Winter is Coming …

Fall is my favorite season and I don’t want to see it end, but we all know “winter is coming.” In the Northeast, we are susceptible to harsh storms and it can be challenging to protect our homes and our home electronics. 

Most consumer-grade surge protectors are designed to protect against electrical surges only and are often good for only one shot. Electronic equipment can also be damaged by lightning or power surges from many different pathways including: cable TV lines, telephone lines, computer network feeds, inter-building wiring, pool controllers, landscape speakers, outdoor lighting, or any device installed outside.

The best way to minimize the risk of electrical damage is to find the pathways that lead to your electronics and protect each of those pathways. Click here  to see an illustration of potential areas for power issues. Any cable plugged into your equipment can be a pathway, which is why cellular phones and tablets aren’t damaged by electrical surges and lightning strikes (unless they are plugged into their chargers).

Unfortunately, many of our customers have been affected by storm damage. After recovering from the devastation, they often request a heavy duty protection system (click for a sample design) from Transient Protection Design. While there are no guarantees against acts of nature, installing a high-quality system can help prevent some of the inconvenience.

Séura Innovation

Technology brings a myriad of opportunities to our homes and our Séura rep, Kevin, recently stopped by to show us an innovative opportunity.
Kevin gave us a demonstration of the Séura Smart Mirror and it really is the ultimate in smart home sophistication.

Séura Smart Mirror
(Click the mirror for a demonstration.)

Close up of Command Central
 
Imagine being able to access and interact with all this information: 
weather, email, today’s schedule, calendar, music, maps, shopping, 
social media, smart home control and more.
 
While this is a definite time saver for your morning routine, we can also envision this mirror in your kitchen or office.
 
Mirror, Mirror on the wall….
     Who has RSVP’d for the birthday party? 
     What’s the best route to the game tonight?
     Where is the best apple-picking this weekend?

What would you ask your mirror?

New Crestron Remotes

 

 

 

Crestron describes these remotes as “Epic Functionality” and we agree!

The Challenge:
Have you ever been watching TV in the dark, tried to press the “light” button on your remote (so you can see the buttons to adjust volume, channels, etc.) and accidentally hit the “off” button instead?

The Solution:
Our previous remote was great, but my wife always felt that not having a distinct, easily accessed “light” button was a design flaw.

When I saw the new Crestron remotes, I knew we had to have one.
In our house, the most appreciated new feature is the Movement Sensor. “The Accelerometer detects if the remote is picked up or moved, wakes the remote from sleep mode, and turns on the button backlight if the room is dark.”
You don’t even have to find the light button. In a dark room, as soon as you pick up the remote, the button backlight comes on!

For more details about these elegant new remotes, give us a call or click for more information: 

Handheld Remote HR-310
Touch Screen Remote TSR-310

For homeowners with multiple residences, this Crestron video demonstrates the sophistication and simplicity a Crestron system can add to your lifestyle. 

Davco “No Regrets” Newsletter

Davco “No Regrets” Newsletter

 

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Custom Integration since 1986

We specialize in making homes and offices fun, productive and efficient,
by integrating custom technology.

 
203-838-5887    www.davcoinc.com


Dear Friends of DAVCO,

Our newsletter story about Lutron USB outlets led to several conversations with our clients about kitchen renovations. You really can’t talk about kitchen renovations without mentioning the incredible disruption this process has on your family and lifestyle. As we discussed this at DAVCO, we wondered,  “How can we improve the planning stages of our projects, to minimize inconvenience & stress for our clients?” For a sample of our ideas or to give us feedback, please read on…

Sincerely,
Greg DellaCorte


No Regrets   
Our goal at Davco is to design a smart home system that will enable
you to enjoy the full technology potential of your home, for years to come.

One of our customers sent us this email and we want all
of our clients to feel the same way!

Our initial project consultations with clients include a variety of  “fact-finding” questions such as:

How do you use your kitchen 
(cooking, entertaining, homework, bill paying, etc.)? Let’s discuss how to best light your kitchen for those activities.

Where do you think lighting control keypads would be most convenient for you to control these lights?

There are also “big picture” questions to explore, such as:                                                                                 
Do you love to cook? Lutron’s new EcoSystem Technology enables us to control individual LED fixtures, for a whole new level of customization.

Do you love to entertain? 
The new technology in lighting color can enhance the ambiance of any room.

We believe good consultation questions are a key element in the planning and communication process that leads to clients with No Regrets.

Can you help us with our No Regrets project?
What questions do you wish someone had asked you?
What suggestions have been helpful to you in the past? 
Email me  to let us know your thoughts – all comments are appreciated!

 


Davco Trivia   

1943 was the answer to our last Trivia question, “In what year was the all-time coldest temperature in the state of Connecticut recorded?”  Since none of our readers guessed the exact year, we gave the coveted Davco mug award to R. S., from Westport, for sending in the response that we were all thinking: “2018!”

But enough about the cold winter. Many movie-lovers say that “Jaws” was the first summer blockbuster movie.
What is your favorite summer movie?
Bonus question – If you own your favorite summer movie, what is the format – VHS? DVD? Kaleidescape? Amazon video? 
Send me an email!
 


D a v C o n n e c t
The ultimate in personalized service for your Smart Home
 
Client satisfaction and system dependability are the foundation of our business plan at Davco. Providing fun, long-lasting and reliable home systems is our goal, and to achieve it we offer DavConnect, the ultimate experience in personalized service for your Smart Home.

 

Still thinking about DavConnectCall us for more details.  

 

No Regerts

No Regrets   
Our goal at Davco is to design a smart home system that will enable  
you to enjoy the full technology potential of your home, for years to come.
One of our customers sent us this email and we want all
of our clients to feel the same way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our initial project consultations with clients include a variety of “fact-finding” questions such as:

 

How do you use your kitchen (cooking, entertaining, homework, bill paying, etc.)? Let’s discuss how to best light your kitchen for those activities.

Where do you think lighting control keypads would be most convenient for you to control these lights?

 

There are also “big picture” questions to explore, such as:                                                                              

 

Do you love to cook? Lutron’s new EcoSystem Technology enables us to control individual LED fixtures, for a whole new level of customization.

Do you love to entertain? 
The new technology in lighting color can enhance the ambiance of any room.

 

 

We believe good consultation questions are a key element in the planning and communication process that leads to clients with No Regrets.

Can you help us with our No Regrets project?  
What questions do you wish someone had asked you?
What suggestions have been helpful to you in the past? 
Email me  to let us know your thoughts – all comments are appreciated!

Davco Support

We are always looking for ways to better serve our clients.

In addition to DavConnect   (our new remote service & monitoring system),

we are also rolling out a new support program:

Support@Davcoinc.com       

While we are still available by phone, this will be another avenue for communication, when a phone call may not be convenient.

How does contacting Davco Support work?

If you have a question or are experiencing a problem:

  1. Email Support@Davcoinc.com and your request will be sent to the Davco team.
  2. A team member will review your question and respond.

(*DavConnect Premiere & Essential clients have advanced support options, including potential resolution without a service call!)

  1. We will schedule a service call and take care of the problem.

Looking to connect with Davco for support? Use Support@Davcoinc.com
One simple place to get the help you need.

Go Vision TV

 

 

A friend from the Lone Star State recently reminded me that “Everything is bigger in Texas.”  The GoVision TV, from Texas-based GoVision, is no exception. The same company that provided the LED screens for the last 4 presidential inaugurations, can also provide you with an outdoor “Home Stadium Experience” (that must be a Texas phrase). 

 

 

GoVision produces large outdoor TV’s, from 132″ to over 300″. The weather proof screens can be custom – designed and are perfect for outdoor entertainment areas.

Call us or click here to learn more about GoVision TV.

Lutron: Convenient Charging

 

 

I recently updated my kitchen and although the footprint hasn’t changed, it really does look completely different. My family came over during the holidays and they were very complimentary of the new look. However, I was surprised that the change that sparked the most conversation was a new dual USB receptacle (OK, now you know I’m not the only tech geek in my family). 

 

This Lutron 15A dual USB tamper resistant receptacle is one of those small changes that makes a big difference.  You can charge 2 devices simultaneously, without an adaptor. 

Minimalists will love the simplicity and decorators will love that it comes in a variety of colors and finishes to coordinate with your other Lutron wallplates.

Although these do need to be installed by an electrician, it only takes about 15 minutes and this receptacle can replace any outlet in your home. 

Davco January Newsletter

 

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We specialize in making homes and offices fun, productive and efficient,
by integrating custom technology.

203-838-5887     Custom Integration since 1986      www.davcoinc.com



Dear Friends of DAVCO,

 Happy New Year! I hope 2018 is off to a good start for all of you. 

I wanted to share a quick personal story with you…
I recently updated my kitchen and although the footprint hasn’t changed, it really does look completely different. My family came over during the holidays and they were very complimentary of the new look. However, I was surprised that the change that sparked the most conversation was a new dual USB receptacle (OK, now you know I’m not the only tech geek in my family). Please read on for details.

Sincerely, 
Greg DellaCorte, Principal 


   

This Lutron 15A dual USB tamper resistant receptacle is one of those small changes that makes a big difference.  You can charge 2 devices simultaneously, without an adaptor. 

Minimalists will love the simplicity and decorators will love that it comes in a variety of colors and finishes to coordinate with your other Lutron wallplates.

Although these do need to be installed by an electrician, it only takes about 15 minutes and this receptacle can replace any outlet in your home. 

 

 


 January Trivia  
In what year was the all-time coldest temperature in the state of Connecticut recorded?
If you think you know the answer, send me an email: gregdellacorte@davcoinc.com.


D a v C o n n e c t

The ultimate in personalized service for your Smart Home

Still thinking about DavConnectCall us for more details.