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Total Protection - Whole House Surge Protection

on Wednesday, 24 October 2012. Posted in Lighting

Power distribution and the delivery of clean power in a home is something that is too often overlooked but so very important as we rely more and more on electronic devices of all types. As I engineer custom electronic systems for my clients, this is top on the discussion list. I realized I had a problem at my house, when just out of warranty my oven's display started to flicker and drop out. I then experienced problems with my Plasma TV and my desktop computer. Electronics will fail at some point but this seemed ahead of schedule for sure.  Dirty power was wreaking havoc on my electronic devices. I had standard surge protection on my equipment but that only helps prevent damage from a large surge due to lightning. It does little to protect my gear against the thousands of small surges that occur each year and nothing to protect all the appliances in my home. This coupled with the fact my client’s were experiencing the same problems, cause me to search for a solution. What I found was Total Protection Solutions. I now offer my clients a complete solution for protecting their electronics from lightning and surges. Lightning can enter the home in many ways; through AC wiring, telephone wiring, TV wiring, or via outdoor speakers, sprinklers systems, and remote gates. Surges can be generated both externally from the power grid and internally from your HVAC unit, dryer, or vacuum cleaner. With Total Protection Solutions I now give my clients with a plan to keep their electronics running smooth for years to come.

Automating your Life

on Saturday, 31 March 2012. Posted in Home Automation

I have to admit, I am really excited about this product. I have been in the Home Entertainment/Automation business for over 13 years now and during that time I've watched my industry go through many changes, slowly evolving and overcoming many challenges to finally arrive where we are today. Never before has it been this easy and affordable to integrate each system in my home. With Control4 I can easily connect my lighting, security, HVAC, audio/video, and my entire media library into a single master system that is controllable from my iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, and computer. I can now effortlessly control and manage my entire home. We are truly living the "Connected Lifestyle".

The Marantz SR7005, serious performance and technology.

on Saturday, 31 March 2012. Posted in Audio

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