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The Best Motorized Window Treatment Options to Lower Your Utility Bills

Find Out Why We Partner With Crestron and Lutron for Our Shading Solutions

One of the best ways to fight high heating and cooling costs in New York City is through motorized window treatments.

New York City isn’t exactly known for being inexpensive. Utility bills in particular can skyrocket during the hot summer months and upgrading your home’s insulation isn’t always an option.

Not only can that end up costing you so much money that it could take years (or over a decade) to recoup your costs, but in a city like New York, with its huge mashup of regulations and restrictions, sometimes it just isn’t even feasible.

Automated shades, blinds, and drapes are an elegant middle ground. Not only do they help you save on costs by blocking direct sunlight, but they also make your home look beautiful, increasing resale value.

And on top of that, modern smart window treatments can be controlled right from your smart device of choice, making your life that much easier and allowing you, in some cases, to schedule your window treatments to open and close with the season.

Here are some of our favorite motorized window treatment options.

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Improve Your Home’s Wireless Network Connectivity & Performance

A Robust Network Keeps Your New York City Smart Home Running

A smart home network needs to be strong in order to keep your systems and solutions running without interruption or delay. You might have reservations over whether wireless networking can offer the same reliability as a wired system can – we’re here to tell you that with the right equipment, you can expect extensive coverage for your whole New York City property.

In this blog, find out how you can strengthen your network’s connectivity and keep it up and running at all times. Keep reading on below for more.

 

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What Is A Distributed Home Audio Video System?

Your guide to distributed audio in New York City

Imagine filling your entire home with the sound of your music. Change songs with the simple press of a button, play a different song in each room of your house, or blast your party playlist throughout your home. Keep reading to learn what distributed audio video is and how it will help your home audio-video system in New York City.

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3 Ways a Smart Thermostat can Benefit Your Lifestyle

Bring climate control to your home in the new year 

No matter what time of year it is, there is always the opportunity to make any room in your New York City home more comfortable and cozier. If it’s the summer, you might be struggling to keep the heat down throughout the house, while keeping the house warm is the goal during the winter season. This is where a smart thermostat can completely turn your situation around.

Climate control lets you manage your home’s internal temperature at all times. This might sound simplistic at first, but a smart thermostat can make this daily struggle for comfort a breeze with just a press of a button. Want to find out more? Just keep reading on below. 

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Bring These Top Smart Solutions Home for the Holidays

Innovative Solutions, from High-End Audio to Voice Control

As the holidays are near, it’s the perfect time to discover what you can bring to your New York City home in the new year. You can add both luxury and convenience to your daily life with these smart features that elevate your entire home at the same time. From high-end audio to voice control, we dive into the best solutions for your living space in this blog.

Want to find out more? Keep reading on below to see how automated and AV technologies can improve your lifestyle and home.

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Upgrade Your Home Theater System for the Ultimate Gaming Night

Take Your Video Games to the Next Level with Top-Notch AV

Are you ready to host family and friends for an epic gaming night? Whether you play a new, anticipated release or go for an old classic everyone enjoys a round of, it will be your entertainment setup that makes or breaks the evening.

That’s why upgrading your home theater system is crucial in crafting the perfect environment for gaming in your New York City space. In this blog, we’ll go through the smart AV features that are essential in delivering high-quality media content for you and your guests.


Want to learn more? Just keep reading on below.

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AirPlay 2 Gives Your Distributed Audio System a Major Boost

Simplify Your Home Entertainment Today

Make enjoying a movie or listening to your favorite artist’s latest album easier than ever. With AirPlay 2, Apple lets you link up all your audio video products and have them stream to one another to optimize your distributed audio and video system.


You can stream dance party jams or melodic background tunes to any room in your New York City home for you and your family to experience on any occasion. In this blog, we’ll dive into how AirPlay simplifies everything about your home entertainment. Find out more by reading on below.

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Listen to Your Favorite Music with High-Performance Headphones

Listening to your favorite music in high-end quality as they should be heard makes it hard to go back to standard audio performance. So why let the immobility of a home audio system keep you from hearing impeccable sound anywhere you go?

In this blog, we’ll show you why high-performance headphones are the ideal choice for you to take everywhere throughout New York City and beyond. These devices produce incredible audio and give you the ability to bring it with you near and far.

Keep reading below to learn which headphones are right for you and see what a trusted brand like Bowers & Wilkins has to offer.

SEE ALSO: What You Should Know About High-End Audio

Why High-End Headphones Are a Luxury You Need

If you have an excellent whole home audio system in place, then you’ll know what it’s like to hear your music and media in every part of your house. From the basement to the bedroom, you can enjoy audio streaming without pauses or delays from one room to the next.

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Everything to Know About Delos’ DARWIN Wellness Technology

Improve Your Health and Well-Being with this Smart Home Control

There’s no doubt about it: smart home control makes everyday life a breeze, and every living space easier to go about your day in. But how can you make your New York City home better and healthier to live in?

Delos has found a way to combine smart technology with health and wellness research in order to bring you DARWIN, a home wellness intelligence designed to maintain a healthy lifestyle for you, both mentally and physically.

Want to find out more about this incredible smart feature for your property? Just keep reading on below.

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Embrace Green Smart Tech with Sonnen’s Energy Management!

Learn more about sonnen’s ecoLinks, micro-grid technology and more

German energy storage firm, sonnen, recently acquired by Shell, has introduced a fresh take on home integration technology with their focus on conserving energy through more efficient use and storage of resources. Today, we’ll explore some of sonnen’s energy management innovations and see how you can implement them into your New York City home, so keep reading.

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Heat Up Your Pool and Patio Entertainment with an Outdoor Theater!

Bring friends and family outside to enjoy warm-weather activities all summer long.  

When you picture a home theater for your space in New York City or the greater metropolitan area, you probably have imagined a quiet, dark room hidden within your home. However, now that the weather is starting to warm up to a pleasantly balmy range, your family and guests might prefer to enjoy your outdoor spaces. 

Whether you live in a high-rise condo with ample balcony or roof living spaces or a suburban home with an expansive patio and pool, ACS can help you custom-design a summer home for your favorite movies and music

As expert A/V installers, we understand that outdoor spaces come with different considerations. Will the screen be bright enough to accommodate the space? (You can see how much lighting surrounds the pictured area above.) Will you need different audio specs to account for larger spaces and natural elements like wind?

Yes: We have to think through countless variables to ensure your outdoor home theater’s success, but you don’t have to! Let us take care of the details, so you can kick back with family and friends and enjoy your outdoor home theater, even before summer’s in full swing. Keep reading to see how we can help you achieve that perfect pool or patio theater.

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Design Your Home Theater for First-Run Movie Services!

At ACS, we often discuss home theater designs that replicates a cinematic feel in New York City homes like yours. But what if we told you that your family could truly recreate the theater experience with one adjustment to your personal home theater design?

Our partnership with Bel Air Cinema ensures that you can work all the box-office hits into your busy schedule without having to leave the house. Even enjoy films on the same date the film is released to the public. Keep reading to learn more about this breakthrough program and why you should consider it for your theater installation or upgrade!

SEE MORE: How DSP Breathes New Life into Your Home Theater

What Is Bel Air?

Take a quick look at the movies showing in your local theater. Whether it’s due to privacy, security or convenience, you may not want to make the trip to the local cinema to watch the latest releases.

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Control Your Home Integration System with Style!

Take a look at some keypads you could add to your New York City home. 

When you’re creating the perfect home integration system for your New York City residence, don’t neglect one of the main design elements -- your control keypads. 

ACS focuses on every detail of your control system, including some that are too often ignored. We know you want a home integration program that functions well. But, let’s face it, looks play an important role, too. If your home style is modern and industrial, you don’t want to blight your wall with a conventional beige keypad.

Fortunately, we’ve found some exquisitely designed, integrated controls that we’re excited to show you, from a variety of manufacturers, including partners like Lutron and Crestron. Keep reading to learn more and enjoy a beautiful picture gallery!

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How to Create A Healthier, More Beautiful Home with LED Lighting

It may seem shocking that the light fixtures in your home can have a dramatic impact on both your health and interior design, but it’s true. That’s the power of LED lighting.

By promoting better sleep and helping your body better align with its internal clock, LEDs can transform the way you live. Plus, you get to add a unique sense of style to your home with the power of tunable lighting. Not convinced? Read on to learn more about how LED lighting fixtures can revolutionize the way New York City homeowners live.

SEE ALSO: Hassle-free Upgrades to Your Lighting & Shades?

AESTHETIC BENEFITS

Before getting into how LED lighting fixtures can impact your body, let’s look at how they can impact your home. The truth is there is no substitute for LEDs; they use about 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, they’re safer to handle than compact fluorescent bulbs, and tunable lighting gives you an unsurpassed range when it comes to the color and intensity of your light fixtures.

What is tunable lighting? Tunable lighting is a new concept in interior design made possible by warm-dimming LEDs. Whereas older dimmers only let you control the intensity of the light, tunable lighting lets you control the intensity and the color of your fixtures independently from one another.

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Upgrade Your Outdoor Space With ShadeCraft’s Sunflower

Winter may have just begun, but it’s never too early to start thinking about how you’re going to jazz up your outdoor space when warm weather returns to New York City. One of the most exciting new technologies we’ve seen is ShadeCraft’s Sunflower, an automated umbrella shade that also functions as a multipurpose technology hub.

The Sunflower gives you the opportunity to expand your smart home control to your outdoor environments with wireless, voice-controlled lighting and A/V components in addition to a shade that automatically moves with the sun. Keep reading to learn more about how the Sunflower can make your New York City home bloom when the temperature rises.

SEE ALSO: Smart Home Control by Savant Provides Great Features and a Polished Interface

Always Stay In The Shade

If you have a stationary umbrella shade, you’ve had to deal with inconsistent protection from sunlight. The sun is moving throughout the day, and if your shade doesn’t move with it, there are always going to be exposed areas. An adjustable umbrella shade can help, but manual models can be so hard to use that you end up not taking advantage of this extra feature.

The Sunflower solves this problem by moving automatically with the sun, opening up in the morning and tracking the sun until it sets. If there are high winds or other inclement weather, the shade will automatically close so you don't have to worry about the device being damaged. 

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Easily Access 4K Content with Kaleidescape

If you have a dedicated home theater, you’re looking to recreate the cinema experience without the headaches that come with a visit to the local multiplex. A big part of that experience comes from the quality of the video, and with the rise of 4K Ultra HD resolution, you can now view movies in crystal clear detail.

Kaleidescape is changing the game when it comes to easy access to 4K media. This home theater system features an expansive digital store filled with 4K films, but it also gives you the opportunity to import your DVDs and Blu-Rays so you can access them at any time without a disc.

Read on to learn about the benefits of adding a Kaleidescape server to your New York City home.

SEE ALSO: Are You Placing Price Ahead of Your Home Theater System Performance?

4K Video with the Touch of a Button

The most popular streaming services offer 4K Ultra HD resolution for certain films, but the selections on those services aren’t comprehensive and are constantly changing. Your favorite movie might be on Netflix one month but disappear the next, only to show up again a year later.

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New Media Room Design? Consider These State-of-the-Art Technologies.

Here in New York City, we know that it might be difficult to find the space to build a dedicated home theater.

But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the movie-viewing experience in your home. In fact, you can still enjoy a high-end home theater system featuring state-of-the-art technology – just in a more hybrid environment.

In this post, we share three of the best technologies you can showcase in a custom media room design that will enhance the movie-watching experience for you and your guests.

Just scroll down below to find out more.

SEE ALSO: 4 Must-Haves to Create the Ultimate Home Media Room

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Smart Solutions Fit for Your Home

Considering an upgrade to your home and not sure where to start? What about lighting control that enhances your home’s beauty and efficiency?

 

Maybe you’re not sure about what you’re even looking to upgrade or add when it comes to your lighting solution.

 

Enter Lutron programming.

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How Can Lights Provide You Safety, Luxury and Efficiency?

We’ve all been there: we leave a room only to realize we forgot to turn the lights off. Or maybe you often waste energy leaving lights on when natural sunlight is available to illuminate your room.

It can be a hassle keeping up with your home’s lighting. Fortunately, a Lutron lighting control system allows easy control of all the lights in your New York City home. In this blog, we will outline some of the features and benefits of a Lutron lighting control system. Keep reading to learn more.

See Also: 3 Ways Home Lighting and Shade Control Enhance Your Well-Being

Customization

Adjust your lighting system throughout the day according to your specific needs, or change the mood of any room or area to accommodate for a certain occasion.

Whether you are having people over for a large party, an intimate dinner, or getting ready to call it a night, a lighting control system allows you create scenes to set the lighting just right to fit any occasion.

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How Does Lutron Shading Control Transform Your Property?

Many homeowners have different reasons for investing in smart shades: the luxurious look and feel, the customized control, the desire to stay on top of the latest technology, or all of the above.

Lutron shading control solutions have many benefits that can apply to any New York City homeowner, which is why we partner with them. In this blog, we’ll outline some of those benefits and what they mean for your home.

See Also: Smart Home Integration for Every New York Property

Convenient Control

Shading control from Lutron means full control from the device most convenient to you.

We can set up a customized keypad so that you can adjust all shades with a single touch. The seeTouch Designer wallstation is one option available with HomeWorks and Sivoia QED wired shading systems. It’s available in multiple colors and allows complete control with just the tap of a button.

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