Articles tagged with: Knoxville home automation

A Proud Moment for iSS

on Thursday, 19 February 2015.

Today at iSS, we have a big moment to annouce.....this is our 100th blog entry! We love writing about all the things that inspire us, and hope you enjoy reading our entries. Now is our chance to enjoy what YOU have to write.

Below is our FaceBook page link. We would love for you to write and tell us what your favorite blog was, what would you like to see us write next, or simply write us a review of your last experience with iSS. We look forward to reading all of your entries!

10 Tips to Help Prevent Theft and Break-ins, Part 1

on Friday, 13 February 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

In our previous blog we provided some 'winter tips' to prevent frozen pipes. If you haven't read it, please is suppose to be a chilly Valentine's weekend and next week! Now, these tips may not be 'winter tip' related, but they are some GREAT tips to help prevent thefts and break-ins to your home.

Tip 1: Lock it Up

The most important thing you can do to stop a potential break-in occuring is to make sure all your doors and windows are locked. If you have a thumb latch lock and a deadbolt on your doors, always double check that the deadbolt is locked. A great prevention to any potenital thefts would be installing automatic smart door locks; because more than 40% of break-ins happen without use of force. That means a lot of people are leaving their houses without locking their doors or windows.

Also, when you leave home it is best to lock up the door leading from the garage to inside. Even if your garage door is down, someone can easily open it.

Tip 2: Secure Sliding Doors and Windows

Take extra precaution to secure your doors and windows. Double check weaker doors such as patio or sliding ones to make sure their locks are strong enough to withstand kicks. Also, you can simply take a steel bar or two-by-four and slide it in to the back groove. This ensures that if potential burglars try to pick the lock, the rod stops the door from sliding back and opening.

Also, for windows you can install a simple pin or nail into the frame to stop it from raising more than a few inches. This will add an additional layer of security if a would be burglar pops off the window screen and tries to mess with the window lock. You can remove the stopper if you want to open the window completely, and then put it back in for security.

Tip 3: Secure Your Yard

By keeping things regularly manicured, like larger bushes and tree branches, eliminates hiding places and shadows that would help hide intruders. We are not saying you have to cut down every plant in your yard; but by keeping up with things, it shows that you are creating an outdoor environment that makes it difficult for a burglar to target your home. To go a step further, motion sensored lights are a great way to ward off any criminal activity.

Tip 4: Fake Out Potential Burglars

If a burglar can tell that someone is home, there is a greater chance that they will not attempt to break in. Most break-ins occur during the day when many people are at work. For that reason, when you leave the house, create an illusion that someone is still at home. The best way you can do that is by installing automatic lighting control switches to a few lights in the home. These switches can be on timers to randomly turn on and off the lights between rooms. You can even add your stereo or TV to switch on randomly as well; truly giving an illusion that someone is at home.

Tip 5: Don't Show Off

By leaving certain things lying around or in plain sight, like a nice scooter or bicycle, can unwittingly lure criminals onto your property. An easy solution would be to keep all items your garage and out of sight.

Also, after purchasing anything pricey and new, make sure not to leave the box out beside the trash can or recycling bin. That tells would be theives you have something brand new that could be big bucks on the street. It also might leave them wondering what other goodies are inside your home.

Now, these tips may be simple, but are often over looked. Be sure to look for Part 2 of our top 10 tips to help prevent thefts and break-ins.

A Happy Holiday Season with a Whole Home Automation System

on Thursday, 11 December 2014. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation

Spending time with family and loved ones is what Christmas is all about. You may have to travel this holiday season and leave the comfort and security of your own home, but with a whole home automation system you do not have to worry about a thing.

Those never ending and worrying questions- Did I remember to arm the security system? Did I turn the heat down? Are all of the lights in the house taken care? Did I leave the garage door open? Are all the doors locked?

All of these questions can be answered with your whole home automation system and connection through your smartphone. While you travel this holiday season, take the stress out by knowing your home is secured while you are away.

For example, your bags are pack and you are pulling out of the driveway; a whole home automation can be securing your home. With one button pressed from your smartphone, you can simultaneously arm the security system, turn all the lights off in your home, lock your doors, and the temperature in the home gets adjusted. Also, if you have security cameras, you can view the live security video feeds from your smartphone or tablet. Allowing you to truly have peace of mind know your home is secured. You could also go a step further and adjust your lights and TV’s to come on at random times. That way it looks like your home, when you may be many miles away. Giving possible intruders a second guess.

While a whole home automation system can help you secure your home, it can also help you with energy savings. When you are not at home, you may not want the heater to kick in as often, and you may not want certain appliances to run or turn on. With smart home controls, you could change things up. For example, ensure that the power is off to certain devices, and cycle through energy cycles with relative ease.

Peace of mind, comfort, and security are the real benefits that comes through when smartening up your home. Worry less with a whole home automation system, and see what your home can really do for you. We hope everyone has a great Holiday season!

Home Automation for this Thanksgiving Holiday

on Tuesday, 18 November 2014. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation

It is that time of the year again. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Christmas straight ahead. This Thanksgiving you may have your family and friends over for dinner or you might be joining someone else at their table. No matter what your Thanksgiving Day plans are, it is nice to have an extra helping hand around the house on such a chaotic day. A home automation system can make it easy to take care of your home while you are focused on good times, good food, and being thankful for what you have.

If you are hosting this year’s Thanksgiving, your home can help you reduce some of the holiday stress for you. Imagine your home helping you with cooking and entertaining in peacefulness. Some great helping hands in your smart kitchen would be:

  • Accessing your favorite recipes from your touch screen in the kitchen.
  • Program one-touch buttons for optimal lighting. One could be for “Cooking Prep” and another for could be for “Entertaining.” A press of a button, your lights will automatically go from cooking to dining that are more subdued and intimate.
  • Send a notification to the living room TV when the turkey has reached optimal temperature. Then alert everyone that the feast is ready!
  • Again from your touch screen, queue up the perfect playlist as your guests sit down in the dining room.

You could also have your shades automatically raise or lower, and fans automatically turn on and off, helping to circulate air. So your home will be at the perfect comfort for all guests, plus it helps you be energy saving conscience. Also, if you are having house guests staying with you for the Thanksgiving Holiday, you can assign them a temporary entry code with smart door locks. That lets them come and go as they please. Best of all, you can set it to expire automatically when they leave.

If you're joining friends and family for the holiday away from your home, a home automation system gives you peace of mind while away. When you are rushing out the door with side dishes in tow and the kids running around, you might not remember to lock the front door or arm the alarm system. A home automation system can make spending time with family on Thanksgiving more enjoyable because you have less to worry about. There is no need to sit at the Thanksgiving table wondering if you locked the door. Instead, you can just check and take care of it right then and there. A home automation system allows you to do that anywhere.

If the Thanksgiving fun goes on longer than expected or you decide to spend the night, you can use your home automation system to make it look like you are still at home by turning lights on and off. You can also adjust the temperature of your home to save on heating costs or to keep things toasty on a cold night.

Whatever you may be doing for your Thanksgiving holiday, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

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