Home automation has come a long way in recent years. Homeowners can control their lights, blinds, and locks using touchscreens on phones or control panels. Technology continues to develop and its use in home automation expands, growing ever-smarter and making certain tasks faster and more convenient.
Here are 4 quickly developing areas of smart technology as they relate to home automation:
The rise of Amazon Alexa and other voice-activated systems have begun to make their way into the home automation industry. Many of these devices integrate with existing home automation systems, allowing owners to control all their technology just by speaking …
You’ve made a big decision. You’re going to sell your home. And you’ve made sure to take all the right steps – making small but impactful repairs, staging your furniture to be more inviting, carefully researched and selected your listing agent. Soon after your home goes on the market, you’re getting requests for showings. Lots of requests for showings. How can you keep your home and your belongings safe as you showcase everything your abode has to offer?
Stow-Away All Valuables
If you were to guess the most common item stolen from homes, what would you say? Jewelry? In reality, jewelry is …
Home security systems are becoming increasingly popular. As the price of equipment comes down and ease of use goes up, more homeowners are looking for more sophisticated – and more integrated – home security options. Because there are so many options, it’s easy to quickly rack up the costs and overspend on your new system. Here are some tips to keep in mind when shopping to avoid overspending on home security.
Determine your needs
You want to begin by determining exactly what you need from your home security solution. Some homeowners may think they want to lock everything down like Fort Knox …
Energy costs account for a significant portion of monthly costs for homeowners. Often, forgetting to adjust a manual thermostat up or down when leaving the house means the heat or air conditioning is running for hours in an empty house. That’s lots of wasted energy and wasted money that benefits no one.
Using smart home technology, your family can more effectively utilize and monitor your home energy usage.
Program your thermostats to adjust automatically
Adjusting your home’s ambient temperature even a few degrees per day can add up over the course of a year. Your smart home technology can be programmed to control …
Even the most basic of home security systems goes a long way to helping homeowners feel safe. By adding some of the latest in smart home technology, you can take your home security system to the next level. Here are seven easy additions you can make to your existing home security system:
Smart garage sensors
Have you ever driven away from your house on a busy morning and you can’t, for the life of you, remember if you closed your garage door? Garage door sensors will alert you when your garage door opens or closes, even when you’re away from home. And, …
Keep Your Family Safe with Today’s Newest Technology
1st Security USA is proud to introduce our newest product, the Qolsys 2 home security panel. With 4GLTE connectivity and a built in glass break monitor, the Qolsys Panel 2 is the world’s newest and best home automation and security panel. Handling not only your home security needs, the Qolsys Panel 2 offers smart home technology and can control your garage doors, lights, thermostat, and more!
What Makes the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Awesome?
It’s slim. A mere .75 inches deep means that it fits nearly anywhere in your home. (add image of panel 1 …
Warmer weather is finally here. You know what that means, right? Time to start planning our vacations. You’re elated to get to the beach in the middle of the winter season. You have home security equipment, and you’ve safeguarded the house against intruders and most dangers. But if you still feel like there is still something you could do to help and protect you while you’re away, then you’re right.
This resource is your very own neighbors.
Neighborhood watches are known throughout the country. They’ve even been portrayed in media and television, but even if you don’t have a neighborhood watch group …
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service
1st Security USA has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.
This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.
“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly …
The holidays bring out the best in people. Maybe it’s the giving nature that comes with the holiday season. However, there is always the select few who do not share this trait. A few weeks ago, a video went around Facebook like wildfire. This video showed a man on a bicycle, coming up to a house with a package on their porch, taking it and riding off with it. This thievery happened in Hagerstown, MD on a regular day in broad daylight. The thief was calm and probably didn’t raise much suspicion from passersby.
This is a persistent problem that many …
A burglary takes place about every eighteen seconds in the United States. That adds up to nearly 200 per hour, and approximately 4,800 every day. These are startling statistics, but they highlight the fact that burglary is a crime you need to be aware of and ready for.
Here are ten surprising facts about burglary—and preventative tips—everyone concerned about home security should know.
1. Burglars tend to avoid homes with security systems.
Based on a report by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department …