Keep The California Sun Out With Alternatives To Traditional Window Dressings

Big, bulky curtains may be an aesthetic style for specific homes, but they’re not always the most practical. If your bedroom has six floor-to-ceiling windows, that’s a lot of ground to cover and work to be done whenever you want to keep out the light.

The same goes for traditional blinds, which can be a headache to raise and lower, especially for larger-size windows, where you have to worry about overlapping cords or slats facing the wrong direction.

When you’re headed to bed or looking to watch your favorite movie, the last thing to want to do is fumble with those cords or go around closing heavy curtains. Instead, using motorized shades on your windows means the ability to raise or lower your window protection with the click of a button, from anywhere.

What are some of the other benefits of using motorized shades over traditional window dressings?

Keep things safer: You don’t have to worry about kids or pets getting tangled in your blind’s cords when you use cordless motorized shades.

Be energy efficient: The ability to open and close blinds to utilize nature can help you save on your energy bill and be more environmentally friendly.

Maintain security: When you travel, prying eyes may be looking for signs as to whether you are home or not. Changing the position of your shades on a timer or remotely will help maintain the appearance that your house is occupied.

Protect your belongings: Sun damage can be a real problem for Southern California homeowners when it comes to furnishings, artwork, and certain types of flooring or wall coverings. Lowering those shades from afar when the sun unexpectedly comes out in the afternoon can help you protect your belongings for longer.

 

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Is Your Outdoor Space Optimized For Music?

When you truly want a high-quality, all-encompassing entertainment system, you have to consider what you will do with your outdoor space. And for Orange County backyards, you need to have a music system if you want friends and family to enjoy the area year-round.

But playing music outdoors has a host of challenges you won’t find indoors. With no ceilings or walls, it is the installation of your speakers that will have the most impact on how good your sound quality is.

If you want to optimize your outdoor space for music, these tips will help you get started.

  1. Install hidden speakers in plants and foliage

One of the best ways to overcome sound issues outdoors is to have speakers placed around your backyard so that no matter where people are standing, there is a source of sound nearby. An experienced audio-video installation team will help you identify areas where plants and other backyard elements can disguise speakers for a more cohesive look.

  1. Place speakers in covered areas

Do you most often hang out under a covering outside of your living room or another patio space? Be sure to have speakers installed so that you can listen to music as loudly or quietly as you want. Covered areas will also be your best area for storing remotes or other related needs.

  1. Don’t torture your neighbors

If your speakers are facing towards the fence that separates you and your neighbor, they won’t be as excited as you are for your music. Make sure that none of your audio output devices are too close to or pointed at neighboring property lines.

  1. Make your music moveable

When you’re ready to move inside or outside, you might not want to have to restart that last song you were listening to. Instead, with a multiroom music system at your California home, you’ll be able to take your music indoors and out by only pressing a button.

 

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EAV has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappel and the EAV Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with EAV vs others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 

Is Your Commercial Office In Need Of A Morale Boost?

Boosting morale and efficiency after the holidays can be tough; people have been traveling, partying, celebrating, and generally not thinking about getting work done. That transition back can make things even worse if your facility isn’t designed to encourage and support everyone getting back to work.

How can you help ease your employees back into work while making sure that your clients are getting the attention they need? Try some of these easy upgrades to your commercial space to get your staff back into the swing of things.

  • Play music at reasonable volumes in open work areas to cut down on ambient noise and help relax and motivate employees.
  • Offer a huddle space that allows employees to get together away from their desks to strategize and brainstorm.
  • Place digital signage around the offices to share information with staff and to celebrate individual accomplishments, awards, or milestones.
  • Use digital scheduling to help employees reserve conference rooms and workspaces, and allow them to control elements like the thermostat and music when they are using them.
  • Allow employees to open or close blinds and windows throughout the office. Using motorized window coverings will let employees do so with the touch of a button, and can allow you to control which blinds can be open and when.
  • Make sure audio solutions in your conference room and throughout the office are allowing clear communication with employees or clients from elsewhere.
  • Help employees and clients feel safe at all times by installing security cameras in your facility, particularly in dark areas like parking garages or hallways.

 

About the Author

EAV has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappel and the EAV Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with EAV vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 

How to Plan a Multi-Room Music System for Your Home

Are you the type of person who likes to entertain? Or maybe you just enjoy listening to music when hanging out around your home.

In either case, if you are using a standalone set of speakers, you’re unable to take your music with you when you move around the house.

Instead, a multi-room music system for your home lets you travel from room-to-room without a loss of sound. Start a song upstairs in your bedroom and find it playing downstairs in the kitchen when you arrive.

If this sounds of interest to your lifestyle, these tips will help you plan a residential multi-room music system that everyone will enjoy.

Figure out Which Rooms to Start With

You probably don’t want every room in your house wired to your music system. Children might want control of the music playing in their spaces, and you may have specific areas in the home you like to keep quiet. You’re going to need speakers in each room you select so focusing on the areas that will benefit from your music will keep your costs down.

How Connected do you Want Things to be?

If you are looking to connect speakers in each room to a single source, you’ll find it a simple process to have these sourced and installed. But if you’ll want each room to have a choice of input source, whether from a TV, a radio, or a streaming music site, each speaker will need to be formatted to take in info from all these different source types.

What Kind of Speakers do you Want?

A significant component of your choice of speakers will come down to how they look: size, style, and other factors are just as important to many homeowners as good quality sound. Do you want hidden speakers installed overhead, or would you prefer to have your heavy-duty speaker displayed in the corner?

About the Author

EAV has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappel and the EAV Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with EAV vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 

How To Improve The Audio In Your Conference Room For Remote Meetings

Whether you want to hold successful remote meetings or try creating videos as part of your marketing strategy, there’s one thing that can keep you back: poor audio quality.

You want people on the other end of your call to be able to pay attention to your ideas, not spend the call trying to figure out what it is you’re saying. And when you put some time into updating your healthcare facility’s audio resources, you’ll save more time in the future from frustration.

Prepare your conference room to be as acoustically-friendly as possible and stop wasting time on your calls with these simple changes.

Make Sure You’re Heard

If you’re sitting in a large conference room and trying to have a call on your laptop, the microphone might not be strong enough to pick up your voice clearly. Instead, you can have a microphone installed that will be strong enough to handle the room’s size.

Stop Competing For Noise

When ambient sounds are surrounding you, your audio quality won’t be clear on the other end. First, survey for things like fans, window cracks, and any other sounds, big or small, that can be amplified by a microphone. Make sure telephones are on silent and devices like printers are turned off to avoid any surprises.

Put Your Walls To Work

If you’re finding that ambient noise from outside of your conference room is negatively affecting your audio, you can have sound-dampening panels installed on your walls. Plus, for healthcare facilities, you’re adding an extra level of privacy for anything said in that room.

Check Before You Start

The best way to ensure you have no surprises with audio in the middle of your call is by making sure that sound, input, and volume levels are all ready beforehand.

 

About the Author

EAV has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappel and the EAV Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with EAV vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.