay speakers will only work with iOS devices or with computers that have iTunes installed. The AirPlay option provides wireless connectivity and can stream music to several speakers at once. This is a good option for multi-room use in your home.

Sonos

Whether you have Android or iOS devices, Sonos can connect with either kind. The standard system usually includes a powered player for speakers, three powered speakers, a sound bar and a subwoofer. The non-powered system component connects to your home theater system to deliver a reliable signal to any room. Sonos is known for providing clear audio throughout the home. If you are planning to have a multi-room setup of up to 32 rooms, Sonos is a good option.
Wireless home theater systems are great for customization, convenience, and state-of-the-art equipment. Working with a company that specializes in home theater systems can help you make the right choices for your wireless installation. At Synergy Integrated Systems, we can customize a wireless home theater for your home, using technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Sonos and more. Contact us today for a free estimate.

Reasons to Install a Crestron Home Automation System

 

If you have yet to invest in a home automation system, it’s time to jump on board and start reaping the same benefits so many other homeowners are already enjoying. Home automation allows for almost all of a household’s systems to be combined and controlled easily through one network. This may include everything from a home’s heating and cooling, lights, and appliances to its audio/video, irrigation, and alarm systems, all of which can then be regulated from anywhere on the property or remotely through a mobile device.

 

Synergy Integrated Systems professionally installs top-of-the-line Crestron home automation equipment, a top manufacturer in the field. With this service, they are able to provide homeowners with a comfortable and convenient living environment, as well as give them peace of mind in a world where they can use the extra help keeping their house safe and secure. Below are a few of the primary reasons to have a Crestron home automation system set up in your home…sooner rather than later.

 

Around-the-Clock Security

No matter how complex your home’s security system may be, complete with video surveillance, sensors, and motion detector lighting, home automation can be smoothly integrated. The system can be set to send alerts straight to a mobile device whenever necessary and modified for different times of the day or put into vacation mode. These features serve to amp up the level of security and help you maintain a connection to your house, so that you are always aware of its surroundings, regardless of how far away you are.

 

No More Wasted Energy

It’s common for a lot of people to forget to turn off all the lights or to adjust the air conditioning before rushing out of the house in a hurry. Not only does this make the bills skyrocket, but it also wastes quite a bit of electricity. With Crestron home automation from Synergy Integrated Systems, you’ll never have to worry about utilizing unnecessary energy throughout the day again. Once you have your system in place, you can simply adjust the temperature as you want it at certain times of the day, put your lighting on a timer, and not think twice about whether or not you remembered to turn everything off.

 

Simplified Audio and Video

Those with home audio and/or theaters find home automation to be especially beneficial. There’s nothing worse than trying to keep track of several different remotes just to get your TV, surround sound, DVD player, and other electronics to work properly. Home automation systems put an end to all the irritation, since it only takes one unit to operate everything. Single touch keypads, mobile device applications, or universal remotes can all be used to efficiently control your audio and video systems.

 

For more than four decades, Crestron has produced high quality home automation products that homeowners can depend on, always keeping customer satisfaction at the forefront of their innovations. Whatever type of Crestron home automation system a client may need, they can be sure that’s exactly what they will get, with personalized installation from Synergy Integrated Systems.

URC Total Control Now Has a Whole New Meaning

Just as with everything else, home technology has changed drastically over the last several years. Gone are those big, bulky TVs. We no longer need huge stereos, and in fact small devices can hold thousands of hours of music. And these days pretty much all of the equipment used for entertainment can be connected and controlled with a remote. It used to be that you needed a universal remote control to work your TV, cable box, and whatever you were using for movies, such as a VCR or DVD player. Though it contained the word “universal” it did not really control much more than those things. Well, that is no longer the case. With URC Total Control, you have the option to have power over almost anything electronic in your home.

 

What Can You Manage with a URC Total Control System?

 

Just as with the remotes of yore, URC Total Control is excellent for your entertainment needs. In addition to your TV, cable box, and movie player, you can also use it for your gaming system. No matter what you want to watch or play, you will never have to get up to make any changes. Plus, you have the ability to control the lighting in your entire home. If you want to dim the lights for a movie, it can be done with the touch of a button. Just got cozy in bed and forget to turn off some of the lights downstairs or in another room? No problem! URC Total Control lets you hook up your mobile device to your home’s lighting.

 

Another great benefit of URC Total Control is that you can better manage the temperatures in your home. Just as with your entertainment and the lights, the thermostat can be controlled from a single device, so you will not have to go from room to room lowering or raising temperatures. This is especially good if your house is empty most of the day. No one wants to come home to a cold house, and you definitely do not want to waste heat and money, if no one is home. URC Total Control allows you to crank up the heat on your way home from work, for example, so things will be nice and toasty when you get there.

 

In addition to these conveniences, a URC Total Control can help you stay safe and secure. It enables you to remotely lock doors and turn on your security system. You can even use a surveillance feature to check on the kids in the yard or see who is at the front door.

 

If you are ready to take your home to an amazing new level in 2016, think about adding a URC Total Control system. To see exactly how it works, visit Synergy Integrated Systems. We will show you a demonstration and go over all of your options. At Synergy, we give you the opportunity for true universal control over your home.