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Posts by Rayanne Williams

Change of Plans

Chris has a dream. He wants to put a home theater in the bonus room on the third floor of his new place. He wants a projector, a screen, and an audio system so awesome that when his friends are watching the Super Bowl, they feel like they have sideline seats. 

But life happens, and Chris found out that he and his wife are expecting another baby. Congrats on that! However, Chris is now trying to find ways to cut his original $20,000 budget in half.

Not wanting to sacrifice screen size, he started looking for cheaper audio options. After shopping around, Chris informed me that the system we designed together was going to cost too much, and that he’d found a soundbar system that would fit his new budget better. I knew that this would ruin his awesome theater experience because the soundbar would lack the power and flexibility he was looking for. We talked some more and I was able to get Chris into a receiver-based system that gave him plenty of power and over 80% of what the original $20,000 system had for the same price as the sound bar he was looking at.

At WAV&S we know our products. We go through over 48 hours of manufacturer training each year, in addition to constantly testing products ourselves. We know the specs and features of all types of electronics, so we’re great at geting you what you want while staying within your budget. If you need some product advice, give us a call at (404) 483-1834 or click on the box at the bottom left of your screen for an instant live chat.

Product Spotlight: Qolsys

You want your security system to keep you safe, but why not let it take your home to the next level? This month we are featuring the Qolsys (stands for Quality of Life), which is our preferred security system. In our experience, this is one of the most reliable security systems, but it also has loads of extra features that put it a cut above the rest. 

Easy to Use

With its 7” display screen and simple icons, the Qolsys panel is incredibly easy to use. It’s intuitive enough for kids, aging parents, and even your technophobic spouse to learn quickly.

All-In-One Solution

You can connect so many devices to the Qolsys system! Of course there are the standard security system features that tell you when a door has been opened or motion has been detected, but there is so much more. You can control your lights, door locks, garage door, thermostat, and video doorbell from the panel. In addition, it has Wi-Fi, 4G celluar, and Z-Wave connections built in so you don’t have to buy extra components to connect with alarm monitoring (Wi-Fi and 4G cellular) or smarthome devices (Z-Wave).

Automated Security

Using the geo-fence feature, the system will automatically know when you leave the house or come home and trigger your home/not home settings. So when you leave for work it can automatically lock the doors, arm your security sensors, close your garage door, adjust your thermostat, and turn off your lights without you having to lift a finger.

Second Keypad

Unlike a lot of other wireless systems, you can add a second keypad to your system. Besides the main control panel, a lot of people like to have a keypad in the master bedroom with a panic button. It also allows you to arm and disarm the security system without having to go downstairs and also answer the video doorbell.

Dual Path System

Most security systems only report to the central monitoring station (the company that monitors your alarms and responds if something’s tripped) using a cellular data connection. This can take up to 2 minutes to transmit. The Qolsys system reports through your network connection, which usually takes only 7/10 of a second, and also through cellular data as a backup, in case your network is down.

Other Extras

  • Security sensors are 2-way encrypted so don’t have to worry about people hacking into your alarm system.
  • You can integrate Alarm.com cameras, which allows you to keep all of your security connections on one app.
  • It takes a picture when the alarm system is disabled or enabled so you can see who is controlling the system.
  • You can use the panel as a digital picture frame

For more information on Qolsys products, check out https://qolsys.com.

As always, if you need help with this or any other security system needs, give WAV&S a call at (404) 488-3874 or click on the box at the bottom left of your screen for an instant live chat.

Fun with Home Automation ;-)

Life seems to be getting more complicated by the day, so people are increasingly turning to home automation – a.k.a. Smart Home Technology – to make things simpler. Some of the top things that people like to automate include:

  • lights
  • thermostats
  • door locks
  • audio/video systems
  • landscape lighting
  • garage doors

But it’s a lot more than just turning your thermostat off from your phone or telling Alexa to play Netflix. Here are just a few fun (and practical) things we can help you do.

For Working Parents:

We can program the front door with individual unlock codes for each child and when they unlock it after school, you’ll get a text saying, “Timmy is home” or “Maria is home.” We can also install nanny-cam type cameras so you can make sure Timmy and Maria are doing their homework and not binge-watching “Stranger Things.”

For the “I’m Not a Morning Person” Person:

We can set an automated alarm that turns on your favorite radio or TV station in the morning to help wake you up in a kinder, gentler way.

For the Energy- and Environmentally-Conscious Person:

We can program settings to maximize your energy saving. For example, you could have the shades go down when the temperature in your house reaches, say 78 degrees, in order to help with cooling. We can also time your lawn sprinklers to come on after sunset and before sunrise so that your system is as efficient as possible.

For People with Elderly Parents or Other Dependents at Home:

We can put an emergency button in the house that will send you a text saying “call home” when it’s pressed.

For People Who Like to Embarrass Their Kids:

We have a friend whose house is programmed to play the song “Big Poppa” every time he unlocks the front door. His kids are mortified.

For the Forgetful Person:

We can program your system to lock the doors, arm the security system, and the lights turn off when you leave the house. All without you lifting a finger or having to remember to do anything.

For the Pet Owner:

When you get held up at work or want to stay a little longer at that all-day festival, you can use your phone to unlock the door so the neighbor can let Bailey out.

For the Cool Factor:

Everything that can be automated can also be programmed to respond to voice commands using Alexa, Google Home, or other voice-response systems.

WAVES vs. DIY

You can certainly DIY a home automation system, but the results may not have the “wow factor” that you’re after. In our experience, DIY systems usually end up rather piecemeal, using one app to control the lights, another to control the thermostat, another for home security, etc. With a WAVES system, all of your devices are seamlessly integrated into one app and we customize the system to fit your specific wants and needs. We can automate things so that you don’t even have to touch your phone, they just happen automatically. For example, when you pull into the driveway, the garage door will open, the lights will come on, and the TV will turn to Hulu. 

These are just a few of the many ways home automation can make your life better, easier, and more fun. To find out how we can make your life run more smoothly, give us a call at (404) 483-1834 or click on the box at the bottom left of your screen for an instant live chat.