These Three Rooms Should Be Added In Your Audio System, Here's Why
The top places that are usually included in home audio/sound systems are living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms. The “not so obvious” rooms get overlooked, leaving people using their new sound system only to realize they should've added a few more rooms. If you’re considering installing a home audio system, or currently have one but want to include more rooms, we recommend the following three.
Bathrooms. Not only can music make bath time fun for kids and relaxing for adults, an automated speaker system is also safe for everyone. Audio systems can be configured to work with your security system or your phone to alert you of suspicious activity, important information, or if someone is at the door.
Having this setting on while in the shower can be pretty useful, as most times the bathroom is the place we aren’t aware of emergency calls, texts, break ins, or doorbells. You can allow certain calls to come through, or even be reminded of certain events and time limits. The safety benefits are a reason in itself for the bathroom to be part of your home audio system.
The garage is a must, if you’re someone who spends a lot of time there. Mechanics understand this. Being able to listen to music while working, playing, sorting, sifting, entertaining, crafting, planting, conversing, or whatever you do, in the garage, is nice. Along with the added security benefits listed above, you could be in the garage all day and not worry about what's going on in the house.
Walk In Closets
Last but not least, walk in closets! Listening to music while picking out clothes and getting ready in the morning might be what sets the tone for your whole day. You could also listen to the morning news, or even better, put on your favorite podcast.
Rooms To Consider
Some other rooms to include would also be baby rooms and home offices. Listening to work/study music while in the office helps improve “both productivity and cognitive performance” to stay focused and get things done quicker. Similarly, babies calm down and fall asleep faster while listening to certain sounds that make curious brains focus and get comfortable for bed.
Need help getting started on an audio system? Let us know what you need. Need help adding more rooms to your system? We can help. Whether it’s a home audio system, security system, theater system, full automation system or other, We Are More can help direct you in what steps to take for your project and install whatever is needed.
11 Reasons the 2021 Samsung Frame TV is Worth It
We won't waste your time, let's get straight to it:
2. Slim Frame Design
3. Customizable Frame Covers
4. Different TV Stands
5. Art Mode
7. Frame to PC connection
9. Clarity (Quantum Processor)
10. Smart TV
11. Eco Friendly
Do you want one of these TVs yet? If not, sorry we couldn’t convince you! If yes, We Are More is always available to help assist you in set up or configuring your smart TV to your home or office. Let us know if this was helpful or not in the comments.
All information was obtained from a compilation of YouTube videos, personal interest research and common smart tv knowledge. All photos are from Samsung. No copyright or infringement is intended.
How much does it cost to install a home theater?
Installing a home theater is a lot like buying a car. You pick and choose what kind of car you want based on certain features that usually include model, make, color, bluetooth capabilities, gas or electric and so on. There will be a price range that depends on the features and type of car you’re looking for. So, the price of a home or business theater depends on what you want, what you don’t want, and the features you’d sacrifice to get the price that works with your budget.
The basic necessities of a theater installation include a few core features that you can’t have one without. The same way any car has core features in order to run, like a motor, a steering wheel, a windshield and other accessories. So, what are these core features and how much do they cost?
After deciding between the core products and evaluating their prices, you can then have fun looking into the personalized features that make the theater everything you envision. What are some of the additives that would make your theater significant?
Beyond styling and personalized additives, there’s also the cost of installment. Whether you choose to hire a professional installation company like We Are More, or to do the installation on your own, there will be extra costs tacked on to the install. When it comes to implementing the core aspects or the extra features, there are benefits to hiring professionals in terms of cost, experience, and time. All in all, a ballpark/average cost of a home/business theater can range from $2,000 to around $35,000. The average price conclusion is around $17,500.
These costs of all the above will vary depending on preference, but they each serve as a nice contribution to the overall look and feel of your personalized theater space. We know that there’s a lot to choose from, which can make the process of creating a personalized theater a little overwhelming. Don’t worry, We Are More offers design assistance and customization guidance for everyone. You can end up with either exactly what you want or, if you don’t know what you want, the best quality and reasonably priced items with We Are More’s help.
What's the cost of your new home theater?
Don’t Hire An Installation Crew If You Can Utilize These 7 Lighting Installation Directions
Were these instructions helpful? Were those directions lame or what? Little to no details, no accurate descriptions, no visuals for better understanding, no tips or tricks, nothing valuable! Since you’re reading this post, you probably aren’t a technician.
Everything I listed is everything I know about how to install lighting, but I don’t actually know how to install lights, nor have I ever installed them. I'm not a technician! If I followed my own directions above, I’d probably end up with a mess of drywall and a lot of repairs. Why does all that matter?
Most individuals are fully capable of installing their own products. By capable, I mean that they have the potential to learn how to do things. We are all gifted with a brain at birth (I hope you can hear my comedic tone). It’s the utilization of brain power that gives people (like me) a reason to hire someone else to do the work.
No one wants to take hours learning about something they aren't interested in. We want solutions quickly! Fast! Speedy! Āwīwī! But we don’t want to take the time to get there. Learning (literally anything) is an on-going process.
That’s why we are able to make a living out of work, we like to do things that not everyone wants to do. Technicians at We Are More like installing things. They spend countless hours on and off the clock learning their skill so that clients don’t have to.
When a project takes a technician only a few minutes to do, they are not being paid for a few minutes on the job. They are being paid for the years they’ve spent in their profession. A single installation that would otherwise take the average DIY person days to do will take a professional installation team a few hours. They know exactly how to do the job. No time is wasted.
Have you ever watched a technician install lighting? Configured wiring? Mounted a variation of light fixtures? They don’t need to search up a YouTube video of DIYs or look at Pinterest for design ideas. Electricians know what they are doing.
The point of all this; next time you need help on installation, ask a professional. Call a company that specializes in that field of work. Talk to a friend who's a technician/electrician. Get inspiration from the right sources!
HOW TO SUPPORT A LOCAL BUSINESS WITHOUT SPENDING ANY MONEY
Follow them on social media.
Following a local business on social media will not only increase their following, but also build them up and give them more recognition. The main purpose of social media for any business is to build relationships with their customers and create an interactive atmosphere to get to know their audience. Following a local business will help them get to know their community, and their community can get to know them as well.
Engage with their posts.
It makes the most sense to follow a local business on all social platforms so that you can interact with their posts. Though there are times where we (yes we’ve all done it) will follow a local business to show support, but we skim past their posts and not pay them any attention on our feeds. To give local businesses the support they need online, we need to interact with them!
Show your local businesses some love. Like their posts, comment on them, even if it’s just a thumbs up emoji. Interaction encourages the owners and employees, it also shows page visitors that their business is well known and loved by their community which can prompt growth for new customers.
Tag your friends.
Speaking of growth for new customers, tag your friends in local business posts! This will generate more comments and positive recognition. Businesses like to be associated with positivity. When you tag a friend, you’re showing the business that you like what they’re posting about, and also creating a good impression for guests.
Write a positive Review
Probably the most crucial and best way to support a local business is to leave them a positive review. Specifically, a Google review. Google reviews are both free and effective. These reviews are an excellent way to boost business credibility, give the business more online visibility, help the business build a reputable brand, and growing small businesses (they are found quicker through Google searches when paired with a large number of positive reviews).
Read and comment on their blog.
I get it, you don’t want to read something you aren’t particularly interested in. However, reading and commenting on local business blog posts is another great way to boost search engine optimization for the company. It creates more traffic for their website. Similar to leaving a Google review, blog comments are a free and easy way for the business to gain better online recognition without having to pay for it.
We hope to have inspired you to support local businesses in your community without spending anything! Let us know if you have any other suggestions in the comments below.
Home/Business Automation Problems And Solutions
People have problems with automation and we have solutions. When you opt to “install” your own smart devices instead of going through a professional installation team, problems are prone to pop up. So, here are some common problems and our solutions for any automated space:
It can be really fun to imagine an automated home, research how to make that happen, buy your favorite of every smart device (smart tvs, thermostats, digital locks, cameras, sensors etc.), set them all up and sit back to watch the magic; only to realize that the products don’t work together and aren’t synchronized.
You need a smart home hub! When We Are More installs a smart hub, different types of devices can work together so you can enjoy the automated home you envisioned.
Without proper installation, devices might not connect to your network or they might frequently disconnect.
We Are More can provide new routers that are stronger and faster for a strengthened and more efficient connection. After upgrading and implementing a better router, this issue should be fixed.
When people opt to implement smart devices in their home, office, or business, they can notice that sometimes those products or systems malfunction by working incorrectly or activating at the wrong times. Specifically when it comes to sensors and other smart security devices, like cameras.
Human recognition features and smart zones. These can eliminate certain people or areas that cameras would otherwise start recording, or that sensors might pick up; such as household members, or pets. We Are More can install and customize your security system so that only unidentified persons are detected and recorded. This will also help save battery life, which leads to our next point.
When owning battery powered smart home devices, their batteries can run out too fast.
Sometimes installing smart devices where there is a weak WiFi signal, they will drain their battery faster. However, putting these devices right next to your WiFi router isn’t ideal for their function. We Are More can re-install your devices, or install new ones that better fit your needs, in the correct areas of your home.
“Check your device’s settings and make sure you’re in range of a good Wi-Fi signal. Just like your smartphone, your smart devices will run their batteries dry a lot faster if they’re constantly looking for a signal or straining to maintain one. Moving your devices just a few feet closer to your home’s network can have a dramatic impact on their battery life.
Being able to use an app to control your automation is fun until you realize that’s the only way you can control it. What happens if you lose your smart device?
You need physical controls too! There’s nothing wrong with having a smart app, it’s one of the perks of home/business automation because of the effortless management and overall convenience. Contact We Are More to install physical controls, which include smart switches, control panels, and/or a remote.
Note: Custom automated systems include traditional controls and/or smart switches, talk to We Are More about these options.
It’s your first movie night in your new home theater and nothing is turning on. This is most likely because your surge protector is either not turned on or not plugged in.
Plug it in and turn it on. That’s it.
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Are Home Theaters Worth It?
What are the advantages of a home theater? Some things that come to mind include not spending money on gas to go to a cinema theater, being able to exchange overpriced snacks with those from Costco, watching a movie in luxury without having to leave home, and being able to feel so comfortable in the theater that I could fall asleep there! From this list alone, are home theaters worth it? Absolutely.
Below you’ll find the top three reasons (more thought out) why a home theater is worth it.
One of the best reasons a home theater is “worth it” is that you are in complete control! You decide how much money and time you’d like to spend on your theater. You get to command the design. You are the one who decides the fate of your home theater. How great is that?
The less time and money you put into it, the less “luxury” it will be, but you’re the one calling the shots. On the other side of things, the more time and money spent on your home theater, the more automated, luxury, and in detail (of your envisioned design) your theater will be. It’s all up to personal preference.
Most people opt to have an entire room set apart from the rest of the house to be used as a theater room. These rooms usually include the basement, an office, the garage, a spare guest room, or even a separate cottage outside of the home on property. Today, it’s slowly becoming popular for people to make the most of their space.
Being able to use a single room as a multi-functional room frees up space and is perfect for the typical minimalist. Take a master bedroom for example. Want to watch a movie in bed with perfect surround sound and a built-in snack bar? Press “theater mode” on your control panel or smart device and watch it transform from a high lit bedroom to moody cinema in 5 seconds.
By utilizing automation, there are a million creative ways to change any room into a theater room with the touch of a button. Watch the flat screen or projector lower from the ceiling while the lights dim and the shades close. It’s the best option for those who don’t have an extra room lying around.
Home Value Increase
Of course there are several other ways to add value to your home, but that doesn’t exclude home theaters as being one. Installing a home theater automatically increases your home value. According to DIY Smart home Solutions, the value of your home can be raised from 5% to 35% by installing home automations. Home theaters alone have been making home owners want to remodel their extra rooms into stunning theaters as an investment for a future sale.
Hopefully our top three reasons have explained the bulk of why installing a home theater system is well worth the time and expenses. Let We Are More know of all your home theater needs, including design assist, automated products, and installation.
Home/Business Automation: Expectation vs Reality
“I can install it on my own. It’s going to work just as it would if a professional technician did it. I’m going to save so much money!”
“Maybe, but probably not.”
That’s the truth. Here are a few reasons why:
When someone opts to install something on their own, they are trying to accomplish what technicians take years in education and experience to learn. Taking an installation project into your own hands with no foreknowledge on the subject is a gamble. Unprofessional installations may save people some money in the short term, but they risk more money being spent in the future.
Let’s use a simple example and suppose someone is trying to install smart door locks for their home system. Let’s also say this person doesn’t have instructions or guidance on how to do it. The person gets everything hooked up to the house and even hooks the locks up to their smartphone for ultimate control. Everything seems to be working fine.
“Do it yourself” installation urges this person to stick with using bluetooth to connect to their smartphone instead of using a lock with WiFi capabilities. We Are More uses products that can utilize both. WiFi enables smart locks to be used more effectively for what they’re worth.
Bluetooth works great, as long as the person is within a certain distance from their locks. They can’t count on being in control of their smart locks if they’re out of town. Depending on house size, locks can’t even be monitored from within the home, like in their bedroom, or in the living room. They’d have to be close to the lock.
The scenario of bluetooth also restricts giving passcodes to guests, so the person would either have to purchase a remote to leave for guests or they would always need to be present to open and close the doors. As mentioned previously, however, if the lock is using bluetooth then remote access to the door is pretty limited as well.
In short, there’s no point in spending extra money to switch from a traditional door lock to a digital one if it’s just going to be the same experience or make locking and unlocking your doors a bigger hassle. If they had a professional do the work, they’d have worldwide access to their locks, including remote control access from anywhere in the world, vacation passcodes for guests to use, and WiFi enabled options for more.
Not being able to open a door for people when out of town, not being able to monitor or check the status of the doors being opened and locked, and not being able to simply create and erase passcodes for guests are only a few problems to mention. The scenario only includes a single installation that would seem simple to most. Now imagine larger installations that people try to accomplish on their own. You don’t have to be that person.
Trying to install most things that require professional technicians to do, means that you’re going to try and match or do better than the standard and quality they were taught at. We Are More has trained and well equipped technicians that know what they’re doing and can even answer any questions and concerns you might have. We also help with design assist, another huge part of installation processes that you can read about HERE.
Some History on the Beginning of Electricity In Hawaii
Let’s go back to the official home of Hawaii’s last monarchs. Why? Because it was electric!
In 1882, King Kalakaua finished building Iolani Palace on the island of Oahu. It still stands today and is known as “one of the most recognizable buildings in Hawaii.” It’s a monument of history that brings us back to the time and lives of Hawaii’s former royal family.
More so, Iolani Palace is a historic account of Hawaii’s role in electric power. In 1886, it was the first building in Hawaii and one of the first royal occupations in the world to have electricity. King Kalakaua’s interest in Thomas Edison’s light bulb sparked his decision to implement them in the palace. On his birthday, November 16th, in 1886, the palace was fully lit with lightbulbs.
Two years after the palace was given electricity, Princess Kaiulani flipped the circuit switch that sent electricity to light the streets of Honolulu for the first time. By 1890 over 700 Hawaii homes had electric lights while the majority of the United States didn’t. The Hawaiian Electric Company, Ltd. was then established in 1891.
In a short span of less than a decade, Iolani Palace led the way for electricity in Hawaii. It had electricity before Buckingham Palace and even before the White House. Not to mention it also had indoor plumbing and a telephone system.
Innovation through technology being brought to Hawaii led it to being one of the more advanced places to be in the late 1800s. Since then, and especially now, electrical solutions have always helped Hawaii flourish. Utilizing technology leads to improved productivity and reduced costs, better quality of products and services to meet customer needs, a larger product range for higher sales and profit, better handled legal and environmental issues, added value for businesses, and more staff retention for businesses as well.
So next time you go to Oahu, go see the palace and think about how cool it is to be looking at one of the first buildings that utilized electricity in Hawaii!
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WESTERN WAR MACHINERY IN KING KAMEHAMEHA’S KINGDOM?
On December 22nd, in 1871, Kamehameha V chose June 11th as the day the Hawaiian kingdom would honor his grandfather, King Kamehameha “the Great.” Unlike other monarchs before him, King Kamehameha conquered the Hawaiian islands and brought them under his ruling authority.
Though other ruler’s also had gun power at the time of his conquests, they didn’t utilize it the way he did. King Kamehameha obtained guns long before he began his attacks on other chiefs but his plans to unify the islands took off when he found two men named John Young and Isaac Davis. They were foreign, western, allies who helped him rise to power with war machinery that included cannons and muskets.
Davis’s ship was attacked by a Big Island chief and his entire crew died. He was said to be the only survivor. Davis was rescued and not only became one of King Kamehameha’s trusted advisors, but also a close friend. Young was also a sailor. After going ashore to see what Happened to Davis’s ship, he was detained by King Kamehameha and within a couple days his own crew left Hawaii without him. He met Davis, and also became an advisor and confidant of the king.
Both men offered western strategic battle advice and ended up serving as commanders of King Kamehameha’s infantry. They had voices of influence over most circumstances in the Hawaiian Kingdom under the king’s ruling and also taught the king’s men how to operate and maintain the weapons that were acquired on Davis’s ship.
Today you can find petroglyphs at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park on the Big Island that distinctly show images of muskets and men. King Kamehameha became a skilled warrior at a young age, but after witnessing the first attacks of Captain Cook's sailors using firearms, he was said to be intrigued by the powerful weapons. This proved true when his army grew to nearly 11,000 armed warriors and over 900 war canoes by 1795.
Though many Hawaiians lost their lives in the battles won by the king, the islands were unified and brought under his single ruling. On June 11th, Hawaiians remember the powerful warrior King Kamehameha was, the strategies and war machinery that aided in his inspiration, and his efforts of bringing the Hawaiian islands together.
Samara Towers does We Are More's PR & Marketing which includes writing our blogs! She was born and raised in Hawaii and graduated from Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in Creative Writing. She produces content to give our audience more insight and opinions on technical solutions big and small.