smart home solutions

What is Smart Security?

Every security company right now is offering remote services through a customer’s smart phone. All of them offer the ability to are and disarm. Most offer remote camera viewing and storage. Some offer basic lighting and lock control. Only a few select companies offer all of these solutions and create a fully automated security system.

Remote Arm & Disarm

This feature is all about convenience. If you ever have to let someone into your home while you are away, you can do so without giving that person a user code. Just in case you at work and can’t remember whether or not you armed the system you can just login and check.

Text Message Alerts

With text message alerts you can know exactly when your kids get home. You can even know who disarmed the system right after it happens. If you have a liquor cabinet or a gun closet in your home, you can get a message every time it is opened. You can even get a snap shot picture of who opened it.

Cameras

No security system is complete without cameras. Cameras protect you from the “just in case.” If your house gets broken into and for some reason the cops don’t show up in time to catch the burglars, you will have video footage of the burglars’ faces. Cameras are also great in vacation homes. You can look in at any time from your phone and know that everything is good with your property. Today not only can you pull up cameras on your smart phone, but all the footage can be stored in the cloud. You can also have motion alerts send you text messages when the camera detects motion.

Locks

Automated locks are a great addition to any security system. They give you the ability to go keyless. You can have the lock automatically disarm your system when you get home and which can also trigger your lights to go on and adjust the temperature. Another great feature of automated locks is that you can create temporary onetime user codes for people that just need temporary access to your home. You can also create schedules for when a code is supposed to work; that is great for the housekeeper.

Lighting Control

I personally love lighting control and so do most people who have it installed in their homes. In fact, over 70% of homeowners who have had lighting control say it is the first thing they would install in a new smart home. There are so many scenes you can create with lighting control. You can have a goodnight scene that shuts off all the lights at home or a movie scene that dims the lights to a minimal level. One of the most important scenes you can have is a Mockupancy Scene which can be done through Control4. A Mockupancy Scene makes it look like you are home when you are actually away. It learns your patterns and when you are away it replays them at slightly random times. This deters burglars because it makes it look like you are home.

These are just the most important features you should look for in a smart security system. Other nice features that we offer are automated temperate control and Geo-Fencing which lets your system know when you are home or away. We offer all of these solutions and can help you automate your home. If you have any questions or want a free assessment, please feel free to give us a call.

 

Ways to Save on Those Hot Summer Days

Summer is here and the heat is going into full effect. In Florida we all know how unbearably hot it can get and cooling yourself off indoors can mean expensive energy bills. With our smart home, energy management solutions instead of wasting money, you can use your home’s power in the most efficient ways so you can save on those costly summer bills. You will be able to save money every month without even raising a finger.

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How much exactly can you save by adding smart devises to your home? Studies have shown that consumers can save 10% on their monthly summer cooling and winter heating bills.

Through platforms like Alarm.com and Control4, J&J Security offers a wide range of smart home solutions including; thermostats, lighting control, and control over your appliances.

Save When You Are Not Home

Let’s face it, most of the day when it is the hottest outside, we are not home therefore we are wasting money when the thermostat is left at 75 degrees. Sure you can manually adjust the thermostat before you leave but many people will forget to and even if you don’t you will come home to a uncomfortable house. That’s never fun after a long day of work.

With our smart thermostats your home can detect that you are home or away in two ways. The first is we can integrate the thermostat into your alarm system. That way every time you are your thermostat to away the thermostat adjusts up and then when you disarm the system it adjusts back down.

The second way your home will know when you are home or away is through geo-fencing (through your smart phone). Your system will know your location and whether you are in your home. When the last person leaves with their smart phone the temperature adjusts up. When you are your way home the thermostat will go back down and by the time you return home your house will be at a cool and comfortable temperature.

Why did you leave the door open? Were you raised in a barn?

Growing up I heard this phrase all the time when I would leave the door open. Kids are always running in and out of the house during the summer and constantly forget to shut the door behind them. Don’t waste money trying to cool your house while these doors are open.

Don’t worry, there is a smart solution that can help you. With Alarm.com’s auto-setback feature your home will know when an outside door is left open and will adjust your thermostat temperature up. Then when the door is shut again the temperature will go back down and your home can cool off efficiently.

Don’t Do the Impossible

During the hottest of summer days, it can be nearly impossible to keep your home in the mid to low 70s. The lower you want the temperature in your home, the harder your AC unit has to work. If you would like, on those days that are 95 degrees or hotter your system can stay just a few degrees higher saving you tons of money on your electrical bill. Even though your home is a few degrees warmer than normal you will hardly even notice the difference since it will still be much cooler then it is outside. When it cools off at night the system knows and will adjust your thermostat back to its normal level. 

More Ways to Save

With additional smart home devices like lighting control and appliance modules you can save even more on your monthly bills. Smart lighting can even be set up to know when you are in the room and when you are not so the lights can turn on and off automatically. Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information on ways you can add smart home solutions to your home.

 

Total Home Automation is Just a Button Press Away

Over the past couple of years there has been a rapidly growing trend of wearable smart devices. People are wanting access to the hundreds of thousands of apps they can download to their phone quicker and so the smart watch was developed. Forbes estimates the in the year 2019, 245 million smart watches will ship to people around the world.

With this new technology and the home automation industry expecting to hit 58 billion in 2020, you better believe that home automation companies like Control4 have developed apps so you can have total control of your home right from your wrist, no matter where you are in the world.

A Deeper Looking into Smart Watches and Smart Homes

 

Control4 quickly noticed the trend of smart watches and developed an easy-to-use app that gives you control over the most important things in your house. So what exactly does the Control4 Andriod, and Apple apps do?

One of the coolest features of the Control4 app is its ability to have custom actions programmed into it. This means that you can set custom lighting scenes, the ability to turn on the TV and select your favorite station, or just turn on the music to a certain level throughout your house. Frankly the possibilities are endless.

The next button that you will find on the app is Media. This single button gives you full control over the audio and video sources in every room. This means that you can change the channel, skip to the next track or adjust the volume. Pretty cool if you ask me…

The third button on the app is, Thermostat. This button allows you to control not one but all the thermostats in your home. Now you can set the temperature in your home from even the comfort of your bed.

Is that all? Nope. The following and last button on is Security. You can check and make sure your front door is locked when you are away from home or even open and close the garage door.

But wait there is more… You can not only control all of these features while you are home but also from anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in finding out more about these features or Control4 as a whole, please feel free to contact us. We are always happy to answer any questions that come up.

 

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Smart Solutions to Simplify Your Life.

Home automation is now simplifying people’s daily lives and does tasks that used to require human intervention. You may be asking yourself right now how exactly can automation simplify your life and that is what I am here to tell you.

 

Saving Time and Money

Energy management is becoming a growing trend in today’s homes. Energy efficient homes not only help reduce carbon emissions, which is good for the environment, but it also saves you money every month on your power bill. Through Control4 you can control anything from smart lighting you’re your thermostats, or even control all those media devices like your TV or cable box.

Let’s take a look at the smart thermostat… First generation smart thermostats required you to program in specific times that you wanted to have the thermostat either set to a higher temperature when you were away or a lower temperature to cool off your house when you are home. The problem with this is, what if you go on vacation or come home early from work? Your thermostat will run at the predetermined times and you will either be losing money when you are not home or be uncomfortable in your home when you come home early. Today thermostats have become much more advanced. Now you can have occupancy sensors can intelligently know when you are home. For example, when your security system is armed to away you can have it execute an away scene. Energy sensing devices and motion sensors can also be used to monitor when you are home. Just in-case you ever want to adjust the thermostat on the fly you can do it from your smart phone or watch.

 

Smart lighting is another way you can save on your energy use. Smart lighting scenes be executed to go into an all off scene when you are away so you never have to worry about forgetting to shut off the lights again. Occupancy sensors can also be used to sense when you enter and leave a room so your lights will not be left on all day in those rooms that you are only in for a short period of time. In addition to these smart lighting scenes you can also set your lights to only go up to 75% brightness. Studies have shown that there is such a small difference in how bright that will make the room and most people cannot even tell there is a difference in the brightness.

Smart and More Secure Homes

Automation is also now making for smarter and more secure homes. In the past most people just protected their homes with a security system and some even used cameras. The problem with this is that burglars can tell when you are away from home because there is no activity in the house. With the smarter more secure systems that are out today you can create active lighting patterns to make is seem like you are home. Your shade control and TV’s can also be joined to these scenes to give your home a more lived-in feel.

Cameras can now be integrated to your smart home systems so you and/or your monitoring company can view your cameras remotely. This reduces false alarms because you can make a more informed decision on whether or not to dispatch the police.

Smart locks can also be added to your systems as well. This allows you to create certain times that people can access your home or even one-time user codes. These codes are great to give to your dog walker or house keeper that are only supposed to be in your home at specific times.

Wrap Up

These are just a few of the ways that smart home technology can simplify your life and save you money. If you would like to talk in more detail about what a Control4 home automation system can do for you, please feel free to give us a call. We would be more than happy to come out to your home for a free home assessment

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Is getting a “smart home”…smart?

 

I remember years ago there was a movie that came out about a family who got to move into a fully automated dream home. This house did everything from cleaning, cooking and even played with the dog. Are you feeling like a mango and banana smoothie for breakfast? This house would have you covered and you could just sit back and enjoy without having to do the work. While technology has come a long way over the last 15 years…we aren’t exactly there yet. However the capabilities you CAN have for your home are amazing and can help make life a little easier, safer, and even a bit more fun! Plus it’s more affordable now than ever. What used to be an option only for the wealthy is now found in homes across America.

Alarm.com allows you to not only interact with your security system from your smart phone or tablet, but can also control everything in your home from lighting, televisions, audio equipment, air conditioning, and more. We all know the feeling of worry and questions that run through our mind when we are away from the house…

-Did I remember to arm the system before we rushed out the door?

                (Just check the virtual keypad on your phone. It allows you to arm and disarm your system remotely. There is no more need to give out your code to a babysitter or housekeeper. Just swipe to disarm the system when they arrive and arm it again when they have left.)

-Did Mia get home safe from soccer practice?

                (Motion activated cameras can show you when the kids arrive at the front door)

 

-Did I remember to shut off the lights?

                (Turn your lights on and off as needed with just a swipe of your finger on your phone.)

 

-Is the babysitter doing a good job keeping an eye on the kids?

                (Just check on one of your live streaming cameras in the play room)

-Did we leave the air conditioning down low when we left for the vacation?

                (Turn the temperature up and down as needed, even when you are away. You can also get text alerts in conjunction with temperature or water sensors to help alert you in case of a flood or fire)

 

All of these questions and more can be answered with the help of Total Connect 2.0. Call our office today to learn more about what’s smart about making your home smart! 877-532-SAFE

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