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How to Stay on Schedule with Smart Home Automation

Blog - Smart Home AutomationSee How the Right Technology Facilitates Your Daily Routines

A smart home automation system should be there for you every step of the way, from the moment you wake up in the morning until it’s time to put the kids to bed. Through the use of scenes and centralized control it’s easier to go through your daily routines. In our latest blog, we show you what a typical day is like in a smart home: SEE MORE: Upgrade to a Smart Home in Six Steps 6 a.m.: A “Wake Up” scene in your Control4 system opens the shades, turns on the lights and begins playing music to get your day started. From a touchpad on your nightstand, you can turn the music off once you're up. 6:30 a.m.: We know how hurried mornings can get, so we’ve made it easy for you to manage your entire home. As you prepare breakfast in the kitchen, use your smartphone or touchpad to adjust the thermostat, check in on the kids’ rooms, and get a morning playlist going. 7:30 a.m.: As you leave the house, you can use your smartphone or a keypad by the front door to activate an “Away” scene that turns off all lights and locks all doors. 1 p.m.: Bored during your lunch break? Pull up your Control4 app to look in on live surveillance footage to see what your dog’s been up to while you’re away. 3 p.m.: Get a notification on your smartphone when your kids get home from school. As soon as they use their access codes to get inside, you get a push notification so you know they’ve made it back safely. 5 p.m.: As soon as you get home from work, the lights in the foyer and living room turn on. The TV is already set to the right channel to watch your favorite talk show or newscast. 6:30 p.m. When you’re preparing dinner, use your smart home automation system to adjust the thermostat as the kitchen heats up or to turn up the lights so you can follow your recipe more easily. Integrate an intercom system into your whole home audio to call the kids down when it’s time to eat. 7:30 p.m. It’s time to enjoy a movie together as a family. Once you’re all in the living room, press the “Cinema” scene that dims the lights, closes the shades and pulls up your media library. Now it’s just time to decide what everyone wants to watch. 9:30 p.m.: With a smart home automation system, you can control technology that’s in other rooms as well. This is especially useful when it’s time for bedtime. From your smartphone, see if any TVs are on in your kids’ rooms after hours and turn them off remotely. 11 p.m. It’s also easy to shut off after a long day. Use a keypad on your nightstand to activate a "Goodnight" scene that locks all doors, closes all shades, and turns off all lights when it’s time for you to go to bed. Are you ready to experience life in a smart home? Contact us to set up a consultation.

5 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Home Theater Projector

Enjoy Dynamic, Larger-Than-Life Images With the Right Technology

5 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Home Theater Projector

 Recreating the theater experience is all about the big screen. Though there should be a lot of thought put into on your surround sound, room acoustics, and seating, the main thing people will focus on are the images projected on your screen. This is why it's so important to choose the right projector when designing a home theater system for your Wayzata, Minnesota home. Here is a quick guide to choosing the right equipment and not falling into some common traps.

 

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There’s just nothing better than spending time with family and friends. And what better way to do that than in your very own home theater!

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How do you get the theater experience in your home? That’s easy! There are some simple ways to transform any room into the entertainment hub of your house. One easy way to upgrade the main viewing area of your home is a large flat screen television. There are many different options such as LED, plasma, and even curved screen. You may opt for a unit that sits on or in a cabinet, or you may choose a wall mount. And the sizes of screens are almost limitless! There are also screens that descend from the ceiling that give you more of that movie theater feel. For some families, the addition of a new television is just what they need.

Create a home theater with a big screen TV

Maybe just adding a larger screen is not enough for your family. For those that desire a little more of a theater experience, you may want to install surround sound. Again, the options here are vast. There are small speakers that can be strategically placed around the room, either mounted on the wall or on shelves. These speakers can be flush mounted in the wall, or attached to the outer surface. Larger floor speakers can also be placed to add more emphasis on the lower, bass tones.

For added sound, install some speakers in your home theater

For some families, a larger television and the addition of some speakers is just the changes needed to transform their living space into a fantastic home theater. But some want to go bigger! Maybe you have an extra room or attic/basement space that you want to turn into a media room. You can get theater style seating, projection screen, in-wall speakers, and media projector that connects to internet that will give you limitless viewing options! The sky's the limit! It’s all about you and what fits your needs!

Creating a home theater is an amazing way to transform any living area. Not only will an entertainment system add to your family time, but can even increase the value of your home. This is an unexpected blessing for many Minneapolis homeowners. Whether you just want a new television or the whole enchilada, the professionals at Lelch Audio Video can transform any room into a fantastic home theater. Give us a call and request a free quote today!

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