Comparing various residential security systems to determine the best

Comparing various residential security systems to determine the best

Having the best residential security systems is an important matter because of the need to protect family members and loved ones from any harm. Before settling on any security system, you should compare a number of them so that you can choose the best. The tips below will help you to get the best security system with the best deal.

Comparing the systems

Select a number of residential security systems and go through the customer reviews for each one of them. The reviews are on the website of the product or of home security companies. Read the reviews to see the reaction of other customers to the service. Note what the customers thought of the system, if it was effective and easy to operate.

Find out what the professionals are saying about the security systems. How the experts are rating and comparing them. Most professional reviews can be found in expert review websites and magazines. For instance, you can find reviews in Customers Digest, which is a magazine for consumer products reviews. Sort the alarm systems using the number of sensors they have. The ideal system should have a sensor for every entryway of your home such as the windows and the doors. You will find some systems with sensors only for the back and front entryways. Others have sensors for windows and doors. The fewer number of sensors mean that only a few entryways will be covered and therefore, the alarm system may not be effective in controlling burglary because an intruder can get in using other entryways.

Another aspect to use in comparing the residential security systems is the motion sensors available if at all, they are included. The more the number of motion sensors the system has the better to ensure proper protection of your home. This is because movement in various parts of the house can be detected triggering the alarm and alerting the occupants. Sort your list using how many sensors the systems have and use it later to make the decision of which alarm system to use.

A good security system should have an easy to use keypad. Review the keypads of the systems to determine if they are easy to handle and operate. Also, use other features such as the inclusion of a smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector to compare the systems. Comparing the different features of various home alarm systems will assist you to make the decision of which one to choose based on its suitability.

Investigate the installing company

A security system is not complete without the services of a security company to install the system. Find out more about the company, in areas such as how long it has been in existence and the customers it has served. Consider whether the company will provide after sale services such as repairing the system if required. Your final decision should be based on comparing your needs with the features provided by the systems. Choose the system that best fits your needs.

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Some smart home security devices that will help you to make your home intelligent

Some smart home security devices that will help you to make your home intelligent

If you want to have a secure home, you will need to use some smart home security devices. Due to the growth of the home automation market, there are more devices for consumer to choose from and below are some of the devices.

Homeboy camera and Haven Lock

This is a wireless camera that can move around the house. It attaches itself to the base using magnets and can be repositioned and pointed where it is needed. The features that set it apart from other cameras include a long lasting battery that can go for up to three months. The camera is motion activated, and it can send notifications to you when it detects movement. If you would like to see the clips on the on goings in your home, you can request for them using android apps or iOS. This is one of the emerging smart locks that can be controlled remotely. The lock is fastened to the floor inside the house to create a barrier. This prevents the door to open, making it difficult to break into the house. You can control the lock from anywhere using a Haven app. You can also use a key fob to unlock it automatically when you are near. The lock can synchronize with smart home devices enabling you to run your house using the same system.

Presence

The app can control iPads and iPhones turning them into motion activated security cameras. Now you will have more use for your old Smartphone instead of using it just for Wi-Fi and gaming. The phone becomes a security camera that streams the videos. The app enables changing of the motion detectors sensitivity and also helps to switch between back and front cameras. You can also choose whether the recording should take place for a given amount of time after motion detection, or it should record until there is no more motion. Subscribing to the app provides online storage of up to 5 GB.

Cocoon

Cocoon is another one of smart home security devices that has changed smart security. The device can monitor the whole house from one spot. Its key features include a microphone, a motion detector, a loud siren, a thermometer and a high-density camera. It also has a sub sound detector that detects sounds of very low frequency that even a human being cannot hear. It uses it to establish if other rooms in the house has an intruder. The machine can learn and adapt to the sounds that are regular in the house, including the pets. The mobile app can inform you of the happenings in the cocoon. It will allow you to check cocoons video feeds, activate the siren and set emergency contacts.

Smart homes cannot be without smart home security devices. These are just a few and there are many more in the market. These are making it easy for one to connect and control the home even if one is far away from the home. They help to keep the mind at ease about the security of the home.

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The cost of a home security system- what are the determining factors

The cost of a home security system- what are the determining factors

Installing a home security system ensures that you have peace of mind because it deters burglary and helps in home monitoring. However, it comes at a cost. Getting a definite cost is difficult based on the many factors that determine it. The cost will depend on the technology used, how many sensors you have used, the number of entry points and whether you have used a professional or have installed the system yourself. The services you will need after installation also determine the cost. 

Some of the factors determining the cost include:

Type of the alarm system

The alarm system type determines the initial cost of installation. Wireless systems cost much less, though they are more vulnerable and those providing free systems installations use them. Hard-wired security systems have high installation costs, though they are more reliable. The cost of each entry point, either a window or doorway is about 90 to 130 US dollars while each motion sensor costs 110 to 130 US dollars. This means that the total cost will depend on the size of your home, based on the number of entry points and motion sensors. A surveillance system will cost more than a basic alarm system.

To reduce the costs, you can install the home security system yourself and then pay for monitoring. Note that additional services cost extra. You may also find a company to install, maintain and monitor your system. Ensure that the company is local, and it provides full service without sub contracting the monitoring so that you can get service throughout and the best value for your money.

Additional services

If you prefer additional services such as monitoring, you will need to pay more. Using monitoring service means that the alarm company will also respond in case there is an intrusion alert. Avoiding the monitoring cost in the belief that the alarm by itself will deter criminals may not be beneficial considering that monitoring costs about 20 to 50 US dollars per month. For instance, if there is a burglary, and the alarm sounds, the entry way is left vulnerable and the burglar can return later and make entry. This would have been avoided if the alarm company were monitoring the alarm. The more features the home security system has, the higher the costs. If you include other features such as fire and water detectors, panic buttons and getting automatic calls on your phone when the alarm is triggered, then be prepared to pay more.

While considering the cost, it is also important to assess the benefits of an alarm system. While wireless systems are easy and cheaper to install, they are not a good option. The battery needs regular monitoring, and they may not have enough power to reach the farthest zone. This is unlike the hard-wired systems that cost more but more reliable. They do not succumb to battery problems or interference from other wireless components and cellular technologies. However, you should note that the wired systems should be installed during home construction.

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How do home alarm systems work in protecting homes?

How do home alarm systems work in protecting homes?

Installing home alarm systems ensures that one has peace of mind. However, have you ever wondered how these systems work? They consist of alarm sensors, motion detectors, alarm and the control panel.

The control panel and batteries

The control panel is the center of the home alarm systems. It is one of the important parts of the system which determines who is allowed to go in and go out, and who should not. When an alarm sensor is set off, the control panel knows there is an entry, and it begins a timer countdown. The alarm activates when no pass code is entered on the panel. If a pass code is entered, the alarm does not go off which means it is an authorized person entering. Some control panels can differentiate between a peaceful entry and a forceful one. Although the alarm system uses electricity, they also have batteries so that they can operate even if there is a blackout. Most of the batteries are rechargeable, and they are plugged in to charge constantly when there is power so that when it goes, they are fully charged and when power comes, they charge again.

Alarm and alarm sensors

During unauthorized entry, an alarm that gives sound is activated. This notifies those nearby that there has been an entry a fact that is likely to deter the burglar. The alarm also has a monitoring service that dials the monitoring company when it is activated, acting like a silent alarm. The company then notifies the police who respond. Alarm sensors are the ones that trigger the alarm in case a window or door is opened. They are the basic components of the alarm system. The sensors have two parts, a magnet and a circuit. The circuit has a metal switch, which the magnet closes. Opening a door or a window opens the magnet, and the circuit opens with electricity flow breaking. This triggers the alarm. The sensors are the most common because a break in causes the electricity not to flow setting the alarm off. This way, the intruders cannot disable the alarm by cutting the wires.

Motion detectors

Some home alarm systems have motion detectors. The detectors use radio waves that map a particular area, send out pulses, and they receive an echo. When an intruder gets into the area that is being monitored, the echo’s return is interrupted, signaling the system that there is something that has entered the area and thereby detecting motion. Other motion detectors have infrared scanners that help them to detect heat increase such as that generated by the body of an intruder. The rise in heat activates the alarm. For the home alarm systems to work, all these parts need to work together. The alarm sensor is triggered, and the control panel determines whether it is authorized entry or not. If it is authorized entry, the alarm is triggered, and it sends a signal to the monitoring company. Motion detectors help to detect if there is movement in the house.

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Will there be standardization of smart home devices in order to use one system?

Will there be standardization of smart home devices in order to use one system?

The smart home industry is growing and so is the use of devices needed to make this happen. Prediction is that more growth is expected, and that means more devices. What is happening is that there is not a single platform to connect the devices and let them communicate to each other. The consumer has to deal with many automation devices with different ways of managing them. The security camera comes with its devices and a means of controlling it such as its app on the Smartphone, the smart door lock has its app, and lighting has its own app. The user ends up with so many apps to operate each device of the home. With the growth of the industry, the question that is arising is whether there will be standardization of the devices such that they can be operated from a single platform. This is in order to make it easy for the end user to manage the smart home.

Latest standardization efforts

Despite there being no single standard of using home automation devices, various developers are coming up with ways of networking them. One such company is the UK based CSR, which has introduced a mesh protocol for developers to connect and control various devices. The same efforts have been seen when major players in the technology industry came together to address standardization in a formal way. The players who include Intel, Dell and Samsung formed an Interconnect consortium as a step towards a common platform for their devices.

Supporting developers and startups

For the use of connected home to grow, there is need for more players in the market. Most developers face the challenge of realizing their dream of creating smart home devices. OpenHome labs from iControl is helping them by giving them the technical assistance that they need, market exposure and differentiation in branding. With standardization and more devices to choose from, the market is bound to grow. To make the market better, the devices should be interoperable to meet the current need in the market of too many devices that cannot be operated from a single point.

Standardization to secure the devices

Security is an important aspect of an intelligent home because just like any software, it is also prone to hacking. Standardization can lead to creation of specifications, which must be met before the devices are produced. This way, it will be easy to deal with the aspect of securing the devices without having to deal with one device at a time. What the end user needs is a smart home and an easy way to control the devices. People have different needs and what the marketers need to do is to sell the technology in use cases. For one person, their use case may be to have a secure home, which they can monitor from wherever they are, and another person’s need is to have a device that can control aspects such as lighting and heating at once.

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Benefits of having a home alarm system and why you should have it in your home

Benefits of having a home alarm system and why you should have it in your home

Having peace of mind is something every home owner desires while knowing that the home is secure from thieves, fire, carbon monoxide, cold and water. This peace can be achieved by installation of a house alarm system, which can include fire alarms, burglar alarms and alarms for carbon monoxide. Although the cost of installing the home alarm system may be high, the benefits exceed these costs. Below are some of the benefits.

Deterring intruders

A home alarm system helps to prevent intruders from making their entry into the home. A home with a security system has a sign showing that it is protected. This alone can deter intruders from making entry into the home. In case the intruder tries to enter a home with an activated alarm system, a loud sound is likely to go off, and it can discourage the intruder. The alarm also sends notification to the owner if a door or window is opened. If it has been monitoring, it can notify the company of any problem, and the monitoring company can see the area that has been compromised such as the door or the window. Once the company is notified, it calls the home to verify if there is a problem, or it was an accident. In case there is a problem, the police are notified. Some intruders may have ill intentions of harming the occupants in addition to stealing. With a home alarm system, such as risk is reduced and people are safe.

Other alarms

An alarm system contains other alarms such as for the fire and carbon monoxide. These alert the homeowner in case of fire or there is leaking carbon monoxide. These can help to save life and property by helping in early detection before they cause harm. For instance, carbon monoxide is odorless and toxic and if inhaled it can result to death or health problems. There are also freezing alarms that can notify the owner, in case there is freezing, especially in the cold season.

Results to high value and low costs

If you have installed an alarm system, it can result to reduced cost of insurance. If the alarm system is monitored, the payment for homeowners insurance can reduce by up to 20 percent. Insurance companies also require homes that have been burglarized to install a security system if they want to be insured, or so that they can be insured at a lower rate. A home with an alarm system also fetches more in the market with a higher resale value and attraction of more potential buyers. The system also increases the financial value of the home unlike a home without a security system. Peace of mind is important, and that is what a security system provides. People can sleep better at night knowing that a break in would cause an alert. If you have traveled, you will be at peace knowing that in case something happens, you will get an alert and so will the company providing monitoring services.

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Tips on buying security and home automation system to turn your home into a smart home

Tips on buying security and home automation system to turn your home into a smart home

Smart homes that have remote controls for cooling, heating, lights, window shades and much more are not just for the high-end market. You can also have your own security and home automation. Below are some tips you can use to buy the automation system.

Steps to take towards home automation

Create your dream automated home in your fantasies. Feed your dream by going through home automation magazines or from the automation websites on the internet. By the time you are through, you should have a clear idea of the kind of home you would like to have.

Decide what you would like to automate in your home. Some of the automated systems include cooling and heating, lighting control, audio-video  controls preheating the oven and security systems. If you want to start small, for instance, by automating the lights first, ensure that you use an expandable system where you can add other functions later. Consider your budget when deciding the automation system to buy. You can find a basic system worth hundreds of dollars or automation systems for the whole-house  worth thousands of dollars. Install the system that is compatible with your budget. Choose a system that will work with your current installations such as the air conditioner, furnace, home entertainment and security systems. This will result to you spending less on the security and home automation. However, you will need to replace items such as alarm controllers, thermostats and light switches.

The master control panel is where security and home automation systems meet. It should be placed in a central spot that is convenient for all the systems. When you are installing automation systems in an existing home, consider buying radio frequency or power line controls. This is because the controls will not require additional wiring. However, they are less flexible or useful than systems operating on low voltage wiring systems.

Additional capabilities of the system to consider

The best automation systems should have capabilities of using external remote control. This will enable you to remotely control your house, such as turning on the systems when you approach, shutting down the house when leaving and checking the status of your home when you are away. The remote controls to use are the Internet and telephone based such as using your Smartphone to monitor your home.

A suitable system should have a vacation mode. This mode tracks the lighting patterns when you are at home and then recreates them when you are away to make your house seem occupied. You can set weekends and weekdays programs. Buy controllers that are wireless touch screen to ensure that they can be programmed and can work from all over the house. The systems should have power supply that is uninterruptible such as the use of battery to ensure there is service even when power is off. If to automate your home you want to combine products from different vendors, ensure that they are compatible. The system should be flexible with many preset options to allow you to set it as you deem fit.

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Setting up home alarm systems- learn how to do it for a safer home

Setting up home alarm systems- learn how to do it for a safer home

To set up your home alarm systems, you need to understand your needs in order to choose suitable alarm system. Important areas should be covered including all entrance into the house. You can choose to have monitoring service and other amenities such as carbon monoxide and smoke alarms and even outdoor lights. After sorting out all the details of your alarm system, you can now set it up.

Setting up the system

Decide where the control box will be placed inside the house. The place suitable for it is near an entry point such as at the front door, in a nook or in the closet. Try to place it out of sight. If the control box needs external power, place it near a wall outlet. Get the number of windows and doors that are on the ground floor plus those that are on other floors that an intruder can access. Each one of the entryway needs to have a sensor, which means that you should have enough sensors in the alarm kit to cover all the areas.

If you will be using motion sensors, decide the areas that you should place them. You can have motion sensors indoors on the living room and on the hallway. Also, place them in choke points or central locations such as stairways where an intruder must pass while going to other parts of the house. You may also place the motion detectors outdoors such as in the backyard where the sensor can trigger light if it detects motion.

Determine where to place the alarms such as the burglary or the main alarm, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms if you are using them. Place the smoke detectors six inches from wall or ceiling edge, away from cooling or heating vents. Take the distance between the areas that will require alarm components such as the window and door sensors, motion, alarm and smoke detectors, and the control box. This will help to ensure that all areas are connected.

Determine if you will use a wireless or a wired alarm system. A wired system requires cables to connect the components, and you may require a professional to install them on the walls for you. Wireless alarm systems communicate using radio signals, and they are easily installed without the need for professional assistance. Just make sure that you check the range of every component so that you can place it within that distance from the control box for it to work.

Installing the alarm system

Install the components of the home alarm systems in the set locations. If you are wiring, do it in an easy to do scale. You can screw a mounting bracket in place with drywall screws and then place the component there. You should then wire every component to control box in case you are using a wired alarm system. For a wireless system, put batteries in the components. Activate the components and turn the control box on. Program the password in the control box and then finish the installation by performing other steps in the set up.

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How security home automation system works

How security home automation system works

If you have a security home automation, it means that you have control of various aspects of your home even when you are not near. Various methods are used to control the components of the automation with some components being controlled wirelessly and others with hardwire. Controlling using wireless methods utilizes radio frequencies (RF) such as infrared and Bluetooth. Hardwired control uses systems such as phone cables, electrical wires and Ethernet. Some systems combine both wireless and wired components.

The workings of lighting, heating and cooling

Lighting can be remotely controlled by allowing adjustment of brightness. This is done by using inline dimmers and lamp plug-ins that are installed between the power source and the light. The dimmers help in regulating power that gets to the light enabling the adjustment of brightness.There are also fireplace dimmers that allow the regulation of gas released and therefore, controlling the mood and the brightness of the fireplace.

In order to control lighting and heating, there is need to replace the current thermostat with another smart one. This will enable you to program remotely when the heating unit and air conditioning operates and the temperatures they maintain. You can either program the thermostat to go on and off during particular times, or you can use the Internet through Ethernet connection to control it. Radio frequency signals can also be used to control the thermostat wirelessly. This way, you can control the temperatures at home from wherever you are.

Security and cameras systems

The alarm security system consists of sensors, the control panel and alarm. The sensors are connected to the control unit using cables for hardwired system or by wireless connectivity. When the window or door is closed, the sensors have two pieces that are closed completing the electronic circuit. When the door or window is opened, the circuit breaks and the breach is reported to the base using radio frequencies. If the control panel is active, the alarm sounds and contacts that have been programmed in the system such as your phone number or emergency number are automatically dialed. You are therefore, able to know if there is a burglary or entry by an authorized person into your home even if you are far away.


The surveillance cameras also work just like the alarm security system. The cameras record the happenings, and they send the video data to the control unit using radio frequency (RF) signals. At night, the cameras use infrared technology, or if they are small, they use compacted circuitry. The camera’s control panel then sends the video signal to a hard drive or a monitor. You may also have a driveway reporter to detect the presence of people and vehicles. The reporter has a laser beam, which is broken when a person or a vehicle passes. The time the break occurs and the duration it takes is reported to the base unit in the house by way of radio frequency signals.A security home automation ensures that your home is safe, and it allows you to monitor the security from wherever you are.

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Tips for Making Planned Homekeeping Lists

Tips for Making Planned Homekeeping Lists

One thing that every interior decorator, interior designer, and home specialist will agree on is that a homeowner needs to have planned homekeeping lists to help them manage all of the things they need to do around their place. The list does not need to include the simple items of homekeeping like sweeping, or changing linens, these lists cover the crucial things that often get forgotten because they are done so infrequently.

You should break homekeeping lists up into groups. Exterior projects and interior projects are the two basic list divisions.

Exterior projects to include

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10 Quick Homekeeping Tricks Everyone Should Know

10 Quick Homekeeping Tricks Everyone Should Know

It never fails that when you have people call to say they are stopping by it is on a night that your house is less than perfect. You run around trying to clean the house, and by the time your guests arrive you are too tired to visit. The following tricks will help you get the house in order and not wear you out in the process.

1. Go in the kitchen and put a pot of water on to boil. Add a cinnamon stick, or even some powdered cinnamon to the water. The smell will be very inviting when the guests arrive.

2. Always have an ottoman in the living room that has a storage compartment in it. Quickly pick up any papers, or out of place objects in this room and place them in the ottoman. The clutter will be out of sight but easy to get to when the company leaves.

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Homekeeping Secrets for Professionals to Share with Clients

Homekeeping Secrets for Professionals to Share with Clients

Professionals in the construction industry, and in interior design, know many secrets, tricks, and tips that would make homekeeping chores easier for the home owners. Some of these professionals do share their knowledge with their clients, and some of them forget that the “regular” people of the world do not have their knowledge, experience, or training.

The following homekeeping tips have been provided by the experts, and they all recommend that these tips be shared with all home owners.

1. Laminate flooring cannot stand to be saturated in water. Laminate flooring is beautiful, looks like real wood, and costs less than real wood. Many home owners request this type of floor covering. The problem with this floor covering is that when it gets saturated with water, it can buckle. You always clean this type of floor with a mop that is only damp, never wet. Wipe up any spills immediately so that they do not saturate the floor.

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What Else Can Your Smartphone Control Aside From Opening the Lock?

What Else Can Your Smartphone Control Aside From Opening the Lock?

 

You can use your Smartphone to open your smart lock in your smart home. However, what else can it do in your intelligent home?

What the Smartphone can do: make coffee, control the oven and the washers

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Challenges That Are Facing Smart Homes And How to Deal With Some of Them

Challenges That Are Facing Smart Homes And How to Deal With Some of Them

In spite of the benefits associated with having a smart home, there are challenges involved in it. It is therefore a question of whether the challenges can outweigh the benefits.

Challenges facing smart homes

Some of the control systems need someone who is tech savvy and can operate the systems. For some people, using a Smartphone or a computer is a nightmare, and these are some of the devices required in a connected intelligent home.

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Items and gadgets you can use to make your dumb house a smart home

Items and gadgets you can use to make your dumb house a smart home

A smart home reduces many of the life stresses such as worrying if your home is safe, turning the lights on and even washing clothes. To convert your dumb house into an intelligent home, you will need to use a number of ways. Some of them include:

Smart refrigerator

Get a refrigerator that will not only keep your food cold, but it will also check recipes from the web, have a grocery list and check weather. And yes, it is in the market. Samsung has such as refrigerator whose LCD screen is Wi-Fi enabled and will allow you to access apps.

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Ways for Saving Energy in a Smart Home to help you lower power bill

Ways for Saving Energy in a Smart Home to help you lower power bill

Smart home products ensure your life is more convenient, safer, and fun. Besides, they can also enable you to cut on your energy consumption and in the end, helps to save some money. By having such energy efficient appliances at home, you display your concern for the Mother Nature, while keeping your energy expenditures at a minimum. It would interest you to know that by investing in energy efficient equipment, appliances and lighting fixtures, you can cut a third of your current power bill.


How to save energy on various household tasks


Cooling and heating- For most of the people living in the temperate regions, almost half of their utility bill, goes to heat and cooling. To reduce the power consumed by your temperature regulators, consider switching to a programmable thermostat. With this equipment, it is possible to set varying levels of temperature, probably keep the temperature down, when nobody is in the house. Depending on the insulation, climate, and other factors, you can rest assured of saving energy and becoming a friend to your wallet.


Lighting- Experts have it that about 34% of the power bill goes to appliances and lights. Lights take 25% of the energy bill; hence, if you are bent on making a smart home, changing your lighting system, will be an intelligent move. Use motion detectors and automatic timers, to turn only the lights on when they are needed. Light dimmers, will also enable you to decrease wattage, in an effort to save energy. Replace the traditional light fixtures with compact fluorescent lamps and LED lights. Although they are a bit expensive, they compensate you by saving substantial amount of energy.

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Benefits of Making Your Home a Smart Home- Control Your Home from Your Hands

Benefits of Making Your Home a Smart Home- Control Your Home from Your Hands

Having a smart home has many benefits compared to an ordinary home. You can now take control of your lighting, heating, air conditioning, entertainment, blinds, appliances and more all with a swipe or a touch of button. You can do home monitoring regardless of where you are while using your Smartphone or computer.  Some of the benefits that you will get from making your home smart are security, convenience and savings.

Security in the home

With your intelligent home, there is no need to worry about security. You are at peace knowing that you are aware of everything going on at home even when absent by getting alerts if anything goes amiss. May it be the motion sensor that can detect if someone or something makes movement, or the front door that can only be opened using your Smartphone. The home monitoring technology allows one to look into the home from wherever they are. More security means that the environment is safer for living. Sensors, smart locks, sirens and surveillance cameras that are installed in the home help to secure it. Most of these can be operated remotely even from the phone.

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Smart Home Remodeling Tips for a long lasting smartness

Smart Home Remodeling Tips for a long lasting smartness

Most people dread the mere thought of remodeling a home. Some see it as an expensive venture; they would not dare getting into and in particular, during today’s economic atmosphere.  What they do not know, is that such as home improvement project, would boost their home’s value.  Furthermore, there is a wave about achieving a smart home, and you should not be left out.  Depending on where you are based, your neighbors may be sailing in the wave and its time you joined them.


Some handy tips to make the smart home remodeling a success


1.    Use materials reminiscent of your neighborhood. You certainly do not want your house to stand out as the odd one out, in the negative. Regardless of whether you are living a luxurious neighborhood, if you use cheap finishes on your structure, the resale value will drop or stagnate. The same goes for lower-valued estates, if you use pricey finishes, the buyers will not compensate you fully for that.

2.    Ensure the remodeling is up to standard.  If you want to feel good about your house and in the end, get the real value for the property, anything you apply on the house must be of top-notch quality.  Where DIY is not possible, do not hesitate to engage a professional. You will be glad you did when time comes to sell the house.

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Smart Home High-Tech Entertainment Trends- To Keep You Entertained Smartly

Smart Home High-Tech Entertainment Trends- To Keep You Entertained Smartly

Most techno-savvy homeowners have set up entertainment centers, in their home. Crystal-clear flat screen TV sets, home theater sound systems and among other entertainment systems, are just some of the elegant things, which adorn their living rooms, bedrooms, and dining rooms. Sometimes, it is not just a question of securing a class but having a smart home, where you ate able to enjoy everything under your roof. Such technologies can make life worth living and enjoyable.

Must-have home-entertainment technology trends


Media room- This is nothing but a room, set aside for the viewing of programs and movies. The room is designed with sound quality in mind. Are you wondering where you will set-up a theater room? It can be any empty room in your house. With a few renovations, you can make a media room, without a hustle. After the room is ready, it is time to bring in your home theater system. The market has something for every budget. Specifically, the systems range from $15000 to $150000, depending on the components. An individual system that retails at $31000, will probably compromise of media center, 200-disc DVD changer, audio-video receiver, six speakers, automated lighting control, 50-inch plasma television, software and remote.

Media center edition computers- These computers, which is designed with both audio and visual cues, can help you to manage various media sources, you have in the house. They come with unique and instrumental features including surround-sound processing, access to one-touch recording of TV programs and the Internet radio. A high-end media center system, will call for you to cough out around $5500 but there are others such as, which go for as low as $3000. Automated lights for a movie theater effect- Nowadays, people love to watch their movies at home but the nostalgia for a real theater room is still on. You can control the light fixtures in your home, from a single room. It is also possible to create light patterns or automation, which dims or turn the lights off, once movie get started. This entertainment lights, also come with security controls, hence, it is a worthy package to invest in.

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How To Turn Your House Into Smart Home: Let Your Smartphone Take Charge

How To Turn Your House Into Smart Home: Let Your Smartphone Take Charge

Devices are now communicating with each other, which has led the coming up of smart homes. The advent of internet and smartphones has changed how communication takes place. It all comes down to use your Smartphone to control your home. From opening the door, controlling the lighting and heating to use your washing machine.

Using a smart lock


You can easily have an intelligent home by installing the required devices. One of the areas is by installing a digital lock that can be controlled using a phone. By using the smart door lock, you can automatically unlock your front door. You can even unlock the door remotely to your visitors when you are not near. Locks such as August Smart lock allow you to give your visitors virtual keys that they can use to get in. With the lock, you will know who gets in and who leaves the home wherever you are. Install the lock, program it and then set up the controls on your phone and computer.

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