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Avidia is Still Open and Safely Serving Customers

Avidia will stay open as a federally mandated essential business

As businesses close throughout the country to aid in social distancing and halting the spread of COVID-19, we have been designated by the government as an essential business that may remain open to support our community during this time. That being said, we’re not conducting business as usual. Your safety is of the utmost importance to us, which is why we’ve implemented special steps to protect clients and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak in the US. You can explore the steps we’ve taken here.

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Spend More Time in the Backyard with an Outdoor Speaker System

Why Stay Inside for Your Entertainment?

Once the cold recedes and flowers start to bud, any time spent indoors during beautiful weather feels like a waste in Illinois. But because of busy work schedules and routines, we still spend most of our days between walls. When you’re at home, why not spend as much time as possible in fresh air? You’ll elevate your mood and receive more vitamin D. An outdoor speaker system can help you get there.

Whether you’re doing an at-home workout, having a barbeque with family, or sunbathing with a book, it’s all best with your favorite music in the warm air. Plus, outdoor TVs can bring fun TV shows and movie nights into your backyard. To learn how the weatherproof technology will work in your Northbrook, IL yard, read more below.

 

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Safety Precautions Taken by Avidia in Response to COVID-19

The team at Avidia is keeping an eye on all the latest news about the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and around the world, and we are taking all necessary precautions to keep our employees, clients and community safe during this time. Health precautions and protocols in line with WHO and CDC directives are taking place throughout our organization to reduce the spread of disease. Every day our team reviews up-to-date recommendations to ensure we’re doing everything we can to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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Should I Install My TV Above the Fireplace?

Mantel Mounts & Hidden Technology Make the Most of an Audio Video Installation

There’s something so aesthetically pleasing about installing your TV above the fireplace. It looks neat, organized, and ties your décor together into an inviting atmosphere. But depending on the height and dimensions of your fireplace, it may be uncomfortable to crane your neck upwards to watch your favorite shows and movies above the fire. And while convenient, you might not always like the appearance of a large, black rectangle in your living room when the screen is off.

Luckily, we have the technology to address this and more. Continue reading to learn how mantel mounts and hidden technology can make the most of your space, making your audio video installation blend seamlessly with your Northbrook, IL home.

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Limited Space in Your Media Room for Big Screens?

Limited Space in Your Media Room for Big Screens?

Discover the New Options with Ultra-Short Throw Projectors

 A media room is a place where you want to enjoy your entertainment with the best possible audio and video quality for an engaging experience. Usually, that means fitting the largest, highest-quality screen in that space that fits both your viewing preferences and your home’s style.

When it comes to large screens, it's tough to beat the image from a projector for big-screen performance. For some spaces, though, projectors may not be the best fit practically or aesthetically. A projector requires a ceiling or back wall installation for optimal performance, and some spaces are not well suited for that.

In the past few years, a new high-quality large-screen option has emerged: the ultra-short throw projector. These projectors are easier to place and install, can display screens up to 120 inches in diameter, and even work well in rooms with lots of ambient light. 

If you're looking for a cinematic screen with less fuss in your Northbrook, IL media room setup, keep reading to learn more about ultra-short throw options.

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Introducing Human-Centric Lighting

Tunable Lighting Is the Hottest New Feature of Residential Lighting Control

What is human-centric lighting? It sounds like a buzzword, but there is real science behind it. Saying something is human-centric is applying science to benefit the biological and emotional health and wellbeing of people.

As applied to lighting, human-centric means adjusting the color temperature and intensity of electric light sources to mimic what sunlight does throughout the day. Studies show that lighting can have a profound impact on the way we feel. Have you ever felt tired and sluggish on a succession of cloudy days in the depths of a Chicagoland winter?  Can you recall the positive difference the sun makes when it shines afterward?

The thrust behind human-centric lighting is letting technology simulate natural light to keep us in tune with our natural rhythms. It’s the latest smart feature in today’s residential lighting control systems, and we’ll explore why you should consider it for your Glenview, IL home.

 

Read on to learn more about human-centric lighting and its benefits. 

 

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Thinking of Cutting the Cord? Avidia’s Guide to Cable & Streaming

How to Enjoy TV in Your Northbrook, IL Home Without Cable  

Are you sick of dealing with Comcast and its cable services? When it comes to TV, Comcast is not known for being flexible with its options. If you’re looking for new ways to explore TV shows and films, you may have considered abandoning cable altogether.

But before you cut the cord, follow Avidia’s guide to understand your options. We service Northbrook, IL families with custom audio visual services and know the importance of a well-running home network, theater, or media room.

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Introducing: The New Control4 Neeo Remote

How Control4’s Smart Remote is Changing the Game

At Avidia, nothing gets us more excited than the launching of new technology. Control4’s recently released Neeo remote introduces an all-new way to approach smart technology. So let’s dive into what this new Control4 home automation device brings to the table, and how it can enhance your Glencoe, IL smart home control system.

 

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Hate Dealing with Comcast? Avidia Can Help

Avidia’s Professional Home Network Installation Makes Comcast Easy

Let's face it; we have all been there. Dealing with the "cable guy" is often painful and time-consuming. The cable companies are not known for stellar customer service or getting everything right the first time, especially when it comes to network installation.

If you are a busy professional, parent, or entrepreneur, you don't have the time to deal with Comcast on the phone, working in appointments that don't fit your schedule or trying to understand how they're installing your network or explaining to them why it's not working.

 

Fortunately, Avidia has a plan for that. Read on to see how Avidia can help ease your Comcast woes, and how our professional home network installation and support plans keep all your Barrington, IL home's technology running smoothly.

 

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Why Residential Lighting Control Makes Sense for Your Projects

Lighting Control Is One of the Most Desired Smart Home Features

As builders and designers, you typically look for an edge in your projects. It may be the extra attention you pay to superior design inside and out, a unique flourish that you add like building a hidden room off of the den, or greater customizability in floorplans and finishes that gives clients more choice.

The explosion in the availability of consumer smart lighting products like Philips Hue and others shows that there is high interest and demand in residential lighting control solutions. And while these products are suitable for some applications, with new construction, the opportunity is there to add a comprehensive lighting control solution that is far more customizable for your clients.

Avidia works with Control4 for smart home automation and lighting control because it offers incredible opportunities to add smart home features your clients will love. It’s also far easier to add the infrastructure and fully customize it in the construction process than after the fact. Read on to see why adding a residential lighting control system to your Barrington, IL projects is a smart move for you and your clients.

 

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