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Everything you as a homeowner needs to know about smart lighting solutions for your home

They may not be something you think about a lot, but your home’s light fixtures play a major role in setting the mood for a room, as well as how you feel. Even if it’s just at a subconscious level, you know that darker lighting in a room puts you to sleep while bright lights wake you up.

With this in mind, wouldn’t you like a system in your home to make your lights easier to manage? And wouldn’t it be great if that same system could boost your energy and help you live a healthier life? You can do all this and more with smart home lighting for your Hinsdale, IL residence. In this blog, we’ll walk you through three of the top benefits of smart lighting control.

SEE ALSO: How Can Lutron Lighting Control Lower Your Energy Bill?

A HEALTHIER HOME

Would you believe that lighting control systems can make a substantial health impact on homeowners? It’s true! Smart home lighting allows for more precise control of the intensity and color of your fixtures so they can be programmed to mimic the way natural light changes throughout the day. In turn, this helps you better synch up with your circadian rhythm, or your natural internal clock.

The main way this works is by using tunable light fixtures. Smart lighting manufacturers like Ketra and USAI have designed lights that use “warm dimming” LEDs. This allows you to control both the intensity and color of the fixtures separately and with much greater precision.

At dawn, the lights will gradually increase in intensity and warmth to slowly wake you up. You’ll wake up feeling more refreshed, and no more smashing that snooze button. Next, the intensity of your fixtures increases further around midday to take on a cooler tone, which gives you more energy. Once the sun goes down, your lights gradually dim to help you wind down as you head to bed. Your system can do all this by itself, thanks to automation.

MORE STYLE

We know that nobody wants to live in a cookie-cutter home. With tunable lighting, you can add some style to your space while also making it easier to control all your fixtures.

As we just mentioned, tunable lighting allows you to separately control the color temperature and intensity of your lights. Now you have a wider array of lighting styles to choose from; you can highlight key elements of a room, hide certain features in shadow, and generally create more striking lighting designs.

Controlling all your fixtures gets easier as well. Using automation, adjust your light with your phone, wall panel, tablet or other control device. Once you have everything set just the way you like it, save the setting to a preset scene and restore it instantly with the touch of a button.

SUPER SAVINGS

While your lights can be a major energy drain on your home, you may not think something as simple as dimming your fixtures would make a significant dent in your utility bills. It turns using dimmers with tunable lighting results in considerable energy savings.

According to one report, every percentage point of dimming saves about the same percentage of energy needed to light the bulb. In plain English, this means dimming one bulb by 50 percent will reduce that bulb’s energy usage by about 50 percent. Multiply those savings by the number of lights in your home, and you can see how dimming drastically reduces your energy usage.

It’s time to see how tunable lighting can transform your home. To learn more, call the trusted professionals at Barrett’s Technology Solutions at 630-898-2850, or fill out our online contact form.

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Watch spring sports while you’re grilling or listen to your favorite music on the patio with these essential systems for your home

We’re finally emerging from the frigid days of winter in the Greater Chicagoland area, and the warmth of spring marks the return of backyard parties, barbecues and other chances for outdoor fun at home. You can add some new outdoor entertainment options this spring with audio and video systems from Barrett’s Technology Solutions.

Picture it: You’re with your family and friends in the yard, the grill is going, and the Cubs game is playing on your new 49-inch outdoor TV. Or maybe you’d prefer something a little more serene, like a calming playlist in the background as you lounge in your patio chair with a favorite book and a glass of wine. Regardless of the occasion or mood, an outdoor audio and video installation is the perfect spring upgrade for your Naperville, IL, home.

SEE ALSO: How to Get the Best Outdoor Entertainment for Your Home

OUTDOOR VIDEO

An outdoor TV is a great way to enjoy your favorite entertainment in the company of friends and family and a TV offers many opportunities to enhance outdoor fun. You can set up an outdoor home theater and experience your favorite movies like an outdoor drive-in.  And just like we mentioned above, having the big game on screen as you grill hamburgers and hotdogs makes any backyard get-together amazing.

There are a couple points to keep in mind when expanding your existing home video system outdoors. First and foremost, you can’t just put a regular indoor TV outside. Typical TVs aren’t designed to withstand rain, humidity, dust and other elements that might damage the display. Many electrical components also don’t work properly outside of a specific temperature range. Heavy glare from the sun will wash out images on a normal screen, so you need a TV that’s considerably brighter than an indoor display.

One reliable brand for outdoor TVs is Seura. Their Shades Series models work well in partially shaded areas like covered patios, shaded decks and cabanas, while the Ultra Bright series is designed for full sunlight and the worst weather conditions. Seura has designed their TVs to withstand the worst nature can throw at it, including rain and snow. Shades Series TVs are up to 60% brighter than typical indoor TVs, and the Ultra Bright models are up to three times brighter.

Both the Shade Series and Ultra Bright TVs feature 4K UHD resolution and HDR technology, giving you crisp, colorful images. Ultra Bright TVs also include Adaptive Picture Technology, which changes multiple picture settings in response to different lighting conditions to make sure you always have ultimate picture quality.

OUTDOOR AUDIO

Just like outdoor TVs, outdoor audio components merit special consideration. In addition to sound quality, you want a system that covers your whole yard and won’t be damaged by bad weather.

Sonance makes several outdoor audio products to suit your needs. To ensure no parts aren’t affected by the elements, Sonance outdoor speakers and subwoofers are made with corrosion-proof composite materials and uses a triple-sealed enclosure. You also won’t have to worry about extreme heat or impacting performance; their baseline SR1 package is rated to handle temperatures from -20 to 109° F, and their other outdoor products meet similarly rigorous standards.

Sonance’s outdoor audio packages offer more than high-quality sound. Their satellite speakers are designed to hide within your landscape so they won’t interfere with your outdoor decor. Furthermore, their subwoofers come with a canopy to better blend in with your foliage.

The SONARRAY SR1 package is a solid introductory audio system that can be expanded later on. The SR1 includes eight satellite speakers and one below-ground subwoofer, delivering stunning sound over an area up to 2,000 square-feet. Since one amplifier can power up to 16 speakers and two subwoofers, it’s easy to add speakers and amplifiers to expand the coverage area.

Now’s the time to get started on your outdoor audio and video upgrades. To learn more about outdoor A/V solutions from Barrett’s, call us at (630) 898-2850 or fill out our contact form

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Chicagoland builders and designers should keep these systems in mind for their next retrofit or new construction projects

We’re well into spring at this point in the year, which is both a seasonal high point for buying and selling homes. It’s also the time homeowners start thinking about spring cleaning, and both factors make this an ideal time for builders and designers to suggest smart home upgrades for their clients.

But how do you stand out in a crowded market, especially as automation technology becomes increasingly common in homes? As the Chicago area’s leading smart home company, we’d suggest these three systems for your next project.

SEE ALSO: Why Should Your Design-Build Firm Partner with Barrett’s?

OUTDOOR LIGHTING CONTROL

Spring and summer are the time for backyard barbecues and other get-togethers, which makes giving homeowners a way to make those events easier. Why should their backyard party stop just because the sun has set? With outdoor lighting control, the fun can last all night long.

With outdoor lighting control, residents can highlight outdoor elements or architectural features to create a more customized and appealing design. In-ground well lights can add subtle lighting around plants or trees, while colored LEDs can help add some visual flourish to a home’s exterior aesthetic.

These systems also give homeowners the same benefits lighting control provides in indoor spaces. Your clients get centralized controls using their phones, a substantial increase in energy efficiency and the opportunity to customize their exterior lighting to a much finer degree.

HOME ENTRY SYSTEM

If you are away from your home this spring on vacation or on a business trip, it’s not always easy to manage your property. Luckily with a home entry system you can access all of your doors, garages and gates from anywhere in the world.

With updated features like HD cameras and an connected intercom, you will always know who is coming and going. Need to let in a relative or delivery man? No problem, simply let them in with instructions or through an app on your smart phone. Enjoy peace of mind no matter where you are. Visit https://www.savant.com/entry-services to learn more.

HOME NETWORK UPGRADE

An improved network may not add anything to your customers’ homes directly, but it makes everything run more smoothly and allows for further system expansion down the line. From phones and tablets to smart TVs and video game consoles, more and more devices rely on home networks, which puts greater strain on the network infrastructure. A network upgrade ensures clients get the best performance from their devices while laying the groundwork for additional systems.

A stronger, up-to-date network is also key to protecting homeowners’ information and digital assets. Online identity thieves can cause just as much damage as their analog counterparts, but proper encryption and other security measures go along way toward keeping your customers’ data secure.

While these smart home upgrades may not be the most requested features from your clients, they can make a major impact nonetheless. To learn more about these or any of the other automation solutions we offer at Barrett’s, call us at (630) 898-2850 or fill out our online contact sheet.

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Install these devices in your Naperville, IL home to improve your daily routine and ease stress

It often seems as if advancements in technology change so rapidly it can be hard to keep up. Instant communication makes it easier to talk to loved ones across the country, but it also makes it easier for work to follow us home. High-definition audio and video allow us to enjoy a theater-quality viewing experience in our own homes, but controlling all your devices may involve half a dozen devices.

The electronics in your home don’t need to be a source of stress, though. With the right home automation and control system, you regain control of your technology and can start having more fun around the house. At Barrett’s, we specialize in creating easy to use systems coupled with professional and dedicated support to help you and your family. Here are five systems a smart home company can install in your Naperville, IL home to simplify your life.

SEE ALSO: Which Home Automation System is Right for Me?

1) MOTORIZED SHADES

It’s likely that the only time you think about your shades is when you get up to lower them. Motorized shades are simply controlled remotely from your couch or your bed, so you don’t have to adjust them manually. Even better, you can set your shades to adjust themselves automatically based on a predetermined schedule or by following the path of the sun through the sky.

2) LIGHTING CONTROL

Would you like to enjoy a more striking lighting design in your home while increasing your energy efficiency and making your fixtures simpler to control? You can do all that and more with smart lighting control for your home.

Lighting control gives you instant control from a central interface, and you use the same scheduling features as you would with motorized shades. Dimmers reduce your carbon footprint by lowering the amount of energy required to light a room, and the ability to control light temperature and intensity separately allows for a greater range of lighting options.

3) SMART LOCKS

We’ve all had that moment of panic on our way to work where we think “Did I remember to lock the door?” You’ll never have to worry about your doors again with smart locks. You can check on the status of any door from your phone, lock it remotely, then have your door unlock automatically when you come home from work every day.

The remote lock and unlock feature is also ideal for package deliveries or other situations where you need to grant someone temporary access to your home. Once they’re finished, lock the door behind them, safe in the knowledge that your home is secure.

4) DOORBELL CAMERAS

Doorbell cameras make a natural complement to smart locks, as the camera allows you to see and talk to anybody at your door remotely before you decide to let them in. They’re also handy for when you’re at home but aren’t near the door when somebody arrives. Once you’ve verified the identity of your visitors, save yourself time by unlocking the door remotely.

5) WHOLE HOME AUDIO

Having some music in the background makes everything better, from parties to household chores. Make it easier to enjoy your favorite tunes with a whole-home audio system. Your music will seamlessly follow you from room to room, and you can stream different audio sources in different rooms to keep everyone at home happy.

Home automation is a surefire way to have a more relaxing experience at home. To learn more about Barrett’s smart home solutions, call us at 630-898-2850 or fill out our online contact sheet.

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With lighting control, high-rise developers in Illinois’ Gold Coast can cut costs, attract potential buyers and make their buildings easier to manage

From Alexa-enabled speakers to fully automated conference rooms, individuals and businesses alike are clamoring for automated devices to simplify everyday tasks and make life more comfortable. And yet, there’s one area where automation has yet to truly take off: Apartments and condominium developments.

Whether it’s due to budgetary concerns, a lack of technical know-how or the fear of a complicated installation process, the reluctance to embrace automation is a missed opportunity for builders and property managers. Today we’ll be looking at one of the simplest but most effective automation technologies available for condo developers in Illinois’ Gold Coast: Lutron lighting control.

SEE ALSO: How Can Lutron Lighting Control Lower Your Energy Bill?

MORE EFFICIENT BUILDINGS

One of the biggest costs for any home, including condos, is utility bills. Between the costs of lighting the space, running appliances, and heating or cooling the unit, energy costs quickly become a major factor in any potential resident’s financial future.

A Lutron lighting control system makes your individual units much more efficient. LED lighting is 70-80 percent more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, and they’re safer to handle than compact fluorescent bulbs.

Lighting control also allows your residents to dim bulbs instead of simply having them on or off, and every percentage point of dimming results in an equivalent reduction in energy use for that light. By using sensors and automated schedules, residents will see even greater savings by ensuring lights aren’t on in areas that aren’t being used.

HAPPIER, HEALTHIER RESIDENTS

It may seem unlikely at first glance, but lighting control systems can help condo owners live healthier lives. Because LED lights allow for more precise control of light color and intensity, they can be set to mimic the progression of sunlight during a normal day. In turn, residents are better able to synch up with their circadian rhythm, or natural internal clock.

Using lighting control, residents’ lights can gradually increase in intensity and warmth to help them wake up more refreshed. As the day goes on, the light intensity increases and takes on a cooler tone around midday, promoting increased productivity. Come dusk, the lights gradually dim to help homeowners wind down before heading to bed. And thanks to automation, this all happens without the residents having to do a thing.

EYE CANDY FOR POTENTIAL BUYERS

Home automation systems are quickly becoming a major factor in which homes or condos people choose to purchase. According to statistics from 2017, 69 percent of people in the top 25 percent of earners in the U.S. either own or want to buy smart home entertainment products. Those same people also expressed strong interest in similar technologies, like smart home security systems.

While lighting control systems aren’t entertainment products, they’re an attractive and easy-to-use technology that will set your development apart. Interested buyers will be excited about the efficiency benefits, and they also gain the ability to customize their lighting design. Using dimmers and colored bulbs, residents can create unique lighting scenes perfectly tailored to their needs and taste, which makes them more likely to buy a unit in your development.

Don’t wait to install lighting control in your next building. To learn more about our lighting control systems, call us at 312-879-9990 or fill out our online contact sheet.

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Lincoln Park building and design professionals add value to their homes while drawing in clients with smart home features

If you’re a builder, architect or designer looking to make an impact in the luxury home market, you know smart home features are increasingly in demand. Homeowners are looking to differentiate themselves, while still enjoying all the benefits of automation. An easy and elegant way to astonish your prospective customers is to consider lighting control instead.

Installing smart lighting will benefit both you and the homeowners alike. They gain more control over their lighting design (both indoors and outdoors) and you are able to better blend design and function. Let’s go through some reasons why smart lighting control is a bright idea for Lincoln Park, IL building professionals.

SEE ALSO: Builders: Are You Prepared for Your Smart Home Projects? 

SAVINGS AND STYLE WITH LEDs

Something as simple as the bulbs you install in lighting fixtures couldn’t make that big of a difference, right? Not true; different bulbs generate different types of light and make an impact in the aesthetics of a project. That’s why you should always be considering the use of LEDs.

According to some estimates, LEDs use 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs; your buyers will thank you for the savings they’ll see on their electric bills. LEDs are also safer to handle than compact fluorescent bulbs.From a design perspective, though, LEDs give you many more options in terms of a home’s interior design.

Barrett’s is proud to be dealers of USAI who offer world class LED lighting fixtures. These fixtures use warm-dimming, tunable white, and infinite color fixtures. Warm-dimming LEDs allow you or homeowners to control the color temperature and light intensity separately, which allows for much more design flexibility. Your clients can create warm, soft tones in the mornings and evening to help them wake up and fall asleep peacefully, then switch to cooler tones when it’s time to be productive around the house.

SIMPLIFY LIGHTING CONTROLS

It’s time-consuming to adjust every fixture in a room or home to get the lighting precisely how you want it. Smart lighting control makes managing a home’s lights as simple as a few button presses, along with the ability to make more precise adjustments.

Many smart lighting systems also allow homeowners to create custom presets for common situations or special occasions. This can be something as simple as one-touch “Away” setting that turns everything off when someone heads off to work, or as complex as an indoor and outdoor “Entertaining” setting to keep the party going.

Smart lighting control has much to offer Lincoln Park builders. To learn more, call Barrett’s expert staff at 630-898-2850 or fill out our online contact form.

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BARRETT’S TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS of NAPERVILLE, IL Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019 Awarded by Community of Over 40 Million Monthly Users, Annual BOH Badge Highlights Home Remodeling & Design Professionals with Top Ratings and Most Popular Home Designs

January 28, 2019 – Barrett’s Technology Solutions of Naperville, IL has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The 52-year old technology integration firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.1 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and
Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2018. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.
A “Best Of Houzz 2019” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to
excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We would like to thank Houzz for honoring Barrett’s with the ‘Best Of Customer Service’ award for the 4th year in a row” said Joe Barrett – President of Barrett’s Technology Solutions. “We strive to provide our clients with the highest levels of service & support and this recognition is very much appreciated.”

“Best of Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who
are hiring design, remodeling and other home improvement professionals for their projects,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We are excited to celebrate the 2019 winners chosen by our community as their favorites for home design and customer experience, and to highlight those winners on the Houzz website and app.”

Follow Barrett’s Technology Solutions on Houzz.

About Barrett’s Technology Solutions

Barrett’s Technology Solutions designs, engineers, programs, installs, and maintains smart home
technology. They provide simple control of integrated technology and automation comprised of audio, video, lighting, shading, climate control, energy and power management, networking, and security components. Their extensive, customer-focused approach, and high quality of service makes it easy for you to experience all the benefits of customized technology solutions for your home or business.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo.  Houzz is a registered trademark of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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Upgrade Your Entertainment In Your Chicago Home

The frigid Chicago winter is upon us, which means you’re about to spend a lot more time indoors. The next few months are going to be full of home entertainment: binging Netflix shows, catching up on the year’s biggest movies, getting lost in the digital worlds of video games. Whether you’re looking to create a dedicated home theater or turn your living room into a multi-purpose media room, you have a lot of options when it comes to design and technology elements.

In this blog, we’ll explore some of the biggest trends in home theater design and technology. These tips and upgrades will enrich how you engage with media in your Chicago home, making it easier to endure the harsh winter season.

SEE ALSO: How Sound Meets Style in Your Design Plans 

Create A Hybrid Media Space

What are the viewing habits of the people in your household? They probably vary dramatically, and a hybrid media space accommodates everyone’s individual needs. To go from casual TV viewing to a more cinematic movie experience, mount a flat-screen TV flush against the wall for the former and have a projector screen drop down in front of it for the latter. For the Netflix lovers in your home, your go-to TVs should be Sony’s Master Series OLED 4K Ultra HD Smart TV. They have a Netflix Calibrated mode that was designed with Netflix professionals to provide the same level of detail as the monitors used in Netflix’s studios. The surround sound system in this room can be used to create an immersive audio environment for parties, and all of these different technologies are quickly accessed from a smart home control system customized for your family.

Install Multiple Screens

Given how easy it is to access vast libraries of media nowadays, it’s become more and more common for people to engage with multiple pieces of entertainment at the same time. The days of picture-in-picture are long gone, replaced by multi-screen setups that viewers can control from a single touchscreen remote or smartphone app. This is especially valuable for sports fans and gamers. Have multiple sporting events playing at the same time to give your home a sports bar atmosphere, or use the separate TVs to have multiplayer video game competitions that give each player their own screen.

No More Motion Smoothing

Video interpolation, more commonly known as “motion smoothing,” is a digital effect on most high-definition televisions created to reduce motion blur in sporting events, making the action look crisper and more lifelike. The problem with motion smoothing is that it makes movies and TV shows look like they were filmed on high-speed video instead of film, which gives them a cheap appearance reminiscent of daytime soap operas. It compromises the filmmaker’s vision, which is why there’s been a major push from Hollywood to educate people about motion smoothing. Tom Cruise recently spoke out against it by releasing a video that tells you how to turn off this default setting on their TVs, allowing you to maintain the cinematic integrity of your entertainment.

Want to learn more home theater design tips for your Chicago residence? Reach out to one of our experts by calling 630-898-2850 or filling out our online form. You can also visit our Naperville design center to experience different home theater technologies in action.

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Larger homes with a greater number of Wi-Fi enabled devices put strain on the network of your home, but Barrett’s can help

More and more devices in our homes rely on your home network: Smartphones, tablets, laptop and desktop computers, gaming consoles and so on. When you add up all the necessary connected devices then factor in your home automation system on top of that, it’s no wonder you might be seeing some strain on your network.

What’s the best solution? Simple: A network upgrade from our trusted staff at Barrett’s Technology Solutions. Here are three key benefits of a home networking solution for your Hinsdale, IL home.

SEE ALSO: Behind the Scenes: How Home Networking Impacts Your System

FASTER SPEEDS

When you’re trying to watch a movie, play games online or simply browse the Internet, you expect a quick response time. That may not be the case if you’re relying on a single wireless router to cover your home or you have an unreliable connection. This will cause all sorts of frustrating glitches and even device crashes.

This is especially true when it comes to video streaming. To get the most from 4K video content, you need the right equipment as well as the sufficient network speed and bandwidth. You won’t get that with a subpar network.

A professional network installation alleviates many of these issues. Our staff will take a look at the wiring in your home as well as your modem, router and other equipment to give you optimal speeds and full wireless coverage throughout your home.

GET MORE FROM YOUR DEVICES

The individual elements of your smart home can do a great deal on their own, but unlocking their full potential requires them to work with each other. If your network can’t handle all the connections between your devices, you won’t get the most from your automation system.

One useful system pairing is smart security and lighting control. If these systems are working cooperatively, you can press a single button to activate your security system and turn off your lights as you head off to work. Alternatively, you can create a “vacation” mode for when you’re away that keeps the security system enabled while turning different lights on and off throughout the day, giving the impression that somebody is still home. And if something does go wrong, you’ll get an alert on your phone in seconds.

All the systems in your home increase in value as they become more interconnected, but you can’t enjoy these benefits without the right network linking everything.

DATA SECURITY

Some of the most dangerous security threats in the world today don’t involve any physical danger at all. Instead, these threats come from hackers and other criminals in the digital space in the form of malware, phishing attacks, and so on. This makes having a secure network more important than ever.

To make sure your devices are fully protected, you want to check that your network has the right encryption features and other security measures. Depending on when you installed your network or updated your software, your devices may be at risk.

These are just a few of the many reasons you should talk to our staff about a home networking upgrade. To learn more about Barrett Technology Solutions’ network services, call us at 630-898-2850 or fill out our online contact form.

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Learn The Benefits Of Motorized Blinds For Your Hinsdale Home

At our Technology & Design Expo in July, representatives from the smart lighting company Lutron explained to visitors about motorized blinds and shades that are taking the smart home industry by storm, rapidly growing in popularity in residential markets after becoming a fixture of commercial spaces. Offices, stores, and restaurants have been taking advantage of motorized window treatments for years, and Barrett’s is proud to partner with Lutron to bring smooth, whisper-quiet blinds and shades to homeowners in Hinsdale and the greater Chicagoland area.

Why has this smart home device seen such a popularity boost in recent years? Because it hits three critical aspects of automated technology: beauty, comfort, and convenience. Keep reading to learn why motorized blinds and shades are a must-have technology for your Hinsdale smart home.

SEE ALSO: Get More Stunning Window Treatments with Motorized Shades

Enhance Your Home’s Design

Much of your home’s atmosphere comes from the lighting, and motorized blinds and shades give you more control of your home’s appearance by regulating how much natural light enters your space. Program your window treatments to automatically adjust throughout the day to match the sun’s movement, or set specific scenes that reposition your shades and change your smart lighting configuration at the same time.

The treatments themselves are elegant and fully customizable to match the décor of your home, and there’s a wow factor when you pull out your smartphone and push a button to have all of your blinds change their position simultaneously. Because you have such precise control, you can get creative with how you adjust your shades. You might be surprised to see how much you can transform a room when you have shades dropping in an ascending or descending sequence rather than having them all at the same height.

Lower Your Energy Usage

Hinsdale gets cold in the winter, and your home probably has a lot of windows where heat can escape and cold air can enter. Motorized blinds and shades go a long way in regulating temperatures in your home by creating a barrier between your room and the window. When your blinds go down, they trap a pocket of air that functions as an insulator that keeps your warm air in. If it gets too warm, you can have your smart home system lift the blinds before turning on the climate control, breaking that insulating barrier to cool the room without using extra power.

Gain More Privacy

There are times when you want to show off your home to the rest of the world, and there are times when you want some privacy for yourself and your family. Motorized blinds and shades give you privacy with the touch of a button. And if you don’t want to sacrifice the amount of natural light entering your home, Lutron offers options that will block any prying eyes but still allow sunlight in.

Want to learn more about adding motorized blinds and shades to your Hinsdale home? Reach out to one of our experts by calling 630-451-8719 or filling out our online form. You can also visit our Naperville design center to experience motorized window treatments firsthand, along with a wide assortment of other smart home technologies.

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