Residential Installations

Do you need audio or a TV around your pool,  or on your patio or deck? How about a water proof remote control so you can adjust audio or lighting while you are in the pool or hot tub?

All of this and more is available from ADI. Call or email us today for a free quote or read on for more information.

Overview

Families are spending more time at home and hanging out by the pool or on the deck or patio is a popular activity. We have done the research and can install audio, video and control products so that your audio and video experience is extended to the great outdoors. Here are some of the systems we can install for you:

  • Audio-- Being able to listen to your favorite music outside is a great experience. Depending on what you are trying to accomplish, there are many different options. For a deck or patio, weatherproof speakers can be mounted on the side of the house to cover the area. Or there are many options that will sit on the ground around the area or around your pool. Some options here would be speakers that look like a rock, a tree stump, or small omni-directional speakers. There are also wireless options. Some even have built in low voltage lighting! See Whole-House Audio for more information.

 

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Niles Outdoor Speaker Painted To Match The House

  • Video-- Do you want to watch a movie or a sporting event out on your deck or patio? This is available today by companies that make waterproof flat panel TVs. One company I just saw at a trade show had a waterfall pouring over the TV to show how waterproof it really is! Want a bigger picture? We can install a waterproof screen and a projector!
  • Lighting-- Low voltage landscape lighting and other outdoor lighting can be controlled so it will turn on at dusk and turn off at dawn. See Lighting Control for more information.
  • Computer Networking-- Why not be able to surf the Internet while you are enjoying your backyard deck or patio? With wireless networking that is possible. See Computer Networking for more information.
  • Control--Keypads or Touchscreens can be installed outside but tend to fail more often due to the harsh environment. So there are companies like RTI that make waterproof remotes. Another option is to use wireless technologies for control. So on your way outside you would pick up a wireless remote or touchscreen and use that to control the system. You can also use your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android device or laptop to control the system!

 

 

Are you building or remodeling a Green home? Are you wondering how technology fits in to your project?

ADI can install a variety of technologies to make your Green home more energy efficient. Read on for more information or just call us for a free consultation!

What is Green?

Here is a definition I found elsewhere on the Internet:

A sustainable building, or green building is an outcome of a design which focuses on increasing the efficiency of resource use — energy, water, and materials — while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment during the building's life-cycle, through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal.

Automation can enhance all of these things!

Green Technologies

There are many things that Technology can do for a green home:

  • Lighting Control-- By simply dimming lights, you can use a lot less electricity while extending the life of the bulb dramatically. Also, turning lights on and off using smart controllers can save money and increase security. Finally, motion sensors can be used to turn lights off if no motion is detected in a room for say 10 minutes. See Lighting Control for more information.
  • Lighting Options--With dimming, standard incandescent lighting can be made more efficient. But newer bulbs like Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) can save even more energy and money. The problem with CFLs and LEDs are that they have been more expensive and not easy to dim. Some people have complained the they don't like the "color" of CFL or LED lighting. All of these issues have been fixed as manufacturers gain more experience and higher volumes to bring the price down.
  • HVAC Control-- Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) is another huge area where technology can help. By automatically turning down the heat at night or when you leave the house, an automation system can save you big dollars on your heating and air conditioning costs. See HVAC Control for more information.
  • Saving Water--Using an automation system to do simple things like adjusting the sprinkler system to not water your lawn when it is raining or water less if the temperature is low can save hundreds of gallons of water per week.
  • Electronics-- Did you know that many flat panel TVs draw over half as much current when they are off as when they are on? This doesn't make sense but it is true. By selecting electronics for your home carefully, the overall impact can be lowered substantially.
  • Power Monitoring-- So you have done all of the above. How do you know if it has helped? By integrating power monitoring in to your automation system you can tell instantly how much electricity you are using currently, or over the last day, week or month. So just by turning off some lights or appliances you can tell how much electricity and money you are saving. See Energy Management for more information.
  • Control-- Since you can control the system from anywhere in your home, or outside your home, efficiency can be dramatically increased. So you head off to work and you think you have left some lights on in your home and you forgot to turn down the HVAC system. No problem.. Just log in to your home over the Internet using your smart phone or computer and adjust the heat and turn off the lights!
  • Central Vacuum-- Installing a Central Vacuum system will help your Green Home by taking all of the dirt and pollen out of your home and venting it outside where it belongs! See the Central Vacuum section for more information.
     

Call us for a free consultation and we can go over all of the options for you!

 

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to raise and lower your window blinds with the touch of a button? How about having them go down automatically every day to block the sun?

All of this and more is available using motorized shades or blinds. When combined with a whole house automation system, a touch of a button on a handheld remote, keypad, touchscreen, iPod, iPhone, iPad or Android can set the lighting scene, lower the shades, and turn on your favorite music throughout your home!

Call ADI today for a free quote or read on for more information.

Overview

Motorized shades from companies like Lutron, Mechoshade and Somfy provide you convenience and can save you money by lowering automatically so that the sun doesn't damage floor covering and furniture. Many systems will come with a small wireless remote and some will allow you to control them from an automation system. So from a touchscreen you can lower or raise a single shade or a "scene" can be defined. Using scenes you could have all of the shades in one room raise or lower together or some stop halfway down if you want. Motorized shades will come in a variety of colors and styles and you can even provide your own fabric if you want to match some existing blinds.

 

Blu-ray Players have higher resolution sound and better picture quality than DVD Players, and will still play standard DVDs!

But it's not just the Blu-ray player (which have come down in price) you will have to buy, but possibly a new TV and Receiver also. Read on for more information or just call us and we can assess your situation and give you a free proposal with all of the costs. Once you approve the proposal we will install and calibrate the system so all you have to do is watch movies!

Overview:

In order to get the full benefit of Blu-ray, you will need the following:

Display Device- A flat panel display or projector that supports 1080p video via HDMI

Receiver-A Receiver or Surround Processor that supports Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital+, DTS-HD and 7.1 channels of audio

Broadband-Blu-ray players that fully support the Blu-ray spec will have an Ethernet connection and some Blu-ray disks support interactive features over the Internet

Blu-ray Player-The device that will play Blu-ray disks as well as your current DVDs

Now, that's not to say that if you don't have all of these things that you won't still have a good Blu-ray experience. But to get the full benefit, you will need all of those things. Compromises may have to be made to keep from spending too much money. Read on for more details.

Display Device:

One of the major enhancements of Blu-ray over DVDs is the picture quality. DVD outputs 480i (480 lines of resolution, interlaced) while Blu-ray uses 1080p (1080 lines of resolution, progressive). You can use either a flat panel (LCD or Plasma) or front projection display. Either way, it will need to support 1080p to get the most out of Blu-ray. 1080p will require the use of a digital connection through an HDMI cable. If your TV only supports 1080i, or only has analog connections using a Component interface, don't worry as good results can still be obtained.

Receiver:

Another major enhancement of Blu-ray is the sound quality. Blu-ray will use Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital+ or DTS-HD as it's sound encoding format vs. Dolby Digital or DTS on DVD. These new formats provide loss-less, high quality sound in 7 channels plus a dedicated subwoofer channel. Unfortunately, even if you bought a new receiver in the last few years, it may not support these new formats. Again, not to worry as long as your current receiver has "external in" jacks on the back. The external in jacks allow the Blu-ray player to decode the audio and just send 5.1 or 7.1 analog channels to the receiver. If your receiver doesn't support the new formats and doesn't have external in jacks, then you must buy a new receiver or settle for lower quality sound.

Broadband Connection:

All of the new Blu-ray players that fully support the specification (BD profile 2.0 or BD Live) will have an Ethernet connection so that you can connect them to your computer network. Some also support Wireless Ethernet. This allows two things. First, your Blu-ray player will be able to go out and download new firmware to turn on new features and fix bugs. Second, many new Blu-ray disks have interactive features where they can go out to the Internet and download information or allow you to go out and find more information about the movie you are watching. So if you don't have an Internet connection or an Ethernet connection where your Blu-ray player is installed, don't worry, you will just lose these features.

Blu-ray Player:

So finally we get to the Blu-ray player itself. Here there are only a few options to think about. First of all, most of the currently shipping products are second or third generation products that will support all of the following:

1080p video over HDMI

Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital+ and DTS-HD

Ethernet connection for Internet Connectivity (some have wireless)

BD Profile 2.0 and BD Live

HDMI 1.4 or later (for 3D support)

Once you verify those things, then there are just a few more things to consider. First is picture quality. 1080p is not necessarily equal among all players. About the only way to know this is to look for reviews of the product out on the Internet. Second would be having the audio decoders in the player. As we learned before, if your receiver doesn't support the new audio standards, then you will need to connect the Blu-ray player to your receiver's external in connections (5 or 7 analog connections). Not all Blu-ray players have this and in fact, you will pay more money for a player with this capability. But the extra cost will be less than buying a new receiver..

Just call us and we can help you sort out all of these details.

 

 

Do you need a Projector or Flat Screen TV mounted in your Home?

ADI has the parts and experience to make it happen. From motorized mounts to zero clearance mounts to swivel mounts. From static to drop down motorized screens, ADI can make your Living room, Kitchen, Bedroom or Theater come alive!

ADI can provide the equipment for you or just install the equipment you already have. Call us today for a free quote or read on for more information.

Flat Screen Installation

Flat screen displays (LCD, Plasma, Etc.) have come down in price and are very flexible in their design and functions. Usually they come with a stand so if you have a table or shelve to put them on or a cabinet to put them in, you are all set. But if you want to mount the flat screen TV on the wall, then you must purchase some type of mount. There are many different options here and ADI has done the research for you! We use mounts from companies like Chief Manufacturing and Sanus Systems. Here are some of the different mounting options: 

  • Standard Mount--A standard mount is the cheapest option but will make the TV stand off of the wall 4+ inches. Some will allow you to tilt the TV up or down a few degrees.
  • Zero Clearance Mount--Some newer "zero clearance" mounts actually recess in to the wall so that the flat panel display sits flush on the wall.
  • Swivel Mount--A swivel mount allows you to turn or swivel the TV in to different directions. For example, let's say you have a Kitchen and dining room that are separated by a half wall. Using a Swivel mount, you could install an LCD or Plasma TV and turn it based on which room was being used.
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    Plasma TV on a Swivel Mount so that it can be

    turned and viewed from the living room or bar area.

  • Cantilever Mount--A Cantilever mount mounts on the wall, but allows you to pull the TV forward and turn it to the right or left for better viewing. So it can either be up against the wall, or pulled out and turned in either direction.
  • Motorized Mounts--Motorized mounts are available in a variety of configurations. A wall mounted display can come forward and swivel with the touch of a button. The display could come down from the ceiling or up out of a cabinet. These options and more are available today!

    Projector Installation

    There are many options in projectors, but most likely you will use an LCD or DLP projector. These projectors are cheap, lightweight and have very good picture quality. There are many options in mounting the projector, but usually you will mount it to the ceiling. There are mounts that will mount the projector flush to the ceiling, or if it is a high ceiling, then you may need an adjustable mount so you can drop the projector down to better match the screen position. Finally, you may choose a motorized mount so that the projector drops down from the ceiling with the push of a button!

    Projector Screen Installation

    There are many options here too. There are some companies making specialized paints that allow you to paint a screen on the wall. While the picture quality is not as good as using a real screen, the price is right at around $150.00 for the paint.

    Screens come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials and are either fixed or motorized. A fixed screen is just hung on the wall like a giant picture. With a motorized screen, a touch of a button and the screen deploys from the ceiling. If you are using an automation system, a touch of a button could deploy the screen, turn on the projector, close the shades, turn on the air conditioning and adjust the lighting!