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Check Your Smoke Detectors!

“Spring” your clocks ahead 1 hour and pick up some new 9-volt batteries for your smoke detectors.  If you have a gas fireplace or gas furnace now would be a good time to think about installing a carbon monoxide sensor as well, they are inexpensive and could save your life!

IP Camera

IP Camera

 

 

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Need help keeping an eye on something? A camera system can be a great deterrent and indisputable way to win an argument. A whole system may be overkill, expensive, or too low a quality to be able to see or identify what is going on. The IP camera solution allows you to put  a camera on a network to be able to view it on a computer or even broadcast it onto the web so you can see it off site. There are plenty of IP cameras that do not need any kind of external recorder at all. It’s a simple solution to see when the kids are really coming home, what animals are living in your garage, or who may be vandalizing your property.

Surveillance systems can give you piece of mind, give you the ability to be in two or three or more places at ones, or just allow you to see how things are going while you are away. There are several different types and specifications that would you would want to consider. We do systems for business to watch over troublesome client or staff, cover blind spots, get a image of all that enter, and just an over watch to document how something truly occurred.

Please contact us if you have the need for an estimate.

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We receive e-waste and mercury containing lamps Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please check out the cost sheet under the recycling tab. Thanks for keeping mercury out of our ecosystem!

I Want My Custom Home Theater To Do Everything!

A Series on Home A/V

By Nick Brigulio

Custom Home Theater can be tricky.  What kind of TV do I want?  Do I even want a TV or would a High Definition projector be better for my theater?  What kind of DVD player or receiver.  Do I need an amp?  What is the difference between an amp and a receiver?  This is just the beginning of what starts to swirl through my head as I think of all the different ways to accomplish my goal.  The most ultimate home theater on the block!  A place to watch Monday night football with the boys.  Or watch a race and hear the roar of NASCAR on my surround sound.  I want a place where my wife can curl up in a blanket with just me and a bag of popcorn to watch her favorite documentary.  Or have all her friends over for one of her Desperate Housewives get-togethers.  I dream of a theater that will shock and awe while it entertains my friends and family in the comfort of my home.  Slap a PS3 or XBOX 360 in the mix and it’s the ultimate gaming experience.  Not to mention the internet, Facebook, YouTube and Hulu all at my fingertips.  There are just so many possibilities.  A great home theater room can be an experience on many levels, if it’s done right.  So, how do you do it right?  As I mentioned at the beginning of this article there is a plethora of equipment that can be bought.  Not to mention the décor.  Lighting and furniture can also be a big influence on the experience. More »

The Hazards of Aluminum Wiring

The Hazards of Aluminum Wiring

During the mid 60’s to early 70’s (65-73) approximately 1.5 million houses in the United States were wired with aluminum rather than copper.  This was done because of a price spike in copper during the mid 60’s.  This wiring has been linked to many fires because of faulty aluminum wires since that time.  According to studies conducted by the National Fire Protection Association, houses wired with aluminum are 55 times more likely to have a connection that reach a fire hazard.  We see quite a bit of aluminum wiring in Montana and in a recent visit to an aluminum wired house saw multiple burned  outlets caused by bad aluminum connections. This prompted us to write this article to educate our customers on the risks involved with aluminum wiring. More »

Why upgrade to HDMI 1.4?

Why upgrade to HDMI 1.4?

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) has been touted as the best development to happen to Audio/Video products.  HDMI cables ability to carry high definition video and audio through one cable results in ease of connections and more simplicity to your audio/video system.  Since HDMI has been released in December 2002, there has been 6 different versions of HDMI released.  These different versions often times confuse clients that are looking for a new television or a Blu-ray player.  Here is the important thing to note about HDMI.  All of the different versions essentially mean an upgrade of the last generations feature set and allow the new HDMI version to be compliant with a new feature or increasing functionality.  As an example when HDMI 1.3 was released in 2006, one of the upgrades was that it supported new HD lossless audio formats.  Dolby and DTS had came out with digital audio formats (Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio) which provided better audio quality and there certainly was a benefit to these new formats.  More »

Extend Your Cell Phone Signal

Extend Your Cell Phone Signal

Have you ever had cell phone signal issues?  Living in Montana, I am sure you have?  Many consumers living in more rural areas are certain to have cell signal issues at their homes and many of you are familiar with loosing signal consistently while traveling from town to town in Montana.  I know when I had car problems a few years ago, I had to walk down the side of the highway and find a spot where I received signal and then make sure not to move while on the call otherwise I lost my signal and my call.  In today’s world, the ability to stay in touch is more and more important. More »

Power of One Article from Western Montana In Business Monthly

Power of One Article from Western Montana In Business Monthly

With our services we have became a “one stop shop” for our clients.  You can now get all your electric services needs fulfilled under one roof, without multiple contractors on site.  This allows you to save time and money. Recently Lori Grannis, a freelance writer for the Missoulian wrote an article for the June Western Montana In Business Monthly about how we have grown into a company where all these services are available under one roof.  The article called “Power of One – P.E.T.E.S. diversification puts every imaginable electric service under one roof for seemless integration.” can be viewed through the link below.

Power of One Article

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Google TV – The Future is Now

Google TV is finally here.  Starting in the fall there will be set top boxes made by Logitech and Sony that have Google TV built in.  So now, rather than just using your TV for video, it opens up a whole new spectrum of what will be available.  You will have the ability to watch TV shows on demand, you tube, videos, search the web for articles and news, play games online, or even start a picture slideshow viewer.  The options will certainly be endless and  it will be a very valid and successful endeavor, they have already signed 3 major networks to deliver content and actual release is months away. More »