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Summer Safety Tips

on Monday, 23 June 2014.

We have always heard the saying, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!” Well it is actually both, and since this past Saturday, June 21st was the day that Summer truly began- here at iSS we just want to take a moment to talk about some safety tips to beat the heat this year.

First safety tip is to think about you. Sometimes the best and simplest tip if it is too hot outside is to stay cool inside. Spending time in an air conditioned space for a couple of  hours can significantly reduce the risk of heat-related illness. Just remember electric fans do not cool, they just blow hot air around. If you are going to be outside, remember to dress for the heat. Wear loose-fitting, light-weight, light colored clothing can reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain body temperature.

Always wear sunscreen and try to protect your face  and head by wearing a hat. Also, drink for the heat and not drink in the heat. I know the BBQ’s and pool parties are going on during this time of the year, but by drinking plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty can help your body retain some of your body fluids. By drinking in the heat, alcohol and caffeinated beverages can further dehydrate the body. Lastly, the best times for outdoor activities are during the early morning and late evening hours.

Second safety tip is to think about others. Of course this is a no-brainer, but please do not leave children in a closed vehicle even for a few minutes. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach up to 190 degrees! When outdoors, protect children as much as possible from the sun. Their skin is more sensitive than ours. Also, protect your pets from the heat. It ‘feels’ as hot for them as it does for you. Be sure your animals have access to shade a few bowls of ice cold water.

Third safety tip is to think about your environment. Protecting windows by hanging shades, awnings, draperies, etc. that receives morning or afternoon sun can reduce heat entering the house by as much as 80%. Also try to keep lights off and the air conditioning to one cool temperature. This helps to not constantly turn the A/C unit up and down or completely off causing it to freeze up on you.

A fourth tip is to think specifically about pool safety. It is hot and you want to cool down, what better way to do that in a big pool. To protect yourself and others always apply sunscreen every time you get out of the water and wait at least fifteen minutes before going back into the water. This ensures you will not have a horrible sun burn and constantly apply that aloe. Also, to make sure no one is not supposed to be near the pool, confirm that your fencing is secured tightly and water alarms are ready to go off if a child or even a pet my get into the pool without your awareness. Be sure to never have glass or children running around the pool.

The final tip for some summer safety is fire awareness. This year in East Tennessee we are down about six inches of rain, making us more acceptable to dryness and fires starting. If you are planning to do fireworks this year or having those late night bonfires be sure to keep water accessible to quickly put a fire out. Especially using fireworks, please supervise children so they do not burn themselves or start a fire. Furthermore, make sure children are a safe distance away from the bonfire and not playing with the fire. We all know how curious children can be!

Hope these simple safety tips remind everyone to be safe but have some good fun this summer!


iSS, LLC is now proudly offering three different “Connected Home” solutions for Builders and Homeowners

on Tuesday, 17 June 2014. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation


The Secured Home, The Green Home, and The Connected Home are three packages we are introducing to homeowners as well as builders. Each option is designed to each client’s specific needs and budgets.

The Secured Home is a basic and effective security system that can be integrated into future automation packages. This option includes coverage on all doors and windows, 2 keypads, 1 motion, and 1 siren.

The Green Home includes everything that the Secured Home has plus energy management features. The features of this option include additional security notifications utilizing, two wireless lamp modules, and one thermostat.

The Connected Home provides a homeowner everything in the first two solutions as well as additional home automation needs and music solutions. Two rooms with music capabilities, 1 lighting control switch and 2 lighting control dimmers, all powered by Control4.

In 2006, builders scaled back drastically of what they were putting in homes; unfortunately technology was the first thing to go. The last two years we have seen an increase in the technology that builders are including in their projects because homeowners are demanding advanced technology in their day today life. Products powered by Control4 are allowing us to meet these demands. With these options being introduced into the marketplace for homeowners and builders, we are positioned perfectly to help you select the best automation solutions to satisfy your demands.

 If these solutions sound like something you need, please call us at 865-690-0154.


Universal Remote versus Apps

on Monday, 09 June 2014. Posted in Home Theater

One Remote to Rule them All!

Have you ever wondered if it would be easier to get rid of all those remote controls that are on the coffee table? I know with me, half the time I cannot figure out which remote goes to what device or if one remote is controlling everything. It is such a cluster sometimes just to turn on the t.v. WITH the sound. Well one dealer, Leon Shaw, sees for himself if he could eliminate all remotes and use only the apps that go with his entertainment system.

Leon Shaw is founder and chairman of Audio Advice, a company similar to what iSS does. He decided to test this experiment after understanding that quite a few customers were pushing back on getting a remote for their home theater. Many of them wanted to use their Apple devices and apps to control everything. What Leon Shaw learned in the end is that having multiple apps on one device was just about as frustrating as have a cluster of remotes.

If you are like us and want to get rid of the hassle of having multiple apps or multiple remotes, let me tell you about Control4. By pairing an SR-250 with HC-250 or HC-800 you are truly getting an all in one universal remote. You seamlessly interact with your entire Control4 system. You can control your movies, music, shades, lights, and more. With wireless connectivity, the Control4 can be used anywhere in your home, so no more pointing the remote at just the T.V. It has a high-visibility screen with backlit keys for easy use and it gives you a vast amount of control that fits just in the palm of your hand.

Some of you may not have a Control4 system and that is just fine! If you need help in figuring out a perfect universal remote for your entertainment needs, please give us a call. Furthermore, if you would like to read more about Leon Shaw’s experiment, please check out this article in CEPro. Within the article it also gives a link to view his entire blog on the matter.


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