Here’s how to make sure electronics are up to par for guests

Dec 12, 2019, 3:00 PM
(Shutterstock Photo)...
(Shutterstock Photo)
(Shutterstock Photo)

What is your favorite holiday movie? Whether it is “Elf,” “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” or “The Polar Express,” curling up on the couch with popcorn is a favorite holiday tradition for many families. Imagine carving out the time and gathering around the entertainment center only to find the TV is not working! Talk about a letdown.

It is best to take time now to make sure all things are in working order, especially if you haven’t indulged in TV time as of late.

Tune up:

  • Check the batteries in the remote — do you have enough AA’s or AAA’s to go the course of the holidays?
  • Hit the reset button on the front of your cable box. Restarting any device is maintenance 101 and is often all it takes to get things up and running again.
  • Resetting your router and modem can often help with a slow internet connection, but make sure you have the internet strength to power all that you want to accomplish. Consider how many people are in the house and how many devices are being used at a time. Consult with your network provider to see if an upgrade is in order. Keep in mind that if you have opted for a new digital alarm system, your internet may need upgrading for this reason as well.
  • Dust the area around and behind the sound system.

Consider improvements:

(Shutterstock Photo)

If not for this year, add it to your list for next year!

  • Electric box — When you are dusting the unit pull it out and see what is going on behind the cable box and receiver. Is there just one duplex receptacle with a surge protector extension cord and a whole slew of messy cords? It would be a good idea to have an electrician install another box and untangle the mess.
  • Make sure all chords are good quality — Better-quality, thicker cords provide better sound and allow less interference from electrical wires.
  • Remember that those chords don’t actually protect from surges — A whole house surge protector is the only way to truly protect your investment and is reasonable and well worth the money!
  • One of our favorite improvements at the Romero household is the Universal Remote — Imagine having just one remote to keep track of for your entertainment center! These can take a bit of time to program. Consider hiring an expert to spend the time (about 2 hours) to set it up as a gift to yourself this year!
  • Other improvements — These might include the installation of sound boards, area placed on hard floors and adjustable lighting.

If you find an issue, now is the time to schedule an appointment with a reputable company. Dennis Sage of Dennis Sage Entertainment says it gets really crazy the closer we get to the holidays. Often, they “receive frantic and last-minute requests for service.”

Remember that we live in a growing city (No. 1 in the country at this point in time!) and every home-related industry is working hard to keep up. Giving service companies time to respond will lead to less frustration on both sides!

Sage offers some purchasing tips for homeowners:

  • Use an authorized dealer — Buyer beware! “There are a lot of unauthorized online sites offering extremely low prices,” Sage says. “Often, these companies are not authorized sellers of the products. This severely affects delivery time, warranties, product condition.”
  • Clarify expectations — Many companies offer great prices on products that are not current technology. That is OK, but if you are expecting the latest and greatest technology be sure to ask a lot of questions and let the salesperson know what you expect.
  • Connectivity — Do your research when purchasing. Analog is almost obsolete, so a new TV may mean you need new connections.

At Rosie on the House we often warn homeowners that if a deal seems too good to be true — it probably is! Be careful not to let some scammer take your holiday spirit away. Some simple tips include:

  • Only shop on secure websites. Website addresses must start with HTTPS and will display a lock to the left of the website address. It is best to type in the address. Scammers lie in wait to divert users to illegitimate websites.

  • Make sure your internet is password-protected.
  • Use a credit card rather than a debit card, as credit cards offer protection and recourse where debit cards do not.
  • Purchase from reputable companies.
  • Research return policies and warranty coverage.

Join Rosie on the House every Saturday morning from 7 to 11 a.m. on KTAR News 92.3 FM. If you’d like to send us questions or comments, email [email protected]. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Rosie On The House

(Flickr Photo/Bernard DUPONT)...
Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of

Here’s how to crack down on crickets around the home

Eliminating crickets around the home is important because they not only can cause damage but could attract their natural predators, such as scorpions.
5 days ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of

Here are some ways on how to make your bathroom an oasis

Americans spend an average of two years of their life in the bathroom. With that in mind, here are some ideas to upgrade the space 2022-style.
12 days ago
(Shutterstock Photo)...
Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of

Here are the differences between energy efficiency and renewable energy

It can be confusing figuring out the difference between energy efficiency and renewable energy. In some instances, like solar energy, they appear to be on the surface the same. They are not.
19 days ago
(Shutterstock Photo)...
Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of

Here’s how you can ensure your attic has proper ventilation

If you are looking for ways to reduce heat in your home by adding insulation, a radiant barrier or fans, hold off - there’s a better way.
26 days ago
(Shutterstock Image)...
Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of

How to choose the right backup generator for your home

If you live in an area prone to frequent weather-induced power outages, consider investing in a generator.
1 month ago
(Shutterstock Photo)...
Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of

How to properly install a flagpole so you can let your spirit fly

We will take you through the steps to select and install an in-ground flagpole.
1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Why your student-athlete’s physical should be conducted by a sports medicine specialist

Dr. Anastasi from Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Tempe answers some of the most common questions.
(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
Here’s how to make sure electronics are up to par for guests