One of our favorite smart home platforms, Josh.ai, has announced a number of new developments and partnerships that we are thrilled to offer our clients in their automated homes.…Continue reading
The training and ongoing education never stop for us as integrators. As smart home technology continues to evolve, we’re constantly learning new and better ways to best install A/V systems that our clients love.
Seminars at the recent CEDIA Expo 2021 highlighted audio and acoustics and video/HDMI, with topics ranging from acoustics to 8K to the latest research trends.… Continue reading
Remember when you had one stereo in your living room and had to turn it up to 11 to hear it in the bedroom?
Those days are long gone.
Today, smart technology means your home can have a coordinated Audio/Video in many rooms throughout your home. Multiroom A/V is basically a connected network of devices – TVs, speakers, amps, soundbars – so that you can play music or…Continue reading
“Whole home audio,” or “distributed audio” are phrases tossed around a lot when we’re talking about smart homes. But what exactly is whole home audio – and why does it improve the quality and comfort of your home life?
Whole home audio is essentially a sound system installed throughout your entire home. But it’s not the image of music blaring…Continue reading
The heart of summer may be the ideal time to install your ultimate home theater. Starting the design and build now will ensure your project is ready for the colder, darker months when we all want to curl up in front of our favorite film in the comfort of our own home. Or, since we’re all spending so much time outdoors, we can envision how an outdoo…Continue reading
As the pandemic calms down and we move back into the world, some things about our daily lives are forever changed. More people will probably continue working from home, in one way or another. We might decide we like to cook and entertain more at home.
One thing that’s definitely here to stay: the home theater.
Even if we can go back to the movie theater, a lot of us…Continue reading
We’re spending a lot more time outdoors.
Over the past decade, we’ve seen many of our clients want to move their home entertainment areas outdoors. They’ve wanted more complex outdoor lighting options and better entertainment systems that can withstand the outdoor conditions.
Now it seems our clients have been ahead of the curve. With the pandemic, the whole…Continue reading
We’re seeing more demand for smart technology in rental property, among both management and tenants.
If you’re building new rental property, or interested in converting an existing rental property, you’ll want to take note of these current trends. They can make your role as an owner a lot easier, and make your rental properties that much more attractive to tenants.… Continue reading
Wondering how you can improve your home’s energy use?
With smart technology, you can get more accurate information and make better choices about how your home uses energy.
Energy for our smart home technology is evolving as quickly as the technology itself. Besides the increase in home technology, electric vehicles (EVs) are ushering in the next big shift in a home’s…Continue reading
Think of your technology needs first.
Far too often, we meet clients who come to us for their home’s technology needs after their beautiful luxury home is built.
In some cases, this means an immediate retrofit and reconstruction – which is expensive, time-consuming, and can delay them from moving into their home.
The days of home…Continue reading
As smart home integrators and technology experts, we’ve learned a lot in the past year about what works for a smart home to really serve the needs of its owners.
In the past year, sales and installations of smart home tech have skyrocketed. This isn’t a total surprise, as smart home tech sales were already on the rise, even without the pandemic. But when our homes became…Continue reading
At Jackson Hole A/V, our integrators know the importance of proper foundation to support all the wireless needs a home will have – needs that keep changing and growing over time. From the wires in the walls to the number of routers, it’s crucial a home is ready to support additional smart home devices that are added.
This is especially important now, as new research shows…Continue reading
Every January, the Consumer Technology Association’s annual technology conference CES kicks off the new year with new products, research, and innovation on a global scale. This year, not surprisingly, the event was virtual. But there was still a lot of new smart home tech on the scene to make our home lives more comfortable and productive.
Digital Trends’ round-up of the&nbs…Continue reading
The pandemic has changed our homes – quite possibly in ways lasting beyond the health situation.
We’re now working and learning from home, exercising at home, and entertaining more outdoors. Since March 2020, home theaters have increased in complexity and comfort; many home owners are expanding their outdoor home entertainment options, even in cold weather. People are…Continue reading
Smart home security is a lot more than fancy doorbells, or stopping that burglar from breaking in the window and stealing the jewelry. And it’s even more important now while we’re all spending so much more time at home.
That’s right – smart home security is vital even when we’re home.
Think of it this way: You’re in the middle of a two-hour…Continue reading
Once again, Samsung is rising to the occasion.
For all of us working, learning, and living at home, Samsung has released the world’s first “Do it All” monitor.
The new monitor allows users the ability to move easily between modes, transitioning between…Continue reading
We love it when two of our favorite smart home tech companies come together.
Especially when it means we get to make the home lives of our clients even more comfortable, safe, and secure with cutting-edge integration techniques.
For more than a year now, we’ve been offering the innovative J…Continue reading
We’re going to geek out for just a minute, but stay with us: It’s worth it.
If you’ve watched The Mandalorian, the Star Wars series on Disney+, you know one of the best parts of that series (and there are a ton of great things about that series) is the music.
If you know the series, you’re humming right now.
If you don’…
Are you looking for a premium active loudspeaker for your home audio system – one that makes a bold visual design statement to match its top-shelf sound quality? A completely unique sound solution for your automated luxury home, where your visual aesthetic is just as important as sound performance?
These days, our homes have become even more important to our overall health and well-being. Many of us live, work, learn, and recreate at home. The overall aesthetic and the environment need to support our quality of life on a very basic level.
Light plays a huge role in our daily quality of life.
As the darker winter months approach, many of us may already feel the negative…Continue reading
Summer’s not over yet, but the cooler nip in the morning air reminds us all what’s coming: colder temps and early nights. It’s the perfect time to design and integrate your dream home theater, ready for those cozy movie nights with the people you love.
Now is an especially key moment for home theaters, as the pandemic has changed our movie-theater-going, probably for…Continue reading
Audiophiles know that smart speakers today come in a huge array of sizes, shapes, colors and styles. But maybe the best part of speakers today is that the most incredible acoustics could come from nowhere at all.
At Jackson Hole A/V, we install architectural speakers in-wall or in-ceiling, making sure the speakers are aligned with the aesthetics of our clients’ homes. Cables and…Continue reading
Lutron – a worldwide lighting innovator and one of our favorite smart home solutions for our clients – has announced the release of its latest architectural lighting solution: Athena.
We are now talking with clients and making plans to integrate this new lighting solution, available for installation this winter.
Athena offers smart home enthusiasts the whole-home…Continue reading
With so many of us spending more time at home, our living rooms and bedrooms have become our offices, classrooms, and gyms. Luckily, our Samsung Smart TVs are equipped to help us make this transition to complete living at home.
Samsung Smart TVs can make our work lives easier and more productive with Remote Access. Remote Access includes Wi-Fi Direct, for screen sharing between TVs and…Continue reading
In the middle of the night, you stumble to the bathroom; the lights automatically come on at a pre-set “night time” dim setting.
As you carry a load of laundry into your dark laundry room, the lights automatically illuminate the space.
As you come into a dark upstairs hallway at night, lights automatically brighten your path.
Hands-free, motion sensing…Continue reading
In our continuing series of “Meet our Team,” we’d like to introduce you to Jackson Hole A/V’s drafting engineer, Sandi Mexia.
Sandi prepares proposals and drawing sets so that your smart home dreams can become a reality.
A drawing set built by Sandi is presented to clients, contractors, and the architect. These…Continue reading
What are the hottest trends in smart home technology?
Home health, robots, and fully integrated smart homes – according to insights from the annual international meeting of technology experts and innovators.
This year’s CEDIA Consumer Electronics Show featured more than 300 sessions on technology topics and trends. More than anything, …Continue reading
One of the best parts of spring? All the light! One of the hardest parts of spring?
All the light.
If you’ve been considering upgrading your window treatments, the increased glare and angle of equinox sunlight may be pushing you just a bit more to explore the options for your home.
And you’re in luck: individualized shading systems from companies like&n…Continue reading
If you're selling your home, make sure its smart technology is up to par.
Experts in smart home tech and real estate agree: smart home tech is in higher demand and increases a home’s resale value. Smart tech like automated blinds, climate control, lighting, audio/visual, locks, the garage door opener, appliances, and security systems can all improve the value of your home…Continue reading
As professional home automation integrators, we at Jackson Hole A/V make it our business to know the best products to meet the individual needs of our clients. We love bringing our expertise about smart home tech to our clients to make their lives more comfortable, convenient, and secure.
Naturally, we bring that same knowledge and expertise to our own families…Continue reading
The use of smart home technology is growing among those 55 and older, contributing to a safer, easier, and more comfortable style of living.
Baby boomers and seniors are an enthusiastic and growing market for smart home tech, which can make living independently easier, safer, healthier and more enjoyable for the 55-plus crowd.
The results are evident in a recent survey…Continue reading
Three years ago Samsung introduced its groundbreaking Frame television – a luxury TV with a top-notch QLED image that transforms into a piece of artwork hanging on the wall when the TV is off. It’s quickly become a favorite with home theater enthusiasts.
And now there’s the sound quality to match this visual masterpiece.
The Frame works because the cabinet is…Continue reading
Water leaks can be a homeowner’s nightmare. The vital installation of leak detectors is especially crucial in our climate, where low winter temperatures put pipes at a greater risk of freezing and bursting. And if it happens while you’re away on vacation in warmer climates? All the more possibility for some serious damage.
Water leak detectors are a must. And an…Continue reading
What’s the most critical device for smart home owners?
The remote, of course.
At Jackson Hole A/V, we’re thrilled to be an official integrator of the Control4 home automation platform. The new Control4 Neeo remote is just one more reason why we love to offer this outstanding platform to our clients.
The new Neeo remote is sleek, elegant, simple – and…Continue reading
We are pleased to announce that Jackson Hole A/V is now an official dealer of Josh.ai.
We are excited to be a part of this network of elite home integrators, bringing this premium home automation platform to advance the ease, comfort, and security our clients experience in their homes.
Josh.ai is a voice-controlled home automation system developed specifically for high-end…Continue reading
Your automated smart home integrator now has even more power to fix problems in your smart home – before they happen.
With Artificial Intelligence (AI), IP networking, and the cloud, Jackson Hole A/V integrators can seamlessly find and resolve issues in our clients’ automated homes without interfering or even entering your home. In many cases, these problems can be…Continue reading
With “The Wall Luxury,” Samsung recently launched the next level in home theater. The next development from its highly successful “The Wall,” The Wall Luxury’s modular microLED technology, coupled with its unique emphasis on style and design, make it a top choice for elite smart home owners wanting the cutting edge technology with the finest design aesthetic.…Continue reading
Overwhelmed by the glut of smart home devices? Not sure where to start, or how to find the right products for you, your family, your home?
You’re not alone. Researchers are looking at ways smart home companies can better understand consumers – and develop better products for them.
In the recent article “…Continue reading
Does your home need a wireless intercom system?
While they could be seen as a luxury of the past, especially now that we’re all walking around with portable communication devices, wireless intercom systems present a basic in home communication that could best suit your family’s needs in the simplest way. And as a …Continue reading
Still thinking about solar power for your home? It’s a good idea to do – someday?
That someday may be now.
If you’ve been considering solar for a while – now’s the time to act. Why? Because it’s never been more cost-effective to make the leap to solar – and it may never be again.
Savant home automation clients are used to groundbreaking technology for their smart home systems, with consistent, useful innovations for a more comfortable, energy-efficient, and secure home.
Savant recently showcased its newest wave of lighting products compatible with Apple HomeKit, making it the first company to control breakers via HomeKit using its Circuit…Continue reading
Are you ready for the next generation of lighting efficiency?
Over the past decade, LED light bulbs, known for their energy-efficiency, have been replacing compact fluorescent light bulbs. Now, the next frontier of energy-efficiency is available for homes and businesses, using an innovative, alternative electrical power source: Power over Ethernet.
“PoE” technol…Continue reading
The need for smart home devices to connect and work together is more important than ever.
Interoperability is one of the most important issues facing smart home technology today. The January article “…Continue reading
In the long days of summer, it may seem that your home is using less energy than in winter. But with increased sunlight and temperatures come increased cooling costs. The average American home uses about 867 kilowatt hours per month of energy, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
In a…Continue reading
The demand for smart home technology is exploding. Amazing technological advancements, options, and affordability all make things we once only saw in Jetsons cartoons accessible and enjoyable. Today, you can start small with smart light bulbs or Alexa voice control, or go for the complete, fully automated home, which you monitor and control from your mobile device.
Hunting for the perfect sound? Learning to use your home audio system’s equalizer could be just the skill you need.
An equalizer uses frequencies to create the sound you want. It gives you the control to adjust aspects of sound to sculpt the music to your unique preferences. First used in recording studios, equalizers are now mainly digital, and available on all kinds of…Continue reading
If you need evidence how the quality of light affects people’s well-being, just take a look around Jackson Hole these early spring days. It may still be cold, and there’s still snow, but we’re all walking a little lighter – because, well, there’s so much more light.
Lighting designers like …Continue reading
Spring is here – which means home energy management is quickly shifting from saving on heating costs to cutting back on cooling costs. Ceiling fans can play a big part in reducing cooling costs. When used correctly, a fan can mean small adjustments to your thermostat which result in large savings. The average ceiling fan at high speed consumes about 75 watts. To compare, an air…Continue reading
You know that scene in movies when the technology master brings up a screen with lots of tiles and chooses what they want? And then chooses something else? And controls the fate of the universe – or at least the next two hours of their entertainment – with unlimited tiles at their fingertips?
Now you can do the same thing: unlimited video tiling is available in Savant…Continue reading
Audio pioneer Sonos has partnered with architectural audio innovator Sonance to create a new line of in-wall, in-ceiling, and outdoor speakers that will blow you away.
The result? Sonos Architectural by Sonance. Incredibly complex sound, easily controlled with a simple platform.
The unbelievable sound quality and the innovative design are not surprising, considering the two…Continue reading
Good news for smart home theater enthusiasts: Samsung’s new line of TVs offers smart tech for everyone’s taste, from the smallest MicroLED TV with 4K resolution ever to the most gi-normous 8K resolution screen to fill your home theater.
First up: smaller can be better. …Continue reading
Building a new home? This is a perfect time to lay the groundwork for smart home automation. But you’re not really thinking about smart home technology? All you want are some dimmer switches and a sweet home theater?
Well, for now.
With all the decisions to be made during new construction, it’s tempting to push aside the topic of smart home automation to think about…Continue reading
Smart lights – you’ve heard about them, seen them, maybe you even have a bulb or two, but really, what are the advantages? Is it just about doing cool stuff with colored lighting, or do they actually save energy and money? Do you need to completely change your home’s lighting system to make it worthwhile? Where do you even begin?
Fortunately, smart lighting systems…Continue reading
TV is great. TV is wonderful. We love our TVs with their amazingly clear images, sharp contrasts, and colors so vivid they’re more real than reality.
But we’re not watching TV all the time.
And when we’re not, there’s an enormous black hole dominating the living room. Or bedroom. Or kitchen. Or whatever room we have a TV in – which, for…Continue reading
Our homes embody our design for living: they provide our families with the essentials, comfort, and an aesthetic unique to who we are and our values.
Securing our home is a key part of maintaining that sense of safety and protecting what – and who – we hold closest to us.
But the variety of smart home security devices flooding the market can seem overwhelming and…Continue reading
The high tech home market is inundated with smart devices: anybody can pick up a smart doorbell or motion detector or smoke alarm at their local home improvement big-box retailer. There are definitely advantages to these accessible, popular devices. But asking Alexa to play your favorite music of setting your coffee maker to go off fifteen minutes before you wake up do not create a truly…Continue reading
One of the sleekest aspects of a smart home is integrated window treatment.
Besides improving your home’s overall design and aesthetic, motorized shades and blinds set the quality of light, control the climate, reduce energy use, and improve security.
It’s a sweet luxury to have smart home technology: a hot tub warmed up and waiting when you get home from work, a lighting scheme and music playlist perfect for your dinner party. Smart home owners enjoy the ease and simplicity of being able to manage their home’s technology and energy systems from their smart phone.
But there’s an even bigger, more important…Continue reading
Is it time to take the leap into total home automation?
There are some strong reasons to consider integrating all your home’s technology into one seamless platform.
Integrating all your home technology affords you the opportunity to decide which systems and offerings work best for your particular needs – both now, and in the future. Uniting them in one…
Your smart home has a great security system, but you’re out of the country and expecting a delivery. How do you know when the delivery person arrives? And how do you let them in once they’re there?
Well, now it’s possible to know exactly when the delivery arrives, communicate with the delivery person via video and two-way intercom, and let them in the house –…Continue reading
Is your TV ready for some smarter lights?
If you’re looking for some new lighting schemes to enhance the change of seasons, Philips Hue is releasing its newest smart lights to highlight your home theater.
Play and Signe are the two newest lights from the creators of the popular color-changing lights you manage via app. These new lights are designed to create a new level…Continue reading
It’s no surprise that several product lines we work with at Jackson Hole AV were finalists for the Best New Product Award announced at the CEDIA Expo earlier this month.
CEDIA is the leading worldwide authority in the home technology industry. The organization represents 3,700 member companies globally and more than 30,000 professionals who manufacture, design, and integrate…Continue reading
We recently discussed how your TV can become a literal work of art with “The Frame,” Samsung’s high-end television which transforms into a frame displaying art when the TV is off.
There are even more innovative designs to conceal your TV when it’s not in use.
Have you spent time and money designing your ideal living room, only to leave a big black hole on the wall whenever the TV is off?
Now your TV can also perform as a work of art, thanks to Samsung’s new innovation, “The Frame,” its high-end television which transforms into a frame displaying art when the TV is off.
The Frame accesses the Samsung Art Store, the…Continue reading
Smart home owners know: the ability to set just the right light, at just the right moment, takes an experience from good to exceptional. Whether it’s a dinner party or an evening relaxing with your kids, being able to control the lighting from your mobile device, exactly according to your specifications, is one of the peak benefits of an integrated home lighting system.
Now that summer is in full swing, many of us move our indoor living experience to our backyards, patios, and gardens. The patio becomes the living room for the next three months, the space we use for everything from entertaining a dinner party to relaxing with our families in the evenings.
Luckily, your smart home’s outdoor audio experience can be as satisfying as the…Continue reading
One of the best parts of summer is the unending light. But when the sun finally does set, Philips – an international leader in smart lighting – now makes it possible to set the lighting tone in your outdoor space with its new line of Hue smart lights for outdoor settings.
Imagine your outdoor patio with a newly outfitted system of Philips smart lights – 16 million…Continue reading
Looking to upgrade your home theater? LG’s Smart TVs with ThinQ Artificial Intelligence are now even more impressive with Google Assistant voice controls.
At CES 2018 in January, LG introduced ThinQ AI and an advanced image processor in its newest OLED and SUPER UHD TVs. ThinQ allows the application of hundreds of voice requests using LG’s open smart platform and third-party…Continue reading
Ever been on an important conference call and your computer glitches? Or the sound goes out? Or you can’t get the technology to work at all, meaning that important meeting with a client on another continent can’t happen?
And have you ever had this happen with a board room full of clients?
If so – you know the result: scrambling, frustration, regret at…Continue reading
Integrated smart homes bring the home owner a new level of ease and comfort through automated systems and greater control specifically tailored to the family’s needs and preferences.
Why not bring that same level of facility and comfort into your business?
Imagine digital locks for all your business’s doors, so that you know exactly who can access the building…Continue reading
Solar energy is now easier and less expensive to install in your smart home or business. But there are still some serious issues – like when the main power grid is down and your home cannot access its stored solar power. Fortunately, innovators like Robert Madonna and his team at Racepoint Energy are quickly developing solutions to allow smart home owners the flexibility and control they…Continue reading
So you’ve secured your property with state-of-the-art surveillance cameras. But what happens when you actually need to review that surveillance video? While you were away for a two-week vacation, how do you find the moment when a mysterious man in a long black coat tried to break into your car? Do you really have to sit and scan through hours of video?
This year marks the century anniversary of Daylight Savings Time in the U.S. Lighting is also a prime way to reduce our energy consumption and reduce carbon emissions. In honor of saving daylight and energy, let’s take a look at how integrated lighting systems like Lutron can help a smart home save energy while basking in the perfect light all year long.
One of the most basic…Continue reading
Looking for the perfect new table for your entry hall? New sofa for your family room? New lamps for your bedside tables?
Amazon’s AR View app can help you explore interior design options right in the room you’re looking to upgrade. AR View brings the world of augmented reality to your fingertips, allowing you to view 15,000 objects in your space and purchase products…Continue reading
If you’re a smart home owner, you’ve likely heard the term “Internet of Things” or more recently the “Internet of Intelligent Things.”
What do these terms have to do with the way your home knows just what lighting scheme you like for dinner, what music you like to wake up to in the morning, and what time to lower the shades in the garden room?…Continue reading
We have smart home devices to make our lives easier, right?
But with so many different smart home devices and brands, remembering which app raises the blinds and which one raises the temperature can make home life even more confusing and frustrating. Using a different app for every device can create more chaos and confusion than not having the device at all.
Ideally, hubs…Continue reading
It’s possibly the least exciting part of owning a smart home – network security.
Nobody wants to think that their fabulous new television, refrigerator, or thermostat needs protection from possible hacker attacks. What would a hacker do if they could access the thermostat, anyway?
Well, quite a lot, actually.
A hacker getting into your internet-co…Continue reading
Over the past few weeks we’ve looked at building your dream home theater for your smart home. This week, we look at the third and final piece to creating the ideal experience: the perfect audio system.
Your home theater can have the most advanced image technology available today, but without the audio, your viewing experience will be average, at best. Luckily, a home integrator…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