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3 Brands and Products to Add to Your Home Media Rooms: Part 1

We’ll Talk Innovative Movie Players, Seating and Sound

3 Brands and Products to Add to Your Home Media Rooms: Part 1

Though we love everything about home theaters – from installing them for others to enjoying them in our residences – there is something about the way home media rooms bring families together. In fact, we’ve seen many San Antonio, Boerne and Hill Country, TX, homeowners eschew the more traditional theater concept recently in favor of a multifaceted family space, complete with gaming systems, wine bars, communal seating or anything else the homeowner might conjure up during the concept phase.

At Sterling Home Technologies, we know that specifications mean everything when designing rooms, and many more variables go into a home media room setup. For example, you might be dealing with a more-open concept space and have to account for noise with acoustic treatments. Or, you have ambient light because the room you selected (a spare bedroom, perhaps?) wasn’t originally intended to be a theater-type space.

We can think of a fix for any potential issue, as well as a top-quality brand and product solution. Keep reading to see a few brands that we recommend for home media rooms.

3 Crisis-Ready Essentials to Add to Your Home Security System

3 Crisis-Ready Essentials to Add to Your Home Security System

It seems as though the news changes every day, and with that, our expectations constantly shift as well. We might wonder what comes next, how long the new coronavirus pandemic will last, and how much of a risk you take when you go out. With all this uncertainty surrounding us, the last thing we want to do is further endanger our families with an unsecured home. Give your family some valuable peace of mind with the home security system tools we mention below.

Though these security devices will help you feel safe while you’re at home, you can use them long after this crisis passes. Keep reading to find out which devices have creative use for both now and later, and why you’ll appreciate them.

3 Signs You Need a Stronger Home Networking System

Working from home is challenging if your network isn’t up to par

3 Signs You Need a Stronger Home Networking System

Your home network is just fine for you and your family to watch Netflix, place an order on Amazon or switch on a Pandora station while you’re cooking dinner. But if your San Antonio, TX, home now also functions as a home office for remote work, you may be realizing that your networking system isn’t strong enough to support a flood of daily video calls, email and online programs. And this problem is compounded if other household members need to use the network for work or school, too.

Below, we’ve outlined some signs that indicate your network isn’t as strong as it could be, and that it’s time for an upgrade. 

Away from Home? Give Yourself Peace of Mind with Home Monitoring

How A Home Monitoring System Works & Will Alleviate Stress

Away from Home? Give Yourself Peace of Mind with Home Monitoring

Maybe you’re jetting off to add stamps to your passport. Or perhaps you’re only across town at the grocery store. Either way, if something is amiss at your house, you’d like to know right away. That way, you can notify the authorities of the situation or make sure your family is okay. With a smart home monitoring system, you’ll always be in-the-know.

If you’re wondering how the technology works, how it will be installed in your home, and what the benefits are, we share the ins and outs of a home monitoring system below. Continue reading to see how your San Antonio, TX home can become safer.

What Do You get with a Professional Smart Home Installation?

What Do You get with a Professional Smart Home Installation?

We all know that smart home technology is readily available. We see Amazon Alexa ads on TV, new devices come out almost every week, and it’s difficult not to notice the devices featured prominently at your local big-box store.

You may wonder if you need a professional smart home installation for your San Antonio home. As a smart home company in Central Texas, we are biased, of course, and we believe there are significant benefits to bringing in a professional to add smart features and automation to your home.

Read on to see why!

 

3 New Savant Features That We Love

Our Top Home Automation Choice Keeps Exceeding Expectations

3 New Savant Features That We Love

Many home automation companies may have a favorite system to integrate, and we can’t say we blame them. We recommend Savant as the leading choice for smart home automation systems because its platforms not only manage your whole home with minimal effort but also look good while doing so. You can control lighting, A/V equipment, HVAC, shades, security systems, outdoor systems and more with ease and elegance.

That’s why Sterling Home Technologies works with Savant to bring San Antonio, TX, homeowners a smart home control offering that meets all of their needs. Our goal is for you to enjoy your system for years, so we work hard to guide you to the right choices. During your consultation, we’ll discuss multiple possibilities with you so that you will feel confident in your choice and know which connected devices you need.

4 Can’t-Miss Motorized Shades From Lutron’s Lineup

Discover Some New and Unexpected Draperies From Lutron

4 Can’t-Miss Motorized Shades From Lutron’s Lineup

By now, you’ve probably either read enough material about motorized shades or seen enough at friends’ homes or in commercial areas to know that they’re definitely not your grandma’s drapes anymore.

Lutron has continued to improve its technology since inventing their quiet automated shades in 1993. Lighting control and motorized shades experts continually find out how to enhance the shades to impress a future wave of customers. As such, we’re excited to show you four of the unique window treatments you can use in your San Antonio, TX, living space. Keep reading to explore a few ideas, and then let us know which might match your home’s decor. 

CEDIA Trends to Add to Your Home Theater System Soon

Future proof your San Antonio, TX, home with these updates worthy of the new decade

CEDIA Trends to Add to Your Home Theater System Soon

A month ago, Denver’s CEDIA 2019 expo impressed attendees with big screens, astounding audio and demonstrations that seemed like a scene from the distant future. However, with a well-planned AV blueprint and Sterling Home Technologies’ help, you can bring these cutting-edge home theater system devices to life in your San Antonio, TX, home just in time for the 2020s!

Take note of the trends below and which most appeal to you; then call us to see how a professional installer can transform audio and video components into a movie theater experience. Curious? Keep reading below.

Why Remote Access Is Key to Your Home Security Experience

Discover Remote Shade Control, Alarm Management and More in This Blog

Why Remote Access Is Key to Your Home Security Experience

We’re sure you know the feeling: you’re driving to work and realize that you failed to lock the door behind you. Or you’re stuck in traffic on your way home, but your kids or guests are standing outside, waiting to get in. 

Though it’s important to feel safe when you’re actually inside your San Antonio, TX, home, there’s nothing like having security paired with a control system that you can carry with you everywhere you go. With the right technology in hand, you can always know what’s happening both inside and outside your home at all times. Our team installs high-end technology from trusted brands like Savant and Control4 because of their superior control and seamless user experience. You’ll love seeing each smart home and security solution on a single screen, giving you peace of mind that your Hill Country home is always well-protected.

Keep reading to see how we can give your family some peace of mind with top home security features such as remote shade control, remote access and more.

4 Outdoor Entertainment Activities You’ll Love This Fall

Get Your Backyard Ready for Sports-Watching Parties, Bonfires and More Before the Season Starts.

4 Outdoor Entertainment Activities You’ll Love This Fall

Though we realize that the end of August rarely means that Texans start feeling the first signs of fall, we’d like to encourage you to make the most of this transitional season. Let’s face it: We didn’t catch much of a break from the heat all summer, with temperatures reaching record-breaking highs this year. However, fall officially starts in less than one month.

When you finally feel the slightly cooler air that signals autumn is here, you’ll want to head outside to enjoy it, and we’re excited to show you a few creative ways to do just that. Sterling Home Technologies will optimize your outdoor audio and video with weatherproof TVs and immersive surround sound, preparing you for a host of seasonal events. The fun outside doesn’t end after pool parties and BBQs are over: keep reading to see some fresh outdoor entertainment ideas for your San Antonio, TX, home!

3 Summer Activities Improved by Outdoor Audio

No matter how you’re spending your San Antonio summer, an outdoor speaker installation makes for a better time

3 Summer Activities Improved by Outdoor Audio

It’s another hot and humid summer in Texas, and the heat isn’t going to break anytime soon. It’s tempting to stay inside all day, but you can still have fun with family and friends in your backyard. Whether you’re lounging by the pool, cooking burgers and hotdogs, or simply taking in the balmy summer evenings, you can make this a memorable summer spent outside.

For elevated outdoor entertainment this summer, consider installing outdoor speakers. The right music sets the ideal mood for any occasion and can help you have more fun doing whatever interests you. Here are three common backyard activities that benefit from an outdoor audio system in your San Antonio, TX home.

How to Beat the Summer Heat With a Smart Thermostat

Be Proactive in Getting the Ideal Temperature for Your Home

How to Beat the Summer Heat With a Smart Thermostat

Summer is almost here, and the temperatures in San Antonio, TX are starting to rise. If you're not careful, that could mean an overworked AC system, skyrocketing energy costs, and lots of sweat. But there's a simple solution: invest in a smart thermostat. With a single device, you can regulate the temperature in your home easily and efficiently – and when you integrate with other systems, you can enjoy even more benefits. Want to keep your cool as the weather gets hot? Keep reading.

What Does a Day Look Like in a Typical Smart Home?

How Technology Can Streamline Your Daily Routines

What Does a Day Look Like in a Typical Smart Home?

A lot of things about smart home control sound impressive, from controlling all your technology from a mobile app to getting your home to respond automatically on your behalf through schedules or sensors. 

While there's no denying that a lot of smart home control features are cool. How relevant would they really be in your family's lifestyle? The goal of smart home technology is to simplify the day-to-day lifestyle in your home in San Antonio or the Texas Hill Country. 

Whether you need a little boost getting up in the morning or added peace of mind when you leave the house, here are some examples of how you can use smart technology throughout he day. 

What Should You Look for in a Home Automation Company?

Find a Reliable Solution That Matches All of Your Family’s Needs

What Should You Look for in a Home Automation Company?

The allure of smart home technology is stronger than ever. How many times have you seen an ad for a smart device like a thermostat or speaker advertised on TV or online? Maybe next-door neighbors have flaunted their new wireless speakers or smart lighting. Eventually, you’ll want to join in on the fun as well and embrace the best in luxury living. They key is knowing where to start.

Home automation companies are the best way to get a comprehensive, reliable technology solution. Every smart device from lighting to security goes under one umbrella for increased efficiency and comfort. But how do you know which one to go with? As you do your research, you’ll likely come upon three big names: Crestron, Control4 and Savant.

How do you know which one to go with? It depends on a variety of things, but we recommend a one-on-one consultation with your local technology experts to find the ideal solution for your home in San Antonio, Boerne, New Braunfels, TX, or the Texas Hill Country. As you read this blog, we showcase some of the reasons we personally like working with Savant in most of our projects.

5 Ways to More Efficiently Control Your Home's Lights

These Home Lighting Control Solutions Take You Beyond the On/Off Switch

5 Ways to More Efficiently Control Your Home's Lights

Each day you use your lights in a myriad of ways – from snapping yourself out of sleep in the morning to creating a safe path to your front door when you get home after work. But as you go about your daily routine, do you ever wonder if there’s a more convenient way to manage them throughout the day?

Embrace a home lighting control solution that offers a variety of options to match the diverse needs of your home in San Antonio, TX or the Texas Hill Country. Take advantage of keypads, mobile apps, or voice commands for a more intuitive way to adjust lighting throughout the day. Smart lighting is entirely customizable, so you can pick and choose whichever options work best for your family.