If you’re searching for your next home improvement project, now is the perfect time to consider upgrading your patio or backyard with an entertainment system. Now that the weather has started to warm up, you can start enjoying the great outdoors again. Below, we talk about the best ways that Alpharetta, Georgia homeowners can take their backyards from good to great with outdoor audio and video.
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To create the ideal outdoor entertainment system, you’ll need a few different components…
There are two main ways to add video to outdoor spaces. The first is television. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can put any TV outside—if you want it to last more than a few weeks, you need to get a weather-resistant model. These televisions are designed to endure extreme temperatures, rain, dust, wind, and more, so you won’t have to worry about your TV shorting out right after you buy it. The other advantage of outdoor televisions is that their screens aren’t affected by sun glare the way that normal TVs are, so you can enjoy a crisp and clear picture even on the sunniest days.
The second approach is to add an outdoor theater installation—a projector and screen will be there whenever you want to watch the latest film. This setup is great if you’re big on entertaining; the large screen will accommodate a bigger crowd, and who doesn’t love movie nights? Just like with outdoor televisions, it’s important to choose the right equipment for withstanding the elements and providing great visuals in that environment.
Your outdoor sound system will depend a lot on what kind of video setup you choose. If you want an outdoor theater, it makes sense to create a surround sound layout for your speakers. If you just want to enjoy your favorite music playlist while you relax by the pool, then we can design a speaker layout that distributes music evenly across the areas where you’re most likely to entertain.
Obviously, you won’t want the sound system to dominate the design of your backyard. That’s why it’s important to either place speakers so that they blend into the surrounding foliage or choose components designed to look like rocks or planters. We can even bury some components, such as the subwoofer and wiring.
Once you add all of these entertainment devices to your home, you’ll need a way to easily manage all of them. If turning on a movie or starting your favorite music playlist is as simple as pushing a button, you’re far more likely to use it on a regular basis. That’s why we recommend centralizing all of the entertainment with a smart home control system like Control4. From one app, you can turn on the projector or TV, adjust the music volume, and even control the landscape lighting!
Don’t wait until summer is almost over to start enjoying your outdoor spaces. Instead, set up your home for entertaining the right way. To get started, give us a call at 770.888.8848 or fill out this quick form and one of our audio/video experts will reach out to you.
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