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Home Automation Keeping Your Home and Family Safe

home automation saves time & money

Home automation is no longer the wave of the future, home automation is now. You can control heating, cooling and even sprinkler systems remotely. Home entertainment systems and lighting can all be controlled with the touch of a button. Home automation systems are perfect for people who want more security or energy efficiency at home for their families and themselves.

Home Automation is Evolving

The majority of home automation systems evolved from home security systems, When the alarm was triggered an alert was sent to a monitoring center. A security company employee would call a designated number to verify the problem and... 

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12 Home Security Tips For Summer Safety

social media can affect home security

Summer is a special time of year where we spend more time outdoors and traveling for graduation, weddings and of course, the family vacation. These are all wonderful and in order to enjoy your memories even more, the home security tips shared here will let your relax and hopefully, avoid dealing with someone breaking into your house.

Wishing you a relaxing and memorable summer this year.

Home Security When Noone is Home Close doors, windows and other entry points when your home is empty, so now is a good time to make sure all locks are easy to operate by any family member. Don’t... 

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Add More Natural Light in Your House

lots of windows bring natural light indoors

When buying a house, you first notice the exterior curb appeal and windows are certainly part of your home’s exterior appeal. These same windows play a far more important role inside your home, bringing natural light indoors and enabling the exchange of indoor air with fresh air from outside. Homeowners often don’t recognize the importance of natural light because it’s not an object you see when you walk indoors – you don’t see sunlight the way you notice walls, windows or furniture.

General lighting sets a mood and creates an impression of the space you’re in. Maybe that’s why we prefer... 

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Stay Safe at Home this Summer

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Summer traditions include different activities like family barbeques outdoors, and paying attention to home safety is important. With these changes which include open fires and pools, it pays to review family safety rules with your children to reduce accidents and injuries that could lesson your enjoyment of this special time of year.

When you look at our home maintenance checklists, you’ll find that our lists always start with safety at home as your family is why you have a house, to enjoy day-after-day. While home maintenance might not be a lot of fun, it’s key to keeping family and guests safe... 

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Prevent Moisture, Mildew & Mold

It’s easy to take our water for granted, we just turn on the faucet or shower and we get all the water we want. We need water, but only in the right places. Standing water or high levels of humidity support the growth of mold and mildew which can cause trouble for your home and health problems for you and your family.

Molds and mildew are microscopic organisms that live wherever they can get food and water, i.e they’re living organisms like us. Even though we may have a negative association with mold and mildew, they do serve a purpose in... 

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Making Our Homes More Airtight

Many types of insulation to pick from

As energy costs rise, there’s a lot more focus on making our homes more airtight to reduce energy consumption.You can save money when your heating and air conditioning systems run less. At the same time you’ll need to use mechanical ventilation similar to your kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans, to remove stale air and replace it with fresh air from outside.

You’re going to start hearing more about Indoor Air Quality or IAQ. The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineering (ASHRAE) is the organization identified most often with respect to air quality. The first term you’ll want to get... 

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Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Winter arrives with or without snow and ice so it's time to fix those little things indoors

Like bears who hibernate through the winter, we tend to spend more time inside our homes during the winter months. We hope you were diligent in preparing your home for winter with our earlier checklist as this month we’re focusing on things inside your house, things we often forget about with the hustle and bustle of day-to-day living.

We’ve created this table so you can focus on a few things each week or month. Safety is always a top priority and then you want to protect your home by minimizing any potential water (read wood rot) damage. Then it’s time to... 

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Holiday Safety Tips

Don't forget safety when decorating or entertaining over the holidays

We love holidays and most of us try to do too much and that’s when things happen. If you don’t have enough time, pick half your decorations to put up and leave the others for next year. There aren’t any rules about how many decorations you need and if you’re worried about disappointing the kids, let everyone pick their favorite and while it might take a bit longer, make it family time to put their favorite decorations up together.

We want to help you have a relaxing and safe holiday so we’ve put together these tips for you. Just take a... 

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Tips to Stay Safe During Extreme Heat

Children love palying with water, especially when it's hot outside

Sometimes our kids are smarter than we are, like playing in cool water when it’s too hot to do anything else. With the extreme heat waves we’re having this summer, it’s hard to stay cool. Our bodies normally cool by sweating.  but if a person’s body temperature rises too quickly, there can be damage to the brain or other vital organs. Everyone must pay more attention to the heat and help others, as young children and older people aren’t always able to identify when they’re too hot.

The extreme heat we’re having means temperatures are significantly hotter than usual, along with... 

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Home Safety and Fire Prevention

Emergencies happen at any time. Prepare for fires now

October is fire prevention month so it makes sense to review some of the statistics around fires and the home.

More than 500,000 residential fires each year are serious enough to be reported to fire departments. 4,000 people die each year in home fires. 90 percent of residential fire deaths and injuries happen in one and two family houses/apartments. Property losses from these fires exceed 4 billion dollars annually. Residential Fires Down ~30% since 1980

The statistics aren’t great but there’s hope. The number of fires has decreased with more focus on fire safety along with products that are fire resistant. Smoke detectors... 

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