How to Create the Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment Setup
Give Your Home an Upgrade with an Audio Video Installation
Summer is just around the corner, which makes now the perfect time to start thinking about all the fun things you can do in the great outdoors. While Katy, Texas has plenty of outdoor areas worth exploring, there’s something to be said for relaxing or entertaining right in your backyard.
Of course, before you can start hosting those fun pool parties or movie nights, you’ve got to make sure you’ve got the right outdoor entertainment setup. Below, we break down what homeowners in the greater Houston area need in order to get started with a high-quality outdoor audio video installation.
Step One: Decide on Your Entertainment Goals
There are a lot of great AV products out there, so how do you choose which ones to add to your patio or backyard? Well, that depends on what you want to do. Let’s explore some of the most popular ways to use outdoor AV:
Outdoor audio is incredibly versatile—after setting up the system, you can use it however you want. Some people might want to simply relax by the pool while smooth jazz plays in the background. But that same system could also be used to bring a large party to life. And of course, the audio will be connected to any TVs or projectors you have outside so that you can enjoy crystal-clear sound while you watch your favorite film.
With your audio system, you’ll be able to choose from a variety of speaker styles, so if you’re concerned about having clunky speakers distracting from your gorgeous landscaping, don’t be. A lot of speakers are designed to blend into foliage or masquerade as landscape lights, rocks or flower pots.
When it comes to outdoor video, you have two main options: television or projector and screen.
Outdoor televisions from quality brands like SunBriteTV have some neat features not normally seen with indoor TVs—for one, the screen is much brighter and designed with an anti-glare coating to deliver great visual quality no matter how brightly the sun is shining. The TVs are also designed to withstand that harsh Texas heat (along with water, dirt, wind, etc.). So when you want to catch up on the latest Netflix series, you can do so while also soaking up the sun.
If you’re the type of person who loves hosting parties, an outdoor home theater system might be a better idea. With a projector and screen setup, you can easily accommodate a large crowd of people. Plus who doesn’t love the novelty of movie nights?
Step Two: Evaluate the Space
There are so many factors that can impact how you should set up your audio/video components. The location of furniture, water features, landscaping features, and more can have a big impact on how everything sounds and looks. So before you start looking into different TV brands or speaker designs, have an audio video expert come out and evaluate the space. They’ll be able to offer expert advice on the types of components you should consider and where they should be placed for the best entertainment experience.
Step Three: Go Beyond AV with Automation
Obviously audio and video are essential for outdoor entertaining, but it’s how you control them that takes the entertainment experience to the next level. While you can manually adjust the volume on each speaker or juggle different remotes for each TV and audio source, there’s a better way: smart home automation.
With a smart home control system, you can connect all of the different entertainment systems throughout your home, then manage them all right from your smartphone or tablet. So when you want to get ready for a dinner party out on the veranda, all you have to do is tap the “Party” option on your smartphone and watch your backyard come to life.
Here are some of the neat things you can control right from your smartphone:
Want to turn on the jets in the Jacuzzi? Change the color of the LED lights in the pool? How about turn on a water feature from across the yard? By adding pool control to your smart home automation system, you can manage all of the water features at the push of a button.
Adding landscape lighting throughout your property is useful for both entertaining and security. From your tablet or smartphone, you can do much more than just turn the lights on or off. You can turn the lights a fun color for a party or adjust the brightness as the sun starts setting. You could even have the lights illuminate a path from the driveway to the backyard to let guests know where to go!
Upgrading your backyard with smart technologies can make entertaining so much more impressive and enjoyable. If you’re interested in an automation or audio video installation for your Katy area home, then give us a call at (800) 611-1975! We’d love to speak with you about the different options available.