Experience a Streamlined Design by Working with a Lutron Dealer

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Lutron Systems Offer Elevated Design

A Lutron lighting system not only promises to illuminate your home in Lakeway, TX - at just the press of a button! But it also guarantees you’ll experience your home’s lighting in style. With the sleek and streamlined keypad designs from Lutron’s RadioRA 3 line, you can bring your home’s aesthetics together for a cohesive and centralized design.

The good news is that you don’t need to approach these system installations on your own. Working with a trusted Lutron dealer like Mero Concepts gives you our insight into every aspect of your system - from the keypad designs to every fixture that your project entails.

Keep reading below to learn more about our Lutron installation services and solutions.

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Bring Family & Friends Together with Your Upgraded Outdoor Audio Video

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Create the Ultimate Inviting Outdoor Entertainment Space

Make your Lakeway, TX backyard the place to be this summer! With an upgraded outdoor entertainment space, you can feel confident that your backyard and patio areas can easily serve as the setting for any occasion this season. Host a variety of festivities and have your outdoor audio video do all the entertainment work for you!

Want to learn more about how you can create the perfect outdoor atmosphere for your next summer gathering? Keep reading below to see how top-notch outdoor AV makes all the difference - and how Mero Concepts can help!

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ADD CONVENIENCE AND ENTERTAINMENT WITH A SMART HOME DESIGNER

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DISCOVER HOW HOME AUTOMATION TRANSFORMS YOUR LIVING SPACES TO SUIT YOU 

Your home is more than a space to lay your head down at night; it reflects your interests and how you choose to live. As an HTA (Home Technology Association) certified integrator, we understand the desires of homeowners just like you for uncomplicated home automation. 

Working with our smart home designer team, we bring you more than the conveniences. We believe technology should be personalized to your needs and enhance your lifestyle. Imagine setting the perfect comfort level, from temperature and lighting to entertainment with the touch of a button or your voice. 

Are you intrigued by the possibilities we can bring to your Dripping Springs, TX home? Continue reading below to learn more. 

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Get Complete Coverage With A Smart Home Security System

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Protect Your Home From Burglary, Water Damage, And Fire 

A home should be a sanctuary, the one place where you can truly be yourself. Protecting your property and your family is a paramount responsibility. With integrated home security systems, you rest assured that every aspect of your house is safe. 

Comprehensive coverage begins with a system designed to meet your specific needs; cookie-cutter packages leave you exposed where it matters most. We partner with premier names in home security systems to furnish you with sensors and proactive management tools that prevent damage or loss of your possessions and a sense of comfort. 

A security and alarm system from Mero Concepts works to detect, deter, and de-escalate situations in and around your Austin, TX home. Continue reading below to learn more. 

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Explore Control4’s Smart Home OS 3 Features

Explore Control4’s Smart Home OS 3 Features

Control4 is one of the top players in the smart home system market. With a Control4 system, you can integrate your lighting, security, audio, video, home theater, and more into one centralized hub. The brand’s technology allows you to control and automate these systems through an app, universal remote, touchscreens, and voice commands — making your Austin home effortless to manage.

In this blog, we’ll cover some Control4 Smart Home OS 3 features you can incorporate into your Texas home. 

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OS 3 is Control4’s newest operating system, and it provides unmatched personalization. Do you have frequently used rooms — like your bedroom, living room, kitchen, and office? You can set them as “favorites” so you can quickly swipe between them on your Control4 app on your smartphone. Within each room, you can control features like lighting and what music and video to play.

Rooms aren’t the only things you can set as favorites. You can make your most frequently used platforms and devices — like Spotify, your thermostat, or your front door camera — favorites, and they’ll pop up as icons on your main “dashboard” screen. You can just easily tap one of your favorites to make whatever adjustments you want, whether it’s choosing a new song or seeing who’s at your front door. The design of OS 3 aims to be intuitive, so you can use easy hold-and-drag features to move around your favorites, just like you would do to arrange apps on your phone.

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Building an Outdoor Speaker System: Features to Look For

Building an Outdoor Speaker System: Features to Look For

Austin summers come with beautiful, warm, sunny days, and you’ll enjoy them even more with an outdoor speaker system that’s up to date with the latest technologies. To get your home ready for summer fun, consider designing and building an outdoor speaker system that’s perfect for you and your family. Every barbecue, pool party, alfresco dinner, and more can be made even better with high-quality outdoor audio.

Here are features you should look for when building an outdoor speaker system for your Texas home.

SEE ALSO: Choosing Speakers for Your Whole House Audio System

Weatherproof and high-fidelity speakers

When thinking about outdoor speakers, you may worry about how the weather will affect them. However, that no longer has to be a concern. Top audio brands like Terra, James Loudspeaker, and Coastal Source offer high-performance speakers that withstand all the elements — such as sun, rain, heat, dust, and dirt.

Terra offers outdoor speakers that also provide landscape lighting. Their LuminSound products provide adjustable path or landscape lighting while producing top-notch sound. The speakers can be rotated up to 358 degrees to move the sound wherever you want it.

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Safety Precautions Taken by mero CONCEPTS in Response to COVID-19

Safety Precautions Taken by mero CONCEPTS in Response to COVID-19

The team at mero CONCEPTS is keeping an eye on all the latest news about the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and around the world, and we are taking all necessary precautions to keep our employees, clients and community safe during this time. Health precautions and protocols in line with WHO and CDC directives are taking place throughout our organization to reduce the spread of disease. Every day our team reviews up-to-date recommendations to ensure we’re doing everything to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

Though these may change over time, here are the current steps we are taking to reduce the risks associated with this novel coronavirus: 

  • Every technician is equipped with hand-sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to clean their hands. It is also readily available at our showrooms, offices and work sites to be used by all of our employees. In addition, all employees must wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C ] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees are instructed to notify their supervisor and their healthcare provider immediately upon experiencing any symptoms.
  • Measures are in place to address employees who have recently traveled or have family members who have tested positive for COVID-19. They will go through a CDC-directed risk assessment for potential exposure and be directed to stay home if necessary. 
  • Disinfectant wipes are readily available throughout our job sites and permanent locations to wipe down frequently touched surfaces including workstations, countertops, doorknobs, remotes, and touch panels. In the field, our installers also have wipes handy to wipe down tools and equipment before and after each use.
  • Our installers are following strict on-site health and safety guidelines including the use of disposable gloves and sterilization products. 
  • We will refrain from shaking hands with clients, and will maintain recommended distances while in your home or business.
  • Employees have flexible sick leave policies that offer them the ability to care for themselves and family when needed. 
  • We have also been spraying equipment with rubbing alcohol at all times, the same equipment-grade sterilization method that is used to clean fiber optics. We are disinfecting our vehicles daily and wearing gloves. 

We appreciate your trust during these unprecedented times, and we take the health and wellbeing of our clients and employees very seriously. To protect our staff, we also ask that our clients communicate if anyone in your home or business is experiencing symptoms or has been exposed to the virus. We also ask that you follow the CDC's guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19 while we are on-site. If you have any questions about these precautions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Choosing Speakers for Your Whole House Audio System

Choosing Speakers for Your Whole House Audio System

Have you ever noticed how much happier you feel when there’s music on? Picture the following two scenarios: First, you walk into a restaurant, and it’s completely silent besides the clatter of silverware and buzz of lights above. Now imagine a restaurant with your favorite song lightly pulsing through every room, just loud enough to enjoy while still able to chat. Suddenly, you feel like relaxing back in your seat with a drink for hours—or perhaps even dancing.

Your home will also come alive with a whole house audio system. Whether you prefer Billie Holiday, Billy Joel, or Billie Eilish, music will follow you from room to room, so you won’t have to stay wherever one speaker is located. But what speakers should you use to build a whole-house audio system? We share different speaker models to help you find the right choice for your Austin, TX, house below.

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In-Wall and In-Ceiling Speakers

The most elegant and minimalistic approach to whole home audio is the in-wall or in-ceiling speaker. You can enjoy high-quality background music at all hours without the bulky appearance of technology. Wires are hidden within the walls, and speaker grilles can even be painted to further blend into your décor.

Bookshelf Speakers

Bookshelf speakers are certainly more visible than in-wall models, but they offer generally higher sound quality. They’re still easy to rearrange and move and are small enough to place on, yes, a bookshelf, but also tables and countertops. 

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Control4 vs. Off-the-Shelf Smart Technology

Control4 vs. Off-the-Shelf Smart Technology

If you’ve read up on smart home technology, you may have come across conflicting suggestions and advice. Many people recommend a DIY approach with smart devices like the Nest thermostat, Ring video doorbell, and Phillips Hue lightbulbs. But most technology experts, including ourselves, consider these approaches to home automation weaker than a system like Control4’s OS 3. But why?

As a Control4 dealer in Austin, TX, we’ll shed some light on what makes Control4 many steps ahead of off-the-shelf gadgets. Continue reading to see how a smart home system will enhance your daily life.

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One Press of a Button

As more household objects become smart—from coffee pots to lighting fixtures— you’ll spot more smart gadgets in stores like Best Buy. You can bring home a smart speaker or a Ring doorbell and quickly plug-and-play. But the thrill of your new devices fades when you have to juggle different apps for every subsystem in your home. You won’t have an integrated home, but rather a disjointed experience that’s mildly inconvenient for you and completely inaccessible to visitors.

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The Smarter the Home, The More Reason to Hire a Professional

The Smarter the Home, The More Reason to Hire a Professional

Getting started in smart home automation with a few smart devices, like an Amazon Alexa speaker or a video doorbell, is an easy enough endeavor. But that isn’t really a smart home, is it? A true smart home incorporates many systems that work together automatically. We may not be able to have our homes cook for us, pick out our clothes, or clean for us as it was depicted in The Jetsons (yet). But your home can play music, turn on lights, lock doors, and lower blinds automatically or when told to, controlled by the same smart system.

So if you’re planning on building a smart home system, at what point should you bring in a professional home automation installer? Continue reading to see how a professional can bring your Austin, TX home into the future.

 

SEE ALSO: Where & Why You Should Use Home Lighting Control

 

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Boost Teamwork and Productivity with an Upgraded Video Conference System

Boost Teamwork and Productivity with an Upgraded Video Conference System

Are your meeting rooms equipped for modern collaboration? Today’s business moves at a faster pace than ever before. Beyond the basics like Wi-Fi and high-speed internet connectivity, today’s workers use software tools like Slack, Zoom Trello, Asana, and many others to manage work both across the organization and with external suppliers and partners. On top of this, they want to use their devices of choice too, be they smartphones, tablets, laptops, from different platforms. Your collaboration tools need to keep up with what modern teams are using.

Instead of traveling to meetings – whether across town or the country – video conference systems are increasingly being used to communicate faster, share information, and move projects, products, and services along quicker. If you want to keep your Austin, TX business up-to-date, keep reading to learn about video conferencing upgrades that will boost your organization’s productivity.

SEE ALSO: Why Your Company Needs an Upgraded Video Conference System

High Definition Video and Audio

Your meeting spaces should have high definition video capability at a minimum, and for future-proofing, the ability to display 4K as well. Large flat-panel displays provide an easy way for meeting attendees to share presentations and other information. Projectors have always been a staple in conference rooms, and today’s models have better brightness, contrast, and 4K resolution, as well as being better able to perform in more brightly lit rooms.

A variety of video cameras from many vendors, offering up to 4K resolution, can be employed with many of the popular videoconferencing platforms like Zoom and Skype. Some cameras have remote control capability for panning and zooming to change the view if needed.

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Where & Why You Should Use Home Lighting Control

Where & Why You Should Use Home Lighting Control

There’s no denying lighting control is entertaining. By connecting your lighting fixtures to a smart home system, you’ll be able to turn on every light from your tablet or smartphone. Watch your entire house light up in one touch of a button or use a voice-activated speaker to command your lights with just a phrase.

But home lighting control offers more than just a fun party trick. Smart lighting connected to a system like Savant or Control4 can provide unique benefits to each area of your home. Continue reading to see where and why you should be using lighting control in your West Lake Hills, TX, home.

SEE ALSO: Why You Should Hire a Home Automation Installer

Outdoors

Your home’s landscape lighting is much more impressive and useful when you go beyond an on/off switch. Through your Control4 or Savant app, you can create scenes specific for each time of day and schedule when they will activate. At twilight, the pathway lights will turn on at your entrance, and by sundown, all exterior lights will flick on and illuminate your outside areas. Then by the time you go to sleep, lights will conveniently turn off to save energy, or some can stay on till sunrise for security. If you incorporate color tuning in your lighting system, you can also play with colors, basking your walls in bright whites, blues, greens, reds, and more for festive fun.

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The way you light your living room should depend on the time of day and what activities you’re enjoying. A tunable lighting system allows us to adjust the brightness and temperature of lightbulbs. So, during the daytime, schedule your lights for a cool, bright appearance that will energize your mind and feel more comfortable than dim, warm lights. In the evening, your lamps and overhead lights can shift to warmer hues for a softer, cozier atmosphere. You can also create scenes to set the mood, whether it’s movie time or a reading session. Select the scene and watch each light dim, turn off, or adjust its color. 

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Why You Should Hire a Home Automation Installer

Why You Should Hire a Home Automation Installer

If you’d like to automate your home’s lights, security, audio, and more into one system, you may be wondering—can I install this myself? As smart home technology grows in popularity, we’ve seen more plug-and-play products pop up in stores. But will you be able to achieve the functionality and seamless integration you desire on your own?

You may be quite handy, but there are several things to consider before attempting DIY home automation. To see if you could benefit from working with a home automation installer in your Austin, TX house, consider the points below.

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Wiring & Safety

If you’re only planning to use a single, stand-alone device like a Nest thermostat, you can probably install that yourself. However, it’s much more complex when integrating multiple smart home systems like smart lights, alarms, multi-room audio, etc. For a clean aesthetic, you’ll want a professional to wire your system so that it functions reliably. Unless you’re qualified, it isn’t safe to wire a system yourself, so be sure to partner with an installer for help.

Home Security

Smart security is one of the most useful features of home automation. From automatic locks to surveillance cameras and alarms, you can protect your home even when you’re away. If you’re fitting a door entry system, this is not an area for cost-cutting. You won’t want to accidentally have a fatal flaw in a security system, and a professional will know how to avoid that.

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Spend More Time in Fresh Air with Outdoor Audio Video

Spend More Time in Fresh Air with Outdoor Audio Video

We spend a lot of our time indoors. Many of us work in front of computer screens under fluorescent lights, only to return home to our living rooms and TVs. But exposure to fresh air and nature has been proven to lower stress, reduce inflammation, and lessen fatigue. Enjoying time outdoors has also proven to lower anxiety and supplement treatments of depression.

While you may want to spend more time in the sun, that doesn’t mean you need to skip watching a Longhorns game or cancel dinner plans to go on a hike. Now that central Texas weather is finally cooler than 90 degrees, why not take your entertainment outdoors?

Outdoor audio video solutions allow you to share music and watch your favorite shows with weatherproof technology. If you’d like to swap your living room for the patio in your Tarrytown house, continue reading to learn how below.  

SEE ALSO: Is It Time to Upgrade Your Outdoor Entertainment System?

Adding Outdoor Speakers  

Just like with an indoor multi-room audio system, your outdoor speakers can synchronize to play the same music across your yard, and even connect to the music playing indoors. You’ll need a receiver or distribution amplifier to power speakers and connect them to your audio sources. Stereo setups sometime don’t sound great in a large property because speakers may be spaced too widely, so you may want speakers that play both left and right channels in one. Use stereo-input speakers with both left and right connections, or amps that combine both to send mono signals to standard speakers. Cables to your outdoor devices can be buried below-ground for a clean landscape appearance but are best run through a hard-plastic conduit to protect from animals and accidental damage from garden tools.

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The Food’s Great—How’s Your Audio? Why Your Restaurant’s AV Matters

The Food’s Great—How’s Your Audio? Why Your Restaurant’s AV Matters

We all remember a time we visited a coffee shop, bar, or restaurant where the audio or visuals were noticeably lacking. There’s the classic scenario: straining to hear what your family says during dinner because of the booming speakers overhead. You might ask to move tables, only to find that the sound is no better by the windows.

Or perhaps you’ve faced the opposite dilemma: walking into a café that is so quiet, all you can hear is the baristas talking about your order and the microwave beeping. Feeling awkward, you might decide to take your meal to-go.

Even if the dishes are superb, guests will bring home the memory of your restaurant’s experience. So, if they stopped in your bar to watch the game and can’t see the screen—or if they hoped to hear live music, but the sound was distorted—it will leave a bad taste in their mouths.

What will visitors take away from your restaurant? To learn more about what a restaurant AV installation can offer your Lakeway, TX eatery, continue reading our points below.

SEE ALSO: Set Up the Best AV Installation in Your Restaurant or Bar

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Bring the Party Outside with an Outdoor Entertainment System

Bring the Party Outside with an Outdoor Entertainment System

Hosting parties and get-togethers is the surest way to gather friends and family under one roof. There are perks to hosting, like choosing the music and dinner cuisine. But planning a party can be stressful too. Setting up beforehand can be a tiring endeavor, and you’ll want to ensure everyone is having a good time. 

But with an outdoor entertainment system added to your backyard, parties will practically assemble themselves (well, you still need to invite everyone and serve food). With durable, weatherproof speakers from Coastal Source integrated with a smart control system, it will be easier than ever to make sure everyone’s having a blast. 

Keep reading to see all the benefits outdoor audio can have in your Austin, Texas area home! 

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An Introduction to Josh.ai Voice-Controlled Home Automation

An Introduction to Josh.ai Voice-Controlled Home Automation

Smart home automation might sound a bit futuristic to you from time to time. Simply pressing a button for your smart features to follow your commands is not only convenient and luxurious – it can also often feel completely surreal. So, imagine being able to say a command aloud, and your smart home system following your words.

Voice-controlled home automation makes this an everyday-ability in your Austin, TX living space. And a voice control system like Josh.ai is changing the game and making it easier for homeowners like yourself to speak a task out loud and have your home follow suit.

Want to find out more about Josh.ai and what it means for the voice control world? Just keep reading on below.

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Why Voice Control? 

These days, voice-controlled home automation is becoming more and more popular. You might recognize wireless devices such as Alexa or Google Home. These are singular products you can buy at the store and bring back home.

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How to Use a Lighting Control System to Enhance Your Daily Life

How to Use a Lighting Control System to Enhance Your Daily Life

Give your living space a design boost with just a push of a button. A smart lighting control system in your home can take your daily environment to another level entirely — whether you live in West Lake Hills, Lakeway, Tarrytown, Austin, or anywhere else in Central Texas! Whether it’s for everyday use or a get-together or party that you’re hosting, having an installed intelligent lighting solution has endless benefits.

So then what are the best ways to utilize your lighting system, and how can it integrate with your whole home automation system? Keep reading below to find out more!

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Set the Right Scene

Whether you’re staying in for the night or setting up for a dinner party, setting a lighting “scene” can make it easier to plan and enjoy the moment. Instead of needing to readjust your lighting to how you like it for certain events, you can instead just press a single button and have your light fixtures all respond accordingly.

For example, pushing a “dinner” scene can dim your dining room’s lights and a “movie night” scene can turn them off completely in your media room or home theater. These scenes eliminate unnecessary work on your part, and you can tie them in with other smart features in your home, such as motorized shades and audio video solutions.

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Is It Time to Upgrade Your Outdoor Entertainment System?

Is It Time to Upgrade Your Outdoor Entertainment System?

Spring has sprung and summer is right around the corner, which means it’s the best time of the year to upgrade your outdoor entertainment system and elevate your entire Austin, TX backyard and patio area.

You can make your home the place to be for cookouts, tailgates, pool parties, and everything in between. Ready to learn more? Let’s dive into the smart home technology you can add to your setup that’s sure to impress and entertain your friends and family.

 

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4K HD TVs: Rain or Shine

You might wonder how well a TV of any type will work and last for an extended period of time outside. With the many elements that can cause it damage, it seems like a great risk. But luckily, this simply isn’t an issue with outdoor 4K HD TV screens.

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The Latest Smart Tech for Your Home Entertainment System

The Latest Smart Tech for Your Home Entertainment System

Where you watch your favorite films and TV shows has a significant impact on your viewing experience. That’s why keeping your home entertainment system updated is essential for optimal movie-watching on any given day in your West Lake Hills, TX living space.

In this blog, we’ve put together the latest smart technology features and trends for your media room or home theater so you can always view your media at its highest-quality. Want to learn more about these smart solutions? Keep reading below.

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Invisible Speakers

When you’re watching a film or catching up on a favorite TV show, sometimes things in the room can be quiet distracting from the scene up on the screen. But what if those obstructive things were your entertainment system’s speakers?

That’s when in-wall and in-ceiling speakers are ideal for you and your space. By installing these speakers in the walls, you’ll hardly notice them — but you’ll definitely hear them. You can maintain your space’s design and immersive feeling without sacrificing sound quality from your audio system.

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