With recent buzz about smart home features that will do everything from adjust your thermostat to lock your doors, many homeowners imagine that smart home upgrades are still too futuristic and expensive to be a reality. However, simple smart home upgrades will not only make your daily life easier, but also increase the resale value of your home.
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School is back in session! Getting back into a routine can be hard for kids (and parents!) after a laid back summer, but an automated home makes your life easier and the transition back to school smoother.
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Stumped for the perfect father’s day gift? Our Soundworks gift guide is your inspiration for audiophiles, movie lovers, early adopters, gadget collectors and sports fans! They say a man’s home is his castle, and we’re stepping outside the walls to bring some high quality technology for outdoor entertaining and solutions!
Sunbrite And Seura Outdoor TVs
Get dad excited for yard work with an outdoor television! Sunbrite’s all weather HDTVs are designed for permanent outdoor installation, making them the perfect addition to your outdoor kitchen, patio, deck, or yard. Engineered to withstand harsh environmental elements, these hardy screens still look good in any outdoor space. Mow the lawn, skim the pool and dig up weeds without missing the big game, especially when paired with some bluetooth headphones!
The Seura Storm Ultra Bright weatherproof, outdoor television is ideal for your deck, patio, or even your hot tub! The triple lock seal design protects against contaminants to give a reliably sharp picture. There’s no need to worry about your screen being blacked out on those sunny days, Seura’s outdoor televisions are designed with LuminOptics so you can enjoy vivid image quality, even in direct sunlight. Either of these outdoor televisions are sure to be a big hit with dad.
Episode Garden Speakers
Give dad the gift of music with Episode Landscape Satellite Speakers! These outdoor speakers can be mounted anywhere: in the ground, in a tree, the outside of your house or on the deck. These high performance speakers will deliver an even, rich sound to fill your entire backyard. Built to withstand tough weather, Episode speakers are guaranteed to have a long lifespan. Everything is better with good music; give dad the chance to sing-along all year round, whether putting up holiday decorations or grilling in the backyard! Earplugs for the rest of the family sold separately.
For a more aesthetically pleasing look, opt for one of these Planter Speakers. Each planter speaker comes with a removable plant and flower tray to hide the hardware without blocking any of the sound! Enjoy high quality music from these discrete planters that come in a variety of different styles to match dad’s taste.
All dads worry (even if they won’t admit it!) and are more at ease when they know their family is safe. Soundworks can install surveillance cameras, inside or outside your home, to record high resolution footage around the clock. Monitor your home remotely in real-time or check back later to review recorded footage using high-speed playback. Featuring both fullscreen and grid-view, you can easily access your video remotely through a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone!
Step up your gift giving game and update dad’s home with outdoor internet. Pakedge devices are designed to improve the range and speed of your wireless network, while also eliminating any interference. Their high power, high range wireless access points ensure that your devices will always connect with the best speeds possible. Now dad can stream from any of his devices right in his backyard.
Choose one of these gifts or bundle together outdoor internet, television and speakers to become dad’s favorite child… at least until the next holiday comes around. Interested in one of our gift ideas? Contact Soundworks today for more information, (914) 765-0461
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Bit of a worrywart or paranoid in your own home? Have no fear, Soundworks is here! Soundworks can give you the peace of mind you need by installing closed circuit cameras inside and outside your home. Technology has drastically improved allowing you to not only record but zoom and reposition your cameras. Soundworks can install cameras and set up live feeds that can be viewed remotely through an Internet connection. These cameras even allow you to take digital snapshots of your recorded footage.
As a parent, you always want to protect your family, and with the installation of closed circuit cameras you are able to do so. Soundworks’ smart home technology allows you to monitor your baby sleeping or check to make sure your rebellious teenager is home safe. Plus, you won’t have to worry about an outside intruder with the surveillance these cameras provide.
To enjoy more peace of mind, contact Soundworks for more information or a consultation.
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Home automation isn’t just for controlling your TV or sound system – it gives you the feeling of being secure from anywhere in the world. Keeping your home safe while on vacation used to be a juggling act – deciding whether to keep the lights on or off, worrying about keeping the blinds open or closed and triple checking every lock on every door before you leave.
Having a security system integrated into a smart home makes life so much easier. With a Soundworks designed and installed home automation system by Savant you can control the lights in your home, adjust your shades, control your HVAC system, be notified of unusual movement in the house, play footage from surveillance cameras remotely anywhere in the world, and be 100% sure that the front door is locked. After all; isn’t vacation about relaxing?
When you go on vacation, making sure your home looks occupied is a big worry. With a smart home system you can control lights located in different parts of your home from your smartphone or tablet. You can even set a lighting schedule before going away to be sure you are worry free
Home security technology has advanced so far that checking in on the house is easier than ever. You now have the ability to record, zoom, and reposition your cameras, get notified of movement in your home, and take snapshots of recorded footage – as well as the ability to go back through the recorded logs to make sure everything is as it should be at home – while you sip a Mai Tai poolside.
You no longer have to fret about whether you remembered to lock the back door – fully automated homes will give you control over locking and unlocking doors remotely and can be set up to send you an alert about a door being unlocked. Forgot to turn your TV off, close the shades or adjust the pool heater or pump? No sweat! Control any of this from anywhere in the world from the touch of your phone or tablet.
Be Wary of Social Media
-Don’t be too specific about your vacation plans online – clever criminals have been known to use status updates and tweets to find targets.
-Have your mail held at www.usps.com for up to 30 days
-Stop your newspaper delivery while you’re away to avoid piles of newspapers on the front lawn.
-Hire someone to mow your lawn and trim your hedges while you’re away – an unkempt yard is a red flag.
-Remove your spare key from the fake rock and give it to a trusted friend or neighbor along with your alarm code.
Keep the Noise Down
-Set your voicemail to pick up after one ring to avoid your phone ringing off the hook.
-Turn off your alarm clocks
Don’t Leave a Roadmap
-If you are parking in long term parking at the airport, don’t leave your GPS in the car. This is a quick and clever way for criminals to figure out where you live.
Contact Soundworks today if you’re are interested in a consultation on home automation or upgrading your security system for a happier, safer summer.
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It’s a well-known fact that when selling your home, making upgrades to specific areas such as the kitchen and bathrooms are among the most effective ways to profiting the most from the sale.
Consider these technology updates for your home before handing your keys over!
Along with these more “traditional” upgrades, however, homeowners should also consider adding certain technology updates to their homes to make them more tech-savvy and appealing to buyers. President of Soundworks Inc. Lou Gordon advises on his top tips for bringing your home into the 21st century and making it more attractive to potential buyers.
Automated Lighting. A little change in lighting can go a long way when it comes to selling your home. Not only does automated lighting improve home security by means of random timing systems and higher level of visibility, it also decreases energy consumption (and therefore the electric bill) by automatically shutting off when not in use.
Mood Lighting. The right lighting can tremendously improve and enhance a home environment, and even provoke specific moods! For example, bright lighting in an area such as the family room sets a cheerful and casual tone, while softer lighting in an area such as the master bedroom set the tone for relaxation and restfulness.
Home Entertainment. Are you considering replacing your bulky TV set and entertainment system when you move to your new home? Making the swap now to a sleek flat screen mounted on the wall is a great way to show off the amount of space the room offers without being overpowered by a large entertainment center.
Sound Systems. Like lighting, the right sound system sets the mood and atmosphere of a home environment. Whether you want to set a relaxing and tranquil or an upbeat and energized tone throughout your home, a sound system is the perfect addition.
Security Systems. Give your potential buyers a peace of mind with a discreet home security system. A common myth regarding home security systems is their hefty price tag, but in fact, a high quality home security system is available for almost any budget. In addition, most insurance providers provide discounts on insurance premiums for those with home security systems, which is an added bonus for your buyers.
With the proper planning, any home can be transformed into a “smart home” at essentially any budget, helping you sell at the best price possible. What “smart home” upgrades are you considering before selling your home? Share them on our Facebook page!
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