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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.

Pump Up the Garden Jams with 20% Off Martin Logan Outdoor Speakers

Take your tunes outside without compromising the ambiance of your yard. Martin Logan produces speakers known for their superb audio quality and high value, but did you know they produce speakers that are perfect for both indoor and outdoor settings? This spring, why not pump up the jams in your garden, pool, or on the patio with Martin Logan Outdoor Speakers? Available in a variety of styles, we can help you find the perfect Martin Logan speaker to turn your outdoor living spaces into an aural delight. And right now, for a limited time, all outdoor speakers from Martin Logan are 20% off—but this offer ends on May 31, so you need to hurry on in or give us a call today!

Outdoor Viewing at its Finest

Spring has arrived and summer is on the way—warm weather beckons us outdoors, but the lure of the Cards’ and Royals’ quests for another title might keep us indoors watching TV. We have the solution—an outdoor TV for your patio or garden.

The Perfect Picture

We carry Séura’s Ultra Bright Outdoor TV’s that show off an impressively clear picture even in sunlight. These TV’s are carefully calibrated to optimize brightness and contrast throughout the day, Séura’s Adaptive Picture Technology™ and advanced HDR and 4K UHD capability provide the perfect picture from game day to movie night.

Outdoor TVs Belong Outside

We also carry SunBrite Outdoor TVs. A leader in outdoor televisions, SunBrite TVs are specifically designed to handle rain, snow, dust, insects, salt air, humidity and extreme temperatures. Indoor TVs are made for climate controlled interiors. SunBrite TVs also offer 30% to 3 times higher brightness, reduced glare, and a sharper picture than typical indoor TVs. This provides an ideal viewing experience in brighter outdoor environments.

Maximum Control with Climate Control Options

Advanced Climate Control

Monitor the heating and air conditioning throughout your home with your mobile device or tablet. Our HVAC integration options give you the ability to conserve the amount of energy you use and lower utility bills. Conveniently control and monitor the HVAC from keypads and touchpanels as part of a complete Crestron Green Light™ environmental control solution.

Why Climate Control?

  • Energy Management—Adjust HVAC automatically to respond to the outside temperature, season or time of day.
  • Personalized Control—Enjoy a heating and cooling schedule personalized to your lifestyle that can be activated by a single touch.
  • Remote Management—Control the temperature from any Control4 User Interface whether you’re in the next room or the next state.
  • Flexible—Supports most HVAC system and offers up to 6 set points per day that you get to determine.

Be sure to Contact Us to learn more about taking control of your home climate and improving your home’s efficiency.

Made in the Shade

Make your home even more energy efficient with the addition of shade and drapery controls. These are perfect for every room, putting the ability to control your home’s natural light at your fingertips

Whisper Quiet One-Touch Control

Our lighting control and motorized shading solutions deliver precise, quiet, one-touch control of electric and natural light for years. The motors from Crestron are subjected to rigorous testing at maximum torque. We can also combine automated shades with our advanced entertainment, climate, and security control options to let you you control everything in your home anytime, anywhere, from elegant touch screens or your favorite smart devices.

SCS: Your Home Automation Experts

Spring is on the horizon and that makes this the perfect time of year to upgrade your home for maximum energy efficiency. Stay cool this spring and summer and lower your utility bills with a climate control solution from SCS. Contact Us today.

Home Automation 101: Let Us DIFY (Do-It-For-You)

Automate Your Home

Home Automation is exactly what it sounds like: automating the ability to control items around your house—whether you want to stream music throughout your house, monitor security cameras from anywhere, or put your thermostat on a timer, Home Automation is your answer. There are a wide variety of choices when it comes to Home Automation systems and because of this, it may seem overwhelming. Don’t give up! The majority of Home Automation boils down things turning on and off on their own. At SCS, we offer solutions and expertise to allow you to control every aspect of your house from one app. Or let things happen automatically. Music can stream throughout the house from any source. When it’s game time, have the lights dim, the shades lower and the TV tune to the right input, with one tap. Your security system arms automatically as the lights go out the minute everyone’s safe in bed. It’s that simple and fully customizable for any home, big or small.

Forget DIY, We’ll DIFY

Many dealers tout the Do-It-Yourself nature of Home Automation. But at SCS, we’re here to help you maximize your comfort and security at home without needing to earn a technical degree. In short—we’ll Do-It-For-You, and customize everything to your specifications.

Master Your Domain

Our goal is your convenience. So instead of offering Home Automation solutions that require you to purchase separate systems for home security, entertainment, lighting, climate control, etc. we offer complete systems that are compatible with a variety of operating systems like Apple iOS and Android and allow you to easily and intelligently control every aspect of your house.

Contact Us Today