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At A Tech, our goal is simple: to make your life easier and more secure. Today’s homes can be equipped with amazing features to improve your day to day life. Whether you are looking for a security system, home theater, central vacuum system, or more, we offer a wide range of services to meet your needs. Get in touch with us today and transform your home into a place of comfort and security with A Tech.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Smart Houses

Advantages and Disadvantages of Smart Houses

Smart House

The Internet of Things, put simply, is a connected network of various devices and machines. Each of these things has its own unique ID number and IP address. They connect together over the Internet, without your help or going through your computer. This Internet of Things, or IoT, lets you have a smart house. Smart houses come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages

If you decide that you want to use the Internet of Things and turn your house into a smart house, you will find a lot of advantages.

  • Functionality: One advantage is that your house may be more functional for you. For example, you can connect with your house using an app and turn on the lights so they are on when you come home. You can use a voice sensor to turn the lights off at night so you don’t have to get out of bed. This functionality is very helpful to people with medical issues.

4 Ways to Transform Extra Bedroom Closets Into Useful Spaces

You can use extra closets in your home in many ways. Right now, you might stuff those spaces full of clothes, junk, and things you won’t look at for years. However, as an alternative to just letting dust collect, consider various ways to upgrade the closet space into something more useful for your home.

Discover four different ways to convert a closet space into something you may use every day. Learn about the options to help you decide on what works best for your home.

Considerations for Improving Small Business Security

Many small businesses leave security as an afterthought. It’s understandable most of your focus would go towards maintaining and growing your business. However, a lack of security can lead to complications that can easily end your business efforts prematurely. Here are a few considerations for security measures you can take for your space or facility.

Know What You Need to Protect

Depending on your operations you may need specific types of security solutions. Consider what you need to protect:

How to Create a Seating Layout for Your Home Theater

One of the key elements in any home theater is the layout of the seating and accessory areas. The right seating choices can lead to many hours of entertainment with your friends, while the wrong choices could just result in a dark space that’s seldom used.

As you design the layout of your theater, consider these three steps to create the perfect interior setup.

Create Traffic Patterns

Before you figure out what kinds of seats to include, you need to know how much space you have to work with. Consult with an experienced home theater design company to learn the suggested minimum width of traffic areas around the room’s entrance as well as along the walls.

5 Ways to Rethink Your Small Closet

Not every homeowner has the option of expanding small closets to give them all the space they want. But that doesn’t mean you’re left with no options. Modern closet technology allows you to do a great deal with a small space if you think cleverly.

To help you make the most of your small closet area, here are a few key factors to that creative thinking.

1. Think Perpendicular

When you look into your closet, you generally think about the area right in front of you and facing you. But closets are more than just that. Don’t forget to make use of the space running perpendicular to the rod placed along the back wall. To find useful space, look to your left and right side from the doorway. Do you fully utilize these spaces — often several feet wide and as tall as you like? You can often install additional rods above and below as well as customized shelves and drawers. Since you rarely step into these spaces, you won’t probably feel like you’re losing floor space.

Aging in Place? Make a Senior’s Closets Safer and Easier

Are you an aging adult yourself, or do you care for someone who is getting on in years? Then you know that the ability to continue living at home calls for managing the home environment to make things easier and more functional. One often-overlooked place to do just that is in the closet.

How can you make all your closets more useful for an older resident? Here are a few key steps to take.

Keep Things Within Reach

Closets often become filled from the bottom to the top. But this causes problems for those with mobility issues, aching joints, and difficulties with balance. Rather than try to get everything your closets by utilizing the overhead space or placing items on the floor, keep everything within an easy arm’s reach at a comfortable standing or sitting position.

Want a Media Room? 4 Key Elements to Look For

Media Room in a home with comfortable seating and projector screen

A well-planned media room adds to the value of your home and creates a space the whole family will love to use. But designing the right media space calls for more than simply placing a giant TV on a wall.

What should you look for in your media room? Here are some of the key features that will add the most benefits.

Size

The most basic requirement for all media rooms and home theaters is a sufficiently big space. Start space planning by identifying how you want to use the media room in general. Do you want to design a home theater, or will the room be used for video games, snack-making, or even cocktails?

The more activities you plan for, the larger it will need to be. If you want to be able to entertain larger groups, you’ll need more space as well.

At a minimum, you will probably want a space that’s around 12 feet by 12 feet. This allows enough room for a large television or projector screen and provides space for the audience to move around comfortably. If your space is smaller, consider scaling down your objectives, perhaps by designing a gaming zone instead.

Shape

Few homeowners understand the value of having the right shape of room. However, for home media purposes, you should try to aim for a rectangular room that’s longer than it is wide. The reason is that square shapes can often create issues with the acoustics once you install a surround sound system.

Determine where the best location for the main screen (or screens) is, and then plan your rectangle outward from there. If the room was originally square, consider adding some interior walls — perhaps creating a storage closet or small bathroom — to make it more rectangular.

Location

Many times, your choice of location is limited by how you’re already using the house. But the best locations for a home theater are those that are away from the sleeping areas of the house. That way, you can amp up the sound and fun without bothering the rest of the household. If you want to convert an unused bedroom, choose the one that’s farthest away from the other bedrooms.

Basements and garages are also perennially popular choices because they’re naturally isolated from the rest of the house and offer good insulation options to reduce noise pollution. If you have a large multipurpose or family room, add a wall with good insulation and repurpose it. And if you still can’t find the right spot, consider adding a room specifically designed for entertainment.

Environment

If you want to create an immersive experience, you’ll need the right acoustics. Include plenty of sound-absorbing fabrics like carpeting and draperies.

Make sure you’re able to wire in a surround sound system, featuring at least two speakers near the front section of the audience and two speakers in the rear corners. For the best results, consider getting a professional assessment of the room’s acoustics before wiring.

In addition, learn if the light in the room can be controlled well enough for a cinematic experience. Since most bedrooms and family rooms generally feature at least one exterior window or door, start by blocking out that light. Room-darkening window treatments or motorized shades can be very useful. You can also use a piece of foam the size of the window to black it out entirely.

Then, add a lighting system that allows you to dim the lights to different levels for different activities as well as including task lighting in certain areas.

Not sure where the best place is to integrate a media room into your home? At A Tech, our experts can help you design the best layout and location possible. Call today to make an appointment.

Enhance Your Security: 3 Strategies to Protect Your Home

Home Based Business If you haven’t taken steps to enhance the security of your home, you and your family aren’t as safe as they should be. Your neighborhood might be safe now, but that doesn’t mean things will remain that way. In 2016, victims of residential burglaries suffered a combined property loss of about $3.6 billion. You can protect your home and family through the implementation of enhanced security measures.

Here are three specific strategies that will make your home more safe and secure.
  1. Make the Most of Your Home Security
Where safety is concerned, make the most of your available home security. Start with an upgraded security system, combined

4 Ideas for Converting an Empty Bedroom

Convert an Empty Bedroom Does your home feel a little too large now that the kids have moved out? It’s possible you aren’t using your home’s space effectively. An empty bedroom can be converted into any number of things, ranging from an individual retreat to a large entertainment space. Make your home feel like a home again with these suggestions.
  1. Entertain Your Friends With a Home Theater
Many homeowners have a home theater at the top of their wish list. With a home theater, you can entertain large gatherings or just enjoy a regular movie night with your spouse. Home theaters can improve the value of your property and often just require a few technologically-advanced addons.

3 Steps to Securing Your Home-Based Business

Home Based Business Do you run a small business from your garage, shed, spare room, or anywhere else in or around your home? Do you have a home office? Even if your business is a tiny one, it’s still a business. You must put some consideration into physically securing your business assets. Here are the steps you need to take.
  1. Assess the Risks Associated With Your Home Business
You have business property you need to protect. If someone steals or damages those items, you can lose your business indefinitely. The nature of your home business will dictate which risks you need to consider. But once you outline the risks, you’ll have a better idea of what kind of security measures you will need for your home business.

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    Todd at A Tech did an awesome job setting up all the electronics in our basement. We have surround sound and all of the electronics are hidden in a closet with only 1 remote. My husband is techy so he worked with A Tech more than I did but my only request to Todd was that I needed to be able to watch tv and play a dvd without asking for help (I am not techy!) One fabulous remote runs everything and has pictures and an easy menu! They also fixed the internet issue in our house! Very Happy Customers!

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    Todd designed a whole house audio system with separate controls for every room with one receiver. He was extremely knowledgeable about speaker placement, size and quality. The end product is amazing. He also recommended a remote that controls everything. This is one of my favorite features. I have also purchased several items for my garage organization that I love. They have everything from home audio, garage organization to kitchen items in the store. Will continue to do business with them as I still need closet organization.

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    This is the perfect place to go when you have no idea what to get your relatives for Christmas/birthdays. They have fun gadgets all the way up to amazing electronics. Their customized closets are also something just about anyone can use. Who doesn't want to save some space in their home? Stop by and check it out sometime.

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    We have had our Beam Central Vac for over 15 years and absolutely love it! It is convenient, easy to use and best of all - keeps the 'dust' out of the home!. We have had very good service when we needed it, we replaced the motor in the unit once (very reasonable) and had replaced the power brush handle once. Pretty good for a unit that is over 15 years old! The folks at A Tech Easy Living Store are knowledgeable and very willing to assist in any way they can. Highly recommend visiting the store! They have LOTS of items that can make your life easier in your home!

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    Great products! Exceptional Service! I was out of idea for what to buy my wife. I stopped at The Easy Living Store and they had all I needed to make her happy. I would have never thought of a self opening garbage can as a great gift idea, but they said she would love it and she did! I was amazed at everything the store had to offer and how helpful the staff was there. I will go back.

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    ATech is a great company to work with. Todd T. works hard to ensure your project is completed on time and on budget. He has great attention to detail and has many solutions for many different areas of your home. The Company has been around for a long time and has a great reputation in our community. Thanks!

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    Todd did an awesome job getting all the components into our basement home theater system that my techy husband wanted plus making it easy for me to run with only one remote. We are very happy! The guys that came to install the systems were polite and patient with me and took time to explain how to work it all!

    -Maureen Mitchell

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    A Tech Easy Living is the "go to" place for my organization needs. They have items I didn't even know existed that solved my organization needs. And the service is impeccable. They are very attentive and help me find what I need to solve my problem.

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    I have hard wood floors and Beam has a attachment I bought it at the store and it is a God send I simply love it, it is a dry mop on the vac! Amazing! I'm buying a spare mop when I go back! I bought my vac at Van Berkum's in Pella (Where I live) never will I go back there, they sent my head out for as a loaner and gave me some one elses. How is that for doing business! We argued for a long time about this and was getting no where she kept saying that it was my head, I will never go back there to buy anything! I'm 60 minutes from Des Moines and I will take my vac to be serviced at the Easy Living Store anytime!

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    Easy living best describes the results you get from this store. From hi-tech entertainment systems, whole house vacuums, closet organizers and much more...this store has it all. And for kitchen gadgets and accessories, they are well stocked.

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    Todd and his staff were very professional and easy to work with during our recent project of updating our home entertainment system. I wouldn't think twice about referring A Tech Easy Living Store!!! Thanks

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    wish every home repair could be this easy!!! My central vacuum was having issues, burned out motor, poor connection and an outlet issue. The technician called me a bit early and said he was ahead of schedule, perfect! He was waiting when i got there, diagnosed it in about 10 minutes, I asked how long it would take to get the parts, he said he had them on the truck! I thought maybe they were generic, but when they made the appt they asked what model. He made the right diagnosis and fixed in about 20 minutes! Couldn't really ask for much more!!! The only remote downside was when I called on saturday the lady asked me to call back on monday. Great service and a great experience!

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    I live in a 50's home. I had A Tech come and redo my closets for me. They had great ideas, listened to my input and now I have great closets, even though I live in an older home!

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