How To Hide Your TV

For decades, design savvy homeowners have been struggling with the best way to hide their TV. Remember your mom’s “entertainment center”?

These days we have ultra thin, ultra large, cutting edge video technologies plus devices that are designed to fit any space of your home—theater, shower, kitchen, backyard. The oversized “entertainment center” no longer makes sense. So how do you enjoy stunning picture quality and rapid streaming without compromising your style? Keep reading for a lineup of ideas and design inspiration.

Disguise Your TV

One of our favorite new technologies enables you to disguise your TV as artwork or a mirror. Choose from a wide variety of styles, frames, sizes, and image overlays (including custom) for a TV that transforms into an elegant design detail when off.

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Take a look at our online FrameMy TV Configurator. It allows you to input your TV model, TV size, wall color, and preferred disguise—and then visualize what it will look like in your space. Try with different mirror styles, frames, artwork, or a personal image. The tool also includes estimated budget and allows you to save, print, and/or share your design. Click through to design your display.

Vanishing TV’s

New vanishing vanity TV mirrors by Seura enable you to watch the news while brushing your teeth, and then have the image disappear entirely when not in use.

Waterproof TV’s

The latest generation of waterproof TV’s can be installed beneath kitchen cabinets, framed by tile in the shower, or installed on your patio. Take your viewing experience into new places without making every room feel like a home theater.   

Hide Your TV

If you don’t mind seeing the TV but don’t want it as a focal point, thoughtful design and professional installation can help soften the look of a screen. Consider tucking it into a bookshelf or placing it on a dark wall. Click through for more tips and ideas from Houzz: “How to Hide the TV, No Cabinet Required.”

Installation

If you’re planning a new home, device installation can be seamlessly incorporated into the building process, giving you a wide array of options and simplifying the process. If you’re looking to upgrade your TV or better disguise the one you already own, professional system design, wiring and installation will ensure that you get the most out of your video technologies without making them the centerpiece of every room.

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Smart Home Technology Trends for 2017

The adoption of smart home technologies continues to rise, with nearly half of renovating homeowners (45%) incorporating smart systems or devices during their renovation projects (Houzz). We’ve seen a substantial growth in demand for intelligent home security devices such as smart doorbell cameras (up 211% from last year according to Argus Insights); our clients are asking for these on almost every installation we do today. Security systems, entertainment, lighting and climate control technologies are also showing a rapid increase in market adoption. More good news: customer satisfaction ratings are remarkably high for these technologies.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 highlights from 2016, and (our predictions for) the top five trends of 2017. Scroll down for more details.

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5 Highlights: Smart Home Technology in 2016

  • Connected thermostats add comfort while dramatically reducing energy consumption within the home. Perhaps that’s why they’ve become “the single most popular smart device in a renovated home,” according to Houzz. Good thing they made our list of Top 5 Tech Trends for 2016. Our pick: Control4
  • Lighting Design has never been so elegant nor so experience driven. Set scenes to come home to. Light pathways through your home at night. The options are endless. Our pick: Lutron
  • Voice controlled devices are the star child of 2016 and made our list of Smart Home Technologies in 2017. More details below. Our pick: Amazon Alexa
  • Advancements in whole home automation systems allow homeowners to adjust lighting, music and temperature; monitor security systems; and manage home entertainment systems from one easy-to-use application. Our pick: Savant or Control4

With all the innovation, one of the biggest challenges we see is the need for homeowners to learn about and find the right technologies for their home. We know it can be overwhelming and we’re here to help. Click through for our Home Technology Guide and our easy-to-use Client Checklist. Then, give us a call.

2017 Technology Trends

You can adjust the music, lower the lighting, lock the front door, and see what’s happening on your property…all from right here. Image from Lutron.

Top 5 Smart Home Technology Trends for 2017

There’s a lot of momentum for 2017 as new technologies continue to hit the market and more comprehensive integration capabilities are developed. Here are our top 5 trends to watch in 2017.

    1. Increased partnerships across technologies allow users to cherry-pick the products that work best for them, and integrate functionality across a user friendly network. Did you know that you can now ask Alexa to check if your dryer is finished due to a collaboration with GE? Our favorite: Sonos‘ integration with Lutron
    2. “According to new report from ABI Research:  “Voice controlled smart home devices, a device category that barely existed just two years ago, is expected to represent almost 30 percent of smart home device spending by 2021” (Security Info Watch). Hear Kevin Learmann, RSI’s VP of System Consulting, speak with Modern In Denver about his experience with Alexa.
    3. Smart home security systems are on the rise, with smart doorbell cameras and smart detectors leading the way in increased demand (according to Argus Insights, see chart below). And while peepholes have always been awkward, these technologies are solving more than the puzzle of what’s outside. Get notified about fire or gas problems. Monitor and control locks wherever you are. Or, if security from intruders is your goal, big data allows for a social element to your surveillance system: you might hold the keys to solving a crime! Our pick: Doorbird (which integrates well with Control4).
    4. This might be because we live in Colorado (where we get sun 300 days/year) but the smart home technologies for outdoor living have folks stepping up their back yards for year round entertainment. Our picks: Ruckus Wireless for outdoor network connection, Sonance for outdoor audio, and Seura for outdoor TV.
    5. New 4K and HDR televisions offer unbelievable picture quality, featuring 4 times more detail than standard high definition (to be exact). The result: stunning detail, vibrant colors, and a wholly renewed viewing experience. Our pick: the Sony 4K Ultra HD TV. 

2017 Technology Trends

 

Want to learn more? Have a different idea for home technology trends in 2017? Reach out. We look forward to speaking with you.

 

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A Cherry Hills Home Theater: Inspiration for Your Next Project

This comfortable, stylish home theater in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado is proof that you don’t need 1,000 square feet for a high-performance experience. As part of an extensive basement remodel, the homeowners asked us to provide them with a luxury entertainment hub featuring state-of-the-art equipment and smart home technology.

The entire home theater is controlled via a Savant system, which allows the homeowners to manage every aspect of the technology (both in the room and throughout the home) via one intuitive interface accessible via an iPad or iPhone.

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Inside the theater, a Screen Innovations’ acoustically transparent 120-inch screen, optimized for 4K content, takes center stage.  The Triad theater speakers are located behind the screen so the action sounds like it’s coming directly from the image. Other speakers and subwoofers are located behind the black, flocked, fabric-wrapped walls to produce high-fidelity sound while maintaining the integrity of the stylish interior design.

The speakers are part of an overall Dolby Atmos surround sound system (7.4.4), which provides viewers with a theatre-quality sound experience. This speaker system is complimented by a full acoustic treatment, installed to both optimize the in-room sound and ensure it doesn’t travel into the rest of the home.


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A Sony 4K Ultra HD VPL-VW350ES projector delivers stunning image quality with 1500 ANSI lumens of brightness, anamorphic 3D, and 4K HD, which captures every detail with exceedingly crisp precision and vibrant color.

The Savant system allows the owner to watch movies via an integrated AppleTV, as well as a Kaleidescape movie storage system. The Kaleidescape system is optimized for 4K viewing, allowing the owner to download 4K movies directly from the Kaleidescape on-line store.


Now for the finishing touches:

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We worked closely with the interior designer, Jane Freking, to create the perfect movie-night ambiance complete with custom black leather Cineak theater seats to complement the luxurious wall fabric, and finished with mood lighting by Lutron, controlled by an iPad with the push of a single button for lights up, lights down or lights somewhere in between.

With every aspect of the home theater controlled by the Savant system, the homeowners can pre-program a movie-night setting that automatically dims the lights; turns on the projector and sound system; and sets the ideal room temperature. Time for a popcorn break or the end of the movie? Push another button and the lights come on; the projector turns off; and the room resets for the next night in.

The home theater project, completed in concert with interior designer Jane Freking of JF Design, and home builder Haley Custom Homes, allows the homeowners and their family a space to kick back, relax and enjoy time together, while providing an escape from the outside world. Interested in sculpting your own perfect home theater? Contact us for a free consultation.

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Apple vs. Ruckus – What Do You Want from your WiFi?

Connectivity is a highly valued aspect of our modern lifestyle, meaning a reliable wireless connection has made its way from nicety to necessity. But what is the right equipment for you and your family?

That depends on what you’re looking for, and how you expect your needs to change in the coming years. Are you looking for something simple, affordable, and easily installed? Or do you rely on a high degree of connectivity, making use of that home office and streaming videos while your kids play games in the next room?

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If you are looking for something minimal, yet functional, Apple Airport Express offers a simple home wireless solution that provides good wireless coverage in smaller homes (up to 2,000 square feet) requiring only one wireless access point, and integrates effectively with an array of devices. At Residential Systems Inc., we regularly install these devices for basic home internet users.

If you are looking for something more robust, Ruckus Wireless offers an enterprise grade solution designed for businesses and equipped to manage the rapidly expanding network of devices within the home. With the fastest wireless signal on the market, seamless handoff capabilities, and state-of-the-art security; Ruckus is our recommendation for the more connected home user.


There are THREE PRIMARY CONSIDERATIONS in choosing the right wireless system for you:

  • The number of devices in your home
  • The size of your home or coverage area
  • Your lifestyle

HOW MANY WIRELESS DEPENDENT DEVICES ARE IN YOUR HOME?

A family of four likely has four cell phones, four laptops, a few tablets, and, in 2016, an average of 2-6 additional devices (smart tv, wireless printer, etc.). Additionally, if you have or plan to incorporate  smart home technologies—the number increases dramatically.

How might this number change?

A recent study on the expansion of “connected things” predicted that we will reach 20.8 billion “connected things” globally by 2020, up from 6.4 billion in 2016 (Gartner, November 2015).

What does this mean? Smart home technologies are likely in your future: lighting control, temperature control, home security, locks, kitchen devices, health devices, wearables, etc. This translates to increased demand on your wireless connection.

Choose Apple Airport Express If

  • You intend to maintain a fairly small collection of wireless connected devices (approximately ten or less) within the home

Choose Ruckus Wireless If

  • You have approximately 10+ wireless connected devices in your home and are looking to incorporate new smart home technologies

IS YOUR HOME LARGER THAN 2,000 SQ FT?

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We recommend having one access point (AP) per 2,000 sq ft. Apple’s Airport Express works well for a smaller home, but leads to gaps in coverage as the span of internet access increases. This problem can’t truly be solved by adding additional access points as the devices are not designed to communicate effectively.

Ruckus’ Seamless Continuity

Ruckus devices are designed to work together: as you transition away from a given access point, it is able to track your movement and transfer your wireless connection to a new access point without any disruption in the signal.

Ruckus offers the added benefit of a “zone-director” (also called the “air-traffic-controller”). This device functions as a critical point to ensure that all access points are online and behaving correctly at any given time, increasing both the security and reliability of your wireless system.

Are you interested in outdoor coverage?

Ruckus’ outdoor access points also enable you to install an outdoor theatre system at the edge of your property; or perhaps take your laptop into the garden; or even install a home security system that allows you to check in on your property from anywhere in the world. As of now, Apple Airport Express APs cannot be installed outdoors.

Choose Apple Airport Express If

  • Your home is <2,000 sq ft
  • You don’t need outdoor access
  • A comprehensive home security system is not in your immediate future

Choose Ruckus Wireless If

  • Your home and/or property is >2,000 sq ft
  • You want outdoor access
  • You have or would like to install a home security system in the near future

WHAT TYPE OF INTERNET USER ARE YOU?

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An easily relatable visual is to consider devices as cars, and your wireless technology as the road. A more robust connection is like a wider road, allowing more cars to pass through at a much faster rate. Now, imagine the opposite.

How much traffic do you create?

Consider how you use wireless within the home. Is your home office in use while others are also online? Are you streaming movies in the bedroom while your kids are streaming games next door? If you’re wireless usage is frequently high volume, you may require a more robust solution.

Are you an “early adopter”?

Both Apple and Ruckus integrate well with most devices. Emerging technology, however, requires larger capacity with stronger send and receive power. Ruckus R500 series’ 2×2 antenna configuration is designed to efficiently manage the newest technologies.

Choose Apple Airport Express If

  • You are generally only streaming on one device at any given time
  • You don’t require a wireless system that is compatible with all new technologies

Choose Ruckus Wireless If

  • You often have more than 1 device streaming at the same time (eg: your movie and your child’s game)
  • You consider yourself to be an “early adopter” of the newest technologies

The Solution, Ruckus vs. Apple?

If you are a basic internet user, Apple’s Airport Express is likely sufficient for your needs. If, however, you have a more complex internet environment, we highly recommend Ruckus Wireless.

Residential Systems Inc. has deployed dozens of systems throughout Colorado since partnering with Ruckus over a year ago; customers who’ve adopted Ruckus Wireless have been resoundingly happy with their decision. If you feel you might be exceeding the capacity of your current wireless system, contact us for a free consultation. We can help!

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How To Protect Your Home From The Next Internet Hack

Last week’s unprecedented internet hack was a wake up call for the home tech industry. We all know that security is an ongoing challenge as new technologies hit the market daily, but how do you stay ahead of it?

That’s where we come in.

It is critical to take the proper precautions to ensure that all of your home tech devices are properly secured. Residential Systems Inc. has 30 years of experience in the home technology industry. Our certified staff undergoes ongoing training to ensure that we stay on top of new security measures necessary to keep our customers safe.

Our recommendation? When installing new home technologies, hire an expert. Read more to understand why.


Here’s What Happened

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On Friday, October 21 hackers rendered hundreds of websites (including CNN, Twitter, Amazon, and Spotify) inaccessible for customers across Europe and the United States, causing three waves of outages that affected millions of internet users. They did this not by attacking individual websites, but instead by attacking a key piece of the internet infrastructure.


Why It’s Important

This was a sophisticated and well-orchestrated attack coming from tens of millions IP addresses at the same time. How was this possible?  

Essentially, the hackers were able to “take control” of  IP cameras for which owners had not changed the password, creating a botnet or network of infected machines that they could then use to launch an attack.

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A camera product from Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology. Click image for more info.


What This Means

This is the first large-scale attack we’ve seen using IoT (internet of things) devices. In this case, cameras provided hackers an Achilles heel by not requiring users to change password after purchase, but the global IoT includes everything from DVRs to routers, baby monitors to Fitbits. The attack highlights vulnerabilities in the infrastructure of the internet and underscores the importance of taking appropriate security measures when installing new technologies in your home.


How To Stay Safe

Hire an expert! We understand the importance of security in the increasingly complex home technology environment. We do the research. We undergo the proper trainings. We explore potential vulnerabilities. And we take every safeguard to protect our clients’ networks, homes, and lifestyles.

As Denver’s leading provider and installer of custom home technology, Residential Systems, Inc. has installed thousands of projects across Colorado (and beyond); we pride ourselves on due diligence. Our certified staff can help guide you through the entire process from system design to installation. We also offer performance monitoring and service plans after installation, so you can trust in the ongoing health of your smart home.

So, whether you’re installing a whole home automation system or just installing a new device, please hire an expert to help you out. Contact us for a free consultation.

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Control4 vs Lutron: Lighting Control Within Reach

When it comes to automated lighting systems, the options can seem endless, but finding the system that works for you provides the ultimate in convenience.

Consider this: With the touch of a button (or in some cases a programmed setting), you can adjust the ambiance in a room, light up the driveway when returning home, turn off every light in the house as you go to bed, and control the blinds to reduce energy waste.

To give you an overview of the automated lighting options available, let’s compare the top two brands: Control4 and Lutron. Each system offers flexibility and convenience but, by comparing their features against your needs, you can determine which system is right for your home.


Lutron

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No Need to Retrofit or Rewire

Lutron has been the world leader in lighting control systems for more than 60 years with good reason. Using patented wireless technology, this company allows you to install a whole-home lighting control system without retrofitting or rewiring your home.

Seamless Control

With Lutron, all of the lights within your home can be seamlessly controlled both in-home and out using a broad array of devices: keypad, remote control,, iPad, iPhone, Android, etc.

Unlimited Options, Designed to Your Specifications

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Lutron approaches in-home lighting from a holistic fashion, incorporating window treatments, lighting devices, and seasonal shifts to engineer the perfect lighting design for any situation while saving energy and time.

Take a moment to consider all of the light sources in your living room alone.  Now imagine having the flexibility to adjust each element individually from the comfort of your couch. Find a combination you like? Set it as a “scene” so it can be easily recreated. As the masters of ambiance, Lutron makes it easy for you to create and/or pre-set lighting designs to match your activity, your mood, and your company. The controls are in your hands.

Reduce Energy Costs

Lutron’s streamlined user interface allows you to see and adjust all of the lights that are on at any given time. Their solar-adaptive shading software can further reduce energy costs by tackling much of the daytime lighting control for you, bringing in soft, natural light while reducing the need for artificial light.

The Perks of Geofencing

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Lutron’s new Geofencing capabilities enhance the customization and convenience of automated lighting systems by enabling you to design action triggers based on the movements within and around your home. Here are just a few examples of how this might come in handy:

  • Select indoor and outdoor lights turn on as you arrive home
  • Shades close and lights dim when the house is empty
  • You are notified if lights are still on when you leave the house

Lutron is…

Precision. Flexibility. Ambiance. Responsive. Streamlined. Lighting Focused.


Control4

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Flexible Install

Control4 is a newer company in the field of automated lighting systems but is backed by years in complementary smart home technologies. A Control4 automated lighting system can be installed either during construction or after (wireless), allowing homeowners to adopt the technology at various stages in the design process.

Convenient Keypad Control

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All Control4 smart home technologies function through the Control4 platform, an operating system that allows you to cohesively manage your home’s “internet of things” through a simple user interface accessible across multiple devices.

Adjust your lighting with the touch of a button using sleek wall mounted or wireless keypads (a favorite amongst Control4 users); the Control4 user interface on your TV or tablet; or the Control4 mobile application.

Expansive Compatibility

With the Control4 automated lighting system, you can dim virtually any type of light, large or small, interior or exterior, incandescent or LED. They offer a continuously expanding list of third-party compatible lighting fixtures so it is easy to identify which devices can or can’t be used with the Control4 technology.

Match your Mood

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Like Lutron, the Control4 Lighting System gives you the freedom to adjust ambiance without dealing with the “which lightswitch?” fumble. While Lutron offers more flexibility in crafting the perfect lighting design for your specific mood, Control4 offers users the option of incorporating audio control into their keypads.

What does this mean? One button could simultaneously dim the lights and turn on soft music. Or, set up the inverse as an automated alarm clock: bright lights and loud music. Control4 also makes it easy to incorporate timers and motion sensors into your lighting design—a quick way to boost convenience and security while decreasing energy costs.

Adaptive Technology

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Want to adjust the overall lighting system? It is both straightforward and convenient to tweak your lighting design…yourself. No complicated re-programming required.

Lower Costs

Control4 was founded in 2003 with the mission “to deliver an elegant and more affordable way to control and automate lighting, music, video, security and energy in a single room or throughout the entire home.” On average, a Control4 lighting system will cost approximately 10% less than a Lutron system, providing a homeowner with substantial cost savings

Control4 is…

Cohesive. Elegant. User Friendly. Lower Cost. Integrative Technology.

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What are you looking for in an automated lighting system?

For each of the following options, consider which benefit is more important to your needs.

  • A whole home automated lighting system OR an automated lighting system spanning select areas
  • Higher costs with a higher level of flexibility OR lower costs with a lower level of flexibility
  • A platform uniquely tailored to your lighting needs OR a broad platform that integrates with other smart home technologies
  • Low-level user interaction/broad span of options vs. high-level user interaction/simple user interface

If your answers were more closely aligned with the first option in each of the questions above, we might recommend Lutron. If you tend to prefer the second option, Control4 might be the better choice for your needs. Either way, you can’t go wrong with an automated lighting system in your home.

Which is Right for You?

When selecting an automated lighting system, take some time to decide what features are most important to you, and how you want those to interact with your control devices. A system that feels intuitive and comprehensive will save you time and frustration, and will allow you to make sure that your home is always a “welcome home” for you and your loved ones.

If you’re looking to transform your lighting or looking for whole home automation and don’t know where to start, check out our “Getting Started” checklist.  Better yet—Call us to set up a free in-home consultation where we can guide you through the process. Our team of experts can design a lighting that works for your lifestyle. Give us a call at (303) 277-9983.

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5 Ways to Make Your House Smarter, Inside and Out

Smart home technology is changing the way people interact with their homes. From simple devices, to whole-home automation systems, the latest innovations promise to make everyday living easier, more comfortable and more efficient.

But what does a smart home actually look like? Let us take you on a quick tour.


The Kitchen

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The kitchen is the heart of the home, and the perfect place to kick off our technology tour. Sure, state-of-the-art appliances are a must, but the way to really turn your kitchen into a family haven is to add automated lighting and music to the mix.

With automation systems like Savant and Control4, you can create the perfect mood with one touch on a keypad.

Need to get the kids up and energized in the morning? Open the shades, turn up the lights, and cue top 40 music. Ready to kick back and relax with a glass of wine and your friends? Close the shades, dim the lights, and cue a little Adele in the background.

All with the touch of a single button.

Sounds fun right?


The Bathroom

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Forget the bluetooth speaker in the corner and the mini TV perched next to the bathroom sink. Today’s smart bathroom technology includes in-mirror TVs from Seura; you can catch up on the news while brushing your teeth. Want shower tunes? Hidden speakers from Sonance provide enveloping surround sound to wake up your body and mind. Time to wind down? Seura’s waterproof TVs allow you to watch your favorite movie while soaking in the tub. 

How’s that for stepping up your wash room time?


The Bedroom

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We all know the value of a good night’s sleep. Smart bedroom technologies allow you to tuck in without the late night walk through. Today’s technology gives you the option of installing a “goodnight” button to dim the bedroom lights, automatically close the shades, arm the security system, and turn off any lighting or entertainment devices throughout the rest of the house.

If you are the type to hit your snooze button a few too many times in a row, you can pre-program your lights, shades and music to turn on at a certain time. Now no one has an excuse to be late for school (or work).


The Living Room

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Make family movie night at home feel like a night out at the theater. Using Control4 or Savant controls for lighting and climate, transform your living room into a cool, dark, night-out experience. With the touch of a single button you can lower the lights, choose your favorite blockbuster, and adjust the temperature all from the comfort of your couch. Now kick back with some homemade, buttery popcorn and enjoy the magic of the movies right at home.


The Backyard

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Make the outdoors as comfortable as the indoors. Recreate the stadium experience or an open-air theatre with a big screen outdoor TV from Seura. Touch a button on your smartphone to turn on your fire pit and enjoy the sunset. Or, program the outdoor lights to turn on as the sun dips behind the hills. Time to get the party going? An outdoor surround sound system will take your outdoor entertaining to a whole new level.

A smart home equals better living. And the best part? Each of these systems can be installed separately or easily integrated together throughout the home.

If you’re looking to turn your house into a smart home and don’t know where to start, check out our “Getting Started” checklist.

We also offer a free in-home consultation. Our team of experts can design a system that works for your lifestyle. Give us a call at (303) 277-9983.

 

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Summer Vacation the Smart Way

Loading up the family and heading out to your vacation home is top of the list for fun summer getaways. While lounging on the patio and lingering past sundown are the name of the game, they could be even more fun with a dash of smart technology.

This summer bring your vacation home to life with the latest in home automation.


Turn Your Pool Into a Smart Pool

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The swimming pool is an oasis and the perfect place to keep the kids entertained in the heat. This summer, turn up the fun with a Pool Scene on your Savant system. Program the heat, water pumps and water slide to turn on with the touch of a button. To complete the package, program music and lights to turn on when you’re hosting your next pool party.


The Outdoor Living Room

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Turn your backyard into an outdoor living room with a waterproof TV by Seura, which can withstand the elements and still provide a crystal clear picture in the sunlight—it’s great for family movie night under the stars.

What entertainment system would be complete without outdoor surround sound. Sonance creates high quality sound you can control from any smart device. Perfect for those pool parties or a mellow afternoon enjoying the sunshine and a frosty beverage.


Keep Your Cool

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The dog days of summer are ahead, but that doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable. A smart climate control system like the one from Control4 lets you easily program the temperature in your home and even control it remotely from a tablet or smartphone. Plus, you can have the home cooled before you arrive for your next vacation, which is much more comfortable than waiting for the a/c to kick in while you sweat it out.


Maintain Your Pristine Lawn

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While you’re away there’s no reason you can’t preserve your green lawn you worked hard to grow. Using Rachio through your Control4 system let’s you monitor and manage your home’s sprinkler system from anywhere. Keep an eye on water usage, and program when you’d like the sprinklers to come on, keeping your lawn beautiful and green.

This summer, turn your vacation home into a smart summer getaway with the latest in home technology. If you’re interested in adding any of these features, give us a call for a free in-home consultation.

Kick back and relax, you earned it.

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And The Winner Is…

At RSI, our goal is to create lasting relationships with our clients through understanding their needs and delivering the best experience possible in home technology. We work hard to bring “our all” to each project, large or small, and are very excited to see our hard work has been recognized.

Today, we are beyond proud to announce that we are a 2016 Colorado Companies to Watch (CCTW) winner, which acknowledges the drive, excellence and influence of RSI as a growing company in the state. CCTW is a unique statewide awards program which honors second stage companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities and create new industries throughout Colorado.

Over the last 27 years, our team has worked tirelessly to make this company a trusted provider for home technology in Colorado, and we are thrilled to be recognized alongside so many reputable and innovative local companies.

A Big Thank You

RSI has an exceptional team that goes above and beyond for our clients making sure they are satisfied with the products and workmanship going into each project. I want to thank them most of all for their dedication and hard work, without them this award would not be possible.

We are also very lucky to have world class clients. Without them, we would not be where we are today. They give us the opportunity to change the way they live and work. With that, I thank each of our clients who have helped us achieve this goal. We look forward to continuing our work together.

And, of course, a big thank you to Colorado Companies to Watch for awarding us with such an honor. We are humbled and proud to join the ranks of outstanding Colorado companies.

For a complete list of this years winners, go to coloradocompaniestowatch.org

And stay tuned for a company celebration! We’ll keep you posted.  


About  CCTW

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade launched the Colorado Companies to Watch program in 2009 in conjunction with the Edward Lowe Foundation and valuable sponsors, key drivers, community and supporting partners, and volunteers from throughout the state.

“We are pleased to recognize RSI for their outstanding contribution in fueling the economic fire of Colorado,” says Sean Nohavec, CCTW Board Chairman.

CCTW works to recognize the driving economic forces in the state by focusing not merely on growth, but on the true impact and influence of an organization. By focusing on second stage companies across the state, the program offers distinct insight into the state’s economic landscape and recognizes organizations often overlooked for the critical impact they have in their industries, communities and regions, as well as our state as a whole.

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Home Technology: Your Guide to Getting Started

In recent years the smart home market has seen tremendous growth, and is only projected to continue growing. There are new products and ideas entering the market that promise to make living easier, but with so much innovation it often gets lost in translation. Homeowners are curious about smart devices and willing to make an investment, but oftentimes people are left asking “what can a smart home do?”

We are constantly looking for new ways to bring our customers the latest and greatest, while allowing them to take confident control of their smart home devices and all their benefits.

With that, we’ve created a few videos that should help in clearing up any questions you might have, and hopefully get you excited about installing your own smart home system.


Infrastructure/Wiring

There is so much that goes on behind the scenes to power your smart home. Whether you are building a new home or remodeling, this is the best time to have your home wired. Before the walls are up, we can lay the foundation for any technology you want and even future-proof your home for new devices.

However, it’s never too late, we also have the ability to add wiring, even if you don’t plan to tear down walls. Want to learn more? Check out our blog post about everything you need to know before wiring your home, and watch the video below. 


Automated Blinds

More than just a time saver, automated blinds also help lower your energy bills, provide security for your family, and save your furniture from sun damage. Think about those bright Colorado days—the sun is hot! Now imagine your blinds on a program where they adjust throughout the day to block the hot sun, keeping your home cool and protected from harsh rays. In our video, we’ll show all the other benefits of owning automated blinds.

Automated window coverings look stylish, save you from spending precious time opening and closing them, and bring you a convenience you never would have imagined. They come in a variety of fabrics and colors so they blend seamlessly with your decor.


Lighting

Once you add automated lighting to your home you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.

You know that large light bank you have with five different switches, each controlling a different light in the kitchen? Have you finally figured out which one goes to which light? If you have, congratulations, but the rest of us are still in hunt-and-peck mode. Enter automated lighting, your saving grace and time saver.

Program your lights to come on to wake you up in the morning, control them from your smartphone while away from home, or replicate your lighting habits while you’re away—this gives your home a lived-in look to potential intruders. Watch the video to see what you’ve been missing.

The possibilities are truly endless.


Audio/Video

Today’s home theaters are so robust, you’ll wonder why you ever spent money going to the movies. Stream movies from anywhere in the house, install theater-quality surround sound, automatically lower lights at the start of the movie from the comfort of your chair—it’s all possible with a smart home theater.

Or if you’re a complete audiophile and need your favorite music with you at all times, then a whole-home audio system is your dream come true. Stream your favorite Apple or Pandora  tunes throughout the house, listen to a song in one room and have different music playing in other parts of the house, or even outside.

With smart audio and video you’ll be living in entertainment, click below to see how.


Climate Control

You will never feel more in control than when you finally take charge of your thermostat. Your comfort levels change throughout the season and the battle with the temperature seems endless.

With a smart climate control system, your house learns what you like and adjusts accordingly. You can even use your smartphone to change the temperature before you step in the door. The plus side of all this is a lower energy bill and no more dancing with the thermostat to cool or warm your home. Watch below to learn more about smart climate control and start living more comfortably.


Security

Safety is at the forefront of our minds, and the ability to monitor our homes from anywhere gives us great peace of mind. A smart security system goes beyond cameras placed around your home. Today with the latest innovations in home technology, you can monitor your home through cameras from anywhere in the world, arm and disarm security remotely, install smart locks that can be controlled remotely, or automatically shut-off valves in case of a water or gas leak. Alerts are sent straight to your phone so you’re never in the dark. This short video can show you how a smart home can keep you safe and secure.

Whether you’re new to the smart home game or a regular player looking for new devices, Residential Systems Inc. has the expertise to work with you. We excel in designing systems 100% customized to your needs and lifestyle, which is why we are always happy to give you free in-home consultations. Don’t hesitate to give us a call and ask any questions you might have, we’ll design your smart home of the future for today.

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