Knoxville Home Security

Never Skimp on your Security!

on Thursday, 27 August 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

Basic vs Custom Security Systems

Keeping you and your family safe is always your number one priority, but keeping your home safe should be a big deal, too. This should mean you want the absolute best to ensure your family, yourself, and your home are the safest they can be! With so many different options out their now a days in this market we want to help you make sure you make the right choice!

First of all you want to make sure you know the types of security systems. There is a wide variety of security systems, and each has special features that set it apart from its competitors. When differentiating between security systems, it's important to consider these three categories:

  1. Monitoring: the means by which the system communicates with its monitoring center.
  2. Installation: the method of installation--professional or DIY.
  3. Home Automation: the ability to control various events in your home beyond basic security, including turning lights on and off, thermostat settings, and others.

These categories help you determine which system will best suit your home and lifestyle. Determining between a DIY set up vs. a professionally installed custom system is the big question. Sure you can go to Sam’s Club and get a basic easy to install set up that is cheap and simple. What is the saying…”You get what you pay for”, and of all the ways you can save money do you really want safety to be one of them?

Do it yourself systems do not require professional installation, which means an installer doesn't come to your home to set up the system and show you how to use it. Nor can it be customized to fit your personal needs and wants. Instead, you are mailed the equipment and given instructions on how to set it up on your own. 

A professionally installed system usually requires an installation fee. The benefit of a professionally installed system is that you don't have to worry about making a mistake during the installation process. A professional will ensure that the system is set up properly and answer any questions you have.

custom security system can be tailor-made to fit your needs, and can include almost anything you want it to. Custom alarms can give you better protection and convenience, although they usually cost a bit more to install. Depending on your needs, one or two custom features can be added to a basic security system to personalize it without breaking the bank!

Let your imagination run wild and let us help you customize and perfect security system for you, your family, and your home! Call us today at 865-690-0154 and let’s get started so you can have peace of mind and be the safest you can be!

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Feel safe when you leave the “Nest”!

on Wednesday, 05 August 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

4 Little Products…EPIC capabilities!


Today, we’d like to teach you about Nest products. If you are interested in having top of the line technology, state of the art protection, saving money and energy, all while looking Schnazzy… Then this is for you!

Nest offers 4 great product that truly should be in every home! They offer the Nest Cam, Nest Protect, Nest Learning Thermostat, and the Nest App.

1. Meet the Nest Cam:

In super clear 1080p HD the new Nest Cam is designed to watch out for your home and family – even when you can’t! This baby offers video streaming and advanced Night Vision! It also now has better activity alerts powered by Nest Aware, one app for all your Nest products, and an all-new magnetic stand. Nest Cam helps you keep an eye on what matters. From anywhere. It also lets you talk and listen! Hear when the baby wakes up or tell your pooch to get off the couch!                                                                                  

Learn more with this Video!

 2. Know more, worry less with the Nest Protect:

Nest Protect sends a message when there’s a problem or the batteries run low with an alert right to your phone! Every second counts…The Split­-Spectrum Sensor looks for both fast and slow-burning fires. Did you just burn the popcorn? With this you can silence the false alarm with your phone, not your dish towel. It will also tell you what and where. Nest Protect speaks up if there’s smoke or CO and tells you where it is, so you know what to do. Expect more from your smoke alarm.

Learn more with this Video!

3. The Nest Learning Thermostat: The only thermostat that learns from you!

This money saving product has Auto-Schedule which helps it learn the temperatures you like and programs itself in about a week. It has Auto-Away that will automatically turn itself down when nobody’s home to help you save energy! It also guides you in the right direction by showing you the Nest Leaf when you choose a temperature that saves energy. And best of all you can connect your thermostat to Wi-Fi to control the temperature from your phone, tablet or laptop. Saving energy is a beautiful thing!

Learn more with this Video! 

4. One home. One app.

The Nest product people use most isn’t the thermostat on the wall, the smoke alarm on the ceiling, or the camera on the mantle. It’s the Nest app. This app is what lets people take their Nest products with them anywhere. It’s what connects them to home!      CALL US TODAY for your Nest Products! 865-690-0154

Keep Your Home Safe While Away

on Tuesday, 19 May 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

Keeping you and your family safe is always your number one priority, but keeping your home safe should be a big deal, too.

With schools now getting out for the summer, those fun filled weekend trips, and family vacations to the beach on the horizon; we want to take a moment to tell you some tips about how to protect your home from potential burglars while you are away.

Our top 5 tips:

1. Security System

Maintenance your security system before your leave. Check to make sure all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and door and window contacts are free from dust and are properly secured.

Also, make sure your security system panel has been tested and all functions are working properly. Furthermore, if you have security cameras, make sure to keep them clean so that you can clearly see the picture.

2. Lighting

Use automatic light timers throughout the house and have them turn on and off in a way that simulates your normal patterns. By using timers that have more than one on/off cycle can create the illusion of movement from room to room.

Also, the same kind of timers you use on lights can also be used to turn radios or TVs on and off.

3. Curtains

Consider using timed automatic drape and curtain openers. Drapes that are always closed or always open suggest no one is home.

4. Doors & Windows

Make sure to double check all doors and windows. Making sure none of the locks or latches are loose and a potential burglar could easily get into.

5. Know your neighbors

By trusting in a neighbor, they can help keep an eye on your home. For example, instead of stopping your mail and newspaper delivery, ask a neighbor to pick them up and hold them for you. Seeing deliveries being made makes a burglar think someone is at home.

Also, you could ask a neighbor to use your trash can from time to time and to put it out at the curb and bring it back on trash day. Furthermore, if you are going to be gone for a long period, have someone scheduled to cut your lawn.

We hope these tips will help, because we are here to help give you the safety and peace of mind you deserve. Also, if you need any help with maintenance or upgrades to your security system, please give us a call. We would be happy to help!

Some Spring Cleaning Tips for your Security System!

on Tuesday, 17 March 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

Spring has sprung and we could not be more excited for warmer temperatures and longer days. For many homeowners, the changing season means spring cleaning time. Just like your kitchen and closet could use a good scrub down, your security system could use some attention as well. Here are some tips to keep your system functioning at its best:

  • Do a run through of all the windows and doors. Check the sensors to make sure they are still attached properly and the batteries are still charged. The adhesive on door and window sensors may need some occasional readjusting. Also, check for any rotting or other warping around windows and door frames that could interfere with sensors.
  • If you have surveillance cameras, it's a good idea to clean them of any dust and grime and check for any signs of moisture. Doing so will ensure the clearest picture and an uninterrupted camera feed. Simply use a gentle lens or monitor cleaner and a soft cloth to clear any debris.
  • Inspect the panel for any signs of wear and tear. Make sure all the wires are intact and there are no unknown flashing lights or service lights blinking on the system. When you're inspecting your panel, it may be a good idea to run the system in test mode. This can ensure no false alarms to your monitoring company.

Spring is a great time to check your smoke detectors as well. A smoke detector with a dead battery is not going to do you much good when you need it most. Also, make sure fire extinguishers are still in working order and there is one located on every floor of your home and definitely in the kitchen.

Checking a security system for minor malfunctions is important to keep things running properly. The best line of defense is to have a qualified tech from your local security company come out and do a thorough inspection. They have the skills to catch something you may have previously missed. Keeping your system clean and healthy will ensure it runs properly for many years to come!


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