Between turkeys, guests and kids, hosting Thanksgiving at home can get a little hectic.
The good news is that your SmartWired-powered smart home security system has some helpful tricks that can make things easier.
Here are three that you should consider setting up before Thanksgiving Day.
1: Open your door, save energy
From last-minute shopping runs to welcoming visitors, you’ll be opening your front door a lot during the holiday. When your heating is running at the same time, you can end up paying to ‘heat the neighborhood.’
If you have a SmartWired Smart Thermostat, now is the time to activate the ‘auto set-back’ feature. When your front door’s contact sensor detects that your door is open for a long time, your thermostat will automatically set back to save energy and protect your heating bill. As soon as you close the door, it starts up again.
2: Give guests anytime access
Are you hosting family members for several nights? As part of their welcome, give them their very own code to your front door.
Unique user codes let your guests come and go as they please, with no need for a spare key. They can also trigger a smartphone alert every time it’s used. This is great if you’re away from home and want to know who’s coming and going.
User codes are easy to set up in your mobile app, and come with the option of automatically expiring on a set date. Note: this is for your convenience, not for hinting that your guests have overstayed 😉
3: Get proactive protection from fire danger
Between log fires and deep fryers, Thanksgiving Day typically sees an increase in house fires across the country. As well as being extra-mindful on the day, make sure that your home is protected in advance.
SmartWired-powered smart smoke detectors don’t just warn you about a fire: they proactively alert your monitoring station, who dispatch your local fire department. If you don’t have smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed yet, now is a good time to talk to us at SmartWired about adding them.
We hope you have a happy, safe and smart Thanksgiving!
Saving energy at home should be simple. With a SmartWired Thermostat, it is.
The thermostat lets you save energy simply, with no guesswork, complexity or inconvenience necessary. In fact, you’ll barely notice… except when it comes to your power bill.
Fully integrated into your Smart Home Security system, it can do more than other smart thermostats. That’s because it has more information about what’s going on inside and outside your home, enabling it to take smarter actions that give you the perfect balance of energy savings and comfort.
It learns from all the triggers in your security system
While standalone thermostats use a single motion detector to ‘learn’ your ideal heating and cooling schedule, ours has access to every sensor in your security system. Instead of guessing what’s happening based on a single room, it takes real cues from your security panel, the motion sensors throughout your house, your door and window sensors and more.
It cares about which room you’re in
Using wireless temperature sensors, our Smart Thermostat delivers precision comfort to the rooms where you spend your time. Simply place these tiny devices around your home, and optimize your home’s temperature for comfort in specific rooms. Create a multi-sensor schedule for precision comfort throughout the day, or average your overall temperature between different sensors.
It reacts to your location in real-time
Learning isn’t everything. After all, your own schedule changes from day to day. Our smart thermostat reacts by using real-time data to adapt quickly to changes in your routine. One example is Geo-Services. If you’re on your way home early, for example, our location automation feature will set the thermostat forward out of ‘savings mode’ to cool your house to the perfect temperature.
It saves as soon as you leave home
Our Smart Thermostat knows right away when you leave home, thanks to your security panel’s status and Geo-Services. While standalone thermostats are still wondering why there’s no motion in their room any more, ours is setting back to an energy-saving temperature before you’re even in the car.
It saves when you open a window
A big cause of wasted energy is running your AC with an outside door or window open – a problem that standalone thermostats can’t address. Our thermostat knows if you’re ‘cooling the neighborhood’ thanks to your door or window sensors, and will set back automatically to save energy until you close the door.
It even knows what’s happening outside.
With access to real-time weather data, our Smart Thermostat can even adjust automatically on extremely hot or cold days to take an additional bite out of your energy bills. It’s also compatible with ‘demand response’ programs from utility companies, making you eligible for reduced rates if your electric company offers them.
It protects you from smoke and CO2
Because it’s connected to your security system, our thermostat can even help safeguard you from environmental threats like smoke and carbon monoxide.In the event of your connected smoke / CO sensor detecting either hazard, our thermostat instantly shuts your HVAC down, minimizing the chance of toxic gas or damaging smoke circulating through your home.
It’s completely integrated with your Smart Home
Our Smart Thermostat is the first thermostat built specifically for the Smart Home. It’s integrated fully into our smartphone app, letting you control your temperature alongside your security panel, lights, locks, garage door and more. Behind the scenes, the Alarm.com platform – a cloud technology connecting millions of homes – enables intelligent savings, new feature updates and security-grade reliability.
Looking for a new project to start this weekend? It’s good to find things that keep you and your family busy. Spending unprecedented amounts of time at home can drive you stir-crazy, and getting things done is a great antidote to stress and worries.
However, starting the wrong project can lead to a half-finished bathroom or worse. Quick and do-able is the order of the day, especially if you’re extra busy during the week. Our suggestion: give your home a security and safety tune-up.
It’s an easy weekend activity that will keep you active, improve your home in the long run, and give you peace of mind that your home and family are safer.
Not sure what a home security overhaul looks like? Here’s a list of essential tasks.
1: Create an emergency action plan for your family
If a fire broke out in your home, would everyone know what to do? Create a simple plan for emergencies to sure that they will. A good emergency plan includes:
Where to meet in an emergency, and how to get there.
Roles and responsibilities. For example, who dials for help?
How to navigate specific hazards, such as smoke.
Emergency contacts: who else will you alert?
Create, then practice different versions of your plan for a fire, a break-in and an extreme weather event. The Red Cross recommends that you practice twice a year.
If you’re a SmartWired user, it’s easy to add a family member to your alerts as an emergency contact. And with professional monitoring, you won’t need to worry about dialing 911.
2: Prioritize yard tasks with security benefits
Take advantage of the spring weather to inspect your hedges, bushes and trees for security hazards. You’re looking for potential hiding spots that give intruders a place to lurk. Trim these areas until you have a direct line of sight to the street. Ideally, anyone in your front yard should be visible to you, your neighbors, and passersby.
3: Connect with your neighbors on security
Home security extends beyond your home. Teaming up with neighbors is one of America’s top home security measures, and it’s easy to connect with neighbors digitally when you can’t meet in person.
Your neighbors can keep you informed about suspicious activity in the neighborhood and watch your home when you’re away. If you’re new in town, follow these neighborhood security tips to get started.
4: Give your home security technology an audit
Is your current security system out of date and difficult to use? Spend some time researching smart home security; it’s the easiest way to protect your home. A good modern security system will include:
A mobile app to control everything, see what’s going on, and stay connected to home.
Professional monitoring for emergencies.
The ability to add security devices like outdoor cameras, doorbell cameras, and smart locks.
SmartWired-powered security systems include all of the above and more, with expert support at every step. Take the time to find a system that suits your family’s needs.
5: Show intruders they’re not welcome
Already have a SmartWired-powered security system? Excellent work. But will an intruder know?
Burglars tend to take the path of least resistance and typically avoid homes with security systems. The more visible your system is, the more you’ll benefit. This means making sure that your yard signs are front and center. Adding an outdoor security camera helps too.
Don’t have a yard sign for your system? Contact us, and ask to drop one off.
6: Get your lighting in shape for summer
You won’t always be at home—but you’ll always want potential intruders to think that you are. That’s why smart lights are an outdoor security essential. Ask about motion-triggered and automated lights. They’re easy to add to your security system, and ensure that intruders won’t be able to hide in the dark.
For extra deterrence, ask about SmartWired’s video analytics. This technology allows your security cameras to distinguish people from animals and vehicles, and trigger your outdoor lights accordingly.
7: Educate your kids on safety at home
We teach our kids to stay safe in the outside world. You should also teach safety at home—especially to older kids who want to stay home alone when you’re out. Your kids should know:
Never to post on social media that they’re home alone
Never to answer the door to strangers
How to lock up and arm the security system
What to do if they smell smoke or discover an emergency
8: Set up new alerts for home safety
SmartWired’s smartphone alerts help you stay one step ahead of danger. To enhance your safety at home, set up the following:
Geo-Services reminders: When you don’t leave home as often, it’s easy to make home security mistakes like forgetting to lock the door when you do. Our Geo-Services reminders use your location to alert you if you leave home with your security system disarmed or your door unlocked, so that you can secure the house remotely.
Contact sensor alerts: If your kids are exploring the house more than usual, setting up alerts for doors and windows will let you know if they go places they aren’t supposed to, or leave entry points to your home unsecured.
Unexpected Activity: These alerts look out for your family by letting you know when something happens that doesn’t match your home’s everyday activity patterns.
9: Inspect your security and safety devices
Did you test your smoke detectors when the clocks changed this spring? If not, now is the time.
Giving your home security and safety devices a quick inspection every few months helps to ensure that they’ll always be ready when you need them. Test your smoke detectors and clean your security cameras, using your mobile app’s live feeds to make sure their angles are correct.
For additional peace of mind, set up a low battery alert for your SmartWired-powered smoke detectors. Next time you need to change your batteries, you’ll know in advance.
10: Give your SmartWired account a security audit
When you use smart technology to keep your home secure, it’s extra important to prevent unauthorized access to your account and mobile app.
When you’re done tuning up your physical security, take a few minutes to double-check your digital home security too. Changing passwords, and creating 2-factor logins are great places to start.
Need a smarter home security system?
Protecting your home with SmartWired is easy. SmartWired includes some of the biggest home security brands and local smart home security experts.
They’ll help you figure out what you need, and they’ll support you all the way.
There’s you and your partner. And your kids need their keys after school.
Then there’s your neighbor. He walks your dog when you’re away, although you used a pet-sitter last vacation because he was out of town. Should your babysitter have a key? Maybe. If your plumber had a key, you could have saved a half-day of vacation last week, but you can’t just hand keys out and you know better than to keep one under a rock. Did the pet-sitter ever return that key? Your son left his keys on the bus and he needs it.
Keys are a headache. SmartWired’s user codes are the cure.
User codes are simple four or six-digit codes that open your SmartWired-powered smart lock and disarm your smart security system. They make access easy, keep your home more secure, and protect your peace of mind by keeping you in the know. How do user codes make life easier?
1: They’re a smarter way to give access
It’s simple to set up a unique code for each member of your family.
For non-family members, user codes are easy to customize for limited access. For your dog-walker, you can set up a code that works only on weekdays between 12:00 and 2:00pm. A one-day user code will let a contractor in today, but not tomorrow.
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2: Access alerts give you peace of mind
Once everyone has their own code, SmartWired can let you know who’s coming and going. You can get a text alert when the dog-walker arrives, or a daily video clip of your kids coming home from school.
3: It’s smarter for security
User codes and smart locks eliminate many of the security risks and costs that come with spare keys. Unlike a key, a user code can’t be dropped, mislaid or left in the door. If your kids forget their codes, there’s always the doorbell camera.
And, should you ever suspect a code has been shared, stolen or misused, you can open your mobile app and delete it, fully restoring your front door’s security with no locksmiths necessary.
How do I get started with user codes?
User codes and smart locks are part of the professionally delivered, smarter home security experience that you get with SmartWired. Our technicians install a wide range of best-in-breed smart locks, fully integrated with your smart security system and controlled with your mobile app.
With the holidays over, we’re into the longest months of winter, dampening the mood with cold weather and dark nights. It’s a challenging time for all, and—depending on the climate where you live—winter can bring a number of homeownership challenges.
As you hunker down for the next few months, consider how you’ll protect your home this winter, and how your home might be able to protect you. With professionally installed SmartWired technology, you’ll always have the solution at hand.
Take the heat out of your winter heating bill
Making your home cozy during the winter months tends to drive up the heating bills, but there are smart ways to keep them down. Our smart thermostat helps maximize energy efficiency with automatic savings based on whether you’re home or not.
For comfort throughout your home, wireless temperature sensors placed in different rooms can take command of the thermostat at different times. Maybe it’s a comfortable 72 on lower floors but too warm at 76 degrees upstairs. When you’re heading upstairs to bed, you can tell your smart thermostat to optimize your home’s temperature until the bedroom sensor registers 72.
Don’t wait for a winter washout to happen
If a pipe does freeze and burst, our water protection technology can minimize the damage. When a water sensor or your Smart Water Valve+Meter detects a leak, the solution alerts you and shuts off your home’s water supply automatically if you’re away. For peace of mind on winter water issues, it’s the ideal solution.
Let your home defend you on dark evenings
Arriving home on a winter evening when the lights are all off is disconcerting, so automate your smart lights to turn on automatically as you arrive home.
Smart lights can also give deter potential intruders by giving the impression that you’re home. With SmartWired, you can have your lights turn on when there’s a person or vehicle outside, but not when it’s just a passing deer. Our video analytics can spot the difference.
Don’t go it alone on fire and carbon monoxide safety
The perfect cold, winter night might include sitting by a crackling fireplace with a warm drink in hand. It’s even better when you can head to bed afterwards without feeling anxious about fire or smoke hazards.
If your smoke detectors detect a fire or carbon monoxide leak in the night, your system will turn on your lights to ensure a safe exit, shut down your HVAC system to prevent ash and fumes from spreading, and alert your monitoring station to call your local 911 dispatcher for you.
Want SmartWired for your home?
For total protection from winter worries and whatever 2021 might bring, there’s no smarter choice. Discover a new sense of security this year by connecting with a service provider today. To get started, click here.
How close have your home’s water pipes come to freezing this winter?
Not sure? That’s understandable—after all, pipes tend to be out of sight and out of mind.
Until there’s a big freeze, that is. That’s when thousands of homeowners find themselves dealing with burst pipes and big cleanup bills. As pipes freeze up, the water inside expands as it turns to ice, splitting the pipe or causing joints to loosen. When the ice melts, the washout begins.
Mid-winter is prime-time for this expensive home repair emergency. If you don’t shut off your water supply quickly, cleanup costs can cascade into thousands of dollars.
The good news is that smart home security has a number of very smart, proactive safeguards to protect your home and your wallet from water damage.
1: Temperature Alerts
An Alarm.com-powered temperature sensor in your basement or crawlspace can give you early awareness of an imminent winter washout.
Connected wirelessly to your Alarm.com smart thermostat, this sensor can give you an instant temperature reading via your Alarm.com app. It can also trigger a smartphone alert if the temperature drops to a dangerous low, giving you advance warning that you need to deploy a space heater or take other emergency measures.
2: Water Sensors
If a pipe does freeze and burst, you need to know as quickly as possible. An Alarm.com-powered water sensor is the tool for the job.
Installed on your basement or crawlspace floor, this sensor triggers a smartphone alert when it detects a leak, enabling you can spring into action and shut off your water supply. If you’re far from home, you can use your front door’s smart lock to let a trusted neighbor or plumber in to do the job.
3: Automatic Water Shutoff
The smartest solution of all is a proactive safeguard in which Alarm.com can automatically shut off your home’s water.
When a water sensor detects a leak, Alarm.com’s platform triggers a water shutoff valve attached to your water supply, immediately preventing further flooding. If you’re away from home often, or own a second home, this is the ideal water defense for your home and your peace of mind.
Want to pre-empt a winter washout?
With connected sensors, instant alerts and powerful home automation, Alarm.com is the smartest way to protect your home and family from winter weather and much more.
As a new year begins, it’s natural to start thinking about the usual New Year’s resolutions. Exercise more. Get better sleep. Eat healthier meals. Quit a bad habit.
What if you tried a different approach this year? After all, 2020 was a year of doing things differently. Your family worked at home, relaxed at home, learned at home, shopped at home and adapted your home to manage it all. You likely spotted the potential for a quick home improvement to help balance things.
So why not equip your home to help you achieve this year’s goals? With Alarm.com technology, it’s easy.
Finding balance means protecting your time
If finding more balance is on your resolutions list, prioritize the moments that matter. That means taking time back from busy-work and spending it on activities you enjoy.
Alarm.com gives you new ways to save time and energy throughout the day. You can put your home to work for you with automatic and intuitive security, lights, locks, heating and more.
Leaving home for a family activity? Just tap your app’s Away Scene to have your garage door close, lights turn off, thermostat adjust, and security system arm itself. When you return, Geo-Services ensures a warm welcome and a well-lit home, automatically.
Staying connected makes a difference
You may be seeing more of your loved ones at home, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re communicating more. It’s easy to get wrapped up in work, school, or other activities and forget to check in with each other. You can change that, though.
While you’re busy in the home office or out running errands, take a moment to check in with a two-way voice conversation through your video cameras. Even a short chat a few times a day can help you feel more connected.
Preparing for emergencies brings peace of mind
Spending more time at home this winter probably means you’re noticing home safety updates that you need to make, such as new smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. You can take care of those and much more with an updated, professionally installed home security system.
As well as knowing that everything works, you’ll enjoy total protection with smart home safeguards and professional monitoring. If there’s a fire or carbon monoxide leak, your thermostat will shut off for your safety, and your monitoring service will alert your local 911 dispatcher.
Resolve to look forward to something new
Be kind to yourself this year. After the trials and tribulations of 2020, we all need something to look forward to. Why not start planning a trip that you delayed in 2020, or find the class that you’ve been wanting to take? Maybe your family will grow, or you’ll start a new job.
Whatever the coming year has in store, you’ll be ready for it. And, with Alarm.com, so will your home.
To get started, click here. Happy New Year from SmartWired and the Alarm.com team!
When you choose a security system, protection for your home is just the start. Our technology extends the meaning of security to protect more of the things that matter: your family, your safety, your time, your budget—even your deliveries.
At CES this year, Alarm.com is introducing Wellcam™: the first smart home video solution designed to empower safer independent living.
Wellcam is a state-of-the-art smart security camera, two-way communications device, activity sensor and more. It’s installed in your loved one’s home, but it’s also integrated with your own home’s security system and smartphone app. Wellcam makes it easier to stay connected to your loved one, and extends many of your home’s smart security safeguards to their house.
If you’re one of the 35 million Americans who care for a family member aged over 50, Wellcam can help you. It’s an emergency safeguard and an early warning system. It’s also a fun way to say hello.
A family plan for smart home security
Adding Wellcam to your loved one’s home extends your own home’s blanket of Alarm.com protection and the peace of mind it brings.
Wellcam makes it easy to:
Check in with a two-way call: Wellcam’s call-out button lets your loved one easily initiate a hands-free call to your Alarm.com app without having to find or dial your number. When you want to contact them, a corresponding button in your app puts you straight through to Wellcam’s clear, high-quality speaker.
Check in visually: Wellcam’s 180-degree camera, with 1080p resolution and 6mp zoom, can cover a wide area like a kitchen or living room in high definition.
If you don’t have time to talk, but need to quickly verify that everything is okay, Wellcam makes it easy to check in in real time. If you’re using Wellcam to monitor a specific area of the home, like the hallway or front door area, video alerts can show you important activity as it happens.
Stay in the know: While traditional independent living solutions like Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) are designed for emergencies, Wellcam—like our broader Wellness solution—helps you intervene before a problem becomes an emergency.
As well as giving you a clear view of things, Wellcam is also an activity sensor for Alarm.com’s smart home platform, which learns activity patterns and alerts you when they change.
By keeping you in the know with activity charts, daily highlights summaries and proactive alerts when things change, Alarm.com can keep you one step ahead of emerging quality-of-life issues so that you can take action.
Want to know more about our Wellness solutions?
Our Wellness technology empowers smarter, safer independent living with a 24/7 safety net of proactive safeguards for your loved one, including new Wellness Insights enhancements that use predictive analytics to monitor quality of life, learn activity patterns and quickly detect changes in routines.
Smart video monitoring is a modern security essential. With video alerts, live camera feeds and 24-hour recording options, video makes it easy to stay in the know about important activity at your home or business.
With our video analytics service, it can be even more valuable.
Video analytics is a highly intelligent security feature that monitors your property’s video streams to distinguish important events from routine activity. It uses this real-time insight to filter and categorize your video alerts, giving your video monitoring a new level of control, customization and value.
Video analytics uses cutting-edge artificial intelligence, developed by our computer vision research team for home and business security. It can tell whether a moving object in your driveway is a person, an animal or a vehicle. It can ignore a person who quickly visits your front door and then leaves (the mailman), but alert you if a visitor lingers too long in the same place. It makes these distinctions in real time before alerting you—or not—according to your preferences.
Video analytics also lets you create virtual “zones” and multi-directional “tripwires” for your cameras, enabling it to further categorize activity based on the layout of your home or business and the areas you need to protect. You can know when:
Vehicles come and go: Know when a vehicle stops outside your home, but not every time a vehicle drives past.
Visitors linger: Get a video alert if someone lingers by your front door, but not when the mail is delivered.
Pets break the rules: Know if your pet breaks the rules to nap on the couch when you’re at work—or if your neighbor’s dog pays an unwelcome visit to your lawn.
Video analytics is the latest in a line of proactive, intelligent safeguards developed by Alarm.com to keep your home or business safer, including Crash and Smash protection, Unexpected Activity Alerts and Geo-Services triggers.
If you’re interested in activating video analytics, contact us here to learn about camera and service plan options.
You’ve waited all year for this vacation. You’ve planned, dreamed, saved and packed. Finally, it’s the big day. Everyone’s excited except the dog (he’s sad) as you buckle up and hit the open road. In the rear-view mirror, your worries fade into the distance.
You closed the garage, right?
There are some worries that just love to show up when you’re miles from home. Did I leave a window open? Will our pet-sitter visit every morning and evening as arranged? Would a burglar know that our house is empty?
There’s no leaving these worries behind—but you can make them go away.
Smart Home Security is a new way to take care of things at home and enjoy your vacation more. Next time you travel, all you’ll need is your phone—plus the Alarm.com app—to stop these five worries in their tracks:
1: Home security worries
With our technology protecting your home, you don’t have to wonder if you closed the garage, locked the front door or turned the alarm on. If you forget, our app lets you know—and there’s no need to turn around.
You’ll also enjoy the certainty of professional security monitoring: an essential safeguard for travelers. If a burglar targets your home, our monitoring station turn alerts your local police department for you.
2: Pet worries
Will your pet-sitter remember to visit? How will you know? And what if they can’t get in?
No worries: just set your sitter up with a temporary user code. This code unlocks your door and can generate a confirmation alert when your sitter uses it. Should they lose the code, you can always unlock the door with your phone.
If you’re wondering how your pets are doing, meanwhile (or just missing them), our indoor security cameras make it easy to check in and say hello.
3: Package Theft Worries
Concerned about your online shopping being left on the doorstep while you vacation? You should be: as well as being a target for thieves, it indicates that no one’s home.
With Alarm.com, it’s easy. Simply open your app when your doorbell camera alerts you, verify your driver with one-way video and a quick conversation, then unlock your front door. Once they’ve left your package inside, you can lock up again and relax.
4: House Worries
When you’re home, small problems with your house are easy to spot and deal with. Leave home for a week, though, and a tiny leak in your washing machine hose can become a flood. An open window can cause your AC to run at full steam for 168 hours.
With Alarm.com standing guard, you can worry less. Water sensors let you know if you need to call an emergency plumber—they can even trigger a water shutoff. Your smart thermostat can set itself back until the window is closed. If your smoke detectors are activated, your monitoring station will know what to do.
5: Too-Much-Information Worries
Is there such thing as too much information about what’s happening at home? We think so—especially when you’re enjoying time away. You need to know if someone appears in your yard, but you don’t need the interruption of a video alert every time a deer wanders through.
It’s why we offer smarter, customizable security alerts, with intelligent analytics that filter out the stuff you don’t need to see. Take a look:
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