Home Automation Guide

There have been major advancements in home automation when it comes to lighting, home monitoring, security, temperature control, energy management, and entertainment systems. And new products are being introduced every day. Keeping up with the options and integrating the control of these individual pieces can seem like a daunting task–one people think is a job best left to professionals–but it doesn’t have to be. Our Home Automation Guide is here to help with the information you need to make an informed decision about the solutions and products that will best meet your needs. Get started today and find out how simple it is to DIY your home automation

Energy Management & Lighting

A smart home can be a green home if you use products to automate tasks that help decrease your energy consumption. Individual products like programmable thermostats and occupancy sensors, as well as fully integrated home automation solutions that allow you to control lighting and temperature controls remotely, can help you save money while saving energy

Home Monitoring & Security

Nothing is more valuable than knowing your family, home and property are safe and protected

Peace of mind is tough to find, but you can have it with automated solutions for home monitoring and security. Remotely manage access to your home, use cameras to monitor activity inside and outside your home, and use lighting and home controls to signal to potential intruders that someone is home…even when you’re away. These do-it-yourself security options include video surveillance, access controls, sensors for windows, doors, smoke, and more. More impressive, they immediately notify you, sound alarms, or place a call to emergency services when triggered. Automating your home to include home monitoring and security can give you everything you need to protect your family and home

How Wireless Home Alarms Work

Wireless home security systems have a base station, or system control panel, which is the brains of the system. It is typically plugged into a wall outlet and phone line, or alternatively, may be battery powered and connected via wireless cellular technology. The base station is where all of the information sent from remote sensors is received. A wireless keypad, where the alarm system is armed and disarmed, may be part of the base station, or separately attached to a convenient location in the home. Entry sensors, motion detectors and other sensors of choice, such as smoke, flood and temperature, may be added. Basically, when the wireless alarm system is armed, the base station is ready to receive a signal from any of the sensors should they be tripped. Once a signal is received, the homeowner is alerted by phone or internet, an alarm may sound, and, if home monitoring is in place, the monitoring service is notified.

Benefits of Wireless Home Security Alarms

  • Affordable
  • Do-it-yourself installation
  • No drilling into walls
  • Installs in places wired systems can’t (through concrete walls, too-small attic space, tile flooring)
  • Take it with you if you move to a new residence
  • Expandable so you can add sensors and features as you like

What to Look for When Purchasing Wireless Security for Your Home

Any reliable home security system will have enough options available to suit every homeowner’s needs. As you research various systems and monitoring options, consider the specific security requirements of your family and property. And note that it’s best to start out basic with your wireless security system, since you can always expand.

  • Base station powered by electricity or battery (be sure electric has battery back-up)
  • Sensors for entry and motion detection
  • Additional transmitters for detection of smoke, flood, carbon monoxide, etc.
  • Keypad and remote arm and disarm capability
  • Surveillance cameras and video with remote access
  • Various alarm soundings, blinking lights, two-way communication
  • Panic button

Notifications via phone, email, text, or monitoring service

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