Articles tagged with: East Tennessee Security

Leave Camera Installs to the Pros

on Friday, 14 March 2014.

DIY projects are everywhere these days. Maybe you're even planning your own project this weekend. There is nothing wrong with repainting the kitchen or starting that vegetable garden you've always dreamed of. Go get 'em weekend warriors!

Some projects, however, should be left to the professionals...

More and more commonly we get calls from frustrated do-it-yourselfers that picked up security cameras from their local Walmart or ordered them online. These "easy-install" cameras can quickly become a huge nightmare to unsuspecting people trying to save some cash. I mean they seem easy enough, right? Well these security camera kits aren't as great as they sound. Sure they may have a lower price tag, but can also come with a whole mess of problems and poor quality. When it comes to security camera installation, it's best to leave it to the pros and here's why:

  • Time is something we don't have much of these days. Between work, kids and everything in between finding time to install a camera system can be challenging in itself. It can become even more challenging when things don't go according to planned and the camera system you thought you could just plug in and turn on isn't working properly. When hiring a professional seems like a waste of money to you, think about how much your time is worth. Would you rather hire a professional installer for one hour or spend hours and even days trying to do an install yourself? One of our recent clients in Knoxville, Tennessee spent days and days trying to install cameras they ordered online. Eventually they caved and gave us a call. You have to consider what your time is worth before getting yourself into a messy DIY security camera install.

  • Quality is SO important in surveillance cameras. What's the point in even having a camera if the picture is so poor that you can't even tell if the shadowy figure in your driveway is a Sasquatch or the guy thats about to break in your car? I notice on the news all the time the video footage of suspects robbing banks or gas stations. Most of the time the quality is so poor that you can barely tell if the suspect is even a man or a woman. When it comes to video surveillance at your home or business, it's not something you want to skimp on. If these cameras you can buy from Walmart are so great, then why don't they use them in their stores?
  • Longevity is something you'll definitely want in a security camera. Sure you may find a camera for under 100 dollars, but it may also only last you a year or two and replacing it every couple of years will outweigh the costs of buying a quality camera from the start. High quality cameras can run for over 10 years with little to no maintenance. That's time and money you could spend elsewhere!

Before you start your DIY camera install, we would love to talk to you. Let us give you a free estimate and the opportunity to take a huge project that can cause you unnecessary stress, time, and money off your hands.

What's Hot for Homes in 2014

on Tuesday, 11 February 2014. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation

With the new year in full swing and winter beginning to melt away (finally), we are getting a better view of the top design trends on the horizon. Let's take a look at the list!

Home Contro
l is everywhere these days. I'm sure you've noticed the recent commercials for automation services big name companies now offer. Automation is quickly becoming a feature that has made its way on many homeowners' wish lists. I mean who wouldn't want to control multiple aspects of their home such as temperature, lighting, and security with the touch of a button? Just be careful if you decide to go with one of the big companies for your automation needs. This new service they are offering means it's new to the company as a whole as well as their technicians. Are you thinking the prices look too irresistible? My advice is if something sounds too good to be true then it probably is. Sure the intro rates may be cheap, but how much does it jump up after that? One of the companies now offering automation doubled my cable and internet bill after the "introductory" period. Yikes!

High Quality Audio Systems are HUGE right now. The big focus is on high resolution audio or HRA for short. HRA basically refers to anything over CD quality. Products like the new Sony 500-gigabyte HAP-S1 high-resolution music system offers audio quality far beyond compressed formats such as MP3. Plus, there has been a huge influx in download services such as Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment, and HD Tracks. 

Anyone remember the Sonos ad during the Super Bowl this year? Wireless audio solutions are becoming more popular than ever. With systems like Sonos that offer a variety of speakers and subs, users can completely customize their desired sound and easily fill every room with music. Plus, the Sonos app is great for streaming your favorite tunes from Pandora and Spotify.

Cloud Video Surveillance 
is the perfect tool to keep an eye on things while you're away from home. Cloud video surveillance is a great option for homeowners that can't afford on-site recording and storage equipment; however, homeowners should be weary of DIY equipment. Opting for cheaper equipment may mean slower low quality video which isn't what you want if you have any unwelcome visitors on your property. For video surveillance, it's best to trust professional integrators. You'll be able to benefit from professionally hosted services that offer higher quality video, police dispatch, and false alarm reduction.

Automated Door Locks and digital credentials have been on my radar for a while now. Automated door locks are especially handy because of their versatility. I know I hate fumbling for my keys when I arrive home with groceries in tow. Automated door locks can actually be programmed to lock/unlock when your smartphone is in the vicinity. Do you have a housekeeper, babysitter or contractor regularly coming in and out of your home? Automated door locks would be especially perfect for you because they can be programmed to unlock when they arrive and lock up when they leave. My favorite part about automated door locks? Not wondering if I forgot to lock the back door all day while I'm at work because I can keep tabs even when I'm away. 

Which top trend is on your wish list for 2014? We would love to hear from you!

Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

on Thursday, 30 January 2014.

With temps hitting record lows, it's as important as ever to prevent your home from frozen pipes. When water freezes in pipes, it expands causing the pipe to bust. Then you have a major situation on your hands as the water thaws and flows freely into your home. Because we don't want you to have to go chasing waterfalls in your living room, we came up with 5 quick tips to help prevent frozen pipes.

  1. Check where your pipes are. You want to make sure they aren't exposed to cold air and if they are, they need to be insulated. Pipe sleeves provide much needed insulation for pipes in drafty areas.
  2. Leave a steady stream of water dripping in a kitchen or bathroom sink. It doesn't have to be a ton of water, but just enough to keep things moving. The cost of leaving a sink dripping is far less than the mess of a flooded house.
  3. Leave cabinet doors open to allow warm inside air to circulate around pipes. Keep garage doors closed to ensure pipes aren't exposed to freezing temperatures.
  4. Don't drastically adjust your thermostat throughout the day and night. By maintaining a steady temperature, you reduce your chances of a frozen pipe.
  5. Know where your water cut off valves are located. If you don't have one inside your house, then make sure you know where the water main is outside. If you have a leak, your #1 priority is shutting off the water.

New Advancements in Digital Credentials

on Monday, 09 December 2013. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

For several years, the talk in access control has focused primarily on smart cards. While the technology is great, it hasn't caught on quite as much as the security industry expected. Now there's a new technology trend in town and it's causing quite a bit of buzz.

Near field communication (NFC) allows users to ditch smart cards and enjoy the convenience of using their smartphone for keyless entry as well as a variety of other tasks. Smart cards are one of the most popular digital credentials on the market and while NFC will be a great option for users, it's not expected to completely wipe out smart cards. In fact, it's expected that NFC will help the smart card industry because it's still a smart-based application. The biggest question is when all smartphones will be enabled with the technology. A hotel in Stockholm, Sweden allows quests to enter rooms with their smartphones and bypass reception altogether.

There are phones on the market that come equipped with NFC, but not any from Apple yet. While there are rumors that Apple will release future iPhones with the technology already built-in, there is still no guarantee. While you can still get the iPhone turned into a NFC-enabled device, advertising it as an existing feature would give this technology a major boost.

So is NFC right for you? I'd say most likely. People are all about smartphones and anything they can do to make their lives easier. This is no different. Colleges especially have a high interest in NFC because of tech-savvy student populations. I think we'll be seeing a lot more NFC in upcoming years. It may not take off overnight, but it is definitely a new technology that a multitude of people can appreciate.

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