Greensboro Home Security - (336) 790-5723 - AlarmAlert
Greensboro Home Security and Automation Basics:
What Can Be Automated?
Lights: One of the elements most often controlled by a home automation
system is lighting but this is not limited to indoors. Systems can control
landscape lights, motion sensors, even pool lights. Once automated, you can
set specific brightness levels, times when the lights go on/off or trigger them
with specific events (example: “When I get home from work, light me a path
to the beer fridge …”). Lights can be grouped together to form scenes such as
“all lights on for a panic situation” or “turn off everything when I want to go
to bed.” Wall light switches are typically replaced with a home automation
switch while lamps and other plug-in lights have a unit that sits between the
plug and the outlet.
Audio/Visual: This, I would consider, is the second most popular element to
automate. How many of us have four or more remotes and hate switching
back or forth? Combining remotes is a simple form of home automation and
can often be done with a trip to a local electronics store. The real pay off is
centralizing gear. Placing cable, receivers and even media players in the
basement saves space in your living space and opens the possibilities to
routing the same source video feed to multiple rooms in the house. This is
what bars do for watching the same game on many different TVs.
HVAC or Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning: Automating these
devices starts getting into energy saving (lights, to some extent, do too).
Most modern thermostats allow you to set programs to conserve energy
while you are at work or asleep. You can make those programs smarter by
triggering them to events (example: “Turn-up the heat when I open the
garage door.”). Units like Nest allow you to monitor your energy usage over
long periods of time and log-in to your home’s HVAC from on the road via
Security/Access: Homes can be a scary place when it’s late or loved ones are
away. Security systems help with that and can be tied into systems. More and
more security companies are offering packages that tie into an existing home
automation system and some are even offering their own home automation
package. Some systems will allow you to log-in to your system from the road
to check out security cameras or to open doors for friends to water plants or
get mail. Or if you can’t tear yourself away from the TV, just push the button
on your phone and Mr. Pizza Man can let himself in. It is delivery, after all.
Power Consumption: While this can be done on a small scale with devices
like the Kill A Watt, they also make centralized systems that tie into your
computer or home automation system to track your whole house. These
systems get pricey fast but the money saved in monitoring your usage could
pay it back in a few years. Some cities are installing digital power meters that
can be accessed, with a little bit of third party hardware, as well.
Greensboro Home Security - (336) 790-5723 - AlarmAlert
Smart Home Technology Available in Greensboro NC Area
Smart home technology available in Greensboro NC areas; AlarmAlert
makes home automation easy.
AlarmAlert can make Greensboro homes ready for smart-home technology to
automate & secure homes via mobile devices.
AlarmAlert announced an expansion of its home automation service to
communities in Guilford and Forsyth Counties, this makes the smart home
security technology available in all the Triad.
AlarmAlert's system uses a broadband connection and touch-screen pad to
give homeowners control, from virtually anywhere in the world, to turn lights
on and off, adjust temperatures or security settings, and keep a watchful eye
on the front porch or garage door.
The Controller operates through a secure wireless network in homes
connected to high-speed Internet service. The home automation features such
as live cameras, thermostat controls, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors,
motion sensors and security alerts are customized to each home and can be
controlled with smartphones, tablets and Web browsers.
"The always-connected home is no longer a futuristic gimmick or something
out of 'The Jetsons,'" said AlarmAlert President Gary Hedrick. "What we're
showing our customers today is that AlarmAlert's network brings a
tremendous asset to communities and neighborhoods. Customers can flex
their home security muscles to run their homes more efficiently, with new
home automation technology to take care of what's most important to them."
"And this automation is certainly not limited to country club neighborhoods.
Recent improvements in smart home technology have lowered costs, making
this an affordable and more mainstream service that is as valuable to a family
in High Point or Thomasville as it is to homeowners in larger cities."
Hedrick explained that AlarmAlert customers simply tap an icon on their
smartphones or tablets to remotely set thermostats or turn lights on or off.
Even more popular, he said, are monitoring features such as those that
provide alerts every time a door is opened. "Do you wonder if your kids
returned from school at 3:30 pm? Your control pad can keep a log of every
time a door is opened, and a camera can be used to deliver real-time images
to let you see who has come in or out."
"Our goal is to build safer, smarter homes, one house at a time, and give our
customers a best-in-class experience that is simple and easy to use".
The service requires Internet service and is available at various price levels.
Security features connect to UL-certified emergency response centers where
licensed professionals monitor and respond to alarms 24 hours a day.
Be smart - be safe.
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