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As an Essential Business, SCS is Open for Business

As our local government has issued a civil emergency order, we want to let our customers know that our business and industry are considered essential and we will remain open. Our business hours will be limited to Monday – Friday from 9am to 5pm and closed on weekends. For the safety of our clients and staff members our showroom is closed and clients may visit our store by appointment if necessary. Please feel free to call us at 417-887-9558 and we will gladly do our best to accommodate the needs of our clients. We expect that your home entertainment systems and your Wi-Fi and streaming services will be getting a lot of use over the next few weeks, and we are here to support our clients with services in this difficult time.  

If you need sales or service please use the following options to contact us. We will do our best to reply in a timely manner. Please be aware that some of our staff will be working from home and return communications will be delayed in some cases.  You can reach us in the following ways:

Phone: 417-887-9558
Email: contact@scshomeentertainment.com
Online: https://scshomeentertainment.com/

Installations, Deliveries, In-Home Services & Consultations:

Already-scheduled installations, deliveries, and in-home consultations are being confirmed according to our customers’ comfort levels, and the utmost care is being exercised by our technicians. All staff have been trained to exercise a rigorous protocol in maintaining the safest environment possible. This includes maintaining appropriate distance from our customers. Any employee who feels unwell, exhibits any symptoms, or who has had confirmed or presumptive exposure is required to stay home.

We will be calling before heading to your home to confirm the following:

  • Confirm no one in the family is sick or has been in the past several weeks
  • Asking if you would like us to wear disposable gloves while in your home or business
  • Request the use of a location in home for hand washing for our technicians

As this situation continues to evolve, we will closely monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and local health officials around the country. We will continue to rely on their recommendations and expertise to inform our decisions with the health and well-being of our customers, employees, and communities as our highest priority.

Stay well and please know that we’re right here on the other side of the screen, keyboard, or phone for you.

Best Regards, 

Larry Batson
Owner & President
SCS Home Entertainment

increase productivity through technology

4 Ways to Improve Productivity Through Technology

Productivity starts with design, and many companies are missing out on simple and relatively inexpensive technological upgrades for their business. Keep reading to learn about 4 easy ways you can improve productivity with modern technology:

Smart Lighting is a Smart Business

Lighting is incredibly important for well-being in your office. In a recent study, the American Society of Interior Design found that 68% of American employees complain about the lighting situation in their office. Some complain that lights are too dim, while others complain that lights are too harsh, and most would prefer they have a source of natural light.

Thanks to modern technology, offices can maximize natural light while supplementing it with perfectly calibrated man-made lighting. There are systems available that will raise and lower motorized window coverings, blinds and shades while dimming and brightening light fixtures to create the perfect lighting throughout the day. These systems can also be easily customized from a smart device to avoid all that time you have spent trying to figure out which light switches does what!

Cold Woman in OfficeProper Climate Control is Essential for Employee Comfort

A study found that one-third of workers surveyed considered temperature as a primary workplace issue. Temperatures that are too cold can cause employees to make mistakes as they struggle to stay warm. Warmer temperatures can cause employees to feel fatigued and struggle to concentrate.

An improperly programmed thermostat doesn’t just make your staff uncomfortable, but also costs you money in the form of energy bills. Smart climate control makes it easy to keep your employees productive and your energy usage efficient. Our modern systems allow you to control temperatures, from anywhere in the world or run completely autonomously. Along with control via an app, you’ll have a simple and intuitive touch screen on the wall to control this and all of your other systems.

A Modern Audio/Video Control System Improves Productivity

Professionally installed and configured video conference solutions improve productivity and teamwork. Modern systems allow for instant collaboration with any part of the world. Remote presentations come to life, communication becomes easy, and your business shows off the look cutting edge look it has earned.

Presentation Matters

The right presentation solutions can keep your clients and employees engaged from the moment they enter your place of business.

Imagine this: A client walks into your business for a meeting. They see their name, company, and meeting time on the digital sign behind the reception desk. After they are lead into your conference room, you walk in and press the presentation button. Instantly, the lights dim, motorized shades lower, a projection screens lowers, and your presentation is displayed. That will keep their attention.

 

We realize when it comes to commercial spaces, one size does not fit all for integrated technology. When you work with SCS, we first seek to understand your unique business needs and create a solution that provides you with the most efficient use of the technology you need.

Let SCS simplify and streamline technology in your boardroom, conference room and throughout your facilities. SCS is the definitive source for centrally and globally controlling, managing and presenting information in the greater Springfield, Missouri area. You can now control and automate the lights, blinds, screens, thermostats and AV equipment-all from an intuitive easy-to-use touch panel, remote or keypad. Let SCS help you take control of the technology so you can focus on your business.

6 Ways To Win Every Game Day

Win The Mancave Playoffs!

6 Ways To Win Every Game DayFace it, life is a competition where the person with the best home entertainment setup wins. You have to stay ahead of the competition if you want to be the one who hosts the big game. Let’s go over 6 things you need to make sure everyone on the block is begging to watch the play-offs at your house. With this guide you will have the best game day party in the lower 48.

1. A gigantic screen to put you on the field

You might be the coolest dude in the office, but if your TV isn’t up to snuff, nobody is going to want to come to your party. The most important thing by far is a proper home video setup. You want the best TV, and bigger is always better. You also want to make sure it can handle the latest video technology. 4K HDR is a must. You also have to make sure it is mounted properly. If you can swing it, the best option is a complete home cinema system with a projector and screen. We’ve got the options for you to make this happen, from the best TV for your budget to elaborate full home theatre installs.

2. A sound system that makes you feel every bone-shattering hit

You don’t just want to hear the sound, you want to FEEL it. Those speakers on your TV aren’t going to cut the mustard. Five speakers and a subwoofer is the MINIMUM to make sure you can drown out Brian from next door when he starts talking about his favorite anime hairstyles during 4th and goal. Ideally, you should to be able to give your guests a heart murmur with the unbridled power of your audio setup.

3. Make sure every seat is the comfy seat

You might have a nice recliner for yourself, but if your guests are forced to sit in camping chairs that you just knocked the spiders off of, you’re going to lose some points. You need the best furniture for serious game watching, and that doesn’t mean the cheapest couch you can find at the thrift store. It means high-end seating that is completely adjustable for every person in the room. It doesn’t matter how good your A/V setup is if your guest has a spring poking into their back. We’ve got the furniture that makes your mancave into THE mancave.

4. Gaming tables to occupy the kids.

Your friends are awesome and their kids are adorable. Most of the time. They are straight-up annoying when they are running around in circles in front of the TV while you are trying to use your force-powers to will the field goal attempt between the posts. This is where the gaming tables come in. Put a ping pong & shuffleboard table a couple rooms away and let them occupy themselves. It will be worth every penny to keep them out of your hair.

5. A second TV for the non-fans

We’ve got an even better option than continually cranking up the volume when your neighbor Brian won’t stop asking simple questions like, “What does first down mean?” Send him to a different room with a TV showing something he’ll understand, or maybe a YouTube video that explains the basics of football. You can even set up a “Basics of Football” training module for him on your Smart TV so that he can come back in a few minutes humbled and happy in his new knowledge.

6. My grandma’s chili recipe.

Just kidding, you can’t have it. I guess you’re stuck with the 2nd best game day party in the country. We’ll still help you with everything else.

Uh Oh, Everyone is Coming to your House for Christmas Again!

 

You just found out that the entire extended family invited themselves to your house for Christmas again. Normally, your anxiety level would skyrocket as you worry about how you will entertain them and keep them happy. Not this year, this year you’ve been preparing with the help of SCS Home Entertainment. Here are just 5 of the many ways that SCS helps make Christmas more pleasant for everyone!

1. A Shuffleboard Table to keep Great Aunt Doris and her new boyfriend occupied.

Great aunt Doris showed up with her new boyfriend Roy, and he won’t stop giving you advice on how to cook the turkey. He even brought his own deep fryer, “Just in case.” Good thing you have the new gaming tables in the rec room. It reminds them of the shuffleboard they played on the cruise ship where they met, and they spend every hour of the day reliving those memories.

2. The home cinema room for all 7 of the kids.

Your cousin Jeff shows up with his five kids for an entire week each December. Between them and your two little ones, the house is non-stop chaos. Luckily, this year you had a home theatre installed. Between that and your subscription to Disney+, they stay as calm and cute as Baby Yoda.

3. The central vacuum for your brother Kyle that brought his 4 dogs.

You love your brother Kyle, and you love his dogs, but they each shed about a cubic-foot of fur each day. They are also horribly afraid of a standard vacuum and won’t settle down for an hour after you run it. Luckily, you installed a central vacuum with a sweep inlet. A few swipes of the broom into your automatic dustpan each day and you can enjoy the pups without wearing them for the next month.

4. The outdoor stereo system for the teenagers.

Your sister Stephanie’s teenagers are cool. Way too cool for you. So cool, in fact, that they chill outside in the middle of winter so they don’t have to be with the boring old people. You show them your outdoor stereo system that they can connect their own Spotify account. Suddenly, you are also kind of cool.

5. The automated lighting system for your electric bill.

Your house was originally wired by a crazy person. No one can ever figure out which light switch controls which light. The entire house used to get lit up like the Christmas tree every time one of your guests got up use the restroom. Not anymore, now lights only go on when they are needed with your automated lighting system. You save a few dollars on your electric bill and don’t have to hear everyone complain about their stubbed toes.

 

This years Christmas will be a success thanks to the products and services you received from SCS Home Entertainment. Didn’t get everything you need yet? Let us know! We’ll do everything we can to help before the big week, or at the very least help you prepare for next year.

12 "Smart Gifts" For the Holidays

12 “SMART GIFTS” FOR THE HOLIDAYS

12 "Smart Gifts" For the Holidays

 

The people on your holiday gift list don’t want an ugly sweater, a boring tie or a partridge in a pear tree. Many of them crave unique experiences more than products. Here are 12 “smart gifts” for the holidays that will give them a whole year’s worth of comfort, convenience and peace of mind.

  1. Make family time more memorable – You’ve probably noticed that commercial movie theaters are now starting to provide the amenities found in many home theaters, including big, comfy seats and spectacular sound. Today’s home theater systems let you dim the lights without leaving the couch – and walls can be easily soundproofed so the kids can do homework while mom and dad watch Avengers:Endgame.
  2. Enjoy greater peace of mindHome security is a precious year-round gift. The market for home security cameras is expected to reach nearly $10 billion by 2023. With our Smart Home Solutions package, your gift recipient can remotely check home security cameras, make sure that doors are locked, and turn on outdoor lighting as dusk approaches.
  3. Take HD to new levels – An Ultra HD projector matched with a gigantic screen ensures that home movie viewing truly rivals the quality of your local cinema. When you see the results, you won’t believe how far high-definition technology has come in 25 years.
  4. Add visual flair to your home theater or game room – Whether it’s a plush seat for your home theater or a stylish credenza or cabinet for your game room, great furniture can enhance the experience. Let us be your one-stop shop for pool tables and gaming tables…plus the furniture that surrounds them.
  1. Make entertainment a whole-house experience – It’s easier than ever to sync your home’s video and audio systems so you can seamlessly enjoy Taylor Swift – or continue watching Toy Story 4 – as you move from room to room.
  1. Enjoy crisper audio and video – Today’s Blu-Ray players deliver greater performance in thinner, sleeker designs. Don’t forget that a Blu-Ray system does much more than play DVDs. You can also use them to stream Netflix movies or Spotify music.
  1. Get lighting that dazzles – Government figures show that 29 percent of U.S. homes are now using LED lighting – and that figure is rapidly rising. LED technology offers two major benefits: higher quality light at a lower energy cost.
  1. Hide your speakers – Wall speakers can now sit flush against the drywall, then get plastered over and painted so that they’re completely invisible. Your guests will wonder where all that amazing sound is coming from. Be sure to check out the Sonance Invisible Series speakers.
  1. Create subtle moods – Lighting controls can make you the maestro of moods, whether you’re dimming the lights in the late afternoon or shining a special light on a treasured work of art.
  1. Enjoy hassle-free wireless coverage in every room – It’s easy for us to install more routers and wireless access points so that you can easily browse or stream anywhere in the house.
  1. Communicate room-to-room without a clunky intercom – State-of-the-art communication systems – both wired and wireless – are today’s cool way to communicate from room to room.
  1. Liven up your outdoor entertainment – Every outdoor party will be a hit when you install an all-weather flat-screen TV and sound system. They can be triple-sealed and placed right next to pools and hot tubs. Some Martin Logan speakers are designed to look like rocks so they blend beautifully with your landscaping.

You can trust our team at SCS Home Entertainment to bring these holiday gifts to life. We know all about the high-end brands that can make it happen – like Klipsch, Bowers, Sonance, Martin Logan, Wilkins and Seura. And we serve not just Springfield but Branson, Rogersville and many other Ozark communities.

Here’s another great reason to visit us: we expertly install everything we sell. We’re not like Amazon, which ships you the products but forces you to find an installer.

This holiday season, give everyone on your gift list a home technology experience that will resonate throughout the year ahead. Or simply gift yourself…and let the whole family enjoy! Visit our Springfield showroom to learn more.

Home Cinema Room

7 Reasons Why Having a Home Cinema is Better than Going Out to the Movies

Luxury Home Cinema Room

As we enter the third decade of the 21 st century, home cinema technology often matches and even surpasses movie theater quality. Investing in a professionally designed and installed home cinema system can result in a much more enjoyable movie-watching experience. Let’s go over some reasons why:

1. Visual Quality

Many movie theaters display in resolutions that are actually lower than modern home theater systems. Some even skimp on their screens, which results in large hot spots or flaws in the center of the film. I went to see a movie recently and the entire time I was watching I could only pay attention to the giant flare in the center of the screen.

2. Sound Volume and Quality

Movie theaters never can quite get it right, can they? It’s either too loud, too quiet, or poorly balanced. Maybe I’m just an audiophile, but I always want to jump into the projection booth and recalibrate everything.

Annoying theater patron using a phone at the movies.3. The Other Theater-Goers

I’m the type of person who can’t stand when people talk or look at their phones in a theater. One guy 2 rows down live-tweeting the movie is going to ruin my entire day. Maybe that doesn’t bother you, or maybe you are the one talking and live-tweeting the whole time. If so, do you really want some stranger sitting in the dark stewing in rage at you for 3 hours? That doesn’t sound fun.

4. The Stinky Seats

Even if you are lucky enough to live near a theater with nice reclining seats, they still aren’t going to be as comfortable and customized as what you can have at home. Not only that, but thousands of butts have been in it for hours at a time before you got there. Don’t bring a black light in there either. A study by Good Morning America found that there is more fecal matter in a movie theater seat than there is in a New York Taxi, seats on public transit trains and buses, and even toilet seats. YUCK!

5. The Sticky FloorSitcky Movie Theater Floor

Most of us are going to mop our floor if we spill a half gallon of soda on it. In a movie theater, it will probably sit there for a few hours becoming a sticky mess. Soon it will start gathering popcorn, candy wrappers, and other biohazards. By the time you step in it, it’s going to be a pile of grossness that traps your shoe like a rat in a glue trap.

 

6. Watch What and When you Want

If your theater is at home, you get to watch your movies on your terms. No finding a time that fits your schedule, no waiting in line, no driving to the theater and finding a parking spot. Also, you can pause it whenever you want or just turn it off and switch to something else if you don’t like the movie. You shouldn’t feel like you have to stick around and watch something just because you spent the time and money to go see it in a theater.

7. Everyone Thinks you are Cool

There really isn’t a better way to impress your friends, family, and enemies than to casually show them you have a movie theater in your house. It’s like having a private bowling alley, but you’ll actually use it and you don’t have to worry about anyone injuring themselves in the ball return. You might need to be careful who you show, because they are definitely going to try to hang out at your house every day.

As you can see from these reasons, you need a professionally installed home cinema. There is way too much knowledge and skill required for the vast majority of us to even attempt to do it ourselves. Luckily, SCS Home Entertainment has been designing and installing home cinemas for years, and will guide you from start to finish. Give us a call today to set up a consultation. You deserve it.

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A Central Vacuum Could be the Answer to your Allergy Problems

If you or someone in your family suffers from indoor allergy problems, your vacuum cleaner could be part of the problem. Traditional vacuums don’t completely remove the dust and allergens that are making your lives miserable. Unless you are using a central vacuum system, you have probably noticed the “vacuum smell” when you try to clean. This occurs when fine dust is recirculated into the room around you instead of being removed. With a central vacuum, that dust is completely expelled from your home, allowing you and your family to breathe freely. Studies have shown that a central vacuum system can improve indoor air quality and lead to a healthier home. One such study found that allergy sufferers who switched to central vacuums experienced better sleep, fewer nasal issues, reduced eye problems, and other substantial health benefits.1

Along with making your family healthier, central vacuum systems typically last much longer than conventional vacuums and require less maintenance during their lifetime. With a conventional vacuum, you might have to empty the bag or canister twice or more during one cleaning session. There are also filters to clean, belts to change, and often you have to regularly seek a professional for repairs or just break down and buy a new unit. With a central vacuum, you only need to empty or change filters a few times a year, and systems often last 20 or even 30 years.

None us enjoy the sound of a loud traditional vacuum. Luckily, central vacs are much quieter. The power unit and collection container are located in a utility space away from the area where you are vacuuming, so your family won’t be disturbed by loud motors. This also allows for greater suction, because the stationary units aren’t limited by weight. You can pick up debris that your traditional vacuum couldn’t dream of moving. You are also much less likely to damage your furniture with a central vacuum hose, because you aren’t carrying around all of that weight.

 

Healthier air quality, more power, quieter operation, and less maintenance? That sounds good so far! You might be thinking, “What’s the catch?” The catch is that a central vacuum system needs to be installed. Luckily, we have the experts that can design and install the perfect central vacuum system for any home. We can also help you choose the right accessories to help you live your best life. Give us a call today or stop by our store to get on the road to a cleaner, healthier life.

 

 

1. “The Influence of a Central Vacuum System on Quality of Life in Patients with House Dust- Associated Allergic Rhinitis”

5 Reasons Smart Shades are the Smart Choice for Your Home

Smart Shades

We’ve all seen it in TV shows and movies – a luxurious apartment or hotel where the blinds rise automatically as our protagonist is gently woken by the morning sunlight. Sure, that seems like a great way to wake up, but smart shades are much more than a gentle alarm clock.

1. Safety

Properly installed smart shades provide safety features to help keep your children and pets safe. There are no dangling cords to get hung up on, so don’t have to worry about your little ones hurting themselves by getting snagged. This also provides a much cleaner look to compliment your interior design.

2. Comfort

Your smart shades can integrated with your other smart home features and automatically adjust to provide the perfect light levels in your home. You can also control them with the touch of a finger or the sound of your voice. We’ve all experienced the sun suddenly blasting through the window and distracting us from our favorite show or game. With smart shades, you can correct this without even leaving your spot on the couch!

3. Energy Savings

Smart shades can double the insulating value of your windows. You don’t need to make sure you are opening and closing them to maximize your energy efficiency, we can configure them to do the work for you. Your shades can integrate with the rest of your smart home features to deliver real savings on your energy bills.

4. Security

Your smart shades can help you to increase the security of your home in a number of ways. Your shades can close as soon as you leave your home and open when you arrive. They can also be opened and closed remotely, and scare away potential criminals who may be approaching or staking out your home. You never have to appear to be away from home again!

5. Smart Home Integration

All of these benefits can be made even greater when your smart shades are integrated into a full smart home system. We have the knowledge and expertise to help make your home into the home of the future. It doesn’t need to be overwhelming or confusing. Contact us today and we will explain how we can help make your home start working for you, we can even create a custom wake-up scene like the one above!

 

 

Wherever you go… Keep your home safe

Heading out for your summer vacation in the next few months? Many people are, and because of this well-known tradition, summer time tends to make criminals a little more daring. But you don’t have to let the prospect of a home break-in worry you while you’re trying to relax on vacation. We can help you select and customize a home security system that you can control from your phone. In addition to a security system, we can also help you set up smart home features that allow you to control your lights and even your window shades from, you guessed it, your phone. Setting your lights up on a timer or controlling them on the fly while you’re gone can help keep up the pretense that your home is occupied while you’re gone. These steps may seem complicated and time-consuming, but in most cases we can do the installation and train you how to use your new automated home features in less than a day. Keep your family and your home safe no matter where you are.

More Home Safety Tips While You Are Away

A Home security system will give you peace of mind while you’re away, but don’t forget these additional measures to keep your home protected.

  • Stop the Mail

    An overflowing mailbox is a clear sign that no one’s home. And when no one’s home, the thieves may strike. You can stop your mail service for the time you will be away online here. It’s incredibly easy. You can stop your mail for any amount of time up to 30 days and your mail carrier will deliver your mail in one bundle upon your return.

  • Beware of Social Media

    Be careful what you post on your social media profiles. You might even wish to wait until you return to post all of your vacation selfies. Posting your vacation photos in real time lets people know that you’re not home and not expected home for at least a few days. This makes your home a prime target for thieves and burglars.

  • Have Someone Mow the Lawn

    Much like a pile of mail overflowing in your mailbox signals to those with ill intent that you aren’t home, an overgrown lawn is also a hint that you’re away. If you’re going to be gone for more than a week, it’s wise to ask a neighbor or pay someone to mow your lawn in your absence to keep up the look of an occupied home.

  • Lock Everything

    This seems like common sense, but be sure to lock every access point to your home. That includes your garage door, back door, and any crawl space entries. And don’t forget to lock all of your windows, too.

Take Your Home Entertainment Experience to the Next Level—Your Backyard

Make the most of your outdoor space this summer by adding an outdoor TV. This added entertainment will make your backyard the center of the action all summer long. Whether you want to make sure you don’t miss a second of the game while manning the grill or you want to host outdoor movie nights, we can help you select the right television for you.

At SCS, we offer some of the highest quality outdoor television products available today. We are an authorized Séura dealer and also carry Sunbrite TV’s. These TV’s are designed to withstand the elements and provide the optimal viewing experiences for shaded, partially shaded, and sunny environments. Give us a call today and we can help you determine the right choice for your outdoor space.

Don’t Forget the Sound

No outdoor entertainment system is complete without a high quality speaker system. At SCS Home Entertainment, we offer the best outdoor speakers on the market.

Scalable & State-Of-The-Art

We can help you select landscape speakers and systems that are totally scalable. Our state-of-the-art systems deliver perfectly even volume coverage and unbelievable sound quality throughout any size space. From rock speakers to subwoofers, you’ll find a variety of options available in natural colors and textures designed to hide in garden beds.  Not only are these speakers easy to blend into your landscaping, they provide jaw-dropping sonic performance.