This past week, the world’s largest tech expo convened in Las Vegas for the annual unveiling of thousands of new products and presentations from leading tech…Continue reading
Are you ready to create the home theater of your dreams?
While HD TVs offer some incredible images, if you’re looking to bring the true theater experience to your own home, a projector and screen are just what you need to make an authentic, all-encompassing event for your next family movie night.
Let’s start with a brief introduction to home theater screens for your…Continue reading
Looking for a new HD TV for your home theater?
Today’s HD TVs offer a wide range of options for your best viewing and home design. With today’s technology, you can get an optimal picture in a device that’s fully able to integrate into your existing smart home platform, with an aesthetic to complement your home's architecture and your personal design preferences.…Continue reading
Guests in town? Introduce them to your smart home
When you have guests visiting your smart home, one of the most fun parts of your welcome can be introducing them to your unique family member – your integrated smart home.
It could be a bit like Iron Man introducing his friends to his integrated home computer, Jarvis.
You want to make sure your guests…Continue reading
Some of the best features of a smart home happen when nobody’s home.
While you’re away enjoying your vacation, your smart home is taking care of business. It will update you on any unusual activity. It will make sure the environment is just as you want it to be. It will keep the lights on as if you and your family are still home. And you can monitor security and…Continue reading
The family refrigerator: is it any wonder it’s become the center of modern family activity? It’s the one place around which everyone revolves at least three times a day. This one appliance not only holds our provisions, it’s also the major communication hub, often holding the family calendar, lists, notes, mail, photos, reminders, and on and on.
Are you looking to bring together all your home systems into one seamless, automated, easy-to-manage platform?
Savant – the elite system in home automation – offers you an elegant, integrated platform that you control from a single, intuitive app. Savant unifies and simplifies your home – and your life.
With varying levels of systems to fit any home,…Continue reading
If you’re looking for the Rolls-Royce of home automation systems, Lutron HomeWorks QS may be the perfect fit for your home.
This premium home automation system elegantly integrates the control of daylight, electric light, audio/visual systems, security, and HVAC systems with beautiful design options and energy-saving technology. HomeWorks QS can integrate with existing…Continue reading
At Jackson Hole AV, we believe true peace of mind lies in simplicity. Finding the right control unit for your smart home or business can simplify your management of automation systems, greatly improving the quality of lfe for you and your family.
Just as a home automation system can integrate all your technology in a simple platform, finding the right control unit can optimize…Continue reading
Getting enough sleep is crucial for living a healthy life. Current research shows how stress and environmental factors – like looking at a blue screen before bed – interrupt our natural circadian rhythms and prevent us from getting a good night’s rest. Integrating optimal lighting into your smart home can help you…Continue reading
New home theater options abound for everyone from the sophisticated viewer to the newcomer to integrated home cinema. An array of recently-released products offer outstanding opportunities to enhance the home viewing experience while integrating with the home owner’s current technology and architectural design.
Stewart Filmscreen has released a new borderless screen to meet the…Continue reading
Think of your morning routine: Showering, shaving, brushing your teeth while watching your smart phone propped up against your bathroom mirror. You’re reading emails, checking your calendar, and trying to use your favorite apps while juggling a tiny screen and your razor.
Now imagine it unfolding in front of a large bathroom mirror that also performs as your screen, with hand…Continue reading
The Internet of Intelligent Things – and its Implications for the Smart Home
At CEDIA 2017, the annual smart and home technology trade show, Stringify co-founder and CTO Dave Evans gave the keynote address on the future impact of the IoT (Internet of Things) and the Internet of Intelligent Things – highlighting a future of innovative possibilities for smart homes…Continue reading
Back-up Power Systems for a Variety of Needs
With today’s energy needs, an integrated smart home requires sufficient energy backup in case of a power outage. An effective backup power system can also reduce energy costs and is wiser overall home energy management.
Even for a smart home with solar power, a backup power system is essential for grid-connected…Continue reading
Home security options have made huge leaps in the last few years. The precision and flexibility available today weren’t even possible three years ago. If you find on-site security cameras too limiting for your home and business security needs, you’re in luck – today, advanced adaptive sensors coupled with automated drones offer users complete…Continue reading
North America represents the most advanced, largest market for smarthome, or home automation, technology. According to a CNBC report, 80 million smarthome devices were delivered worldwide in 2016, a 64 percent increase from 2015. Experts predict that number will be at least 130 million smarthome devices delivered in 2017. So, what does that mean? Well, if you&rs…Continue reading
If you’ve ever considered adding solar to your home or office, now might be the time. According to a study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, solar is about to become the cheapest form of new energy available—cheaper than wind and, in some places, cheaper than coal or natural gas. You could potentially install a solar system on your home at half the…Continue reading
Jackson Hole is town with many high-design homes, so it’s no surprise that many of those homes also have advanced technology such as home automation and lighting controls. One of the most popular lighting control systems for many years was LiteTouch, and it’s what you’ll find in the vast majority of Jackson Hole homes. But now there’s a problem: LiteTouch, the company,…Continue reading
If you’ve looked into adding technology to your home, you’ve probably learned that some tachnoligies, such as home automation, can add ease, convenience and cost savings to your life, but did you also know that a high-tech home can actually be worth more as well? If you’re considering selling your home, adding some strategic features can actually draw more buyers and…Continue reading
Tech To Know: Rheem EcoNet
Each summer, we talk a lot about your options for lowering heating and cooling costs by controlling the amount of sun that comes through your windows. But what about the rest of the year? Did you know that 65 percent of your home utility costs come from heating, cooling, and water heating? What if you…Continue reading
Tech to Know: WyreStorm Enado AV Control System
AV control systems aren’t the flashiest, most stylish choice you’ll make when designing your home AV or home theater system. But they might just be the component that makes you happiest. That’s because a robust AV control system can ensure that your AV system actually does the things you want it to…Continue reading
If you’ve always wanted to enjoy the beauty of giant windows, but dreaded the sun-baked, overheated rooms, high energy bills, and total lack of privacy that would come with them, you might have considered motorized shades. That’s an excellent option, and motorized shades have never been more stylish and technologically advanced. But if shades aren’t your style, you have…Continue reading
When you live in a beautiful place, and the weather is just right, why would you want to go inside, even to watch the big game? And what could be better than inviting everyone over to float in the pool and watch that can’t-miss summer TV show? If you can’t get enough of the beautiful outdoors but you still need your screen time, an outdoor entertainment space might be the perfect…Continue reading
Savant is in the top ranks of home automation and audio/visual technology providers, so when they release new software, it’s always worth a close look. This spring, Savant released Savant 8.0, a new software version. It includes the usual suspects, things like firmware, but here’s what most people will really care about:
Summer is here, and smarthome technology can make your coolest, most efficient and cost-effective summer yet. Here are a few of the latest ways to make your home smarter for the summer season.
But first, a note: a lot of free-standing smarthome technologies exist, and they can provide some great functionality, but to get the best results from your smarthome, work with a home automation…Continue reading
Until the early 19the century, we were in many ways prisoners of the dark. Our daily lives and our work were dictated by the rising and setting of the sun. Sure, there were oil lamps and later gaslights, but they were costly and limited. Then, with the advent of the electric light, everything changed. For the next century or so, electric lighting would reign supreme, but today, thanks to…Continue reading
Summer is upon us, and those hot days will inevitably bring skyrocketing electric bills. But who’s home all day to adjust the shades during the hottest parts of the afternoon? Motorized, battery-powered shades provide a simple solution, and if you choose the right ones—such as Lutron’s Sivoia QS Triathlon line—you’ll get a lots more…Continue reading
Light is transformative. It makes everything seem happier, easier, more doable. Everything, that is, except a few crucial things like seeing images on a screen or, say, sleeping. What’s more, light coming through windows also brings heat, and while a home with enormous windows might be exactly what you want at some points in the day, at others it’s more economical and private to…Continue reading
There was a time when home theater speakers were made to be heard and not seen. They were unobtrusive, sleek, most always black or custom-made to fade right into your home theater décor. But, home theater friends, those days are behind us. Some of the newest, cutting edge quality speakers are coming out in bold new designs and colors that are meant for showcasing. Here are a few of your…Continue reading
We’ve all asked ourselves this question: Why is my Internet so slow? Everything seems to be connected, online and working … it’s just slow. Painfully so. These days, when so many of our everyday tasks depend on the Internet, a slow connection can be more than just frustrating. But a slow Internet connection isn’t a problem you have to just accept. Here are the three…Continue reading
If you’re a home theater buff, then you are lucky: there has never been an era of more exciting home theater technology developments. You’ve got 4K/UDH and HDR delivering the richest, most vibrant pictures ever, Dolby Atmos bringing home the most realistic sound to date, streaming services to deliver content that works with all these advanced systems and new technology coming out…Continue reading
Last week, we talked about whether the time is right to upgrade your home theater to 4K, but a discussion of exactly what kind of 4K technology to invest in could never be complete without getting into one of the buzziest tech topics: High Dynamic Range, or HDR.
What is HDR?
As we discussed last week, 4K or Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV is about getting a…Continue reading
New technology can be thrilling, especially when it results in a home theater or media room viewing experience that is truly next level. But as each new home theater technology—3D, HD, OLED, plasma and so on—has emerged, big questions came along with it. Does it provide a performance boost that’s truly worth the extra cost? That’s a big one. But even those technologies…Continue reading
Unless construction is a hobby of yours (or your career), chances are pretty good you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the voltage built into your home’s electricity system. But chances are even better that—no matter who you are—you’ve spent some time looking at your electricity bill thinking, Why does it have to be so high? For decades,…Continue reading
Smart home technologies get more intelligent and plentiful every day, so it’s no surprise that a wealth of smart tech exists to enhance your enjoyment of one of your home’s most relaxing rooms: the bathroom. Here are just a few of the smart ways you can make your bathroom both more enjoyable and efficient.Continue reading
We’re all familiar with Wi-Fi and its capabilities for allowing our devices to connect wirelessly, but even though wires weren’t required, until recently an Internet connection of some kind was necessary. Soon, however, your devices might be able to communicate with one another even when no Internet connection is available…Continue reading
Many people are just coming around to the idea that their high-def televisions have already been surpassed by much buzzed-about 4K/Ultra high-definition technology, but wait—there’s another new television technology on the block. That’s newcomer is the quantum dot television, and it’s one you’re going to want to know about.
What is…Continue reading
As much as we’re all looking forward to the Jetsons’ style smart home, those days are still many years into the future. Smart homes are a reality—and they can deliver huge benefits and significant conveniences—but they don’t just happen at the push of a button. If you’re ready for your smart home now, check out these tips to help you design and create the…Continue reading
The article below is a great discussion about where smart home technology stands. Exciting technological advances debut constantly, but if you’re waiting for one device that connects your entire home, you’re going to be waiting for a while, particularly if you have a large home. Some devices exist that attempt to achieve that, but even those are only suited for small homes.… Continue reading
You might not realize it—most people don’t—but there are certain places in your home where your money essentially just … disappears. Those places are your windows. According to the U.S. Department of energy, 25 percent of your utility costs could be going right out the window. Luckily, there’s a simple solution that will not just save you money, but also add…Continue reading
Whether you’re a person who waited in line for your newest iPhone or someone who resists technology as long as possible, chances are, once you got used to having these handy devices around, you loved them. That’s why, when they suddenly slow down or freeze altogether, it can throw a big wrench in your life. But have no fear: by following just a few monthly maintenance tips and…Continue reading
Having trouble with a certain device in your media cabinet? Try rebooting it. You can do this by holding the power button until it shuts down. If that doesn’t work, try unplugging it from the wall, or if you have a power strip, flip the switch and wait about 10 seconds.
Everything has a computer in it in this day and age. DVD players can run applications that only PC used to run.…Continue reading
When you invest in the best technology for your home theater experience, you want to do everything you can to maintain and protect that investment. Here are the top ten things to remember to ensure that your home theater is always ready to perform.
Jackson Hole AV is Excited to introduce our Jackson Hole Home Theater tip. It’s inevitable, DVD’s get dirty, scratched and stop playing. And while wiping it down on your shirt might work, here are some other options that’ll work even better.
Mixing one part water and one part rubbing alcohol makes a very effective cleaning solution.…Continue reading
You just finished putting a lot of money into your new home electronics. It’s all installed beautifully in an A/V rack and tucked into a cabinet out of sight. You’ve put a lot of work into that new system and you are of course going to take care of it, if you didn’t, it’d be…Continue reading