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Who’s Knock, Knock, Knockin’ on Your Home’s Door?

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Top Benefits of Hiring a Professional to Install Your Home Security System

Smart homes are smart for two reasons: automation and integration. At the tap of a phone, we can listen to our favorite music in any room, or turn off the bedroom lights and roll down the shades at night. 

Security should be no different, and when it comes to keeping your loved ones safe, there is no substitute for a home security system. With a professional installation, every camera, alarm, and sensor will work as advertised. 

At Ratio AV, we offer technology solutions for clients in Park City, UT, and our experts know the brands and technologies to protect your smart home. 

Here are the three top benefits of hiring an expert to design and install your next home security system.

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All About Sonos Speakers & Our Trade-In Program

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Enjoy High-End Audio Across Your Whole Home with Sonos 

Audio is a large part of our daily lives—even if we don’t realize it. We use it to watch films, play video games, and listen to your favorite music or podcasts. 

But choosing a brand of speakers to incorporate into your home is a big decision. You want to ensure they’ll fit perfectly into your space, deliver high-fidelity audio, and have good value, meaning you’ll get your money’s worth.

That’s why so many homeowners choose to install Sonos speakers in their homes. Sonos create a wide range of quality speakers that are perfect for any home. And by choosing Sonos, you’ll have the opportunity to stay current on listening technology with the Sonos trade-in program. Keep reading to see what Sonos speakers can bring to your Salt Lake City, UT home.

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4 Reasons to Include a Lighting Control System in Your Home

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Lighting Controls Make Your Home Stand Out Among the Rest

If you’re looking for a creative way to make a new home or remodeling project stand out in a saturated market, consider installing a whole-home lighting control system. Potential homebuyers will love the added convenience and energy savings a lighting system offers, plus it will help craft a clean and inviting ambiance throughout a home no matter the time of day! 

This simple and inviting smart home solution elevates home projects without adding additional clutter to a home, so there’s no need for extra switches or panels that detract from the interior decor. 

For designers, architects, and builders looking to partner with a smart home specialist, you may be wondering how the addition of lights and integrated smart control will generate business and sales. Continue reading this blog for four great reasons to consider installing lighting control systems in new Salt Lake City, UT homes.

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Enjoy Sophisticated Fashion and Function with Motorized Shades

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Incorporate Cost-Savings and Protection without Compromising Style for Your Luxury Home Clients

Let the sunshine in! The use of natural sunlight in the home brings many benefits. As architects and designers, you are keenly aware of how daylighting techniques enhance the look and appeal of living spaces. 

As part of an automated ecosystem, motorized shades allow you to manage the amount and type of light entering a space. The window treatments also create ambiance, reduce heat, and protect furniture and artwork from UV rays, and make any home more comfortable. 

You and your team may have avoided using manually operated shades because of issues like limited style, patterns, and textures and hiding electronics. Lutron solves these issues by offering beautiful designs from world-class textile mills and whisper-quiet travel motors. 

Are you looking to collaborate with a premier smart technology partner in Park City, UT for your project? Continue reading below to learn more. 

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5 Reasons to Partner with a Home Automation System Installer

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Team Up with a Home Automation Company to Enhance Your Client’s Remodel or New Build

As a building contractor, you work daily to create dream homes for your clients. Whether it’s a remodel or entirely new construction, you’re not just building a house, but providing a space for your client to live, work, entertain, raise a family, and more. And the quality of a home directly impacts a person’s quality of life. Adding a home automation system to your client’s home can provide them not only with a new smart house but an improved way of life. Check out these five reasons you should partner with a home automation company like Ratio AV in Salt Lake City, UT.

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3 Smart Home Features That Completely Elevate Your Lifestyle

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How to Bring More Luxury and Beauty into Your Home with a Smart Home System

Your home should be a sanctuary for fun, relaxation and wellness, where you feel completely comfortable and ready to take on your day. At Ratio AV, we help you create that lifestyle with our smart home system solutions. Keep reading our blog to learn more about the world-class features we can integrate into your spaces to help you enjoy your Salt Lake City, UT, home even more.

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Unsure Where to Put the TV? Save Space with a Motorized Lift

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How to Seamlessly Disguise Technology Indoors & Outdoors

It’s simple enough to mount a TV against a wall. But what do you do when a room has glass walls or floor-to-ceiling windows? Or what if you want to install an outdoor television on the lawn, nowhere near a wall? 

Even if you have the wall space for a display, many homeowners are looking for minimalistic ways to disguise technology when it’s not in use, “unplugging” after TV time. 

If you’re stumped on where to install your TV, consider a motorized TV lift. TV lifts take many forms, from ceiling drop-downs to lift cabinets. And at the push of a button, your television can quietly rise from the floor or lower from the ceiling. Read on to see which option is right for your Salt Lake City, UT home!

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7 Ways Motorized Roller Shades Come in Handy

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Control Your Home’s Light & Privacy with More Convenience

Many people don’t give much thought to their window shades beyond the fabric or material. But as smart home integrators, we’ve found that motorized roller shades are some of the most valuable and convenient features to add to any home. 

Imagine in every window across your house, shades rising and lowering simultaneously. Not only will it save you time each morning and night, but you can cover hard-to-reach windows high on walls and ceilings and even automate floor-to-ceiling drapery. Even if you’re away from home, you can remotely control and adjust window shades from your Lutron lighting or Control4 smart home app.

Curious about motorized shades? Here are seven times a day you can automate your shades to help around your Park City, UT house.

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Celebrating 20 Years as Park City’s Smart Home Company

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Looking Back at 20 Years with Ryan Davis, Ratio’s Founder & President

Ratio AV is celebrating 20 years in business this March—and what a time it’s been! As an AV integrator and smart home company, we’ve seen the industry and our team evolve tremendously. After all, when Ratio began, it was only a one-man show. Flat-screen TVs were just being introduced, and smartphones didn’t exist yet!

To commemorate such a milestone, we sat down with our founder and president, Ryan Davis, to look back at two decades as a home technology company, proudly serving Park City, UT, and surrounding areas.

How has home technology changed since 2002—and where do we see it going? Here’s what our founder had to say.

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What Living in a Modern Smart Home Is Really Like

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New to Home Automation? Discover the Possibilities in 2022

For decades, sci-fi films and TV shows have imagined what future ‘smart homes’ would be like. And today, some of it has become a reality! While we don’t have The Jetsons’ flying cars or floating buildings, we can tell voice assistants to turn on our Lutron smart lights or start a FaceTime call on the flatscreen.

Modern home automation is a lot less flashy—but just as helpful—as fiction imagined. Today, luxury homeowners across the Salt Lake City area enjoy comfort and convenience with a centralized home automation system.

If you’re new to smart home technology, you may be surprised at the astounding features people are already living with today. Read on to get inspired for your Utah home and see all that’s possible.

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A Day in the Life with Motorized Shades

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Imagine Convenience & Style from Morning to Night

The average house is built with 22 windows—and nearly double homes that are 5,000 sq. feet or larger. That’s a lot of window shades to raise and lower every single day. In some cases, you might not bother adjusting the drapes or blinds purely out of inconvenience.

But there are real benefits to harvesting sunlight, warmth, and protecting interiors from UV rays. With your window shades adjusted at the right times, you can even improve security and lower energy bills.

Luckily, there is an easier way to control the 20-plus windows in your home. Motorized shades by brands like Lutron offer a smart, convenient way to manage sunlight and privacy in your Salt Lake City, UT home. What’s life like with motorized shades? Find out below!

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What’s New in the World of TVs?

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Exciting New Samsung TVs You May Not Know About

If you haven’t been following the TV market in recent years, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Brands like Samsung have released exciting, all-new displays that not only look better, but offer niche solutions. Take The Frame, which turns into a realistic work of art on your wall when not in use. Or The Wall, which can cover an entire wall including odd and irregular shapes and is perfect for home theater settings.

Today, TV shows and movies are available in higher-quality definition than ever.4K is the norm, 8K is ever more prevalent, and whether you’re watching Blu-rays or streaming HBO Max, you deserve to see it on a quality high-end TV that suits your home. 

Below, we dive into the most exciting televisions from Samsung that you can find at Ratio AV in Park City, UT.

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Looking for a Smart Home Company? Work with an HTSA Member

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What It Takes to Become an HTSA Certified Business

Most industries have memberships or certifications for businesses to prove their expertise. For instance, if you’re looking for a new dentist, you’d feel better knowing they’re part of the American Dental Association. Likewise, if you’re choosing a school for your child, you’d ensure it’s accredited and performs well. 

But if you’re searching for a smart home company, how do you know if a business has the experience needed for a flawless home installation? 

Smart home systems require complex and sophisticated knowledge, so it’s crucial to work with a business that’s up to date on the latest best practices and technologies. The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) helps homeowners easily identify the best in the business. 

We’re a proud HTSA member based in Salt Lake City, UT. Whether you're a homeowner looking to find the best local integrator or a home automation company who'd like to learn more about the HTSA, here's what a membership means and how it sets us apart.

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Give Your Home a Makeover with Lutron Lighting Control

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Discover Linear LEDs, Motorized Shades, and Stylish Keypads & Enhance Your Home Design

Beautiful interiors aren’t only found in magazines or on TV. Your very own home can look as dazzling and striking as a house in Architectural Digest or HGTV with a Lutron lighting system.

Lutron is an intelligent lighting and shading manufacturer whose products let homeowners automate and remotely control their lighting fixtures. You can dare to dream big with Lutron, as its customization options can create almost any lighting effect imaginable. 

If you’re ready for a home renovation or a little boost to your Park City, UT home’s interior, read on to discover how a Lutron dealer can help get you there.

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Avoid ‘Tech Gone Wild’ with an Elegant, Simple Smart Home

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Your Smart System Should Make Life Easier—Not More Complicated!

A smart home’s network is everything. Without a strong foundation, you’ll experience a mess of wires and gadgets that don’t work together and require separate apps. We’ve heard horror stories from those who tried to install the technology themselves, only leading them to a smart home that causes more problems than solutions. 

The breakdown in quality usually occurs when a homeowner assembles a collection of DIY devices without a sophisticated control system like Control4. Control4 and other smart controllers like it create the backbone of a high-end automation system.

Below, we’ll share what happens when smart home control goes wrong and how you can prevent technical mishaps in your Park City, UT home.

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What Does a Control4 Dealer Do?

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Partnering with a Pro is the Way to Go

For anyone considering a new home automation system, you can’t do better than Control4. Control4 is a leading automation system for homes and businesses worldwide—and founded here in Salt Lake City! Control4 connects all your devices into one system, from lighting to audio to security. From there, you’ll easily control your devices through the C4 app, remote, or customized wall keypads. 

The possibilities are endless with Control4. Pre-programmed scenes may automatically raise your blinds in the morning, adjust your smart lights to the perfect color temperature in the afternoon, and play your favorite tunes over multi-room speakers. 

But Control4 is not a DIY solution. You’ll need a certified Control4 dealer to design, program, and install your smart home. You may be wondering, why do I need to work with a dealer? And what do they do exactly? We’ll explain what it’s like to partner with a C4 integrator in your Park City, UT home.

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Sonance Invisible Speakers: Hidden Tech Without Compromising Sound

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Sonance’s New Invisible Speakers Are Seen But Not Heard

Some folks love to show off their floor-standing speakers with high-end tweeters and drivers. But others would prefer less clutter in their home, especially with a sound system that requires many speakers.

For those minimalistic homeowners, the audio brand Sonance has created an ingenious solution. Their new Invisible Series Speakers are installed within your walls and sealed over, with no appearance of speakers whatsoever. As if by magic, the sound quality isn’t deterred at all. Some will swear it sounds better than their regular speakers!

How does it work? Read on to see how the Sonance invisible speakers will work in your Park City, UT home.

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Project Spotlight: See What a Custom Automated Home Looks Like

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We Installed Motorized Shades, Multi-Room Audio & Smart Security in This Park City Smart Home

Have you ever wondered what life is like inside a luxury smart home? Our recent work on a gorgeous Park City, UT residence is sure to leave you inspired. We installed built-in systems like motorized shades, multi-room speakers, security cameras, whole-house lighting control, and made it all look like a masterpiece with Trufig products.

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Project Spotlight: Minimalist Smart Home Shines in Park City

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5 Technologies We Installed in a Luxury Utah Residence

As a smart home integrator, we occasionally complete a residential project that we’re too proud of to keep a secret. This was the case with a recent Park City home we retrofitted with smart technology and hidden AV. We installed beautiful lighting controls, a versatile home cinema, and a whole-home automation system, resulting in a seamless and stylish smart home.

Check out the project below to see the possibilities we offer to Utah homeowners. You may see something you like!

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How to Merge Your Sonos System for Multi-Room Audio

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Bring Your TV’s Audio, Music, and Podcasts to the Whole House

Music is best when it’s shared—not siloed in one room or stuck in your earbuds. You’ll find that when music is playing across your home, whether it’s Marvin Gaye or Whitesnake, that it will bring your household together and enhance your moods. 

Sonos makes it simple to bring high-quality audio to every area of your  home. As a certified platinum Sonos dealer in Park City, UT, we’re experts in how Sonos products work and the possibilities we can create with them. 

For example, imagine pulling your TV audio into other rooms so you’re never out of earshot  on game nightOr connect your portable outdoor speaker to the in-wall speakers inside. Read on to see how to create multi-room audio with a Sonos system.

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