Alarm.com makes managing your energy use simple. With Smart Schedules, mobile apps and a system that learns and optimizes, you will always be in control of your thermostats. Using alarm.com emPower™, you can reduce your energy usage without sacrificing comfort when it comes to heating and cooling your home or business. It’s easy to customize settings for each of your thermostats. emPower™ makes your thermostats smarter, and uses triggers like the time of day, day of week and the status of the security system to help you make your property run more efficiently.
Features & Benefits
- Control your thermostats on the go, even from an airplane
- Set the thermostats to warm up an hour before the kids get home from school
- Save energy by setting your thermostat a few degrees warmer during the summer and a few degrees cooler during the winter
- Enable real-time alerts to be sent to you via text or email when a thermostat setting is changed
- Find out if the temperature goes out of range at your home or business
This Z-Wave compatible home security thermostat is compatible with the 2GIG Alarm System. It functions based on the commands and program information stored at the Z-Wave controller. This programmable communicating thermostat operates via a high-quality, easy-to-use touch screen.
The 2GIG-PIR1-345 Passive Infrared Motion Detector is a wall-mounted unit with wide angle motion protection. When set
to High Sensitivity Mode, the PIR has a maximum range of 30 ft. deep x 50 ft. wide. The PIR is pet immune up to 55 lbs.
All of us are familiar with the controversy of what happens to small businesses when a new Walmart opens up in a town or city. Does it put the small businesses out of business? Sometimes….
Is it good for the local consumers with lower prices and potential new employees? Some say it’s good for that local economy and some say it’s bad. No matter what side of the issue you may be on, poorly run businesses that don’t adapt and change to meet or beat current market conditions and consumer demands will go out of business.
In the home security industry we have a similar situation when consumers have to choose between the big corporations and the smaller local businesses. ADT is by far the largest security company, measured by number of customers.
ADT is a big brand name that spends millions and millions of dollars on advertising and sponsoring sporting events. Add to that the large corporate overhead staffed with layer upon layer of management and executives, and in addition, all the facilities needed for these folks to have an office. Continue Reading »
Here is a very informative infographic from Ameriprise showing useful information regarding how to prevent burglary and avoid break-ins:
Home Alarm Systems a Cost Effective Deterrent to Burglary
A 5 year study by Rutgers University in 2009, one of the most comprehensive studies ever done on home safety, conclusively proved that burglars are 40 to 50% less likely to attempt breaking into a home with a security system. The study found that these homes are noticeably less commonly broken into, and the burglars are less likely to go to any nearby homes either. In other words, your security system will keep you and your neighbors more secure. The security system creates a kind of security bubble that reduces the risk for everyone inside and nearby.
The National Burglar and Fire Association released a study in 2004 agreeing that a protected house is roughly three times safer than an unprotected house. This study agrees with the Rutgers research cited above.
Telephone Line Alarm Monitoring
Telephone line alarm monitoring basically means connecting your security system’s communicator to your existing telephone line and the alarm signals are sent to the central monitoring station using that phone line. Your telephone service could be the old standard telephone service (PSTN or POTS) or the newer VOIP or digital service offered by some cable companies. Continue Reading »
Secure your home with multiple layers of protection
Think of a home alarm system providing 3 lines of defense (home security).
Outside your home
Points of entry
All potential points of entry to your home (doors & windows) should be secured and monitored. Glassbreak sensors are also part of “points of entry” because this sensor is tripped by the sound of breaking glass meaning the criminal is still outside your home. This is your second line of defense (home security). Continue Reading »
There are many good reasons to install a home security system. One of the biggest concerns we all have is safety. We want to feel safe, especially when we are in our home. We install security systems to protect us from the outside world.
This leads me to today’s message of making sure you are a smart and safe consumer through the buying and installation process. Unfortunately, even the security industry has it’s share of unscrupulous and deceitful people attempting to take advantage of uninformed and vulnerable people.
Secure door and window openings
The definition of “accessible” is any door or window that can be kicked in or pried open from ground level. This can include basement doors and windows and first floor doors and windows that can be reached easily from the ground. Occasionally, a second floor window maybe easily reached from some structural aid. This is very rare, because most criminals want to gain entry by locating the quickest and least visible door or window available.
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How to Replace the Main Battery in a 2Gig Home Alarm System
The majority of home alarm systems include a 24-hour backup battery. This means that the home alarm system will still operate if the power goes out. Follow below steps to replace the main battery in a 2GIG home alarm system.
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