Office Phone Systems

Signs Your Office Needs a New Phone System

By | Business Phones, Business Solutions, Commerical Phone Systems |

Are the phones that you’re using in your office right now on the older side? If so, it’s a pretty clear indication that you might want to consider updating to a new phone system sooner than later. A new phone system will come with new phones that can help keep your employees and your customers connected in a much more efficient way.

There are a few signs that’ll let you know it’s time to pull the plug on your old phone system. Take a look at them below:

Your current phone system is struggling to keep up with an increased number of calls

If more people are trying to get in touch with your business these days, that should be a good thing. But unfortunately, it’s not going to feel that way if clients and customers are having a hard time getting through to your office. Your phone system should be capable of taking all the calls that come in. You should also be able to scale your phone system up so that it includes more extensions and features. If you can’t do that, obtaining a new phone system should be a top priority.

Your remote employees aren’t able to access your phone system

There are more and more companies allowing and even encouraging their employees to work from a remote location these days. But one problem they’re running into is that their employees can’t always access the company’s phone system remotely. You should upgrade your phone system so that all of your employees can use it regardless of where they might be located.

Your company is moving

Is your company preparing to move into a new office space? Packing up your old phone system, transporting it to your new location, and hooking it all up could end up costing you more than it would to install a brand-new system. Moving will give you the perfect excuse to update the phone system that you’ve been meaning to update for quite some time now.

If you’re thinking about installing a new business phone system in your office, Shore Home Solutions can take care of the installation for you. We’ll provide you with a state-of-the-art system that can handle as many calls as your company needs it to. Contact us today to get started!

Custom Home Theater for Man Cave

How to Turn a Room Into the Ultimate Man Cave

By | Home Theatre Systems, Man Caves, Surround Sound |

Have you always dreamed about putting a man cave into your house? It’s not as difficult as you might think. You can transform a spare bedroom, a portion of your basement, or any other empty room in your house into a man cave without a problem. You just need to fill it with all the things that make a man cave special.

Start by picking out the right seating

When you’re hanging out in your man cave, you want to be 100 percent relaxed. The best way to keep yourself and your guests comfortable is by picking out the right seating. You should find a big recliner for your man cave in addition to a sectional that will fit you and all your family and friends on movie nights and big games.

Add a custom home theater

Once you have your seating in place, it’ll be time to give yourself something to watch while you’re sitting down. Rather than simply purchasing a flat-screen TV for your new space, you should add a custom home theater to it. You can customize your home theater setup and pick out the right size screen for your specific space.

Fill your man cave with sound with a surround sound system

No custom home theater is complete without a surround sound system. So that’ll be the next thing you want to buy for your man cave. You can use it to immerse yourself in a movie on your big screen or to play music while you’re hanging out with friends. It’s best to work with a company that specializes in home surround sound setup when installing a surround sound system since they’ll know the best places to put speakers, subwoofers, and other audio equipment.

Finish things off with some nice decorative touches

After you’ve picked out great seating, installed your custom home theater, and set up your surround sound system, you’ll almost be ready to start enjoying your man cave. But before you do, sprinkle some decorative touches throughout it to complete the look. From a dartboard to a big beer sign to drapes you can use to darken your windows, there are so many small touches you can add to a man cave that will pay off in a big way.

Would you like a hand putting together the ultimate man cave? Shore Home Solutions can provide you with assistance when it comes to custom home theaters, surround sound systems, and more. Contact us today to get started!

Surveillance Camera System

Increase the Value of Your Home with Camera Systems

By | Camera Systems, Surveillance Cameras |

Do you want to increase the value of your home without doing a major renovation or remodeling project? There is a much simpler way to make your home worth more money in a matter of just a day or two. You can get camera systems installed that will protect the premises while bringing your home’s value up, too.

Here’s how camera systems will make your home more valuable than it is today:

Video surveillance systems automatically makes your home more attractive to future buyers

You might not be thinking about selling your home right now, but you could very well sell your home at some point within the next few years or so. When that day comes, you’ll be able to use your home’s video system as a selling feature. People will love the idea of moving into a home with a video system, especially if you have a state-of-the-art system.

Having camera systems likely brings down your homeowners insurance rates

As soon as you install a new camera system in your home, you should call your homeowners insurance company to let them know about it. Now that you have a system in place, they’ll more than likely bring your homeowners insurance rates down. It’ll save you money month after month and earn you extra money on the front end even if you don’t decide to sell your home for a while.

Camera systems provide you with an unprecedented peace of mind

A home video system will do more than just make your home more valuable in a financial sense. It’ll also make it more valuable as far as your peace of mind is concerned. You won’t have to worry about anyone breaking into your home and stealing anything of value when you’ve got a camera system watching over things. It’ll be one less thing you’ll need to concern yourself with on a daily basis.

If a camera system sounds like a solid investment to you, Shore Home Solutions would be happy to install cameras for your home security system. Call us at 410-878-2448 today to set up a consultation for your new camera system!

Custom Home Entertainment

Things to Consider When Buying a Projector

By | Custom Home Entertainment, Home Theatre Systems, Residential Solutions |

Are you thinking about installing a projector in your home theater as opposed to a big-screen TV? There are lots of benefits that come with doing it. You’ll usually get a much better picture with a projector. You’ll also be able to customize the size of your screen and make your theater feel larger since projectors don’t take up much space. But there are a few things to consider before investing in a projector. Check them out below.

How much room do you have in your budget for a projector?

You don’t necessarily have to break the bank to buy a projector. You can get some projectors for right around $500. But many projectors cost a lot more than that and will come jam-packed with better features than their cheaper counterparts. You should figure out how much you can afford to pay for a projector and decide exactly what you want out of it before you start shopping around.

Are you prepared to properly maintain your projector?

One thing some people don’t realize is that you need to do some maintenance to most projectors. There are filters and bulbs inside most of them that could need to be repaired or replaced over the life of your projector. You won’t have to worry about this right away, but it is something that should be on your radar.

Are you going to mount your projector permanently?

There are some projectors that you can mount on a ceiling or wall permanently. There are others that you can move around from room to room if you want. Think about if you want to have your projector mounted so that it doesn’t go anywhere or if you want something that’s more portable.

Which sound system are you going to hook up to your projector?

If you’re setting up a home theater, you’re probably going to want to invest in a sound system, regardless of whether you’re going with a TV or projector. But with a TV, you’ll have the option of using the TV speakers for sound if you want. With a projector, you’ll need to buy speakers for sound since most projectors don’t have speakers built into them.

Choosing the right projector for your home theater can be a challenge. Shore Home Solutions can help you make the right decision based on your preferences and the design of your home theater. Contact us today to start the process of picking out a projector.

Digital Signage

How to Make Sure Your Digital Signage is Effective

By | Business Solutions, Digital Signage |

Do you want to capture people’s attention when they step up to your booth at a trade show or entice your customers when they walk into your store or restaurant to place an order? You can do it with digital signage. It can convey any message you want and get people interested in your business.

Take a look at a few ways to make your digital signage as effective as it can be:

Carefully consider the size of your digital signage

There are some business owners who mistakenly believe that need to purchase THE BIGGEST DIGITAL DISPLAY POSSIBLE! This couldn’t be further from the truth. While a large digital signage display might come in handy if you have a gigantic store, you don’t want to go overboard. You also don’t want to settle on a small sign that no one will be able to see. Choose the right size for your specific purpose. You want people to be able to read your digital signage easily without being overwhelmed or underwhelmed by it.

Find the right place to put your digital signage

In addition to considering the size of your digital signage, you should also consider where you’re going to put it before you actually place it there. Are people going to need to interact with the signage and scroll through slides on it? Put it somewhere where they can access it easily without getting in other people’s way. Is it something you want people to see as they first walk into your store? Situate it near the door in a place they can’t miss. This will guarantee your digital signage gets the attention it deserves.

Change the displays on your digital signage early and often

The best part about purchasing digital signage is that you can change the messaging on it as often as you like. So why aren’t you taking advantage of that? While you don’t necessarily need to change your digital signage every other hour, you shouldn’t allow for it to become stagnant. Give people new information to read each time they walk past it.

At Shore Home Solutions, we understand how valuable digital signage can be to a company. We can provide you with the best digital signage solutions in the business. Call us at 410-878-2448 to hear more about our digital signage options.

Outdoor Entertainment

Outdoor Home Entertainment Trends

By | Custom Home Entertainment, Residential Solutions, Surround Sound |

There are more and more people who are investing a lot of money into the outside of their homes and creating welcoming spaces where they can gather with their friends and families. While the exterior of a home used to be reserved for a few pieces of patio furniture and maybe something like a fire pit, there are many homeowners who are now creating outdoor spaces outfitted with the latest forms of technology.

Check out some of the best outdoor entertainment trends of 2018 below:

Strong lighting concepts

Outdoor lighting used to consist of flood lights and motion detectors. But these days, many people are opting to incorporate new forms of lighting into their backyards. From soft lighting that can be used to set the mood to bolder lighting concepts that cover entire walls, you can find many unique ways to add a high-end lighting system to your backyard.

Outdoor surround sound systems

There are lots of people who are still relying on Bluetooth speakers to provide sound in their backyard. Bluetooth has made it possible to incorporate portable speakers into the mix. But those who really love listening to music in their backyard space prefer high-end sound systems that have full range speakers and subwoofers. They can be used to bring the best sound experience possible to any outdoor area when they’re set up properly.

Outdoor “living rooms” equipped with TVs

The idea of installing a TV outside used to be ludicrous. But these days, it’s not uncommon to find “living rooms” with couches, fireplaces, and, yes, TVs in the backyards of homes. Families will often huddle around to watch their favorite shows and movies under the stars and experience TV in a whole new way.

Do you want to amp up your backyard with technology? Shore Home Solutions can help you do it by setting you up with high-end lighting and sound systems and so much more. We can also outfit the inside of your home with the technology you need so that you can enjoy being inside and outside during the warmer months. Call us at 410-878-2448 today for more information on our products and services.

Home Theater Room with Red couch

Importance of Home Theater Acoustics

By | Custom Home Entertainment, High End Home Theatre Systems, Residential Solutions |

If you’re in the process of planning out a new home theater, you’ve probably spent a lot of time thinking about the size of the screen you’re going to put in it. You’ve also probably spent a lot of time thinking about the surround sound system you’re going to install in it. You may have even let your mind wander and pondered how comfortable the chairs in your home theater are going to be.

While all of these things are important, the aspect of your home theater that you should really be concerned most about are the acoustics in the room where your theater is going to be located.

The acoustics of a home theater are important because they’re ultimately going to make or break your viewing experience each time you sit down and watch a movie, TV show, or big game. The acoustics are going to determine how good your speakers sound, which will impact your experience as a whole. If sounds are muffled during a movie or you don’t sound like you’re right in the middle of the action during a football game, you’re going to be distracted by it and what’s on the screen won’t even matter.

The company that’s helping you install your home theater should make acoustics a priority. They should come up with a great plan as far as where to position the speakers for your surround sound system. But more importantly, they should also help you control the reflections in your home theater to make the most of your system. If you have frequencies from your sound system bouncing all over the place and reflecting off everything, it’ll hurt the sound quality of whatever you’re watching and make you wish you’d spend more time focused on acoustics.

Shore Home Solutions can focus on home theater acoustics and tame the reflections in your room to improve sound. We’ll start by taking your room dimensions into account and find ways to work speakers and subwoofers into the mix to deliver sound you’ll love. By placing an extra subwoofer in a room or rethinking speaker placement, we can make your home theater even better than you could have ever imagined.

Call Shore Home Solutions at 410-878-2448 today to start designing and building the home theater of your dreams.

Hidden Television Solutions

How Hidden Televisions Help with Feng Shui

By | Residential Hidden Television Solutions, Residential Solutions |

Is feng shui something that’s very important to you? If so, you’ve probably gone to great lengths to put everything from your dining room table to your couch to your bed in the right place in your home. But have you considered how the televisions in your home could potentially be hurting your feng shui? Specifically, the TV in your bedroom could be taking a toll on it and causing harm to your home’s energy.

Studies have shown that more than 60 percent of Americans have a TV in their bedrooms. Some use it to drift off to sleep at night, while others use it as a place to escape when their significant other is watching TV in the living room. Regardless of your reason for putting a TV in your bedroom, it can send out active energy that can disrupt the calming energy that is usually present in a bedroom. As a result, it can make it difficult for you to feel at peace when you’re in a bedroom with a TV in it, even if the TV isn’t turned on.

Some people will place something over their TV when they’re not using it to stop the active energy from the TV from affecting their bedroom.

But if you really want to improve the feng shui of your bedroom, you should consider taking advantage of the hidden television solutions offered by Shore Home Solutions.

When you don’t have your bedroom TV on, these solutions will cover it up with a mirror or piece of artwork that will hide your TV from sight and prevent it from sending out the active energy you don’t want. You’ll love the way the mirror or artwork looks and improves your feng shui at the same time.

Want to hear more about the hidden television solutions that Shore Home Solutions can provide for you? Call us at 410-878-2448 today to find out how helpful they can be when it comes to the feng shui of your home!

4K UHD TV

Advancements of 4K Ultra HD

By | 4K Ultra HD, Custom Home Entertainment |

 Are you thinking about adding a new TV to your home at some point in the near future? Rather than going with a regular HD television, you should consider going with a 4K Ultra HD option instead. When you select a 4K UHD unit, you’ll get to enjoy several benefits that you simply won’t get with an HD TV.

The biggest benefit that you’ll get to enjoy with a 4K UHD TV are the pixels that come jam-packed into it.

4K TVs have a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, which equals out to almost 8.3 million pixels overall. That’s about four times as many pixels as HD TVs, which have 1,920 x 1,080 pixels or about 2.1 million pixels. The pixel difference is staggering and results in a much clearer picture on 4K UHD TVs. You will see every single detail imaginable on a 4K UHD TV screen when you turn it on.

One of the other benefits of 4K UHD technology is that it works remarkably well with bigger TVs. And with the average TV size clocking in at around 47 inches right now and expected to grow bigger in the years to come, that’s obviously a good thing. There is also a lot of 4K content available at the moment with Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and others getting in on the 4K action. It shouldn’t be long before 4K UHD is the standard and allowing everyone to see crystal clear pictures on their TV screens.

At Shore Home Solutions, we know that it’s an exciting time for people to be purchasing TVs for their homes. 4K UHD TVs and OLED TVs that offer 4K resolution have become some of our best sellers recently because of the amazing pictures they provide. If you want to see what all the hype is about for yourself, reach out us to install a new TV in your home. Call us at 410-878-2448 today for more information on 4K UHD and OLED TVs.

Benefits of Business Video Surveillance

Why You Need Video Surveillance at Your Business

By | Business Solutions, Surveillance Cameras, Video Surveillance Systems |

Do you have a video surveillance system installed in your business? If not, you could be putting your inventory, your building, and even your employees at risk. There are more and more businesses increasing security efforts these days, and they’re doing it for all kinds of reasons.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the reasons why you need video surveillance set up at your business.

It will reduce theft

It doesn’t matter if you own a convenience store, a warehouse filled with different items, or another type of business. You could be the victim of theft at any time. The simple act of installing video surveillance will often deter would-be thieves from trying to burglarize your building. And, in the event that they try to steal from you anyway, you will be able to provide the police with video evidence of what took place.

It will make your employees more productive

When your employees know that their every move is being recorded, they’re a lot more likely to bring their A-game to work every day. They will be less prone to slacking off and taking breaks when they know you can check the tape at any time to see what they’ve been doing.

It will help you resolve conflicts

There are many conflicts that can take place within a business. Some might involve your employees arguing with one another. Others might feature employees and customers going at it. Whatever the case may be, you can play back videos of conflicts to get to the bottom of what really happened. You won’t have to worry about dealing with he-said, she-said situations anymore.

It will lower your insurance premiums

When you install video surveillance in your business, your insurance company will likely cut you some slack and lower your premiums. This will help you save money, and over time, your video surveillance will actually end up paying for itself.

Are you thinking about installing video surveillance in your business? Shore Home Solutions can set you up with commercial video surveillance in Maryland and tell you more about how it works. Call us at 410-878-2448 today to get started!