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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!

 

A Home Automation System

on Monday, 09 March 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation

 The desire to have home automation is often a complex decision for any homeowner. Some may want their home to showcase exceptional technology or to entertain guests. While others may want a powerful experience that helps to ease the actions of their everyday lives. However, most commonly, users of home automation systems want one thing: to feel safe and secure in their homes.

The good news is that we are a Control4 dealer! A Control4 system can integrate seamlessly with most security systems. Providing homeowners with the peace of mind they desire. By using the broad selection of motion sensors, door and window contacts, stylish smart door locks, surveillance cameras and video recorders, plus whole home audio and lighting products—as a homeowner, you can provide the deterrent measures that create the illusion that somebody is home even when no one is there. There are so many things you can do with a home automation system, that the possiblities are endless!

Any homeowner will appreciate the safety they feel when they use these products daily. Both within the home and remotely, because they have confidence that their home is helping to protect their most valuable assets.

If you are thinking about a whole home automation system or need a few additions to your home security system, give us a call. We are always here to offer you better life solutions.

 

Tips for Home Lighting Control

on Wednesday, 04 March 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Lighting Control

Automating your home's lights has been one of the biggest home technology trends in recent years. There are always new launches for individual products or whole house lighting systems designed to make it easier to operate and customize your home lighting. From automated window treatments to dimmers, learn what technology you need to light your home for safety, convenience and energy efficiency.

Lighting for Home Safety & Security:

No one likes to come home to a dark house, so integrating a lighting system into your smart-grid home system can illuminate your indoor and outdoor lighting. Lighting control can automatically make your home more welcoming, inviting and safer.

Ideally, your lighting system could link up with your automatic door locks. Working much like a standard garage door opener; you push a button to unlock your door from your car and your lights will go on. There are many variables to lighting systems that is truly up to the home owner and their image of what they want.

Another example for lighting and securing your home is motion sensors outside that can turn on the lights inside. This is a feature that works as a deterrent to intruders. Making the house look like someone is home while you are away.

Lighting sensors and dimmers:

Lighting sensors and dimmers have been available for years, but now there are versions that are controlled by radio waves that link back to your smart home integration system. They are retrofitted into your existing light switch outlets to turn the lights off and on; or dim them depending on the time of day and how much natural light is coming in through your windows. They work especially well on remodeling projects where you may not be able to get into the walls to install wiring.

These radio-control sensors and dimmers can operate lights inside and outside your home, turning on landscape flood lighting as well as lights in your garage, kitchen or any room in your home. You can even control the lights from your Smartphone or iPad, or program them in your fully integrated system so the lights come on at dusk then shut off at a preset time at night.

Window treatment controls:

You can save money and be energy-saving conscious by installing automatic window treatment controls that link up to your integrated lighting system.

For example, when a room gets warmer in the summer, the system understands that the sun is raising the temperature so it lowers the blinds to help stabilize the temperature in the room. This way you are using less air conditioning. In the winter, if the blinds are down, the system may raise them to allow the sun to help heat the space.

Automatic window treatment controls can also be controlled from your Smartphone or iPad just like your home lights. Now, depending on the level of customization, window treatment controls often require that a professional come to your home to measure and install them so they work properly.

If you trying to be energy-saving conscious and have been thinking about lighting control for your home, then give us a call! We are always here to offer you better life solutions.

 

10 Tips to Help Prevent Theft and Break-ins, Part 2

on Monday, 23 February 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

Now, if you have not read Part 1, we urge you to do so....These are some awesome tips to help prevent thefts and break-ins, and we want to make sure you have them all!

Tip 6: Stay Vigilant

While it may seem like a symptom of paranoia, keep your identity and any travel plans on the down low. For instance, only put your street address on your mailbox. Give away your last name, and someone could find your phone number, work place and other stats with a few mouse clicks. Before you jet off to a nice vacation, try not to openly talk about it in public because a sinister stranger could be taking note.

Also, educate yourself as well about crime in your area. Most local police stations have online crime maps that will show you precisely where reported incidents occurred around you. If you notice a lot of criminal activity, that is your signal to pay extra attention to security. Always keep an eye out of suspicious activity in your neighborhood. A little added effort can go a long way to protect your home and your safety.

Tip 7: Know Your Neighbors

Getting to know the people you live around is one of the most important safety steps you can take. Closer-knit neighborhoods generally report fewer break-ins because strangers will stick out. People are more likely to keep a casual eye on other people's property. This is how many of the Neighboorhood Watch Programs came about, and can be very effective at lowering and preventing crime. If you live in a neighborhood that has an active Neighborhood Watch Program we urge you to get involved.

Tip 8: Get Police Help

Take advantage of a recent trend in police practices called community policing. Community policing involves officers being assigned to neighborhoods where they make a greater effort to build relationships with the residences. This may include walking instead of driving through or setting up community safety workshops. If the police in your area practice this, get to know the officers who patrol your neighborhood. Police can help you stop crime before it happens, rather than just responding to it. Successful community policing has been linked to lowered crime and healthier neighborhoods; and could lower the chance of break-ins.

Tip 9: Prepare before Vacation

Most residential crimes happens between June, July, and August as people set off on summer vacations. If you are going out of town for an extended period of time, alert neighbors you trust the most and just ask that they keep an eye on your property during that time. Also, it is of utmost importance that when you leave town, do not leave signs of an empty house.

Avoid having piled up mail, over grown lawns, and newspapers strewn about your yard. These signs send surefire signals that you are miles away. Have a friend house sit or at least pick up your mail and newspapers. Also, arrange someone to cut your lawn. That way you are fully prepared, and do not have to worry about a thing while you are swimming in the sea!

Tip 10: Do NOT Leave a Spare Key Out

It may seem like a good idea to leave a spare key hidden under a flower pot or doormat in case you get locked out of your home...BUT this creates an open invitation for a burglar to walk inside without any difficulty. Someone could see you retrieve the key at some point, thus giving away your hiding place.

Instead, give a spare key to a trusted neighbor or friend. Since now in days everyone has a cell phone, if you lock yourself out you can call for help or walk over the the person's house. You could also put the spare key into a combination lock box and hide that somewhere outside. If you get into it at some point, no one will know the code but you.

Also, remember to never put any identifying information on your house keys. If you lose them, and someone finds them, it would be fairly easy to trace them back to your home and possibly break in.

These may be simple tips, but are often over looked. We are here to offer you better life solutions, however big or small they may be.

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