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Experience a Home Network that Easily Supports Your Smart Home

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Smart Home Wi-Fi Delivers Corner-to-Corner Fast, Reliable Coverage

Today’s world is more connected than ever. From laptops to streaming services, gaming consoles, and video conferencing, the demand on our home networks has grown exponentially. When you add the many connected devices found in a smart home, including 4K HDR TVs, full-spectrum LED lighting, security cameras, and more, it's clear that, unless you’ve upgraded your system to support this interconnectivity, you could experience slow and dropped connections and reduced reliability when outdoors. 

Fortunately, there are indications that let you know your smart home Wi-Fi can no longer support your needs. The time to explore an upgrade is when these signs first start appearing, before increasing frustration and grainy video calls. Let's explore the warnings and what you can do to ensure fast, reliable, corner-to-corner internet coverage for your Bay Area home. 

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AUTOMATION UPDATES YOUR HOME SECURITY SYSTEM NEEDS IN 2023

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EXPLORE THE TRENDING AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS YOU NEVER KNEW YOU NEEDED!

Safety in the Bay Area has been a hot topic lately, encouraging many homeowners to consider updating the existing home security system in their residence. Whether you have a dated security solution or you're looking for a brand-new installation, Hermary's can help!

The evolution of technology brings plenty of impressive features to modern home security, and we can't wait to share them with you. Keep reading to discover what's trending!

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3 Reasons You Need Strong Home Wi-Fi

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Support All of Your Devices with Professionally Installed Internet

The internet has become a part of our everyday life, needed for work, entertainment, and to use many devices such as phones, tablets, smart TVs, and more. That’s why it’s more important than ever to have a strong home Wi-Fi network that you and your family can rely on. 

You shouldn’t need to compromise on how many devices can be connected to the internet at once. By working with a technology company, you can get an internet network that supports every device and ensures your Bay Area home works properly. Check out three reasons why you need a professionally installed Wi-Fi network here!

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WHAT’S THE POINT OF LIGHTING DESIGN? LET US ENLIGHTEN YOU!

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AESTHETICS MERELY SCRATCH THE SURFACE OF WHY WE LOVE LIGHTING CONTROL AND DESIGN!

If you've considered adding lighting design to your Bay Area home, you've come to the right place! Hermary's is an industry leader in developing the perfect blueprint for lighting clients, considering many different aspects specific to your home and its lighting requirements.

Lighting is so much more than aesthetics, and we love showing our clients in-depth how lighting design and control serve many purposes. Keep reading to discover why automating your lights is essential for building luxury and efficiency in your living space. 

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DIY vs. Professional Smart Home Installation

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Just Because You Can DIY with Smart Devices, Should You? 

Smart homes used to be a faraway possibility only seen in science fiction. But today, gadgets like video doorbells and voice-activated speakers inspire many homeowners to create their own smart homes. Unfortunately, many of these smart home enthusiasts end up disappointed when their DIY smart home leads to more trouble than it’s worth. 

That doesn’t mean a well-running, sophisticated smart home isn’t possible. You just need to trust the professionals. Smart home companies like our team at Hermary’s know how to build a solid network so technology works in unison across your entire house. 

But if you’re still itching to DIY? We compare do-it-yourself solutions against a professional smart home installation so you can make the best decision for your Bay Area home. 

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AWAY TRAVELING? GIVE YOURSELF PEACE OF MIND WITH HOME SECURITY

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CHECK ON HOME ANYTIME & BACKUP YOUR SECURITY WITH REMOTE MONITORING 

Whether you’re on a weekend trip or traveling abroad for a month, you should feel free to roam without worrying about returning to a ransacked home. But break-ins unfortunately do happen, and basic security devices like a video doorbell or door alarm are often not enough to prevent robberies. 

You can become more proactive about your home security with a professionally-installed surveillance system. By implementing the following solutions in your Bay Area house, you can jet off with wanderlust—and leave your worries behind. Continue reading to learn how you can protect your home!

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3 Types of Lighting and When to Use Them

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Get Your Lighting Design Tips from the Pros

A creative lighting design offers homeowners flexibility throughout their day, evening, and when entertaining guests. It’s possible to match the ambiance of your home with the event of the moment using creative lighting arrangements. Lighting design is more than simply pointing lights in a particular direction or choosing exciting lighting fixtures that draw attention – it is also the layering of lights and adjusting brightness levels.

Continue reading to learn more about the three types of lighting: ambient, task, and accent lighting, and when each would work best in your Bay Area home.

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3 Myths About Home Theater Systems

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Don’t Let One of These Myths Stop You From Building the Home Theater of Your Dreams

We’ve heard many funny things about home theaters over the years. People have said, “it’s not a complete entertainment experience without freshly popped popcorn,” and “you should paint the room black to enjoy the movie more.” But, of course, these things aren’t requirements for a fun home theater experience. These are someone’s “nice-to-haves.”

So, what exactly is a requirement for a home theater system? Continue reading as we debunk three common myths associated with home theater systems in the Bay Area.

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How Whole-Home Audio Integrates into Your Everyday Life

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Enhance the Routine of Your Entire Family with Premium Distributed Audio

Imagine tapping a few buttons on your phone, and the entire room fills with your favorite song. You don’t need to search for that portable speaker that always seems to be dead or locate your headphones. Every corner of the room will be full of even, high-fidelity audio however and whenever you want.

That’s the beauty of whole-home audio. With a multi-room speaker system from brands like Control4, you can seamlessly queue up your favorite music at any time in any room right from your phone. Additionally, you can automate it to suit your schedule. Check out these few ways whole-home audio could integrate into your everyday life in your Bay Area home.

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The Combined Powers of Home Surveillance & Smart Home Automation

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Rest Easy with a Secure Smart Home 

In the past few years, home automation has become more popular than ever, with smart home security as one of the most sought-after systems. A few reasons for this growing interest include the ability to monitor your home when away and receive notifications when something out of the ordinary occurs. 

At Hermary’s, we've provided our clients in the Bay Area with easy-to-use home automation systems for 60 years. These systems automate audio, video, shades, lighting, climate, and security, creating a seamless exchange—a smart home that creates the perfect environment for life's many activities while protecting homes and families in the process.

Let’s explore how today’s home surveillance systems integrate with your smart home, creating the ultimate security. 

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3 Reasons to Invest in Outdoor Sound Systems

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Explore the Incredible Entertainment Capabilities That Come with Bringing Flawless Sound Outdoors

Outdoor sound systems are constantly popping up in many bay area homes, and trust us when we say it's for a good reason! It's glaringly evident that entertaining outside is on the agenda as the spring and summer months roll in. 

The capabilities of smart home technology combined with incredible sounds can create everything from parties that last well into the night to relaxed afternoons on the patio. Keep reading to explore why Hermary's recommends audio to clients looking to elevate their outdoor spaces. 

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How to Choose Beautiful Outdoor Lighting For Your Bay Area Home

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A Variety of Options for Design, Function, and Safety

Outdoor lighting is essential to safety and security at night, but it can also add a luxurious element to your home's exterior. Outdoor lighting can deter criminals, increase visibility for family members, and create a beautiful, welcoming atmosphere for visitors. With the wide variety of lighting solutions available today, choosing which lighting options are suitable for your home can be challenging.

Continue reading to learn more about outdoor lighting considerations for your Bay Area home.

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Get the Most Out of Smart Home Wi-Fi with a Professional Installation 

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A Professionally Installed Wi-Fi Network Will Enhance Your Smart Home

A smart home Wi-Fi network is the backbone supporting every wireless device across your home, ensuring they work indoors, outdoors, and everywhere in between. Without it, the integration and automation of your technology systems would not be possible. 

If you are looking for a Wi-Fi network that performs up to the highest standards, Hermary’s can help. As the leading technology integrators in the Bay Area, we will design and install the perfect network for your home, equipping you with industry-leading speeds and performance. 

Read on to learn about the advantages of hiring a professional to help with the installation of your smart home Wi-Fi network and why there is no better choice in the Bay than Hermary’s!

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Live a Better, Technology-Driven Lifestyle

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Let Smart Home Technology Take Your Life to a New Level of Comfort and Efficiency

Smart home technology has revolutionized the way we live, making our homes more comfortable and efficient than ever before. At Hermary’s, we have been at the forefront of innovation for decades, bringing clients across the Bay Area the latest in smart home systems.

In this blog, we'll take a closer look at the ways that smart technologies enhance your daily life, going from the front door to the media room, the bedroom, and the backyard. 

Read on to learn more!

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Bring Music and Movies to Life with the Help of McIntosh & Hermary’s

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Experience the Power of McIntosh Amplifiers 

McIntosh has been setting the standard in high-performance audio since 1949. World-renowned for their power amplifiers that make speakers come to life, they lay claim to some of the most iconic moments in music history. These include the “Wall of Sound” that consisted of 48 McIntosh MC2300 amplifiers delivering 28,800 watts of power at a Grateful Dead concert in San Francisco. McIntosh also powered the legendary Woodstock festival—a musical extravaganza that blossomed to about half a million people and lasted for three days.

Today, the brand manufactures amplifiers, preamplifiers, and integrated amplifiers that provide the sound quality and power for the ultimate experience in music and movies. These offer ideal solutions for two-channel stereo sound systems and multi-channel home theaters. As an audio, video, and home automation expert serving the Bay Area, Hermary’s is proud to be a McIntosh dealer, incorporating their legendary equipment into high-fidelity sound systems that define luxury living. 

Let’s explore a few of their high-performance audio solutions and what they offer homeowners with a discerning ear for high-fidelity sound.

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Motorized Blinds Maximize Daylight While Minimizing Glare

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Bring in the Beauty of Diffuse Sunlight with Self-Adjusting Blinds

The interplay of natural light in a room creates an alluring ambiance, energizes a home, and brings warmth and well-being. Research shows that it also promotes better productivity during the day and restful sleep at night. 

Unfortunately, this same light can damage our home's interiors, so we tend to keep our window coverings closed, missing out on the beauty and warmth of daylight. Motorized blinds change that. 

At Hermary’s, we partner with Lutron, an industry leader in lighting control. In 2020, the world-renowned brand launched its smart natural wood blinds that auto-tilt to track the sun. Let's explore what these and other motorized window treatments can do for you and your home in the Bay Area. 

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3 Advantages of a Professional AV Installation

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Investing in a Professional Audio-Video Installation Saves You Time and Money 

Smart, automated AV devices are becoming increasingly popular as more homeowners look to upgrade their home entertainment systems, and it’s easy to see why. They can control dozens of audio and video products from a single interface, access the latest streaming and online content, and even customize a home theater experience with just a screen tap. All these features also make modern AV systems incredibly complex to design, install, and integrate with your smart home. 

At Hermary’s, we are the top technology integrators in the Bay Area, offering our clients access to the best brands and industry-leading audio-video installation practices. Besides brand partnerships and expertise, here are three advantages of hiring us to design and install your next audio-video system. 

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Versatile, Convenient, and Powerful Wi-Fi

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Are Your Home Network and Smart Devices Ready for the Future?

With newer, better technologies launching every day, it isn’t easy for homeowners to keep up with progress. The same is true for their homes. To be truly smart, a home must be versatile, adaptable, and scalable, reflecting both our mobile lifestyle and an evolving technological landscape. Its smart devices and technology systems must be integrated, interconnected, and fully automated. 

Considering the future is wireless, it is not surprising that a robust home Wi-Fi network is behind effective smart homes in the Bay Area or that the experts at Hermary’s have in-depth experience in the field.

Read on to learn why a robust Wi-Fi network is a key component of the smart homes of today and the future. 

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Looking at Your Home Through the Eyes of a Burglar

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Learn How a Smart Home Security System Can Protect Your Home and Loved Ones

In September 2022, police reported on a rash of residential burglaries in the Bay Area that they believe are part of an organized crime ring. They specifically come to the U.S. to target affluent communities and usually break glass to gain entry into a home. The police department encouraged homeowners to check their surveillance footage, looking for suspicious vehicles or people. 

We share this information with you not to alarm you but to increase awareness. There are steps you can take to help create a safe haven—what your home is meant to be. Let’s look at a typical burglary, what you can do to prevent it, and how a home security system offers protection. 

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4 Reasons to Install a Home Theater System

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Add Convenience, Comfort, and Class to Your Movie-Watching Experiences

Over the past decade, movie prices have skyrocketed. In 2010, one adult ticket was just over $7. Today, a ticket costs $11, and that’s a conservative estimate! By the time you pay for tickets, concessions (which are outrageously priced), and the babysitter, you’ve probably spent close to $100 for two people to enjoy an evening show. 

But you no longer have to pay high ticket prices to enjoy cinema-quality entertainment. Instead, Hermary’s can expertly design and install a luxurious home theater system in your home with the latest technology. Then, you can enjoy movies in your Bay Area home night after night – no babysitter necessary!

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