With Multi-Room Audio, you can enjoy music in any room of your house, even outdoors. You can have music wherever you want it. We can install speakers in walls or in ceilings, on your deck or patio, or even in your garden!
You can select radio stations, CDs, the sound from your TV (whether it's from your cable, satellite or video), and any other sound source. Imagine listening to your favorite music as you move from room to room in your house.
Simple systems share the same sound in all areas of the house. These are called multi-room (or multi-zone) systems. More sophisticated systems allow different sources to be heard in different rooms at the same time. These are called multi-source systems. Keypads in each room allow you to select which source is heard in that room. For example, you can listen to a CD in the kitchen, while someone else listens to the ball game on the patio, and in another room the radio is playing.
Volume Control and Keypads
A Multi-Room Audio system can include volume controls or keypads in each room that are mounted on the wall like light switches. Keypads allow you to turn your entire system on or off, the sound in the room(s) controlled by the keypad, select the sound or music source, and control the volume for each room. They can even work with your existing equipment remote controls!
Speakers can be mounted in the wall or in the ceiling and can even be painted to match your color scheme. Outdoor speakers come in all shapes and sizes. (They can even be camouflaged as rocks.)
We can design a system specifically for you. We carefully consider the layout of your home, your lifestyle, and any requirements you have. We'll design a system that fits your needs and is easy for anyone to use. We can design your system from blue prints or a floor plan.
In new construction, the in-wall wiring is roughed in while the walls are open and before the drywall is applied. Brackets for the speakers and boxes for the keypads are also mounted at this time. When the interior is finished, the speaker grills can be painted to match your walls or ceiling. Then when all the interior work is finished, we return to install the speakers and keypads.
In existing construction - wires need to be run in the crawlspace or attic and then fished down (or up) walls to install the keypads and speakers for your system. A thorough inspection will be done of your home or business to decide which method works best for your particular type of construction. Once all the wires are in place, the process is identical to that for new construction.
We'll test the system, do any necessary programming, and show you and your family how to use it.
We have Audio/Video Receivers, Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Receivers, DVD players and recorders, CD players and recorders, Home Theater Systems, Surround Sound Speakers, Subwoofers, 4K UHD, LCD, and LED Televisions, Mounts, Projectors, plus much more available. Below are some of the most popular brands available.
Home theater items are also available from several other leading manufacturers by special order. Contact us for more information.
Do you want to enjoy some or all of the benefits of the best commercial theaters -- incredible picture and sound, and comfortable seating -- in the privacy of your own home? Would you like to add something to your home that would provide an activity the entire family could enjoy?
Don't buy a ticket and sit in a crowded theater. With a custom-designed home theater from Home Enhancement Systems, you can have your own theater using the latest technologies. A home theater can create a cinema-quality experience in the comfort of your own home. You decide which options are important to you and your family!
If you're not ready for a high-definition digital television yet, we can design a system using your current audio/video equipment that will be capable of handling your present needs and also be ready for future upgrades.
We'll design the best system for your space, budget and entertainment needs. Sometimes there are tradeoffs. The room dimensions might not be acoustically optimal. The best-sounding speaker might be too large for the room. We'll create a home theater experience that looks, sounds, and "feels" right for your family.
Home Theater Audio Systems (Surround Sound Systems)
While most people are initially "wowed" by the big, enveloping picture of a home theater, the sound quality is just as important. Great home theater sound creates the feeling that you're actually in the environment shown on the screen.
In addition to the normal front left and right speakers, a surround system adds a front center speaker, rear left and right speakers, and one or more subwoofers. The front speakers reproduce the on-screen action -- dialog, music, and sound effects like left to right motion. The rear speakers create the illusion of ambient space. They're also needed for re-creating front and back motion effects. Subwoofers are used to reproduce very low sounds, like explosions or earthquakes. The placement of the speakers in your room is very important to the overall effect. Our design will ensure that your home theater is engineered for the best possible sound.
A high-quality multi-channel audio system surrounds the listener with realistic, life-like sounds from all directions. A well-designed system will perform equally well in all of the following:
Home Enhancement Systems will help you determine the best multi-channel audio system, depending on your priorities:
The acoustics of the room will also greatly affect the performance of the surround system. If you are in the process of building a room, we suggest that you consider acoustics when you decide on the size of the room and the listening position. We will be happy to assist you in creating the ideal acoustic environment for your movies and music.
Each project begins with an interview with you. We determine your needs by listening and by asking questions about your lifestyle: your daily routine, your entertainment style needs, requirements for kids, and for your guests. If you're just beginning construction we'll go over the plans with you. If you're designing your home, we can work with you and your architect, with your imagination as the only limitation. Attuned to your needs, we can then design a system specifically for you.
What's possible with a good system design?
A home theater could be incorporated into an existing family room or den. Or we can design a mini-Cineplex in a dedicated room, complete with drapes, custom seating, etc.
Components can be made visible or completely hidden away. Speakers can be concealed in cabinetry or inside a wall or ceiling.
A multi-room audio system can be designed to meet your needs and lifestyle.
We'll design a control system that will make your system -- no matter how high-tech -- easy to use for you, your entire family, and even your guests.
Designing for Best Performance
In designing a custom-installed system, we make dozens of choices in order to deliver the highest performance possible for your budget. For example:
Many of these design choices are hidden — but they're very important. The bottom line is you want to experience the sound that you paid for.
4K UHD Televisions
The one big advancement which has now arrived is 4K. With 4K TVs now the standard, the new hi-res technology is no longer just for the tech-minded early adopter market.
4K – also known as UHD – is a picture technology that quadruples the number of pixels found in a full HD picture. With 4K, pixels are usually arranged in a 3,840 x 2,160 configuration, compared with the 1920x1080 you get in a full HD TV.
At CES 2016, every TV manufacturer, from Sony to Panasonic, debuted new 4K TVs, most of which will use the new Ultra HD Premium logo.
As is the case with any new technology, 4K UHD TVs are more expensive than LED or LCD TVsat the present time, but we are starting to see newer models at lower prices than initially offered.
LED TVs are technically a member of the LCD TV family. The display screen on a LED is a liquid crystal display the same as it is on any other LCD TV. The main difference between the two is different backlighting techniques.
The actual LCD panels are exactly the same as other LCD televisions. Traditional LCD TVs use CCFL backlights (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp) - thin fluorescent tubes with a diffusing panel inside to spread the light evenly around the screen. Meanwhile, LED TVs use LED elements for the lighting source.
Traditional LCDs have used some form of fluorescent lighting from tubes to much more advanced flat arrays of lights. LED TVs use Light Emitting Diodes to light the LCD panel. Just as there are different styles of fluorescent lights in traditional LCDs there are also different styles of LED backlighting. There are LED TVs that have a panel of LED lights behind the LCD panel. In some the LEDs are tri-colored and can be controlled in banks for an effect called "local dimming". This allows darker areas of the picture to have the backlighting dimmed behind them resulting in better contrast and black levels.
Liquid Crystal Display, or LCD TVs use a florescent backlight to send light through its liquid crystal molecules and a polarizing substrate. LCD TVs work passively, with red, green and blue pixels. By applying voltage to the pixels using a matrix of wires, the pixels can be darkened to prevent the backlight from showing through. Many LCD displays double as computer displays by allowing standard analog VGA input, a great option if you need your display to pull double duty as a PC monitor to save money and space. Nearly all LCD TVs offer flexible mounting options including walls or under cabinets.
Bigger, faster, cheaper. LCD screens have broken the size barrier that once held them back (with models as large as 108") and the larger screens have become affordable and economical to produce. LCDs now have contrast ratios equal to those found on more expensive Plasma and DLP models, and the "blur" effect, where the pixels cannot refresh fast enough for the screen motion, is extinct in newer models.
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) projectors contain three separate LCD glass panels (they are commonly referred to as 3LCD projectors), one each for the red, green, and blue components of the video signal. Each LCD panel contains thousands (or millions) of liquid crystals that can be aligned in either open, closed, or partially closed positions to allow light to pass through. Each liquid crystal behaves in essence like a shutter or blind, and each represents a single pixel ("picture element"). As red, green, and blue light passes through the respective LCD panels, the liquid crystals open and close based on how much of each color is needed for that pixel at that moment in time. This activity modulates the light and produces the image that is projected onto the screen.
Projected images are produced by the combination of light shinning through the LCD cells. LCD's have excellent color saturation, usually have adjustable brightness and contrast, are typically brighter than DLP's at the same lumen output, and have a broader range of connectivity.
DLP (Digital Light Processing) projectors were developed by Texas Instruments and project images by reflecting lights against hundreds of tiny mirrors called digital micro devices (DMD). Each mirror represents one pixel, is powered by electronics that adjust the angle of the mirror according to the color being displayed. DLP projectors are lighter in weight than their LCD counterparts.
They are all digital technology and typically have higher contrast ratios, meaning that they project video images better than LCD's.
LCD Projectors vs. DLP Projectors
There doesn't seem to be a clear preference towards either. The main difference is in how the projector will be used— business, educational, or home theater use. Both technologies produce excellent pictures, and are getting better all the time.
Picture quality in digital projectors has improved dramatically over the past decade with significant increases in contrast, resolution, and color performance. Prices have dropped like a rock, and high quality projection systems that once were very expensive and mainly aimed at wealthy consumers or businesses who really needed them, are now within the budgets of mass consumers.
Some manufacturers are producing only 3LCD projectors, whereas others still manufacture both 3LCD and DLP projectors. The bottom line is that whichever format you prefer, the prices are getting lower all the time.
Home Enhancement Systems is an Optoma Authorized Reseller and a ViewSonic Authorized Partner, and also has projectors available from Epson and other leading manufacturers.
The video projection screen is just as important as the projector itself. Projection Screens come in various fabrics, sizes, and prices.
The type of screen that will work best depends on the projector, the viewing angle, the amount of ambient light in the room, and the distance of the projector from the screen. The following outlines what you need to know before purchasing a video projection screen for your home theater.
Take a look at the room you will be placing the video projector in. Is the room of sufficient size to project a large image on the wall area you intend to use? Check for ambient light issues, such as windows, french doors, or other factors that would prevent the room from being dark enough for video projection use.
Screen Distance, Size and Seating Position
The projector-to-screen distance determines how large an image can be projected on the screen, while the viewer seating position determines the optimum viewing distance. The lens type of the video projector being considered also determines how large an image can be projected from a given distance. Video projectors have different lens characteristics. User manuals include specific charts and diagrams that show what size image a projector can produce. Some manufacturers also provide this same information on their websites.
Screen Aspect Ratio
Because widescreen DVD and HDTV are so popular, the most video projection screens are 16x9 aspect ratio. This accommodates widescreen programming display on all, or most, of the actual screen surface area, while the 4x3 design will result in a larger unused screen surface area when viewing widescreen programming. However, 4x3 design will allow the projection of a much larger 4x3 image, which would fill the entire screen surface. Although video projectors designated as Home Theater or Home Cinema Projectors project a 16x9 native aspect ratio image, they can be configured for 4x3 display.
Video projection screens are made to reflect as much light as possible to produce a bright image in a specific type of environment.
Contact us for more information about projectors and screens
RTI is a leader in the design and manufacture of advanced control products for automating the operation of home theaters and other audio/video systems. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the company's products are uniquely designed to meet the needs of professionally installed systems. RTI products are available worldwide through select distributors, and they are sold and installed through a comprehensive channel of system integration dealers.
The ground breaking first generation of products has been upgraded and expanded to form the ultimate home theater control solution. The new TheaterTouch™ line brings more interface options, better ergonomics, improved reliability, and more powerful control. In addition, the industry best TheaterTouch Designer™ programming software has been vastly improved for added convenience, power, and flexibility.
For the homeowner, the TheaterTouch™ products offer the ultimate in ergonomics and ease of use. Properly installed, TheaterTouch™ will greatly improve the home theater experience by providing effortless operation for the entire family.
URC Total Control Series
The award winning flagship line – the Total Control Series – offers premium home automation solutions for every purpose and every room.
All of the devices in the Total Control Series are designed to be programmed and installed by experienced custom installation professionals. The remotes are powerful and quite advanced, and in the hands of a trained programmer they can be configured to exploit all of the rich features that provide maximum consumer benefits.
URC offers a wide variety of models for virtually any application.
Integrated Whole-House Cleaning
Keeping today's hi-tech, energy efficient home cleaner and healthier take, a powerful performance and better technology. Dirt Devil® Platinum Force ® Central Vacuum Systems provide both, plus quieter operation, more convenience, and added value. The result is a total whole-house cleaning experience.
Cleaner Indoor Air with Dirt Devil®
How safe, clean and pure is the air is in your home? Most people take their home's air for granted and assume it is safe, clean and breathable. Yet indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air, due to today's more tightly sealed housing construction, synthetic building materials and furnishings, and chemically formulated household products. Most people spend 90% of their time indoors. Poor indoor air quality can impact health, safety and comfort — especially in children and the elderly. Dirt Devil® eliminates 100% of vacuumed dirt, dust and allergens, so you can live in a healthier home with cleaner indoor air. Cleaner Indoor Air with Dirt Devil®
Dirt Devil® eliminates 100% of vacuumed dirt, dust and allergens, creating a healthier home.
Dirt Devil®’s Platinum Force® units offer homeowners healthy choices for healthier homes, regardless of their size, design or venting preference.
Dirt Devil® Platinum Force® Vacuum Power Units
Dirt Devil® Platinum Force® power units feature Cyclonic Filtration Technology® (CFT™), a unique dual filtration process that utilizes cyclonic separation for primary filtration and a pleated filter for secondary filtration. Unlike central vacuum systems that rely on permanent cloth filters, the powerful performance of Dirt Devil® will not decrease as dirt accumulates.
Live in a Cleaner, Healthier Home
MaxAir® True Cyclonic Central Vacuum
MaxAir True Cyclonic Central Vacuum Systems are designed for convenient whole-house cleaning for homes up to 22,000 sq. ft. MaxAir separates dirt from the air using dual motors that work together for 100% removal of all vacuumed dirt debris.
MaxAir leaves nothing behind but fresh air.
When you vacuum with portable vacuums, you will often notice that odors and dust particles remain in the air or that vacuum power decreases as dirt accumulates. MaxAir's dual motor design creates a high-efficiency air stream that removes 100% of vacuumed dirt, dust and odors from your home. And
unlike portables, MaxAir comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty, to ensure free cleaning year after year.
MaxAir delivers better Indoor Air Quality.
Polluted indoor air contributes to 50% of all illnesses, according to the US EPA. The extreme vacuum power of MaxAir doesn't just clean carpet and drapes. It keeps the air you breathe clean as well.
MaxAir systems aren't seen – or heard.
MaxAir systems transport all vacuumed dirt and dust particles through a network of in-wall tubing directly to the power unit, which is typically located in a basement, garage, crawlspace or utility room, so noise levels are kept low throughout the living areas.
Cyclonic Filtration Technology® (CFT™) provides maximum cleaning power
Dirt Devil® features Cyclonic Filtration Technology® (CFT™) is a dual filtration process that removes 100% of the vacuumed dirt from the living area. For primary filtration, CFT uses Cyclonic Separation, a process that removes 96-98% of the dirt from the air stream without the use of bags and filters. The remaining fine dust particles (less than 5%) are trapped in the high-performance filter. Unlike central vacuum systems that rely on permanent cloth filters, the powerful performance of Dirt Devil® will not decrease as dirt accumulates.
CFT is an exclusive dual filtration process designed to deliver maximum cleaning power every time you vacuum. CFT begins with Cyclonic Separation to remove dirt, dust and allergens from the incoming air stream without bags or filters. Cyclonic Separation starts the moment vacuumed dirt enters the power unit from the intake. As the dirt-laden air begins a downward descent, it spirals along the inside of the unit, picking up speed and forcing 96-98% of the vacuumed dirt into the dirt canister. The remaining fine dust particles are pulled upward with the airflow and are trapped in a high-efficiency pleated filter cartridge. Less than 5% of the vacuumed dirt is exposed to the filter and only clean air is left to exit the power unit exhaust.
Versus Permanent Cloth Filter System
Hide-A-Hose makes your central vacuum system more convenient. You'll never have to move or store bulky hoses again. Up to 50 feet of hose are concealed within the wall until you need it. The sustained airflow and vacuum power of Dirt Devil®'s Cyclonic Filtration Technology® (CFT™) automatically retracts the hose when you're finished vacuuming.
Platinum Force® Accessories
Experience Dirt Devil®’s exceptional power and cleaning versatility with a wide range of cleaning kits, accessories and powerheads. Specifically designed for today’s home furnishings, these accessories can clean all interior surfaces – hard-surface flooring (wood, tile, marble, vinyl), all types of carpets and rugs, walls, ceilings, draperies, upholstery and much more!
Our unique turbine powered carpet brushes, the TurboCat© and the TurboCat© Zoom, deliver reliable deep cleaning vacuum performance for carpeted areas and rugs. Turbine powerheads carry a three-year warranty.
Turbine powerheads carry a three-year warranty. TurboCat Zoom with Z-Tech Design offers features that enhance cleaning performance and quiet operation, including the Vac-n-Groom Brush Roller, expanded Air Intake, Multi-Port Base Plate, Run Silent Bearings, Silent Drive Belt, Pro-Tech Bumper and Easy-Glide Front Rollers. The original TurboCat features edge-to-edge cleaning and a low profile for easy maneuvering under furniture.
Electric powerheads like the Prestige and Electroglide® provide reliable cleaning performance. Quick connections for wands and electrical cords, manual carpet height adjustment and easy maneuverability provide versatility and convenience. Electric powerheads carry a one-year manufacturer's warranty.
With VacPan™, you can whisk away dry spills with ease in bathrooms, mud rooms, laundry rooms and kitchens, upholstery, and other small places.
Dirt Devil® has kept ahead of the competition by continuously improving their warranty.
Warranty is an important part of Dirt Devil®'s total product and service package. Dirt Devil® offers the industry's most comprehensive warranty.
Lifetime Limited Warranty
H-P Products covers ALL permanently installed components. This includes the canister body, dirt canister, motor, circuit board, on-board inlet valve, motor brushes, tubing and fittings, low-voltage wiring and inlet valves.
AN AFFORDABLE LUXURY...
Home Enhancement Systems is a dealer and installer for Easy Closets.
Our line of storage solutions include the following:
In cooperation with Easy Closets Home Enhancement Systems offers custom closets within a very short turn around period.
Typically from design approval to a finished installation is less than 7 business days.
When you organize your home into beautiful, functional spaces, you gain control over your home and your life.
We offer the highest quality melamine closet systems available, complete wide a wide range of high-end options and accessories.
We can create innovative and beautiful designs which will make your home feel larger. We will design to meet your long-term needs and help you manage your busy life.
We have some of the shortest lead times in the business. We are set up that way to ensure that we can work around your schedule. We understand that our services are often requested at the end of construction projects, or before a "move-in day."
Our materials are made from the highest quality melamine available are are GUARANTEED FOR AS LONG AS YOU OWN YOUR HOME.
It is our goal to ensure that you are satisfied with your experience with our company, that you tell a friend. We can only achieve that goal if we install beautiful, functional, high quality closets in your home.
Our system offers the flexibility to conform to many unusual bedroom and closet configurations. We are very skillful in creating spaces that work within your home and suit your needs.
ACCESSORIES AND UPGRADES...
Includes Valet Poles, Drawer Dividers, Jewelry Drawers, Shelf Dividers, Hydraulic Wardrobe Lifts, Slide Out Tie Racks, Slanted Show Shelves, Islands (various sizes and options available), Full Extension Drawer Glides, Tilt-Out Laundry Hampers and many more.
REACH IN SOLUTIONS...
Reach In Closets offer special challenges because of their limited space. We'll make sure that every inch gets used in the most efficient way possible.
Our closets offer abundant storage that makes getting dressed a pleasure. Every one of our designs is a unique solution to your needs that will make your home feel larger.
Our designs for children offer the flexibility to grow as your kids do. Shelves and drawers can be adjusted easily. Baskets can be used for loose items. Hanging sections can be adjusted to accommodate longer garments. Drawers offer a clean, neat look in addition to functional storage.
We can also help you get your pantry organized!
Our strong, adjustable shelving can be customized for any space to offer great storage. Drawers and baskets will keep vegetables and canned goods sorted for quick access.
Our pantries are the perfect addition to any serious kitchen!
Flexible Designs That Change With Your Needs
Our flexible systems give you the ability to add to or rearrange as your needs change.
Colors and Hardware:
Available in various finishes and hardware configurations.
11 Available Closet Colors
Available Hardware and Accessory Colors
Available Garage Colors
Here are some samples of various systems we can custom design for you:
Design Features and Accessories:
Customize your storage solution with any of these must-have features that take organization to the next level:
Selective Call Intercom
The Selective Call Intercom System from On-Q is the most advanced intercom in the industry.
The Selective Call System allows you to choose from 96 room names, such as Nursery or Great Room, and it includes up to 20 built-in digital door tones. Its easy-to-use interface ensures complete system personalization at the touch of a button. It even dynamically sorts the room names, so the most frequently called location appears at the top of the list.
Built on cutting edge technology that allows broadcast or room-to-room communication at the touch of a button, selective call can accommodate up to 32 locations and up to three simultaneous, private conversations — the only intercom in the industry to do so. It also eliminates the need for a main console, allowing complete system control from any, and every, room unit.
Selective Call Room Unit
Available in White, Black, Titanium or Light Almond
Selective Call Patio Unit
Available in White, Shiny Brass, Antique Brass, Brushed Stainless and Oil Rubbed Bronze
Bring all the functionality of a room unit outdoors with the only selective call patio unit in the industry.
Selective Call Door Unit
Available in White, Shiny Brass, Antique Brass, Brushed Stainless and Oil Rubbed Bronze
Easily communicate with visitors at the front door with this attractive innovative door unit.
Four Room Kit
Available in White or Light Almond Only
The Selective Call Intercom Four Location Kit offers capabilities that go way beyond your typical intercom system. Place a call directly to any individual room. Or talk to multiple locations at once. Personalized options include room-to-room caller ID and 20 door tone choices. Enhanced features like simultaneous conversations from three locations make it easy to stay in touch with a large family. And you can program it in minutes using a simple navigation system with built-in intelligent help screens.
Broadcast Intercom System
You’ll never be more than a few steps away from answering the door, monitoring a child’s room or communicating to another part of the house. On-Q Intercom Systems not only deliver superior sound, but also install in decorator-style wall plates that blend into the home’s décor. The broadcast system allows talk/page from every unit, and LED's show stations that are in use, muted or being monitored.
FOR ADDED SECURITY, the Ultimate Intercom Solution includes a cutting-edge LCD Color Display and a high-resolution camera that will allow you to see your visitors from one speaker location as well as talk to them. Also, On-Q Intercoms easily interface
ENJOY THE FREEDOM OF ENTERTAINING out back or relaxing on the deck while monitoring the baby's room or waiting for guests to arrive at the front door. The Premium Intercom Solution includes a convenient weatherproof patio unit that's designed with the same functionality as the room units, but for outdoor use. The patio unit comes in four popular finishes that dress up the home's exterior.
COMMUNICATE ANYWHERE IN THE HOME with the On-Q Basic Intercom Solution. Using Cat 5e cabling to deliver reliable communication within your home, you can monitor a baby’s room or talk to someone at the front door. With a sleek, updated look, units mount in the wall in a stylish, color-matched console that is small and unobtrusive.
Unity Home System
The Unity Home System seamlessly integrates On-Q Camera, Multi-Room Audio, and Selective Call Intercom functions into one robust home system that is easily controlled via an attractive user interface. Available exclusively in the Studio design, at a great price. More...
ComPoint is a complete intercom system that integrates with virtually any multiroom audio-video system.
ComPoint is a true intercom, meaning point-to-point (zone to zone) communications, on top of global paging from any keypad. With ComPoint, users can enjoy the benefits of multiroom audio and the convenience of intercom communications, all easily integrated together.
Instead of listening to tinny sounds from an embedded intercom speaker, ComPoint takes advantage of in-wall or in-ceiling speakers, so users don't have to sacrifice sound quality for home communications and security.
Additional features that make ComPoint highly desirable are the "Do Not Disturb" and "Listen Mode" options. For added convenience, hands-free response automatically initiates with point-to-point intercom, leaving users the freedom to do other things and still converse using ComPoint.
ComPoint's basic six-zone (only), single-gang keypad offers numeric zone selection, direct selection of door station 1 or 2, "Do Not Disturb," and user adjustable volume controls.
This advanced ComPoint single-gang LCD keypad displays zone name and volume level. For systems with more than six zones, the ISK2 provides the necessary information to make communication easy.
ComPoint's elegant ISK3 Door Station is available in three finishes: Polished Brass, Antique Brass and Brushed Chrome. For any home with a ComPoint system, two door stations can be assigned a distinctive door chime for easy recognition.
Contact us for more information about Intercom Systems.
PANAMAX - The Leader in Technology and Innovation
For over 30 years, Panamax has specialized in producing the most innovative power conditioning products available to protect home and small business electronics equipment from damage caused by power surges and lightning. The company's extensive line of award-winning power conditioners is designed to safeguard a wide array of electrical equipment including computers, telephone systems, copiers, domestic appliances, home theater and direct broadcast satellite systems. Panamax is ISO 9001-certified and markets its line of power conditioners throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Pacific rim. The company has earned numerous industry awards, and is backed by outstanding customer service and the best warranties the industry has to offer.
The Panamax Difference
Panamax has been the premier power-conditioning manufacturer in the consumer electronics industry since 1975. Panamax has full-time research & development specialists, and has introduced many technological innovations to the power-conditioning product arena. Panamax also has a high-power test laboratory that is certified by CSA to perform agency testing, and has drawn on an unparalleled understanding of noise filtration and surge protection to create the finest power-conditioning products available in the market today.
PANAMAX AUDIO/VIDEO COMPONENTS
A necessity for every home theater, these Power Management components are not only essential for getting the best sound and picture from your entertainment devices, but also for protecting those same devices from AC voltage irregularities and surges.
All models have the following standard features:
PANAMAX BATTERY BACKUP (UPS)
Panamax's new family of UPS products are designed and engineered specifically for today's sophisticated home theater systems. Combining several features and technologies, this product family delivers the ultimate power solution whether the problems include typical power fluctuations and temporary power outages, to dangerous overvoltages or a total system blackout. Panamax UPS products offer solutions to prevent processors and hard drives from losing data and configurations.
All models have the following standard features:
PANAMAX IN-WALL MODELS
Panamax's Max In-Wall products offer protection and/or extension of a Panamax component and your multimedia devices such as LCD, LED, and 4K UHD TV's, and projectors.
PANAMAX FLOOR MODELS
Featuring a standard level of protection and noise filtration, a Panamax Floor Model power management product is suitable for a variety of uses.
Panamax Floor Models are available for Home Entertainment Systems, Audio/Visual Systems, and Home Office Systems. The Home Entertainment Systems and Audio/Visual Systems models are available in 8 and 10 outlet versions, and the Home Office Systems models come in 4 and 8 outlet versions.
APC Battery Back-Ups (UPS)
Need battery back up power for anything from a single PC to an entire data center? Specify the equipment you need to protect or your entire power requirement and we will recommend the right product for you.
PC & Workstation UPS (350VA - 1500VA) – Power protection solutions for home and business desktop computers.
Network & Server UPS (420VA - 16KVA) – Power protection solutions designed for networking equipment including entry-level to high-performance storage, switches, and servers.
PC & Workstation UPS (350VA - 1500VA) – Power protection solutions for home and business desktop computers.
PC & Workstation UPS (350VA - 1500VA) – Power protection solutions for home and business desktop computers.
DSC Power Series
PowerSeries control panels have a proven reputation for providing the value and dependability that security professionals expect from their alarm panels.
The DSC PowerSeries Neo – The Next Generation in Security Systems. PowerSeries Neo captures the flexibility of a modular, hardwired system with the simplicity of a wide range of wireless devices and peripherals, resulting in a ground-breakingly comprehensive and versatile hybrid system suited for small business structures through to large-scale commercial applications.
DSC PowerSeries security control panels are hybrid systems offering hardwired and wireless zones for optimum security protection. The PowerSeries control panels are structured with the choice of three different security panels (PC1864, PC1832, and PC1616) to meet the level of security for large to small installations. Designer keypads like the PK5508, PK5500, and PK5501 compliment any decor.
The IMPASSA with an integrated HSPA (3G) Cellular Communicator and Pulse support is a self-contained wireless system from DSC. It supports 64 wireless zones and 16 wireless keys.
The ALEXOR is a totally wireless burglar alarm panel using two-way wireless communications to some of their devices like the WT5500 wireless keypad with alpha numeric display. The WT4989 wireless keyfob utilizes 2 way control and status indication with Alexor. The WT4901 interior siren and the WT4911 outdoor siren are supervised battery operated sounders. The Alexor is compatible with all DSC 433 MHz wireless transmitters.
Interlogix (formerly GE Security) NetworX Series
With a NetworX® security system, you have peace of mind that your home or business is equipped with the most advanced and reliable security technology available. NetworX systems are proven in applications from single family homes to commercial buildings with multiple businesses.
Proven in millions of residential and commercial applications throughout the world, Interlogix control panels are well recognized for high quality and reliable performance. Whether the application is a single story residence, a school or multi-story government building, Interlogix has the right panel for the job.
The flexibility and functionality the control panel system is a result of their commitment to provide innovative technology solutions that are easy to operate. Control panels connect to a variety of keypads, key fobs, motion sensors, environmental sensors, glassbreak sensors, magnetic contacts, and fire/life-safety devices, which makes creating a customized solution simple.
Honeywell LYNX Touch
LYNX Touch is Honeywell's latest addition to its line of self-contained security panels. It features an intuitive, full-color, graphical touch screen and can communicate via POTS, Internet or GSM Radio and offers two-way voice. The new display is easier to use than any traditional self-contained system.
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The GSM Communicator is installed between the telephone connection of a control panel and telephone line. When used in a backup role, the communicator assesses the connection to the PSTN phone line, and if that has failed, it then connects to the GSM network to send an alarm signal to the monitoring station. In a primary role, the communicator simply sends the alarm transmission over the GSM network immediately.
The DSC GSM-3055i universal wireless alarm communicator can be used in a backup or primary role. The GS3055-I connects the alarm control panel to the GSM network and reports alarm signals directly to a monitoring station receiver (Sur-Gard™ System /System III). For those customers not using a traditional PSTN phone line, the communicator can be utilized as a primary alarm communicator. The GS3055-I uses the GPRS data channel of the GSM network to ensure low-cost, reliable alarm communications and is compatible with any control panel that communicates using the Contact ID format.
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Why should you have a security alarm system?
A security alarm system may decrease the chances of a burglary. Even if the alarm system does not keep a burglar from breaking in, it may cause the burglar to leave as soon as the siren sounds or to stay a shorter amount of time.
Many people agree today that the world is a lot different now than the one that our parents and grandparents lived in. Statistics show that a burglary occurs every 14 seconds. So why wait until after your home has been burglarized to get a security alarm system installed?
The security alarm systems now available are much more advanced and sophisticated compared to those available a few years back. Today alarm systems are designed to help secure your home against any intrusion. Unfortunately as home security systems have advanced, so have the methods that burglars use in order to gain access to a property. Just having chains or padlocks on your property, or even a very basic burglar alarm, is not sufficient to deter a would-be burglar.
By investing in a good alarm system you will not have only peace of mind but also know that you have taken action to ensure that your property and your family are secure. A security alarm system will protect both you, your family and home at all times of the day, whether you are at home or away on vacation.
We can provide you with a yard sign and window decals to let potential intruders know that your home is protected.
By having a good system installed in your home, any potential intruders will see that you have a system in place and are likely to move on to a more vulnerable property than yours. Not only is having a system practical but it can also be extremely cost effective. Many insurance companies will provide those homeowners who have an alarm system installed on their property with a discount on their premiums.
What are the basic elements of a standard security alarm system?
Most systems rely on a combination of contacts placed at doors and windows and motion sensors.
Some of the additional items that can be added to the basic system are (contact us for other options):
Should your security alarm system be monitored by a monitoring company (also referred to as a central station)?
The choice is yours.
An Unmonitored System typically has on-site sirens and/or flashing lights. It relies on neighbors to call the police. With an unmonitored system, it is best to have a combination of strobe lights and sirens. They should be located on a side of the house that is visible to neighbors and in spot that is as inaccessible as possible. It is best to make your neighbors aware of the system so they will react when they hear the siren and see the flashing light.
A Monitored System typically works as follows:
Monitoring companies will monitor your system 24 hours a day and generally require a contract for their services at a set monthly fee.
You can also choose to "self-monitor" your alarm system by having it programmed to dial any number, such as your cell phone or a neighbor's phone, when the alarm sounds. You can then notify a neighbor to check your home to see if there are any visible problems and determine whether the police need to be notified.
Why should you consider adding smoke and heat detectors and/or carbon monoxide detectors to an alarm system?
The main reason is simple: What happens if a fire starts when no one is home?
60% of fires occur when the property is empty, meaning that the smoke detector is only effective if people are actually at home or at work. This implies that smoke detectors are only effective 40% of the time. That does not stop the fire from actually taking hold as there is no one there to hear it and take appropriate action.
40% of businesses that are destroyed by fire never reopen. The issue is not always about saving lives but saving someone's home or business too. How can we make the smoke detector 100% effective regardless of whether a building is empty of full of people?
When a smoke detector alarm sounds from inside a building and someone is present they can hear its piercing tones. A passer-by walking past your property while no one is there will probably not hear the smoke alarm through the closed windows. If a fire starts while you are out, it is likely to be too late. A security alarm system distinctly recognizes all of the alarm sounds, whether it's the burglar, smoke detector or carbon monoxide alarm.
If smoke detector alarms are monitored like many burglar alarm systems today, it would mean the device is 100% effective rather than 40%.
Many people are not aware that their alarm system can be monitored for other things than security. Easily the most important non-security devices are heat and smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
The smoke detectors that are installed in your home by a builder or an electrician can't be tied into your security system. The device that is installed is either electrical, battery operated, or in some instances both, if you have the better quality detectors.
When you add smoke and heat detectors to your security system, most of these devices are photoelectric smoke detectors. The detector basically takes a snapshot of the density of smoke that enters its chamber, and wants to see a density increase as it samples every few milliseconds. This technology makes the detector much more discriminating then its inexpensive counterparts.
The primary advantage of a home fire alarm system is increased reliability and the ability to place alarms and sirens exactly where needed. However, the reason most people have them is that they wanted a burglar alarm system and the cost of adding fire alarm features to a residential burglary system is relatively small.
Another advantage is that they can be monitored by a remote monitoring company. This becomes important in cases where family members may not be capable of escaping from a fire without assistance. For example, if you have an older or physically impaired person in your home and a fire started when no one was home to assist that person, alarms alone might not be enough to assure their safety.
Another benefit is that you will never have to replace batteries in smoke detectors again! This is because fire devices on an alarm system get their power from your electrical system, and in the event of power failure, are powered by the alarm's back up battery
There are many advantages to adding fire devices to your security system. Some of them are:
Since July 1, 2009, Colorado law has required that all homes sold have a Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector within 10 feet of every sleeping area.
CO prevents the human body from effectively delivering oxygen to the heart, brain and other vital organs. Elevated levels of CO in the air can cause immediate physiological effects, eventually leading to unconsciousness or even death.
The Benefits of a Monitored CO Detector
CO detectors monitored by a central station provide peace of mind by including an extra level of protection for situations when:
If CO concentration hits dangerous levels, the central station will have the ability to alert the end user if the detector:
Will a Wireless Alarm System work as well as a Wired Alarm System?
Yes. Wireless security alarm systems are ideal for installation in a home that wasn't wired for an alarm system when it was built. Motion sensors, door contacts and window contacts can all be wireless.
Wireless devices can also be added to most wired alarm systems. This makes it easier to install additional sensors, smoke detectors, sirens, and other devices without having to run new wires.
The various wireless components use RF (radio waves) to transmit their signals back to the main control panel. The only real disadvantage compared to wired systems is that the wireless components run on batteries, which will need to be replaced once in a while.
These batteries generally last for years, however, and many alarm companies offer service and maintenance plans that will cover the replacement batteries and the installation of them.
Wireless systems are usually a little more expensive than a hardwired system, but if the system is being installed in an existing structure, the wireless will certainly be the least “invasive” in terms of cutting into walls and installing various components. The installation of a wireless home alarm system is an excellent choice for older homes or pre-existing homes where drilling could be costly or impossible.
No system is 100% wireless. A wireless system is a system with a control panel, keypad, and some mechanism for either calling the authorities or for sounding continuously unless a person with the correct code is able to shut if off. Keypads for some newer wireless systems are battery operated, but some wireless systems will require a few small holes to connect the keypad to the control panel and will most likely need an active telephone line.
One extra feature of a wireless system is a remote key. A remote key is similar to the remotes you get for car alarms. They can be used from a distance to arm or disarm the alarm.
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Video Surveillance System installed by Home Enhancement Systems catches thieves in the act
The video was captured with a Mace Day & Night Infrared Camera with Long Range Infrared LEDs that was installed by Home Enhancement Systems. Authorities were later able to identify the thieves based on this video. To read the story and view the video of four bikes being stolen at 3:56am on July 5, 2008 click on the links below.
Video Surveillance Products and Services Offered
Why Install a Video Surveillance System?
Two primary yet potentially complementary reasons exist for installing cameras: security or convenience. You needn't hide cameras installed primarily for convenience, although you can anyway. If a security camera is visible, it may deter an intruder. On the other hand, hiding cameras reduces the possibility of tampering or vandalism.
Businesses use this technology everyday to watch over inventory, parking lots and personnel. Homeowners also use video surveillance systems to see what's going on when they're not there. This is especially useful for a second home or a vacation home. With remote monitoring you can see both live and recorded video, as well as have the ability to download video, record video to a DVD-R or CD-R, and even make additional copies if required.
Today's DVRs are capable of storing weeks of video (the actual length of available recording depends on several factors - most importantly are the recording speed and number of cameras being recorded simultaneously).
Strategically located and operational 24/7, video surveillance is the eyes on the scene that you've always wanted when your not there.
Through the use of the internet, you can even look in on your business or home when you're not able to be there. Authorized users can also view live and recorded video at any time from any computer connected to the internet.
Video Surveillance Equipment - buy only what you currently need
If you want to start out with just a few cameras, but have your system ready for future expansion, we can help you determine where the most vulnerable areas in your business or home are, and place only those cameras that are necessary at the present time.
You can start out with a little as one camera and add cameras as they become necessary, or as your budget allows.
Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) are available with a wide range of features that will fit any budget in 4, 8, 9, 16 and 32 camera models. Our suggestion is to purchase a DVR that will accommodate the maximum number of cameras you will eventually need, then your DVR will be ready for those additional cameras as you add to the system. Most DVRs are ready for additional hard drives to be added to increase your stored recording time, so you can always increase the storage capacity of your system in the future.
Video Surveillance Packages
Video packages allow you to choose the system that fits the needs and size of your business. Each package includes a 4, 8, 9, 16, or 32 camera system, one 250 GB to 16 Terabyte capacity DVR, one 14" to 26" LCD color monitor, and professional installation.
We may include several different types of cameras in your system. Each installation addresses individual needs, building layouts, and optimal camera locations - our goal is to provide the most complete and cost-effective system that meets your requirements without exceeding your budget.
Benefits of Digital Video Surveillance
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