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5 Reasons Security Systems are so Beneficial to Your Overall Health

Posted on March 27, 2018 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Safety. Peace. A sense of protection. These are all examples of how adding a security system to your home can help your overall health. We all want to feel safe and secure in our homes. We want to be able to sleep peacefully at night knowing we are protected. We also want to have the peace of mind that comes from knowing our families are protected. There are numerous ways to accomplish this task, and in this article, we go over just a few.


Augment your home automation setup with security and monitoring. You can monitor your home while you are away. You can set the temperatures in your home. You can unlock doors with the touch of a button or set your alarm if necessary. As a parent, there are times when you need a night out. An automated security system allows you to check on your home to see who might be in it and how your children and babysitter are doing right from your mobile device. By monitoring your security cameras every so often, you can rest assured that your children are safe and your home protected. This peace of mind allows you to relax and enjoy your evening away. This is also a great asset when you are away from your home for any length of time.  Having your security system set up to notify you and record when movement happens can help in case of a burglary and can also ensure that whomever you have checking on your home is doing so on a regular basis.


Lighting in the home can impact a person’s well-being on several levels. Homeowners with smart lighting integrated into the home security system have the option to regulate lighting in the home while away for an added sense of security.  The right lighting can also have a positive physiological effect since the human body requires lighting for a certain amount of time on a daily basis. According to the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, exposure to varied levels of lighting can affect a person’s risk of getting type 2 diabetes, cancer or high blood pressure. 

Peace of Mind

In having security monitoring in the home, people will find that they will enjoy greater peace of mind. You are far less likely to be stressed with a security system especially from a reputable service provider. You can sleep better at night with a home monitoring system protecting your residence whether you are home or away.


A home monitoring system with carbon monoxide monitoring prevents your home from being vulnerable to accidental poisoning due to a gas leak. From 2010 and 2015, 2,200 deaths were reported as a result of unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning. Some of the systems alert the authorities automatically if there is some carbon monoxide issue.  Additionally, having a system that can monitor humidity levels can reduce your vulnerability to home damage due to mold while you are away.

Sleep Habits

Better sleep is another benefit of having a security system for your home. You can control your light settings using automation. This automation helps you regulate your sleeping schedule so that you can sleep peacefully. You can upgrade your system to alternate between different light settings. As the evening winds down, you can program the light settings to adjust accordingly. You can achieve a much more restful night with such a system, and improve both your mental health, memory, and concentration capabilities.

Alternative Health Benefits

You can reduce your chances of getting the cold or the flu by better controlling the temperatures in your home. Some security monitoring systems allow you to program the temperature settings. The system can alert you to fluctuations in temperature, warning you if they fall above or below a certain level.

A 2007 study led by New York’s Mount Sinai Medical School found that that optimal temperatures improve your respiratory system’s ability to eliminate toxins. Lower temperatures cause the respiratory to work harder and lose its ability to remove contaminants from the system correctly. This is why some people have a harder time recovering from colds and respiratory illnesses.

In taking advantage of the programmable settings, your mental health and overall well-being can be positively impacted. You can automate settings within your security monitoring system and derive multiple benefits in doing so.

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5 Ways a Security System Can Improve Your Home

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (3)

Why should you install a home security system? Cost aside, there are many reasons, not least of which is the peace of mind you'll enjoy knowing that your home is as safe and secure as possible. Here are just a few of the benefits you should consider, all of which far outweigh the initial price tag.

1. It protects your valuables

Beginning with the most obvious, it is just a good idea to keep your most valued possessions safe -- and your home should indeed be counted among these, as it is likely the most significant investment you've ever made.

That beautiful necklace your husband bought for your anniversary is something you treasure. A security system will help keep it safe. The big-screen TV, the priceless flatware, and the confidence that comes from being secure are essential reasons to have a security system.

2. It helps keep crime rates low

Home security systems can prevent burglars and other criminals from achieving their ends, which translates into a lower crime rate for the neighborhood at large. This lower crime rate, in turn, makes the area seem more desirable for potential buyers, thereby increasing the value of your home.

Plus, you want your children to be able to play in the yard or at the park in safety. It is about protecting your family as they are what is most important. That security system can provide that sense of security that you are seeking.

3. It lowers your overall costs

Indeed, it costs money to install a security system. But most insurance companies provide lower premiums when a home has additional security, as this means the homeowners are less likely to make a claim. The reason they are less likely to make a claim is the risk that lead to claims is reduced with a security system. The security system protects you from burglars and potential vandalism or violence. It also can warn you of any flooding issues or a possible fire with that smoke detector.

4. It keeps you informed in case of emergency

Essential security devices such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are required in any home on the market. But other systems can alert residents to issues that aren't supported by primary insurance, such as water damage. While flood insurance is rarely required unless the home is located in a hazardous zone, flood sensors are for more than just flood detection. If the line breaks on your fridge water dispenser, the sensors will let you know before the water reaches a destructive level.

5. You can keep a closer eye on the kids

A surveillance camera allows you to not only keep an eye on what the kids are up to but also keep tabs on the babysitters. While young ones are likely to complain about an invasion of privacy, parents can rest easy knowing that their offspring are far less likely to engage in dangerous or reckless behavior if they know they're being monitored.

These are compelling reasons to protect your home, but they're only the beginning. Keep your most significant investment safe with the minimal additional cost of a home security system.

Don't stop at a security system when protecting your home.

In addition to having a security system in your home, we highly recomend having a Home Watch company that can respond to emergencies when the alarm is triggered.  Of course, first responders should always be the first people to report to an emergency and make sure the area is safe and secure, but if you are away and a break-in is discovered, they police will expect you to have the ability to secure the broken window, or whatever other actions are required.  Short of getting on a plane yourself, having a Home Watch Professional on retainer will allow the issue to be addressed and corrected quickly.  Keep in mind, first responders only respond to emergencies and a burst pipe in your home may not qualify as an emergency in their book.  Having a Home Watch professional on your side also means helping to mitigate any additional damage that can occur from a minor water leak that can turn into a major repair very quickly.

Don't wait, contact us for your Home Watch needs today!

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Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years

Posted on October 10, 2016 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The National Fire Prevention Association has announced that October 9 - 15, 2016 is Fire Prevention Week.  This year the focus is on educating people about their smoke detectors.  A recent study showed that "only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced."


Here is a reminder for you:  

  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

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To learn more from the NFPA, check out the NFPA Journal

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