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Five Styles of Energy-Efficient Automated Shades Perfect for Changing Temperatures

August 31, 2021/Shading Control

As summer begins to turn to fall, we’ll be wavering between cool mornings, warm days, and brisk evenings. Our thermostats may begin to work overtime trying to keep up with the fluctuating temperatures outside, costing us energy and money, but it doesn’t have to be this way. A home can lose around half of its heating and cooling through the windows, but our team at SounDesign has…

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Blog - July 29 2022 - Image 1

Enhance Your Outdoor Spaces with Smart Home Solutions

July 29, 2022/Outdoor Living/Home Automation/AV

There’s no better time for family and friends to enjoy others' company than a summertime pool party or backyard barbecue. But if you’re interested in improving your outdoor spaces to make your next gathering unforgettable, smart home solutions will transform your space with aspects as simple as light and sound. Whether you want to add underwater pool speakers or a weatherproofed…

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Blog - June 28 2022 - Image 1

How to Find the Best AV Receiver for your Home Theater

June 28, 2022/Home Theater/AV

Every high-performance home theater has one thing in common: a powerful AV receiver. This piece of equipment works to reproduce the cinematic experience by connecting all of the audio and visual elements of your setup. Most AV receivers are highly compatible, resulting in a multitude of acronyms and sockets that are confusing for first-time buyers. However, our team at SounDesign has put…

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Smart home solutions geared towards the elderly & disabled

May 31, 2022/Aging in place/automation/cctv

In the realm of technology, our senior and disabled friends and family have often been left in the dark. However, there are new smart home solutions that are specifically designed to empower these users to live with more independence, comfort, and convenience. Our team at SounDesign has partnered with companies that offer smart home devices that are easy to operate for users of all abilities…

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Six Ways to Use Your Smart Light Bulbs

April 29, 2022/Lighting Control/Security/Smart Home

The 2000s marked the introduction of smart lighting solutions that helped homeowners across the nation enjoy more convenience. But this decade is witnessing a resurgence towards smart light bulbs as the perfect addition to your smart home. At SounDesign, we are excited to help you take your lighting to the next level. Here are six things to enjoy when you switch to smart light bulbs.

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A Guide to Essential Features for your Record Player

April 1, 2022/Audio

Do you ever wish you could turn back time? When you listen to a classic album on a record player, you might feel like you’ve gone back to your favorite decade. It’s easy to feel nostalgic with the resurgence of vinyl, with more affordable options than ever now available for the home market. These systems come with some confusing options, but our team at SounDesign is here to guide…

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Four Smart Surveillance Advancements in 2022

February 28, 2022/Security/CCTV/Surveillance

Homeowners have more freedom than ever in choosing how they want to protect their property thanks to new advancements in smart home security systems. One option has emerged at the height of the market: CCTV surveillance systems, which give homeowners a whole new set of eyes that watch the home 24/7. SounDesign has found four new advancements in smart surveillance that will keep CCTV…

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Six Home Automation Trends that Stand Out in 2022

January 28, 2022/Automation/Smart Home

By 2025, approximately 20% of households worldwide will own at least one smart home device. In the past few years, the automated solutions market has exploded with exciting gadgets for homeowners who want to “think green,” save money, and streamline convenience. This year promises a bevy of new solutions; here are six home automation trends that SounDesign anticipates will stand…

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A Guide to HDMI 2.1 Cable Standards

January 6, 2022/Video/Audio

When homeowners set up their Audio-Video system, HDMI cables are often an afterthought. Although the cables you already own for your Blu-ray, soundbar, television, and other media still operate perfectly, they’ll become obsolete with the rise of HDMI 2.1 cable standards. Likely, the next gaming console, media streamer, or TV you purchase will require the newest HDMI cable standard, which…

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Five Reasons to Invest in Smart Lighting Systems

November 30, 2021/Lighting Control/Security

Homeowners understand the tedious journey of managing a smoothly-operating home that uses its fixtures efficiently. Your lighting is the perfect example; it can be annoying to constantly turn off the bathroom light after your children or wake up at 4 am to realize you fell asleep reading your book with your bedside lamp still on. These small moments have the power to impact our mood, sleep,…

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6 Secure Steps to Protect Your Automated Devices from Hackers

October 29, 2021/Networking/Security

More homeowners are choosing smart home system solutions as devices are growing more commonplace and convenient. Manufacturers rushing to keep up with the automated home market demands occasionally cut some corners, leading to poorly secured devices. This rush has led to terrifying breaches in privacy, including hacked baby monitors and surveillance cameras, stolen data, and identity theft.…

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Three Ways to Upgrade Your Autumn Security

September 29, 2021/Security/CCTV/Surveillance

Fall is beginning to creep up in Houston, and as the nights arrive at an earlier hour, it's in your best interest to ensure your security measures can keep up with the upcoming Halloween mischief. You and your family will likely be in and out of the house more often as you attend fall festivals and other gatherings, so leave a variety of monitoring solutions to look after your home when you're…

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Welcome Autumn in Five Ways with Whole-Home Audio

August 27, 2021/Whole-House Audio/Home Automation

This month sees the end of summer and the beginning of autumn, but we know that you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors for several more months. Owning a high-end audio system in your Houston residence will extend the good times outside, whether you’re curling up in front of a bonfire, soaking in the hot tub, or hosting a game night. Here are SounDesign’s favorite ways to bring…

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Six Smart Suggestions to Manage the Summer Heat

July 30, 2021/Climate Control/Home Automation/Shading Control

Is your AC system being pushed to its limit in the Texas summer heat? Several automated solutions can support your home's cooling systems and manage energy consumption while bringing down the cost of your utility bills. You'll only need a mobile device and an app to control all of our suggestions via Wi-Fi to keep your home's temperature control at your fingertips. Here are SounDesign's six…

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The Difference Between Home Theaters and Media Rooms

June 30, 2021/Home Theater

In years past, the symbol of a luxury home was defined by owning a dedicated home theater. As going to the movies is becoming more expensive, homeowners would rather experience the cinematic experience from their own couch; popcorn and drinks included for free! Home theaters are still desired by many, but others are choosing to opt to renovate a spare room into a media room, complete with cozy…

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Five Ways to Battle Burnout with Automated Lighting

June 02, 2021/Lighting Control/Home Automation

Your lighting does more than brighten your home; it can be one of the easiest ways to alter your mood! Soft, warm lights can encourage an evening of relaxation, while bright fluorescent light encourages productivity. The appropriate lighting in your home can lead to your family's improved mental wellbeing. By automating your lighting systems, you can set firmer boundaries that battle the…

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Creating a Home Theater for a Smaller Space

May 03, 2021/Home Theater

You may have seen photos of state-of-the-art home theaters with the full works; recliners with cup-holders, colorful lights that dim just like the real theater. Such luxury could feel out of reach for the size of your home and budget. But with the help of SounDesign’s team of experts, you can convert any spare space into a home theater perfect for your lifestyle.

First, you need…

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Optimize your Climate Control

March 31, 2021/Climate Control/Home Automation

Does saving money and energy while remaining comfortable at home seem too good to be true? It isn’t; climate control solutions allow you to accomplish exactly that. Whether you’ve just upgraded to a new system or using the model that came with the home, you’ll be able to stay cozy at home no matter the weather. Here are some of SounDesign’s recommended adjustments to…

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Five Perks of Living in an Automated Smart Home

February 26, 2021/Home Automation/Smart Home/Security

Living in a smart home may feel like something attainable only for the select few with tens of thousands of dollars at their disposal for high-tech equipment. However, smart home technology is becoming more commonplace and affordable in homes across America. Whether you want to streamline your entertainment experience or automate your entire house, here are five benefits of living in harmony…

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6 Ways to Deter Burglars with Home Security Systems

January 31, 2021/Security/Surveillance/CCTV

According to the FBI, a burglary occurs on average every twenty-six seconds in the United States, adding up to 3,300 burglaries per day. No matter what security measures you’ve taken in the past, there will always be criminals searching for ways to break into your home. As you learn more about burglary, you’ll be able to find ways to effectively shield your family and home. Here…

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2021 Home Technology Trends

December 31, 2020/Home Automation/Smart Home/Security

As technology continues to become more present in our lifestyle, it is integrating into homes across the country. So much is held within the four walls of your home: your beloved family, your treasured assets, your priceless heirlooms, and the tools and items you need for day-to-day life. Smart home technology is another set of tools that can help your home become a place of convenience and…

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Technology for a Healthier Home

November 30, 2020/Aging in place/Automation/Covid-19/Lighting Control/Whole-House Audio

Studies show that your environment has a powerful influence on your mindset. It makes total sense that a home full of beauty and peace leads to increased creativity, happiness, and focus. Multiple aspects of your environment, like color, aroma, lights, and music, work together in impacting your mood. Your household’s health and wellness can increase with smart home automation; these…

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10 Tips for Designing a Perfect Home Theater

November 11, 2020/Home Theater

We’ve all missed going to the movies this year. The dominance of streaming services that provide hundreds of movies at our fingertips is creating a new demand for the movie experience, one that allows you to experience the cinema at home! But when delving into a home theater that's right for you, we have several design tips, decorating ideas, and renovation advice that can aid you in…

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6 Ways to Optimize your Remote Workflow at Home

October 19, 2020/Networking/WiFi/Remote Work/Home Office

Lately, everyone is in the house adapting to life with COVID-19. Your kids are in their rooms on Zoom classes, while you and your partner have converted the dining room into a spare office. You’re now used to working with video conferencing systems over large conference room presentations. Between all the meetings, calls, and classes, your network is likely to become overloaded as it…

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Blog - Nov19

Lutron’s Newest Touch Dimmer Inspires the Next Generation of Lighting Control

November 11, 2019/Lighting Control

Now set your lights with a simple touch or swipe. Sunnata combines touch control with Lutron’s LED+ technology, allowing you to effortlessly set the perfect light with your LED, Incandescent or Halogen bulbs.

Coopersburg, PA (November 11th, 2019) — Lutron Electronics, the leader in smart lighting and shading control solutions, today announced the launch of the Sunnata touch…

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Blog - Sep2019

Crestron Home OS 3 Now Live; Delivers Smart Home User Experience Like No Other

Sep 03, 2019/Automation

Latest operating system update unlocks the full potential of the Crestron smart home; delivers simple, clean, and sophisticated user experience and speeds deployment of any sized project

Rockleigh, NJ – September 3, 2019 – Crestron, a global leader in advanced smart home technology, today announced the release of Crestron Home™ OS 3, the highly anticipated update to…

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