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Worried About The Noise? How To Soundproof Your Home Theater On A Budget

The beauty of a home theater is that you can watch your favorite movies in the way they were intended to be watched. The bad news is, this means disruptive sound may permeate other areas of your home.

Placing your home theater away from bedrooms or living areas where family members tend to congregate will help reduce the effects of leaking sound, but in some cases, you’re going to have to get creative with ways to reduce the noise.

Acoustic paneling is what theaters use to ensure no sound disrupts movies playing next door. However, these panels are often quite expensive and depending on the size of your theater’s room, may not be a reasonable option. Instead, try these four tricks to cut back on disruptive sound without needing a big budget.

  1. Place Curtains At The Door

Home theater doors can be the weakest spot for sound to escape, so cover your entries in a heavy-paneled curtain. Not only will it feel more like a theater when you walk through them but you’ll help reduce sound significantly.

  1. Hang Rugs Or Textiles

A similar technique can be used on walls either by draping heavy curtains or by placing adhesive squares of carpet or textile around your theater’s walls. If possible, hanging rugs can transform your space into a more intimate one while blocking escaping sound.

  1. Use Cork

You can also try using cork or other low-cost acoustic dampeners on your walls. Find self-adhesive cork with a significant enough depth so sound won’t be as apparent on the other side of the wall.

  1. Ask For Help

Working with a home theater installation company to customize your room’s acoustic properties is the ideal way to solve any sound problems. You won’t need to guess about where to place tiles or other items, and you’ll learn more tricks on how to improve sound control.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video 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 Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 

3 Smart Home Trends That Will Help You Design Your Own

One of the most coveted features for modern homes is the ability to handle multiple tasks around the house without needing to do more than press a button.

Smart homes have added a new level of convenience for homeowners, as they can control everything from security to lighting, from the comfort of home or even elsewhere. Turn on the lights when you’re away to make it appear that you’re home, or turn off the downstairs TV that you left on without leaving bed.

But no two smart home systems are alike, as you can customize yours to your home and your needs. When you’re ready to upgrade your home, these trends will help you figure out which features are right for you.

More Voice Controls

From Siri to Alexa, one of the features of early smart controls that has stayed popular is the voice control feature. You don’t need to carry a remote around with you to perform functions, and you can get an even faster reaction to your commands.

Caring for Little Ones and Pets

Parents have more opportunities than ever to make sure babies are safe and secure for their early years. There are new technological advances every day that allow you to monitor your baby’s breathing while they sleep, and even their heart rate.

Similarly, more and more pet owners are using smart gadgets to care for furry friends. Imagine being able to clean a litter box remotely, or say hi to your pet when you’re on vacation.

Upgraded Bathrooms

While the luxury toilet market sprouted some years ago and allowed users to control multiple functions right from their seat, other than those pricey objects, most bathrooms are decidedly un-smart. Features like motion activated lighting can help you take care of business in the middle of the night, and even voice-activated showers are on the horizon.

 

3 Boardroom Upgrades That Will Increase Productivity And Comfort For Your Commercial Space

When was the last time you looked at ways to improve your boardroom?

It’s vital to regularly survey the spaces in your commercial facility that are designed to be productive areas for work. If your boardroom isn’t welcoming to employees or clients, you run the risk of diminished productivity, attention, and returns.

But you don’t need to overhaul your entire space to make your boardroom more functional and welcoming. In fact, these three simple upgrades can directly help make your commercial business more successful.

  1. Manage Rooms Proactively

Whether you have one conference room or you have multiples, an easy solution to room management and scheduling is to have the room connected to a master schedule. Using a touchscreen pad or remote, employees can make sure they are in the right room at the right time.

As a bonus, turn your conference room into a smart room where you can control the window shades, thermostat, and even music so that every room is ready to impress.

  1. Get Video Conferencing

Anyone who uses your conference room should be able to quickly connect to clients or employees located around the world. With video conferencing, you’re facilitating a better way to conduct business, and you’re increasing productivity in the meant time.

  1. Hide Your Equipment

If people need to walk over or around pieces of your audio-visual equipment, you run the risk of damaging expensive items or distracting prized clients. Instead, find creative ways to hide extra equipment and wires, freeing up more space for the work that needs to get done.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video 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 Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 

Security Camera Basics in Healthcare Spaces: What You Need To Know

Protecting your healthcare space is essential if you want your business to run smoothly and successfully. You hopefully already have an alarm system installed, but have you considered security cameras?

There are certain things you should know about security cameras before installing them, including how they should be placed, where they should be placed, and where the information gathered goes. This guide will help you get started securing your facility to an even greater extent with watchful cameras.

Indoor or Outdoor?

If you have a storefront or people enter your building from the outside, security cameras will help you make sure that no one comes in who shouldn’t be. You can monitor every face when they ring the doorbell and never have to wonder who is going to walk through your door.

But even if you are in a larger facility or office condo, security cameras at your indoor entrances can double your peace of mind. You don’t know who is visiting other spaces in the building, so cameras will again make sure no one is entering your healthcare space without authorization.

How Should you Place your Cameras?

When it comes to security cameras, the most critical feature of visitors that you want to capture is their face. Having multiple cameras at the entrance to your healthcare facility means you don’t have to worry that you’re only seeing someone’s back.

What to do with your Information?

Security cameras can have multiple options for where the information goes. If you have full-time security staff, you may have someone responsible for monitoring the camera, and you might not want to record everything your camera sees.

On the other hand, if you’re worried about theft or other security concerns, retaining the information captured will help you identify and find culprits.

About the Author

Experience Audio Video 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 Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 

Smart Home Systems Are Everywhere In 2019, Are You Ready For Your Own?

Smart home systems have been on the rise over the last few years, and they are proving to be more than just a fad. Not only can a smart home help make your day-to-day life more streamlined, but you can also get added security benefits and a boost to your home’s value.

But a smart home doesn’t just mean lightbulbs you control with an app; in a modern sense, you can have almost every element in your home digitized to add to your convenience. Are you ready for the benefits of a smart home?

It’s A Wise Investment

In today’s real estate market many buyers expect homes to be smart, so adding value to your home is never a bad thing, whether you are selling or not. But more than that, a smart home can help you save money on a regular basis. Change your thermometer settings remotely, so you’re never cooling a house that doesn’t need it and turn lights on and off to save more energy.

It Will Add Security

Perhaps one of the most significant benefits of a smart home is the added security. From cameras to automatic lights at your front door, you can control your home’s protection from anywhere with the touch of a button.

It Can Make Life More Comfortable

At the end of a long day, turning on an appliance from your couch or dimming the lights without getting up can be a massive boost to your mood. Play music, call friends, or watch your favorite TV with a remote app or voice-activated units.

About the Author

Experience Audio Video 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 Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 

Dreaming Of A Home Theater? 5 Design Choices To Get You Started

If you have space for one, a home theater is a great way to entertain both your family and friends. You’ll get the surround sound and big picture experience of going to a theater without needing to deal with lines, worry about seats, or navigate around other people.

Another great thing about a home theater is that you can customize it to your exact style and design preferences, meaning you can fit it to the rest of your home or make it its own entertainment space. If you’ve been thinking about getting a home theater, these design choices will help you get started.

  1. Wall Murals

You can get a movie theater feel right at home without the outdated look. Consider a mural for your walls, either using the theme of cinema or something else entirely.

  1. Carpeting

A thick-pile carpet will help you dim the sound of your theater from disrupting the rest of your home. Choosing a dark color will make sure that movie watchers aren’t distracted and have a comfortable place to rest their feet.

  1. Track Lighting

You don’t want the abrupt change of turning off overhead lights to focus on a screen, so dimmable track lighting will give you enough light to get settled before the big show. Keeping your lighting on a low setting during films can also help reduce eye strain and help people get in and out as needed.

  1. Seat Risers

A home theater will be small enough to accommodate at least two or three rows of seats, but you’ll give everyone an excellent viewing experience by putting seats beyond the first row on risers. As a bonus, you can use that extra space to help dampen excess sound, or even use it for storage.

  1. Seating Areas

Get creative with space usage by making a seating arrangement instead of just traditional theater seats. A couch is a great way to lay back or cuddle with a loved one, and adding a row or two of theater seats behind this setup creates a separate area giving everyone options.

About the Author

Experience Audio Video 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 Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

Concerns About Safety? How To Strategically Place Security Cameras Around Your Home

No matter where you live, there are always unexpected surprises that may have you wanting a better security system. If that’s the case, security cameras are a great way to give yourself and your family peace of mind.

But just putting security cameras around your residential property won’t always be useful – you need to place your cameras in the right places. These tips will help you strategically set cameras so that you and your family know you’re protected all the time, whether or not you’re at home.

Points of Entry

One of the key places you’ll want cameras is anywhere that someone could easily enter your home, from your front door to any balconies to your garage. Chances are someone is going to try these places first if they want to break in before looking for alternatives, so focus on first-floor and entryways to start. Not to mention, you’ll have the ability to watch for packages or home deliveries even when you’re not there.

Rear Windows

Most burglars will choose to break one of your back windows to get in rather than one that is facing a street or other homes. Make sure the rear side of your property, particularly any windows, can be seen by cameras clearly.

Side Gates

A strategically placed camera near a side gate can be a way to monitor any activity in and out of your backyard. Not only will this help you keep an eye out for intruders, but you can also make sure kids and other family members are always safely behind a locked gate.

Basements

Whether your basement has an exterior access door or just a small window, intruders will often look to these spaces as entry points because they’re less likely to be heard. Place a camera near the top of your basement stairs so you can get a view of anyone coming in, and a very clear picture if they do make it inside.

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 Chappell 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.

 

Improve Your Training Room with the Latest Technology

Even the best professional development programs could fall flat if they take place in a substandard environment that is not user-friendly. When companies recognize the value of giving their employees the best training room features available, it improves the overall learning experience and boost learners’ knowledge retention.

So which environment is most conducive to learning? The ideal learning environment is a dedicated space designed for training. It is the difference between a room to train in and a dynamic learning environment designed to promote engagement and collaboration and enhanced knowledge retention. The actual physical space devoted to training should meet some basic criteria when it comes to technology, accessibility, layout and even climate.

Here is a look at the top “must-haves” for your next training event:

Space

The training space should be large enough to comfortably accommodate the anticipated number of attendees. Your participants should be able to work comfortably and your training facility should have ceilings of ten feet or higher, to allow for a spacious room feel.

Accessibility

Meet specific ADA requirements and legal restrictions and make sure the training room is conveniently located and easily accessible. Nearby bathrooms, comfortable break areas and an onsite café stocked with snacks, drinks and catered lunches will keep learners from disengaging, wandering and returning late from breaks. You should avoid using a room that has pillars or posts already built in, as these could easily obstruct your attendees view of whiteboards, screens, and instructors. You should visit the venue and walk around the event space your learners will have access to throughout the training. Physically take a seat in the chairs the attendees will occupy to identify any other issues that may interfere with their ability to fully engage in the training.

Climate

The room temperature is a key element in the effectiveness of any training program. Being too hot or too cool increases the mind’s inability to focus. With the wide range of individual preferences, what is considered as “just right” for one person might be too hot for another. That is why it is best when the thermostat or our Control 4 home automation system is located inside the training room itself, so heating and cooling functions can be manually adjusted as the need arises.

Lighting

Just like temperature preferences, individuals respond differently to the degree of lighting in a training room. Instructors should familiarize themselves with the light controls such as Vantage and diligently increase or decrease lighting as needed.

The optimum training room lighting usually originates from a room’s windows, as long as the windows also come with easy-to-adjust drapes and shades. This is important so that the windows can be darkened when using a projection screen or other light-sensitive training devices.

Technology

Dedicated internet capability is another “must-have” for the majority of training programs. Your participants are expecting uninterrupted internet access and dependable high-speed broadband connections.

A hybrid learning environment that incorporates the best of both virtual learning and live-classroom learning, is also getting increasingly popular. These technologies let learners across the nation join in training sessions remotely and multiply the reach and effectiveness of a single training session.

Do you have a question about improving your training room with the latest technology? Click here to contact Experience Audio Video today!

6 Ways to Create a Modern Conference Room with Audio and Video

The year 2018 is a far cry from 1998. Back then a modern conference room typically had a whiteboard, an overhead projector and perhaps a Polycom sitting in the middle of the table. But technology and design have both come a long way since then. If you are looking for a way to increase employee productivity, impress clients and renew your outdated meeting space, we have rounded up six ways to modernize your conference room.

1. Standing Conference Tables

Just as the couch is the focal point of the living room, the conference table is the focal point of a conference room. For decades, conference table designs have remained unchanged. Designers today are kicking things up a notch by creating newly updated designs.

One of the newest trends in office furniture are conference tables and standing desks. The act of standing benefits the body by provides energy, releasing endorphins and even helps with posture. Research has shown that meetings conducted when employees are standing are thirty-four percent shorter than the average business meeting!

2. Automated Technology

One of the best pieces of wireless technology you can incorporate into your conference room is Crestron. The automation and control solutions for buildings let people control the conference room with the push of a button. It integrates systems such as shading, IT, A/V, lighting, HVAC, security and BMS to provide greater comfort and convenience.

3. 4K Display

Today’s presentations usually pack a ton of amazing multimedia, from video, graphics and your standard PowerPoint presentations. Pair your automated technology with the clearest and most visually appealing 4K display with the best detail. 4K displays have extremely high-definition and could display video with a photo-realism that is extremely crisp. These displays also have superior audio technology. You can also upgrade your 4K display with a soundbar to really blow the socks off your clients!

4. Remote Technology

Meetings today often involve collaboration between onsite and remote team members. So you are going to want to invest in collaboration tools and technology that make it possible for colleagues to share and collaborate on their mobile devices and computers. This includes software and solutions like WebEx, Adobe Connect and Zoom. These are all popular services for webinars and online meetings. They are essential for getting remote employees or guests to connect to your meeting while saving them the expense on travel time.

5. Tracking cameras

Recent technology has made it possible to turn your static conference room into a more modern setting with tracking cameras. Tracking camera setup vary. They sometimes have moving robots on wheels and allow remote attendees to zoom in on the speaker’s voice and better capture motion. They can be set to automatically track the speaker or to allow the conference attendees to have some control over where they look around the room. This gives them the ability to look at and engage more visually with other attendees who are also remote.

6. Scheduling Systems for Conference Rooms

Scheduling has always been a pain for meeting hosts. Once your modern updates begin to take shape and everyone wants in on your sleek conference rooms, you will likely have a hard time keeping up with the scheduling requests. Automated software solutions such as conference room schedule systems allow anyone to schedule the room from the touch of a button on their Samsung phone. Meeting hosts can see available dates and times to quickly schedule their own meeting. You can also sync the scheduling system with Google Calendar to make it easy for anyone to schedule a conference natively within the app.

Do you need technology to modernize your conference room? Click here to contact Experience Audio Video today!

 

3 Ways to Make Your Waiting Room More Enjoyable for Patients

A patient spends an average twenty minutes sitting in a waiting room before his or her appointment. With the rise of doctor rating websites and a competitive healthcare environment, it is in your best interest as a healthcare professional to offer your patients the best possible experience within the first moment of walking through the door. Here are some ways to make your waiting room more appealing.

1. Consider the decor

You’re a medical professional, not a skilled interior designer. But there are certain elements you can simply incorporate into your waiting room. Comfortable seating is essential. Progressive design companies suggest modular seating with movable cushions and components that could be customized to different offices or individuals. This would greatly improve the waiting room’s environment. Bear in mind that seats comfortable for some patients may not be suitable for others. For example, elderly patients might have difficulty getting up from a couch. Chairs with two sturdy arms provide more support for these older patients.

Plants could improve the look and air quality of your waiting room as well. A NASA study has found that spider plants, aloe vera and Gerbera daisies help filter volatile organic compounds out of the air.

You should also consider some room dividers or separate areas of your waiting room where patients can have some privacy to make a phone call or to speak privately with family.

2. Make waiting time enjoyable

Research has shown that the actual wait time is not as important to patients as the perception of their wait. If their time was spent doing something engaging, patients will be less likely to notice and will have less of an urge to complain about the wait. Brewing a cup of tea or coffee takes a few minutes and can increase a patient’s overall perception of value.

Giving patients the chance to shop while they wait is another idea that assists some doctors in keeping patients busy. Many optometrists, orthopedists, dentists and dermatologists are already using this method. You should consider setting up a shop in a corner of your waiting room to sell educational books and items related to your practice.

3. Let your patients be productive

When a patient is waiting to see you, is he or she flipping through outdated magazines? Or is he or she using that time to do something productive, like educating themselves about his or her health? Studies show that one out of five patients use his or her smartphone to search for health-related information in the doctor’s waiting room moments before the appointment.

You can help them further by providing high-quality patient education materials using a TV along with Marantz surround sound. Our healthcare solutions make this possible and scalable. Your patient can view your medical education videos in the waiting room, then share it with their family members.

With a bit of creativity and small investment, you can make your waiting room an enjoyable, productive space for your patients. And if your patient’s first impression of your practice is a great one, they will spread the word to friends and family. Click here to learn how you can use our audio and video resources to make your waiting room patient-friendly.