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How to Find the Best Outdoor Audio System for Your Home

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Pick Outdoor Speakers That Withstand the Weather and Suit Your Needs

Outdoor audio can truly enhance your backyard, but choosing a speaker that will withstand the elements and meet your needs can be tricky. While looking around for a new outdoor audio system, there are a few things your new system must have as well as added features you may want. Keep reading to learn more about outdoor speakers and how to choose the best system for your Barrington, IL, home. 

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Winter Is Here… Thankfully So Are Motorized Shades

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Motorized Shades Will Save You Time, Energy & Money through the Winter and beyond 

Now that cold weather has made its way to Wilmette, IL, it is once again time to watch the temperature readings go down and the energy bills go up. Unless, of course, you own a smart home with an integrated climate control system. 

At Avidia, we have everything you need to keep your home warm and energy efficient through the cold months ahead. That means smart thermostats, automated lights, and even motorized shades. Best of all, these same devices will cool you down in the summer as well! 

In this article, we will explore the different ways that motorized shades will save you time, energy, and money through the winter months and beyond! 

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Explore Effortless, Luxurious Living with Savant Home Automation

A woman sitting in a chair with a view overlooking a city and holding an iPad displaying the Savant app.

The Savant App Provides an Easy-to-Use Interface for Smart Living

Are you considering entering the world of smart home living? Today, these homes offer unrivaled ease of living, managing your home with one touch, a voice command, or automated schedules. Would you like your shades to slowly rise, letting in the first morning light in your Winnetka, IL, home? 

Or, maybe you’d like to return at the end of a long day to beautiful landscape lights that illuminate when you pull into the driveway, doors that unlock, your “End of the Day” playlist streaming through your home and outdoor areas, and the spa heated. If you can envision it, we, at Avidia, can make it happen. 

We also know that technology that’s not easy to use quickly goes the way of the dodo. That’s why we partner with Savant home automation, a platform known for its ease of use and ability to automate homes of any size, including exclusive luxury estates and super yachts. In fact, they were the first home automation company that embraced mobile technology, enabling users to manage their homes from a smartphone app. 

Let’s explore their user-friendly interface and how we create customized smart homes that make life a little easier and a lot more enjoyable.

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Meet Halo: Unlocking a New Level of Control

A homeowner using his Control4 Halo remote.

Contact a Control4 Dealer To Get Halo in Your Home

Imagine having one sleek remote that controlled every device in your entire home. It’d bring a new level of convenience and luxury to everyday life, simplifying your daily routine with unrivaled levels of control.

If this sounds appealing, then you’ll want to meet Halo, Control4’s latest evolution of their universal remote. 

The Halo remote builds upon the legacy of previous models but adds a flair of its own. Halo is more user-friendly and customizable, plus it has a more reliable signal, backlit buttons, and a voice-control feature. Keep reading to learn more about the two new Halo remotes that you can bring to your Highland Park, IL, home by working with a Control4 dealer.

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Creating the Ultimate Home Entertainment: Today’s Media Room

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Is a Media Room or Home Theater Better for You and Your Family?

When looking for the ultimate entertainment space for your home, there are two options that you’ll undoubtedly run into—home theaters and media rooms. Both audio-video powerhouses are trending, with each offering unique features. 

At Avidia, we specialize in premier audio video and home automation integration, becoming the leading technology integrator in Chicagoland over the last 12 years. We’ve watched the home entertainment landscape change as new technology emerged, creating new possibilities once limited to high-end commercial movie theaters. Let’s explore what they bring to the table and which might be right for your home in Lake Forest, IL.

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Is a Greener Life Your New Year’s Resolution? Savant Can Help!

A woman in a luxury, modern home looks out her window to a forest.

Learn how a Savant home automation system helps you take care of the planet and your pocket!

In today’s world, having a luxury lifestyle is not only a matter of who has the best entertainment systems or the finest artwork. Now that we are all trying to do our share to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle, a home that conveys that has become the ultimate luxury. Luckily, we know precisely how our technology can help you.

By adding a Savant home automation system to your Wilmette, IL, home, you can significantly reduce your energy consumption, helping you diminish your energy expenses as well. Want to learn more? Keep reading this blog!

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Choosing the Perfect Multi-Room Audio System: Sonos vs Savant

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Learn which distributed audio technology goes better with your unique home.

Adding music to your home is one of the easiest ways to make your spaces more comfortable and inviting. By choosing the right music for the occasion, you can set the mood to enjoy different activities. For example, you can reproduce classical music while working in your private home office, a happy salsa playlist while making dinner for your family, and smooth jazz to have drinks with your spouse on a romantic date night by the pool.

Did you know that all of the experiences above can be effortlessly created with a multi-room audio system? At Avidia, we partner with several audio manufacturers. Sonos and Savant are two of them, and we often get clients confused about which sound system is the best. If you are wondering the same thing, keep reading this blog! We will explore the main features of both technologies and tell you which you should integrate into your Highland Park, IL, home.

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How to Reduce Your Energy Expenses with Motorized Window Shades

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Keep your energy costs low this winter season and all year long with our motorized shading solutions!

The winter season is arriving in Winnetka, IL, and we couldn’t be more excited about it! Snowy days come with sleigh rides, cozy nights by the fireplace, and delicious hot cocoa with marshmallows. Unfortunately, however, this beautiful time of the year also comes with skyrocketing energy bills. After all, if you want to stay comfy and sniffles-free, you’ll need more than a fireplace to keep every area of your home nice and warm. 

Did you know that simple smart home installations, such as motorized window shades, can help you reduce your energy bills all year round? Keep reading this blog to learn everything about leading an eco-friendly and inexpensive lifestyle with these installations! 

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Bring Up Your Entertainment Experience with KEF Speakers

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Your trusted KEF dealer integrates the best high-performance audio solutions!

There are few things more inspiring than high-performance sound. Whether you are a big Opera connoisseur or a hardcore action movie fan, there is no doubt that immersive sound has the power to make your heart skip a beat and fill your home with joy and excitement. However, in order to enjoy the listening experience you deserve, you must integrate audio installations capable of providing you with high sound quality and excellent performance.

At Avidia, we are proud KEF dealers, one of the most reputable brands in the high-end audio industry. In this blog, we will explore the benefits of one of our favorite products from this amazing company: the LS60 Wireless speaker. Keep reading to learn how it can elevate your listening experience in your Glenview, IL, home!

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3 Security Systems That Would Have Kept the Family from The Watcher Safe

A surveillance camera is overseeing a luxury home.

Learn from the mistakes of the Brannock family and integrate a home security system into your residence today!

With the spooky season in Highland Park, IL, upon us, many people have turned to streaming platforms to enjoy new and classic Halloween entertainment. Amidst all this eerie content fever, Netflix premiered The Watcher, an unnerving series based on a true story about a New York family that moves into their dream home, only to start getting harassed by creepy letters from someone who calls themselves “the watcher.” 

Throughout the series, it’s impossible not to wonder, “What would I do if this was happening to me?” Well, we certainly hope you would call the experts at Avidia to integrate a home security system, because we are convinced there are many headaches (and subsequent trauma) that the Brannock family could have avoided had they installed professional security solutions at 657 Boulevard. 

Keep reading below to learn how to prevent this family’s mistakes and keep your dream home safe from creepy Hollywoodesque watchers! 

P.S. We’ll keep spoilers to the minimum, but you might want to finish watching this series before reading!

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