Adding a Smart Home Hub: Amazon Echo

Adding a smart home hub such as the Amazon Echo to your place is great way to connect and expand the capabilities of home automation devices. Seamless control from a central hub adds convenience and maximizes the features for each device you own.  

The Amazon Echo is controlled through voice commands and can perform tasks on its own right out the box, without additional costs. It works off an Amazon cloud-based system called “Alexa,” and to use it, simply speak the activation word “Alexa” followed by a command or question.

The Echo has seven built-in noise cancelling microphones to pick up commands in loud surroundings or when music is playing.

What does Echo do?

Amazon Echo can play your favorite … Read more...

Modern Sound for a Classic Car

Spring is in the air, and lots of people are starting to take out their classic cars for some time in the spotlight! One of our customers recently restored his 1986 Chevy Monte Carlo into immaculate condition. The only thing missing was a modernized car stereo, so he came to P.C. Richard & Son. He went to our Lawrenceville Installation Center and spoke with Ernie, our mobile installer, to see what upgrades could be done.

An inspection of the vehicle revealed the car only had a cassette player, and the speakers were crackling and sounded muffled. The customer wanted modern features and satellite radio capabilities without any modifications to the dashboard, which would devalue the classic vehicle.

Ernie suggested the … Read more...

Stock Audio System Gets Custom-Tailored Upgrades for Less

A customer stopped into the P.C. Richard & Son NE Philly Mobile Installation Center in hopes of improving the audio system in his brand new 2016 Chevy Silverado. The vehicle only came equipped with an AM/FM radio with Bluetooth compatibility, and the ability to further upgrade was limited and quite expensive.

He was interested in enhancing three major elements: sound, safety, and security. The initial price quote from the dealership concerned him, so he turned to our mobile installer, Josh, to find out what his options were at P.C. Richard & Son and what the bottom line would be.

Josh assessed the vehicle and delivered some great news: he could choose any equipment he wanted, with the features he liked, … Read more...

Sun Joe: a Complete Landscaping Solution

Taking care of a yard can be a difficult task. The equipment needed is expensive and requires a lot of maintenance. Lugging around heavy equipment, inhaling exhaust fumes, and buying and storing gas and oil can make you dread tackling outdoor projects.

We all want a beautiful yard and simple ways to maintain it. Sun Joe offers a complete landscaping solution that’s economical, lightweight, and virtually maintenance free!

Start the season off right with the easy-to-use Sun Joe Tiller Joe Max. Prepare soil for a plant bed or remove dirt and roots to plant a new lawn. There are no gas fumes or complicated oil mixtures. Just plug-in, press the start button, and turn soil to create a nutrient-rich … Read more...

Why Should You Add a Ring Video Doorbell to Your Home?

Adding the Ring Video Doorbell to your home will deliver unsurpassed convenience and security. These doorbells are smart Wi-Fi connected devices that secure your home while you’re away and eliminate the hassle of waiting for parcel deliveries or dealing with unwanted solicitors showing up unexpectedly.

What Can the Ring Video Doorbell Do?

The Ring Video Doorbell connects to the existing wiring in a standard doorbell, or you can use the built-in rechargeable battery that can last up to a year. It easily installs, and once it’s connected to Wi-Fi and the Ring app, you’re ready to experience the benefits.

The Ring works like a regular doorbell. Once the front button is pressed, HD quality video recording and two-way communication begins. … Read more...

Big Sound Upgrade for a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

A customer came into the Eatontown, NJ Installation Center to upgrade a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee. He paid the dealership a lot extra for the premium stereo system, but it didn’t live up to his expectations. So, he came to us looking to see how it can be improved.

There was a factory amplifier and subwoofer built into the rear cargo area, but it lacked power and musical impact. The customer could turn the volume to the max, but it didn’t reach the level the customer was hoping for.

The factory radio is a touch screen with navigation, Bluetooth, and back-up camera, so he didn’t want to replace that. Understanding his needs, our mobile installer, Rich, guided him to equipment … Read more...

3 Benefits of Owning a Smart Air Conditioner

Spring is officially here, and before you know it, you’ll be planning outdoor parties and cookouts. It’s an exciting time, but fantastic weather comes with a price.

Summertime brings heatwaves!

It’s time to start considering how you’ll cool your home this upcoming season. Sweltering hot days and uncomfortable humid nights need to be confronted with a powerful, arctic-inducing air conditioner. Traditional AC units can certainly get the job done, but recently there’s a new solution to handle your cooling needs more efficiently. The answer is Wi-Fi connected smart air conditioners.

3 benefits of Wi-Fi smart air conditioners and why you should get one this year:

1. Ultimate Convenience

Imagine controlling every aspect of your air conditioner anywhere you have a … Read more...

Home Automation: Adding Smart LED Lighting to Your Home

Adding smart LED lighting to your home is stylish, fun, and useful. You can set a party atmosphere, match lighting to fit a mood, and add layers of home security and safety. Customize lighting in any room by adding smart LED lighting such as the Philips Hue LED White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit to your home automation system. Create different color schemes for each room with limitless possibilities, or set schedules to brighten and dim lights to match unique routines.

What Can Smart LED Lighting Do?

The Philips Hue LED bulbs work like any light bulb, and it’s easy to swap a standard bulb for an LED bulb. Plug in the included Hue Bridge, connect to Wi-Fi, download the … Read more...

Making Your Home a Smart Home: Adding a Wi-Fi Thermostat

A great addition to any home automation system is a Wi-Fi Thermostat, especially during the chilly winter months! The Nest Thermostat offers precise comfort control, it’s intuitive to your preferences, and it will help you save money on heating and cooling costs.

What Can the Nest Thermostat Do?

The Nest Thermostat is simple to install and even easier to use. Once the Nest is installed, connect to Wi-Fi, download the free-to-use Nest App, make a few temperature adjustments and that’s it. The Nest will learn your routines and adjust by itself accordingly.

When the Nest recognizes you’re close by, it lights up and displays the time and temperature. It also knows when you leave and can automatically switch to a … Read more...

5 Home Gym Technologies to Keep You Motivated

The best workout routine is one you stay committed to. Sometimes motivation is low– perhaps you worked late, or the weather is bad, so you skip going to the gym despite your best intentions.

An easy solution is working out at home. If you have reservations that you’re not getting the same quality training or that your equipment will become another clothes rack, don’t worry. These 5 home gym technology advancements will deliver incredible workouts and keep you motivated to reach fitness goals from the comfort and convenience of your own home.

Built-In Workout Apps

This is not new technology, but it’s gotten better over time. The multitude of different routines built into treadmills and elliptical machines from companies such … Read more...