Articles tagged with: Knoxville Home Security

Lighting Control

on Wednesday, 07 May 2014. Posted in Knoxville Home Lighting Control

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like for your home to become a work of art? Or more importantly ever forget to turn off the kitchen light after you just laid down for the night? I know I have. Lighting control can help you with creating scenes to display your home the way you want or turning that light off you left on in the kitchen.

The benefit of lighting control is that it can easily integrate with your whole home automation using very simple, elegant keypads. Just think, after a long day at work your own house welcomes YOU home. Lighting control is more than just simply turning on and off a light, it is thinking outside the box. It allows you to have endless possibilities in creating an amazing get-a-away within your living spaces.

Let’s say you are having a dinner party, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to set the right mood by dimming the lights just right, start your playlist at the perfect volume in all the right rooms, and adjust the thermostat to provide the correct amount of comfort with just with a touch of a button? With lighting control being the central component of this whole scenario, we do this all the time for our clients.

Lighting control can also add an extra layer of security with the touch of a “Vacation” button. Lights will turn on and off at a seemingly random pattern, which gives the appearance that you are home while YOU are on vacation. If you really want to confuse a would be burglar, you can add the same random patterns to T.V.’s and automatic shades. Thus, giving you more comfort and peace of mind knowing that your home is secured that much more.

So if you would like help in creating your masterpiece or just need help in making sure all the lights are off at night, call iSS at 865-690-0154. We are here to give you better solutions for enhancing your lifestyle.

 

Spring Cleaning for Your Security System

on Thursday, 20 March 2014. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

Spring has sprung and we couldn't 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 isn't 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 security system 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.

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!

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