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1st Security USA is Honored with “People Love Us On Yelp” Award

Continuing our tradition for excellent customer service and high satisfaction, 1st Security USA has received the “People Love Us On Yelp” Award for 2017 from Yelp.
What is the “People Love Us On Yelp” Award?
This award is presented to only a fraction of businesses on Yelp. To qualify, a business must have received multiple trusted reviews that average a high satisfaction ranking among Yelp users.
Yelp is an online platform where users rate a variety of local businesses – restaurants, home improvement companies, and attorneys, for example. These reviews are trusted by millions of other Yelp users as an unbiased and accurate representation …

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Qolsys S-Line Sensors Now Available at 1st Security USA

In our continued effort to find ways to make our customers’ homes safer and more secure, 1st Security USA now carries Qolsys S-Line Sensors!  
What Are Qolsys S-Line Sensors?
S-Line, which stands for “secure-line,” sensors are available on a variety of Qolsys products. They use an advanced encryption scheme between the sensor and the IQ Panel 2 to ensure that every sensor event – unlock command, motion detected, door open, etc. – is unique.
With unencrypted sensors, the devices can be vulnerable to “replay attacks” by easy-to-obtain software that can send repeat sensor events, leaving your home security system at risk.
With S-Line sensors, a …

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Top 3 Reasons Your Home Needs Smart Locks

Have you ever rushed out of your house to get to work, only to realize hours later that your house keys were still inside? Or have you been on vacation and needed a family member to take care of your pets, and had to pay to have an extra key made?
With smart locks, you can banish both of these scenarios from your life for good. Here are the top 3 reasons your home needs smart locks:
Convenience
Smart locks remove the need for a physical set of keys. This prevents any future lockouts and eliminates the need to make physical copies for …

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1st Security USA Voted Top 3 Best Security Systems in Baltimore, MD

1st Security USA is proud to have been named one of the Top 3 Security Systems in Baltimore, MD by Three Best Rated.
“We are honored to be chosen as one of the three best rated security companies in Baltimore,” said 1st Security USA spokesperson. “1st Security USA is committed to providing the best customer service, latest technology, and the best customer experience possible. This award is a testament to how hard we work every day while adhering strongly to these core values.”
Three Best Rated is a website that helps customers find the top three local businesses, professionals, restaurants, …

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What Is Z-Wave Technology, and Does It Work?

Z-Wave technology sounds like a mysterious invention from a sci-fi novel, but it’s a real thing, and it’s how many security systems operate.
Z-Wave (or Zwave or Z wave) has become a standard for smart home technology and security systems. It is a “mesh system” that connects devices by using low-energy radio waves (908.42 MHz in the US, if you’re curious). A central device (usually called the hub) is necessary to set up and manage your Z-Wave network, but it is not reliant on a modem or ISP (internet service provider).
Your network can hold up to 232 “nodes” (devices), but seems …

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1st Security USA Earns Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award

1st Security USA is excited to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA) as part of our commitment to our customers! It is our mission to protect every home and family as if it were our own and we accomplish this mission by pursing excellence in our customer service.
“We are happy to receive Angie’s List Super Service award for 2017,” says Larry Conner, co-owner of 1st Security USA. “Our goal, is to provide the very best service and products for the best value. Receiving this award for the 7th …

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4 Top Smart Technology Trends in Home Automation

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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:
Voice-activated Technology
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 …

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Tips for Keeping your Home Safe While Selling

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 …

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3 Tips to Avoid Overspending on Home Security

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 …

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Use a Smart Home System to Save Money!

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 …

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