If there’s one place where we should be able to relax and take a deep breath, it’s home.  However, one of the biggest health crises is finding its way indoors – none of our homes are exempt from rising levels of air and water pollution.  It’s never been easier to protect your home from harmful…

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The homeowners purchased a beautiful penthouse unit in downtown Chicago many years ago.  They travel a lot for work, but when home one of their favorite activities was to disconnect and get absorbed into a good movie or sporting event.  However, they never really had a room that allowed them to truly disconnect.  They always…

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For the on-the-go music lover: The new Sonos MoveThe Move is the new durable, battery-powered, weatherproof and drop-resistant smart speaker for outdoor and indoor listening. Get great sound anywhere with the Move. Control with the Sonos app just like any other room, or even your voice.  And, since the Move is Bluetooth enabled, you can take this…

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Mills team members Bryan, Brendan, Jack, Chris, Ivo and Benjamin recently attended the CEDIA (Custom Electronics Design & Installation Association) Expo.  The CEDIA Expo is THE annual event for home tech professionals – it allows home tech pros access to new products and innovations in home technology, as well as offering continuing eduation training courses…

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Through the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association (CEDIA), Mills Technologies is accredited to present approximately 10 different courses that count toward learning credit hours.  With the rapid change of the technology in today’s homes, we have found these presentations are a great platform to learn and discuss how these changes affect us all.  Available courses…

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Mills has recently achieved certification through the  Home Technology Association. Mills is the first technology integration firm in Illinois to achieve this certification. The HTA Certification system is the new industry standard of excellence for home technology installation companies. The HTA exists to connect homeowners and the specification community with an independent method to evaluate the technical…

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Trends show that Outdoor Technology is playing a big role in new or updated outdoor spaces. A recent study by Houzz shows that over half of homeowners spend more time outdoors after completing landscaping projects.  More than 750 homeowners on Houzz shared details about their landscaping projects in an online survey. Outdoor Activities Increased Post- Project…

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Mills was an annual guest on the Siskel & Ebert Holiday Gift Guide program.  Watch our very own Fred Thomas discussing home theater technology with the legendary Roger Ebert.  As a throwback to those days, we offer our own holiday gift guide. Our top picks: Music Music for any budget: Sonos: A Sonos music system is a great…

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Lighting control systems have evolved rapidly and increased in popularity over the past few years. According to data from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), more than two-thirds of all homebuilders offered automated lighting controls as an amenity in their newly constructed homes in 2015. Lighting control systems offer…

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