Complete Home Automation | HVAC Control

Complete Home Automation | HVAC Control

In our previous blog entry, we explored some of the benefits a fully automated security system could bring to your home. Aside from state-of-the-art security control, home automation is also perfect for controlling the thermostat in your home. Many of our clients with Crestron home automation systems take full advantage of the HVAC control feature. Just like any other Crestron feature (security, audio-visual, lighting, shading, etc.) the thermostat in your home can be controlled from your Smartphone or tablet device. For example, let’s say you have a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks. Before you hit the road, simply login to your system through the Crestron app and adjust the temperature to your liking. This way, the home will already be the perfect temperature when you and your guests arrive. Having the ability to control the temperature of your home at all times can greatly increase the efficiency of your home. According to Lutron Electronics, a lighting and HVAC control manufacturer, implementing a temperature control panel in your home can lower your energy bill by 16%, greatly reducing your carbon footprint. Just think: no more, “Oops, I forgot to turn the AC down when we left for the weekend.” You will have total control of your home and—better yet—your energy bill! We are also the ONLY residential Crestron Elite Partner in the St. Louis metro area, making The Sound Room your number one choice for all of your home automation needs. Additionally, home automation doesn’t have to break your bank account. We offer a wide-range of affordable home automation solutions, perfect for many American families. Instead of...
The Simplest Things Matter the Most

The Simplest Things Matter the Most

By Tony Vieira A wise man once said, “It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.” You know, I have to agree. While I am always impressed with the groundbreaking technology designs our technicians create and implement, I tend to gravitate towards projects that showcase our company values such as honesty and quality. Recently, we were called to gentleman’s home who was looking to overhaul his home entertainment system. While evaluating the site and existing technology, we stumbled upon a startling discovery. The system was wired extremely poorly, making it very difficult to add new components. To remain true to our mission of providing superior products and advice, we proposed a wire-manage of all the low-voltage components. As you can see below, the before and after picture are quite amazing. Unfortunately, this is not the first time we have discovered a system that was this poorly wired. Last year, my colleague, Gary Macchi, ran into a similar issue when installing an outdoor TV at the home of a client. Sadly, many area installers do not have low-voltage experience, resulting in insufficient wiring and underperforming systems. At The Sound Room, our team not only understands low-voltage wiring, but they perform installs like this on a weekly basis, making them true experts in the home technology industry. By putting our 100+ years of combined experience to work, we created a wiring plan that rectified the mess of wires, increasing the overall functionality of the system and making it easier to service in the future. While the scope of the project is hardly complex, its impact will be felt...
Affordable Home Automation | Keeping Your Family Safe

Affordable Home Automation | Keeping Your Family Safe

When you hear the term home automation, do words such as accessibility and affordability come to mind? Well, they should now! Once a luxury, home automation is now becoming a way of life for millions of American families. At The Sound Room, we have been embracing the home automation movement for years—elevating home technology for hundreds of St. Louis families. The benefits of a fully integrated home range from HVAC control to security and lighting control—all powerful enough to transform your at-home living experience. Let’s begin with safety. Integrating your home with a fully automated home security system will not only greatly reduce the risk of unwanted intrusions, but will also allow you to check on your home while you are away. Features such as video surveillance, automated locks and motion sensors will make your home the safest on the block. Affordable home automation also pays dividends in reduced worry for families with children. A system installed by our home security division, Sound Security, allows the homeowner to check on their family from a Smartphone or tablet device remotely. In addition to 24/7 video surveillance, the homeowner will also be afforded the power to lock doors with their Smartphone—no matter where they are. The way it works is quite simple: Your system allows you to remotely lock and unlock your doors so you can let people in without giving them a key or a code. You can also receive e-mail or text messages to your Smartphone every time someone unlocks or locks your door, giving you the peace of mind that your home is secure at all times. In...
Tech Express to the Rescue

Tech Express to the Rescue

By Gary Luaders In the fall of 2013, I was approached by a homeowner that was looking to completely revamp his existing home entertainment system. He was in the midst of prepping his home for a party (which was being held later in the week) and was hoping we could have everything delivered and installed in just two short days. After my team and I surveyed the property and listened to the requests of the homeowner, we created a custom home technology plan. The plan consisted of a new flat panel HDTV, speaker bar and a multi-room audio system—giving the homeowner the power to enjoy his favorite tunes from multiple rooms in the house. Typically, a project of this scale would take a custom integrator two to three weeks to draw up plans and schedule a start date. One of The Sound Room’s top qualities as a home integrator is our ability to spot trends within the industry—before they ever happen. This couldn’t be more evident than in the way we manage our inventory. The Sound Room identifies products that are not only of high quality, but also have a broad appeal. We make sure these products are readily available at all time. This is a service we refer to as Tech Express. The Tech Express service allowed my team and I to complete the project using in-stock product, finishing the project in a matter of just two short days. The homeowner was so impressed with our timeliness and efficiency, he has already inquired about The Sound Room returning for an additional project in 2014. Oh, and about the...
Very Sad News

Very Sad News

Dear Friends, It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the passing of our dear friend, Mike Smith. Mike was an amazing person, spreading joy and happiness into the lives of those he touched. Aside from his kind spirit, Mike was also a valuable member of The Sound Room team, leaving a void that will be very difficult to fill. We will remember a man of great integrity, kindness and commitment. On Saturday, January 11th, there will be a visitation at Kutis Funeral Home in Affton (10151 Gravois Rd.) from 10:30AM to 2:30PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Some of Mike’s favorite organizations include: The Humane Society, Autism Speaks and the Alzheimer’s Association. In order for Mike’s co-workers to attend the service, The Sound Room will close the showroom at 1:30PM on Saturday, January 11th. Please keep Mike’s loving wife, Nancy, in your thoughts and prayers. Very truly yours, David S. Young President The Sound...