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What You Need to Know About Budgeting Your Smart Home Project

Design Your Dream Home in the Most Efficient Way Possible

The rising popularity of IoT devices has made it easier than ever to embrace the power of smart home control. Once considered a niche industry, smart homes have gone mainstream. With so many options available now, it can be tough for people to navigate this terrain without a little bit of help. Having a smart home professional on hand will make a huge difference.

To get the most out of this emerging technology in your Baton Rouge, LA home, you want to have a professional installation. Integrated homes get all your devices working together and let you manage them all from one central interface—like the brand new Control4 OS 3. The next step after choosing to upgrade to a custom smart home is figuring out the best way to budget for success.

SEE MORE: 17 Questions to Determine if You’re Ready for a Smart Home

Network Infrastructure

A smart home functions in part by getting all your devices to communicate with each other through your network. So, a big bulk of your budget needs to go to bolstering both your hardwired and wireless connections. There also need to be security measures included like firewalls and encryption to keep anyone from hacking your devices.

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Your Guide to All the New, Exciting Updates with Control4 OS 3


Free software update offers simpler controls, more customization options, easier access to favorite rooms or activities, and much more

 
With any home automation system, the most important piece is the control system. It’s what you use to manage everything in your house, so the system needs to be intuitive, responsive and powerful.

These attributes are precisely what you get with Control4’s OS 3 software update. OS 3 is a free update for users with an EA-category system, and it delivers “over a thousand new features and interaction enhancements,” according to the Control4 website. These improvements range from tweaks to the interface to higher-quality music streaming, and much more. As a smart home company in New Orleans that installs Control4 systems, we’re here to show you some of the changes OS 3 will bring to your automation system.

SEE ALSO: How to Make Your Daily Tasks Simple with Smart Home Control
GREATER CUSTOMIZATION
Every home automation system is different because every home is different. With OS 3, Control4 has made it easy to customize your interface exactly how you want it to be.

As just one example, you can now pick a photo from a selection of preloaded wallpapers for every room in your house. For a more personal touch, you can also upload your own images. These wallpapers make it easier to see which room you’re interacting with. If you have wall panels in your home, you can take a picture of the area around the panel and set it as the home screen to help the panel better blend in with your décor.

The most substantial change in terms of customization, though, is OS 3’s new Favorites system. You can now select favorite rooms or favorite activities and access them in seconds by pinning them to your home screen. OS 3 also lets you customize your interface further by adding, removing and rearranging icons. This eliminates clutter and gives you faster access to your most-used apps. Favorites are also synched to individual devices so that you can have certain selections on your phone and different ones on a remote, wall panel, etc.

SIMPLIFIED CONTROLS
Letting you select favorites is just one way OS 3 has made controlling your devices simpler. Anything you’ve chosen as a favorite can be accessed from the main Rooms Screen, from lighting control and motorized shades to your smart security system and speakers. OS 3 has also added gesture control for activities like your cable or satellite TV guide, as well as sliders for volume control.

Speaking of volume control, OS 3 has made managing media throughout your home a breeze. An Active Media bar instantly shows you what’s playing when you select a room and lets you adjust the volume, change tracks or see the quality of the music being played.

For media control at a broader level, the new Sessions system lets you see and control media anywhere in the house. You can raise or lower the volume in individual rooms or systemwide, add or remove rooms from different media Sessions, or turn various devices on or off. Now if you want to turn off your outdoor speakers but leave music playing everywhere else, you can use Sessions to simplify the process.

MISCELLANEOUS IMPROVEMENTS
Here are a few other highlights from the OS 3 update. Systems with OS 3 can now support Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) music streaming from services like Tidal, the highest quality audio available for discerning listeners. The icons within the app have also been tweaked by making them larger and the text easier to read. New filtering options also make it easier to monitor the status of individual systems across the home.

OS 3 represents a significant change to your Control4 system, with a multitude of improvements we haven’t even mentioned yet. To learn more, call us today at (225) 442-9849, click our contact page or type a message in the chat box at the bottom of your browser.
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4 Ways to Make Your Home Theater Unique

Add some personality to your home theater while streamlining controls and more with these home theater design tips for Baton Rouge residents

 At Acadian Home Theater & Automation, we believe the smart technology in your home should reflect your lifestyle and needs. Nobody’s home is the same as anyone else’s, and your home automation system should be just as unique.

That principle extends to your home theater as well. Everyone has their favorite movies and genres, so your home theater should be just as personal. Coming up with ways to make your home theater stand out can be difficult, so we put together this list of tips to help Baton Rouge, LA, residents differentiate their home theater design from that of their neighbors.

SEE ALSO: Must-Have Upgrades for a Superior Home TheaterHIDDEN SPEAKERS AND TVSpeaker and home theater display technology has evolved rapidly in recent years, making it simpler to get higher performance from more smaller devices. In terms of home theater design, using smaller devices lets you take your speakers and display off the floor, freeing up floor space and removing elements that could detract from your aesthetic.

In-wall or in-ceiling speakers are popular options, which helps create a 3-D soundscape while giving you a cleaner look for your theater. As for your display, you can mount flat-screen TVs behind a retractable wall panel or install specially made furniture that hides your TV until you’re ready to watch something. Another option is to install a projector and screen, which gives you more of a theater feel as well as letting you hide your display by rolling up the screen when it’s not in use.

LIGHTING CONTROLLighting control makes your home theater easier to manage as well as providing design benefits. Lighting control systems utilize dimmers instead of on/off switches, giving you much more control over the ambiance in your home theater. Complete darkness can enhance the tension while you watch your favorite slasher movie. Alternatively, you can make things a bit brighter if you’re watching a children’s movie with your family. Lastly, lighting control lets you save time by creating and saving presets.

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Style Meets Function with the Latest Hidden A/V Tech

Keep your display, speakers and other components out of sight for a cleaner look for your living spaces

 Despite the stunning images and spectacular sound offered by high-end home A/V systems, oversized TVs and standing speakers aren’t the most appealing things to look at. Not to mention all the space they can take up that could be put to better use.

If you’ve been looking for a way to clean up your home’s interior design without throwing out your expensive TV and speakers, there’s no need to stress. With the latest hidden A/V technology, it’s easier than ever to keep your equipment out of sight. In some cases, your components may not even need to be seen at all. Read on to see how easy it is to set up a hidden home audio-video system in your Baton Rouge, LA, home.

SEE ALSO: Why Choose Acadian For Your Home Theater Installation?

HIDING YOUR TV

Whether you’ve installed a screen and projector in your home theater or have a flat screen TV, your display is the largest component of your home A/V system. This makes it the hardest piece to conceal. For homeowners who’ve opted for a projector, just roll the screen up when it’s not in use. If you’re looking for a new display that’s easy to hide, LG’s Signature OLED TV R9 features a screen that rolls down into the base.

These solutions won’t work for homeowners with large, bulky displays, though. But don’t despair if you’re in this situation; there are still ways to hide your TV and get a more streamlined look for your home.

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3 Ways Conference Room A/V Makes Meetings More Productive

Commercial automation technology makes it easy for Baton Rouge small businesses to work more efficiently together

Your conference room or boardroom is one of the most important spaces in your business. It’s where you gather your team to share ideas, distribute crucial information, meet clients and more. Given their innate importance, you’d think high-quality audio and video systems would be standard in most industries, but that’s not the case. Many companies, from the boss on down, find conference room meetings tedious or unhelpful.

If you’re frustrated with the current technology in your conference room, it’s time for an automation upgrade. A commercial automation system from Acadian Home Theater & Automation can help you and your employees get more work done more quickly, as well as share that information more easily. Here are three ways a revamped conference room A/V installation can improve your Baton Rouge, LA, business.

SEE ALSO: How to Improve Employee Satisfaction with Conference Room AV

ONE-TOUCH CONFERENCE CALLS

The focus during meetings in your conference room should be on the engaging material being presented, not trying to troubleshoot your technology. If your current conference call technology is causing you aggravation, it’s time to move to an all-in-one solution.

Modern conference call tools contain everything you need within one tidy device. They’re often controlled as touchpads, making them easy to use. Many models also have built-in wireless presentation technology, HDMI connectivity and can easily connect to any laptop using a USB hub. No more pre-meeting hassles!

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