Smart Home Options That Save Money.

When you think of home automation does the sound “cha-ching” play over in your mind?  For many it does.  However, what some do not know is the smart home options that can save you thousands.  Let’s explore some of the ways to make a smart home more valuable than just convenience purposes.

Water Damage Control

Leaks happen, although when resolved right away the damage is minimal.  Let’s say though that you are out of town for the weekend only to come home to a completely flooded and ruined home. As a smart homeowner, that’s where home automation options could have saved you such a devastating scenario.   Today’s technology allows for the option of sensors that detect leaks.  Receive a notification right from your device letting you know where the leak started i.e. water heater, under the sink, in the attic.  Additional equipment is set up on the main water line and can shut off the water with a touch of a button, right from your phone. Think about the peace of mind that comes with this feature. Not to mention you could potentially save thousands of dollars and the devastation of a water leak.

In contrast, this feature can remotely protect a vacation home by turning on the water to run through the pipes once in a while. This will help prevent corrosion and a dried up water line that allows for cracks and leaks to occur in plumbing. Really when it comes to water damage and prevention smart home devices are a wise and valuable investment.

Save on Your Electric Bill

Think of the dozens of machines and electronics in your home.  As technology advances so do the gadgets and energy for each device.  Each of these electronics, even in standby mode result in a higher energy consumption.  Smart home energy meters, installed in an electricity box can help you in this regard.  The data that you collect can help you analyze where the energy consumption is coming from. It reports energy use back to you in real time so you can see how much electricity you really use and when you use it. Additionally, you can be more prepared when you go to purchase other types of smart home money saving options.

Next, evaluate your crawlspaces, attic, and all windows and doors for ways to improve your insulation.  30% of air-conditioning and heat can escape if your home is allowing leaks. Once you have established a good insulation system, you can invest in a programmable thermostat.  Create and manage your home’s thermostat on the go. You can store multiple daily settings but override if need be without messing up the future programmed temperatures.

Other options for saving money can include connecting solar panels to appliances and having them run at times that are most effective.  You can regulate electricity by automatically shutting off the lights inside at night instead of accidentally leaving them on.

Moreover, lighting can be a downfall in many homes.  You can reduce your costs with motion sensor lighting.  It doubles as a luxury for your guests that do not know their way around as well as the convenience of carrying a heavy load of laundry without fidgeting for the light switch.  Once you have left the room the lights will automatically turn themselves off.  Amazing right!? This may have you wondering why you haven’t invested in this upgrade sooner.  This smart home feature is also aware of daylight hours.  Yes, these sensors are smarter than a 5th grader or perhaps more diligent than your kiddos when turning off the lights.

Save You Money by Deterring Burglars.

Your home and its contents are an asset that should be protected.  There are many smart home options when it comes to safety and security.  Check out this blog all on those options.

Tailor Smart Home Options to Your Needs.

In conclusion, as you may have noted an energy-efficient home paired with smart home sensors can save you money.  You may want to start with the basics and make larger investments (like solar technology) in the future.  Over time these small changes in your home can put money back in your pocket.  Not to mention the peaceful trips away from home while still monitoring the action.  Each family’s need is a little different.  Elite A/V has trained and honest professionals that can assist you in what you need to get started on this smart home journey.  We serve the local Las Vegas, Summerlin, and Henderson areas in Nevada.  Call today for a free consultation to learn what is right for you and save money for years to come.

Smart Home Automation – Is It Right For You?

When you think of smart home automation, what comes to mind? Does the idea of saving money and security spark your interest? Elite A/V is a company that cares about our client’s well-being.  We all struggle with the same common problems and we want to help.  It has been said money makes the world go round. You may think of home automation is a luxury, however, note how some options can really be worth the investment. This article is designed to help you understand the infinite possibilities of automating your home, who really could benefit from this technology and how to get started.

Families benefit from a smart home.

In today’s society, the workforce is on the rise.  Many parents get home later than their children.  Checking in on the kids has never been easier with home automation options. Get a notification right on your phone that your kiddo arrived home safely and has locked the door behind them.

This can be achieved with a specific front door unlock code designed just for your kids.  Look in on your cameras to see if they are doing their homework like they say they are.  Additionally,  families benefit by feeling more secure when they leave the home.   Having sensors paired with surveillance cameras around the parameters of your home to detect movement and start to record.  For more in-depth information on security benefits check out this blog HERE.

Pet care is another great way smart devices can help.  Automatic feeders, sensors, and monitoring is a great way to help assist you when you are away from those awesome fur babies.

Elderly and their children benefit with a smart response.

Trying to determine the safest care for your aging loved ones can be emotional.  Having a scare of your parent not answering the phone when you call to check in on them can be gut-wrenching.  Smart home technology is incredible to put your mind at ease.  Sensors can send data if your loved one has moved around the house frequently or perhaps the sensors have not gone off in a while.  These sensors send data to a dashboard on an app to your phone.  When your parent hasn’t set off a single motion detector in their house, can spring to action.  Phone and video intercoms can be placed in your aging parents home to allow them to answer by voice even if they are stuck on the floor.  You can automatically lock doors for them at night and set the alarm to stay.

Perhaps your parents are living with you or in the casita on your property.  You can monitor if the front door opens with flashing lights in your home or notifications if you are at work. All in all, many children and elderly benefit by keeping them safe with a smart home.  The smart home list continues with emergency response technology if your loved one has fallen. Enhanced alarms to compensate for the loss of eyesight and hearing. Memory aids offering reminders for daily medications and dosages and safety features such as automatically turning off appliances.  As you can see challenges are significant when a loved one is restricted, smart home technology is a fantastic investment for your peace of mind.

Disabled benefit from gaining assistance.

We often take for granted being able to pick up a remote or walk around the home easily.  Unfortunately, some suffer from daily tasks.

Home automation is becoming a viable option for older adults and people with disabilities who would prefer to stay in the comfort of their homes rather than move to a healthcare facility.  Smart home automation can enhance the quality of a disabled loved one’s life by allowing them to have voice commands to turn on and off the television, fan, lights, thermostat and more.  Additionally, motion sensors in hallways can turn on and off lights as they are working their way to the kitchen creating a safe pathway.

Similar to helping elderly, emergency features to allow for a safer life.  Devices can collect data of heart rate, respiration, temperature and other vital functions and alert family and their physician if there is a problem.  Home robotics to help with household chores as well.

Finally, giving a disabled loved one more independence really touches their heart and allows everyone to feel better about such a challenging situation.

Out of many options Where do you get started?

Home networks are an important place to start.  There is a tremendous demand on your WIFI and network with the overflow of devices connected to your network.  Having a safe, reliable and fast network connection helps ensure smooth smart home automation.

Additionally, you need a brain to connect these sensors and systems to.  Elite A/V specializes in one of the best hubs Control 4.  This is a device that allows data to be collected and you can remotely access the information then carry out commands. It’s best to start with this device and build your home automation “toolbox” over time.

In conclusion, as you can see the value of home automation can outweigh the expense.  Elite A/V likes to address the ever-growing needs of families with a consult to help you figure out the right direction to take with smart home devices.  We are trained professionals with many years of experience in home automation here in Las Vegas.

Call today to schedule a free consultation. We can develop an affordable and beneficial plan for your smart home needs.  Mention this blog and you can qualify for a free home security package.

Smart Home Security

How can smart home security enhance your peace of mind?

Every day families go to work and leave their home unattended. Unfortunately, lawlessness is advancing from bad to worse in our communities.  1 in 32 residents in Las Vegas can expect to become a victim of property crime.  This leaves a very important decision.  How can you protect yourself and your safe haven? This is where smart home automation options come to your aid. Remote surveillance over the internet or central locking of all perimeter doors and windows are a great place to start.   We all can relate to being away from our home and wondering “did I remember to lock the door or shut the garage door?” This idea can muster up anxiety when contemplating all day long if you exposed your home to theft. Now you can verify if your doors are locked to give you the peace of mind.

Security Technology Has Made Leaps and Bounds.

If a motion is detected in your home you can get a notification in an instant from your smart home dashboard. Parents can check to see if their children have come home safely within minutes. Recieve a notification that they came in the door and the door locked behind them.  Check the security cameras to make sure pets or children are ok and what they are up to.  Alarms and detectors can update you in moments notice if there is a danger.

Safe Smart Locks

Door lock automation capabilities allow you to unlock certain parameters just to give the lawn or bug man access to the backyard. You can assign a relative with a temporary passcode that works for just a few hours to unlock your front door.  All of this can be accomplished from your device remotely.  At night it has never been more reassuring with a home automation system set up.

When it is time for bed, arm your alarm to stay with a simple voice command “good evening”. The hybrid keypad by your bedside can verify all your doors and windows are shut. The lights inside dim and fade to black, the porch lights turn on and the alarm system is armed and ready.  If a sensor goes off in the middle of the night, hit a panic button that turns on lights and plays music to reassure you that an intruder gets scared off.  Another touch of a button can notify the police.

Vacation Without a Worry.

Additionally, one of the greatest security options is the occupancy feature. When on vacation the occupancy setting can copy all the activities you used all week.  It can turn on and off the lights, tv, and electronics, the entire cycling of your actions of the previous week when you were at home. This is so much more valuable than just turning the lights on and off at night.

A vacation home can benefit as well with the option to power on and off electronics so they stay perfectly healthy and last.

Are smart home technologies secure?

We get this question a lot from our clients in Las Vegas.  It seems technology brings a new set of challenges, security within your security.  That is why it is important to hire a professional when setting up smart home features onto your existing WIFI network.

Elite A/V has access to networks that are professional grade. Moreover, the precautions our team take when setting up your smart home give you the highest level of security.

Call Elite A/V today to plan out your smart home.  We will help you understand your options and give you a plan of action that you can benefit from.  With a smart security plan, you can feel safer in the years to come.

 

 

A Showroom Designed to Educate You and Impress Your Senses.

For those of you who know Elite A/V our standards have always been high.  We now have a home theater showroom in Las Vegas that will take you to audio video dreamland! The technology on display features complete home automation control systems and a variety of home theater sound displays. Additionally, we have Salamander a/v furniture, security systems, a commercial cafe bar and a stylish game room.   We have packed this place out with tons of amazing products for you to experience!

 

Learn Smart Home Capabilities

Home automation technology has grown so much over the last few years.  Voice commands and remote control systems have never been more functional. We really do have it made in the shade! You can test out Alexa and movie and audio commands.  Home automation is at the next level when you bring Control4 on board. This remote is a fan favorite when it comes to quality and variation.  Prompt automatic Lutron window shades, color changing light displays, thermostat controls and more with the dynamic duo of Alexa and Control 4 integrations.

The Theater Experience

Throughout our showroom, there are strategic audio displays designed to impress your senses.

The theater room is where you can kick back on plush fortress theater designed seating, gaze up at a seamless 100″ projection, and take in two variations of theater sound systems.  Monitor Audio paired with Dolby Atmos and the other incredible display by Martin Logan with a 7.1 channel sound. Both radiate immense power and unique sound.  Other audio systems showcased are Monitor Audio, Triad Speakers, Dynaudio, Sonos and Bang and Olufsen.

Every Home theater in Las Vegas should have the sound that is enjoyable to watch a movie with. We want to educate you about the differences in sound, size, price, and technology. However, no matter the cost, we back up the quality of the products we offer! Each and every speaker has something to offer for your individual preferences.

 

Get your Game On!

Our game room is not shy of audio power. We have some pretty amazing floor standing KEF speakers on display for your entertainment. Play a round of shuffleboard or bumper pool and imagine what your game room could be with surround sound pumping through the ceiling. We want to help customize every space in your home to maximize your enjoyment with your friends and family.

Commercial Grade Electronic Displays

Your heart may already be pumped up at this point, however, the cafe area features an LG commercial menu board with a video panel display that will have you brainstorming ways to enhance your storefront or restaurant. Soon to come is a 70-volt commercial Sonance system that creates a personal experience in a large space.  , an alarm system panel

 

Finally, to protect our establishment we have an alarm system panel to demo for you that we feel is of the utmost importance in your home and business. If you love to explore new technology and enjoy learning about a variety of audio-video gadgets, we guarantee you will be happy with our selections.  Schedule a visit so we can demo all kinds of fun entertainment equipment for you!  Call us at 702-997-4108 to make your appointment today!

RIVA FESTIVAL The Mother of a Multi-room Wireless Speaker

The last article featured RIVA ARENA, the more compact version of the wireless speaker from the RIVA Wand Series. This article will highlight RIVA FESTIVAL a larger and more dynamic version in this series.

 The Quality of Design is Remarkable for Such a Small Speaker.

First and foremost, this bad boy is upgraded with an elegant wood enclosure surrounding three woofers, three tweeters, and 4 passive radiators. Can you believe all that fits in 14 x 7-inch speaker?  This design reproduces more of the musical spectrum than any comparable product currently on the market. That’s impressive!

The RIVA Difference!

The FESTIVAL audio design utilizes high-performance acoustic components to deliver an audio quality that truly reciprocates live audio.  Additionally, their patented 3-channel audio technology Trillium™ captures stereo imagining in the finest and most sought after way.

You may wonder, what is stereo imaging? Imaging refers to the aspect of sound recording and reproduction.  When sound is recorded in a professional studio, the placement of instruments, artist, and microphone in the sound booth make all the difference.  RIVA speakers are designed to highlight those unique locations and depth.  Moreover, an image (placement of sound) is considered to be good if the location of the performers can be clearly located. On the other hand, the image is considered to be poor if the location of the performers is difficult to locate.

Stereo and Ambisonic Recordings

According to one reference, a well-made stereo recording, properly reproduced, can provide good imaging within the front quadrant; a well-made Ambisonic recording, properly reproduced, can offer good imaging all around the listener and even including height information.

Envision you are sitting in a room with a band behind you and the artist in front of you. It’s as though music is 3D, that is the type of amazing quality you can expect from these wireless speakers.  Immersive sound with deep, powerful bass is key to a pleasing experience.

Other Specs:

With a whopping 200 watts of power, this wireless speaker can charge your tablet or phone with its’ USB port.  Endless hours of fun with connectivity options including Wi-Fi, DLNA, DDMS, AirPlay, and Bluetooth. Stream unlimited audio content through Chromecast built-in and Spotify® Connect. FESTIVAL supports high-resolution audio up to 24-bit/192kHz so you don’t miss any detail.

Why Elite A/V backs up This Brand

All things considered, As of 2017, RIVA Audio has received some of the highest awards in the world of high-performance wireless audio. No doubt, we had to jump on board with such a high standard of sound.  It’s no wonder our customers in Las Vegas love this product.  See for yourself in person how powerful a compact wireless speaker can be!  When given the choice, choose professional options over consumer products out there.

Let us help! Call today 702.997.4108 to visit our fully remodeled show rooms to gain home theater inspiration.  The speaker choices will surely impress any listener.

Cover image of Riva Arena by the pool.

RIVA ARENA – Wireless Speakers that Pack a Punch!

The lives we live are fast-paced. Having a speaker to take on the go reaps great benefits.  For this reason,  there is much to consider when purchasing a compact speaker to fit the role of many jobs. We are happy to boast about these remarkable little wireless speakers that are packed with innovative technology.  First, let’s take a journey in time back to the early 70’s to see why these speakers exist.

The Roots of RIVA

The founder is regarded as a true “Golden Ears” throughout the music industry with a deep passion for delivering the real truth and joy of music. Beginning his career in the UK, Rikki Farr, was in the heart of the music industry.  He hosted the infamous 1970 Isle of Wight, which was said at the time to be one of the largest human gatherings in the world. With estimates of over 650,000, this event surpassed the attendance at Woodstock. The line-up featured some incredible artists such as The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and The Doors.  Ricky later developed a touring company and produced 4,700 shows with leading artists Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Rod Stewart, Tom Petty, Bob Marley, Bob Seger, Guns N Roses, Nirvana, and much, much more.

In addition, Ricky is no stranger to live music. His experience drove the passion to create the “Riva philosophy”.   The philosophy basically is to design and produce speakers and technology that can reproduce music and sound so pure you can hear the future.

Why Elite A/V Recommends this Wireless Speaker

As of 2017, RIVA Audio has received some of the highest awards in the world of high-performance wireless audio. Of course, we had to jump on board with such a high standard of sound.  So what are the specs of this roaring lion packed in a little body?

This two part article will feature our favorite two wireless speakers: RIVA ARENA and RIVA FESTIVAL Let us see which one is right for you.

The Small but Powerful RIVA ARENA

Arena speaker on kitchen counter

A compact multi-room wireless speaker that delivers stereophonic sound. What exactly is stereophonic? It is a sound reproduction using two or more separate channels (Arena having 3)to capture the dimensions of a performance. The depth is separated into the performer and their acoustic surroundings. This elevates your experience and allows your ears to resonate with a realistic sound of a live concert.

Pretty incredible huh? Not to mention lightly, the speaker doubles as a USB charger and is equipped with Spotify connect and Chromecast built-in for unlimited streaming capabilities.

Designed and Engineered from the Inside Out.

  • 50 watts of power
  • The Arena connects with Wifi or with Bluetooth, Airplay, DDMS, and DLNA.
  • It supports High-resolution audio up to 24-bit/ 192kHz
  • Play all of your favorite audio hassle free, from any source and anywhere you want. No Wi-Fi required!
  • Optional battery pack allows 20+ hours before recharging.

All things considered, this speaker from the wand series of Riva audio is an exceptional choice if a compact speaker is a huge asset you want to have.  If size isn’t the most concerning feature, you may like the RIVA FESTIVAL. Keep a look out for the next article.

4 Ways Control4 is for the Modern Living

Whether we choose to accept it or not, life with technology is here to stay. There are benefits to jumping on board with modern technology. One of which is the convenience. I’d like to take a moment to share with you four ways that control4 remotes are for the modern living.

1) Less is more.

Imagine this scenario. You’re watching TV looking for the volume remote which happens to be different than the TV channel remote in some cases. Or possibly you get a little cold and want to change the fan to a lower speed that is also remote that you’re searching for. Now I know we have all experienced digging for a remote control in the couch. It’s not fun and it’s not for modern living. Having a remote control that is central and large enough not to get lost, yet condensed into one application to control multiple functions is incredibly convincing to get on board.

2) Safety.

Let’s entertain another scenario. You come home after a long physically demanding day, you’re sitting in front of your TV completely glued. The thought crosses your mind that the alarm system is not activated. You say to yourself “in a moment I’ll get up.” The house could be on fire and you may not even want to move! So you don’t turn it on. Fast forward an hour in time to falling asleep on the couch, you finally get up and go to bed. This particular night you forget to turn the alarm on. Control4 solves this problem because with the touch of a button you can set your alarm. And of course, if you were watching TV the remote control would be close by. You never know, the one night that laziness gets the best of you could be the night that you compromise your safety. Not to mention, that you are able to check your security cameras at any given time right from your remote control as well. That old wise saying “better safe than sorry” has never been easier in modern living technology.

3) Experience.

Life gets complicated and let’s face it, so does technology at times. But when you have a centralized remote control that you can use to create a mood in your home it makes for a unique experience. To lie back and be able to control your music, watch your favorite movie, turn off the lights, it’s all right there at your fingertips. How incredible is that! Experiences are even more important in today’s society because we are so engulfed in work and being occupied by daily minuscule tasks. Anyone of our clients in Las Vegas that has ever owned a control4 remote has never said: “man I wish I had separate remotes again for all my gadets.” Hence, the experience speaks volumes for itself.

4) Be one of the cool kids!

No more wishing, be the one to set the standard of modern technology in your home. Trust me when I tell you, your friends will be impressed! When they see how easy it is for you to enjoy all your electronics with one convenient, really cool touchscreen application, they will definitely be jealous! They may even be like a little kid in an elevator pressing all the buttons! For movie night pull out your control4 and see everyone’s eyes light up in amazement that you can turn off the lights, play the movie, change the volume up and down, and even set the thermostat just right for a very cozy night in with awesome company!

If these reasons haven’t convinced you that control4 is for the modern living then it’s true, you may be living in the last century. But sooner or later technology will creep up on you and you will have to jump on board. Be the first! Set the standard. And really get the benefits and convenience of control4 remotes connected to your home theater system.

Elite A/V LLC in Las Vegas would be happy to help you with your home automated theater system. Give us a call for a quote. We would be happy to help install smart home technology and explain how to use your new controls. We can also install alarm systems. Let us know.

BlueBOLT is a trusted Elite A/V LLC Product

Protection is Needed in an Ever Connected World

As our homes are becoming more and more connected with advanced technologies and entertainment equipment, devices such as; routers, modems, switches, controllers, and streaming devices rely heavily on stable networks.  There is a lot that can go wrong and many variables that can cause systems to slow down or lock up which typically require a service call with your home entertainment system.  But most often these problems can easily be solved by a simple power cycle.  BlueBOLT enables Elite A/V customers to receive active help on these issues through remote cloud-based system management.

Elite A/V can monitor your network connection and power management.  BlueBOLT also allows us to reduce your service calls by 80%, Immediately respond to issues, prevent issues from occurring, and ultimately increase your satisfaction as a customer here in Las Vegas.

In addition, each BlueBOLT component offers protection from a power surge.  You may ask, “What is a power surge?” In general, a surge is a transient wave of current voltage or power in an electrical circuit. 60-80% of all surges occur within a home or building.  It could be anything from a simple thermostat operating a heating element, a switch mode power supply found on many of the devices we use today, or electrostatic discharge.  Surges that occur outside of buildings are due to lightning strikes or utility grid switching.

The amazing thing about BlueBOLT products is the self-sacrificing technology that saves your expensive electronics from being destroyed.

There are several products to choose from when we are designing the best protection for your home audio theater.  Some of the products are listed in this video on our YouTube channel:

To learn more about our products and custom integrated systems please call us and we would be happy to help.

Amazon and Control 4 Integration

As a kid, we dreamed about flying cars and tablets that controlled our every desire. We all knew that at some point sci-fi movies would eventually become our reality. The distant future seemed so exciting as we all waited for the day we would have modern conveniences.  The wait is over- we ARE in the future!! Even Doc from Back to the Future dialed in our time.  The advancement of smart devices has made home life experiences worth sharing in.  Elite A/V Las Vegas customers are flocking to these new technologies.  We want you to be on board.

 

 Smart Home Possibilities

Create a “scene” with Control4 and Amazon Alexa smart devices.

Imagine coming home, as you walk through the front doors and say “Alexa turn on the welcome scene,” the lights automatically lead the way, while Pandora starts your favorite playlist, the door locks behind you and you feel the weight of a long hard earned day melt off your shoulders. This brilliant experience sets the tone for the evening.

 

As night falls, you sit with your sweetie on the couch and say “Alexa turn on movie night”.  The automatic shades from Lutron Triathlon slowly begin to fall creating a private movie environment. Your home theater opens with Amazon Fire TV right to your favorite movie.  The lights dim and your cinema experience begins. When you can’t keep your eyes open any longer no need to go around powering everything down. Simply go to bed and say “Alexa power down the house.”  All the lights shut off, the doors lock, the alarm system turns on and you can sleep with peace of mind.

 

There are many smart products available today, it isn’t until these devices work together in harmony, that you experience the flawless touch of a smart home. It’s the sophistication of smarter living that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.

Check out this youtube video brought to you by Amazon and Control 4: https://youtu.be/uByI298tsm8