Control Your Home Security Now with Amazon Alexa

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The popular Amazon Alexa voice assistant has learned a new skill! Smithville Security customers who subscribe to Honeywell Total Connect® 2.0 services can now pair their home security system with their Amazon Alexa enabled devices.

Integration with Honeywell Total Connect® 2.0 allows you to ask Alexa to check the status of your security system or arm it. Total Connect® 2.0 works with any of the many internet-connected Alexa products. Simply subscribe to Total Connect® 2.0 from Smithville Security and Alexa will take it from there. For more info check out our reference guide for the pairing steps, as well as sample commands that work with Alexa.

Not yet a Total Connect® 2.0 subscriber? Call 800-742-4084 to turn on the Total Connect® feature for the low cost of $5 per month.

“Alexa. Ask Honeywell to Arm My System.”

Is your home safe? Just ask Alexa.

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To access Alexa’s skills, you need a smart speaker. The voice-controlled Amazon Echo Dot uses Alexa to do everyday tasks like ordering pizza, updating your shopping list, or controlling the smart devices around your home.

The Echo Dot is currently on sale for $39.99 (regularly $49.99) in-store and online at Technology Powered by Smithville.

 

Beat the Freeze! How to Secure Your Water Pipes with a Smart Wireless Flood Detector

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Seasonal cold weather creates stunning frozen beauty. It also brings with it the unfortunate possibility for water pipes to freeze, leak or burst. Now is the time to take action! Defend against such damage with a Honeywell 5800FLOOD detector. If you experience a pipe leak or burst, the Honeywell wireless device alerts you. Early notification coupled with action can mean no expensive calls to the restoration company!

Pairing the standalone Honeywell 5800FLOOD detector with the fully compatible Honeywell Total Connect Remote Services enables you to shut off your water valve when you are away or on vacation. The pairing also facilitates user alerts if flooding is detected so you can do something about the leak before water damage sets in. That means minimal damage for your home as a result of a timely alert!

Ideally suited for placement in bathrooms, laundry rooms, furnace rooms, basements or garages, the flood sensor operates with any wireless Honeywell alarm panel. The sensor reacts when one-fourth of an inch of water, about the size of a pencil eraser, presents itself.

When You Are Zealous about Understanding Z-Wave Requirement

I can turn off my water through my cell phone? What? Remotely turning off your water valve relies upon Z-Wave technology. Z-Wave is a standard guideline for wireless technology focused on connectivity within a smart home. Z-Wave operates on a radio frequency range. (Installation of a Z-Wave water shutoff valve by a certified plumber is highly recommended.) A Z-Wave water shutoff valve is nothing short of a sophisticated gadget that allows you to turn the water supply on or off remotely through a home automation system, all controlled remotely by your smartphone.

Quick and Reliable Response Time When Water Is Present

The wireless flood sensor reacts in under 22 seconds when water is present. That’s fast! Here’s a comparison: consider that three simple, popular acts like paying your credit card bill online, scheduling a haircut, or selecting your Fantasy Football lineup all take about the same amount of time as it takes the flood sensor to react.  

Flood Sensors Are Surprisingly Fast Like 3 Simple, Popular Acts

Pay Your Credit Card Bill Online Schedule a Haircut Select Your Fantasy Football Lineup

When outdoor temperatures drop and threaten possible water pipe leaks or bursts from freezing, the Honeywell 5800FLOOD offers serious peace of mind.  Call (800) 742-4084 to safeguard your home against water damage.

Protect Your Loved Ones with the Best Combination Smoke/CO Detector

Sleeping Baby

Fall ushers in cooler temperatures and the need to start your gas furnace. Or, perhaps you prefer to warm up with a fire in the wood-burning stove or fireplace. Either way, if you heat with an open flame, protect your loved ones from smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) hazards with the Industry’s only monitored, all-in-one wireless Honeywell 5800Combo detector.

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The Honeywell 5800Combo produces safety alerts that you can see and hear. It also defends against multiple home safety threats through the use of sophisticated sensors.

Helpful Safety Alerts That You Can See and Hear

Safety alerts from the 5800Combo specify practical and intuitive warnings even when suddenly awakened from a deep sleep.

  • Visual – dual colored LED lighting signals exactly what to do in case of an emergency. The detector emits a red light in smoke conditions and a blue light to indicate carbon monoxide.
  • Audible Voice Alerts – available in English or Spanish, directions are loud and clear. For instance, you will hear, “Warning, Smoke, Evacuate” or “Warning, Carbon Monoxide, Move to Fresh Air.”

4 Sensors That Offer and Improve Detection

The advanced sensors built into the detector enable quick reaction to immediate danger.

  • Photo-Electric Chamber – senses smoke particles in the air
  • Electro-Chemical Sensor – keeps an eye on the CO produced by slow smoldering flames
  • Infrared (IR) Flame Sensor – measures natural light levels and identifies specific flame shapes and types
  • Thermal Sensor – monitors the temperature  

Get peace of mind when you know your family and pets are safe. Call (800) 742-4084 to secure your home against the dangers of smoke and CO with the Honeywell 5800Combo detector.

Everybody Needs to Know about Improved Indoor Security Cameras

Indoor Security Cameras

Indoor Security Cameras: IPCAM-WIC1 – 720p and IPCAM-WIC2 – 1080p

Keeping Tabs on Your Loved Ones

Visually keep tabs on your loved ones and receive critical peace of mind while away from home. Picture these three commonly occurring scenarios due to improved technology with indoor security cameras.

  1. Peek in on your dog and talk to him when he continues to climb up on a piece of furniture that is off limits.
  2. If your aging dad needs to take his pills at a specific time of day, no problem. Monitor whether or not that occurs.
  3. Breathe a sigh of relief as you watch Mom navigate the stairs safely.

Improved high-definition indoor home security cameras like the IPCAM-WIC1 – 720p and the IPCAM-WIC2 – 1080p possess advanced features that offer the perfect security solution.   

Indoor Security Cameras Advanced Features Comparison

Description
IPCAM-WIC1 (720p)
IPCAM-WIC2 (1080p)
Field of View
The area that the camera sees

Diagonal angle view 135° and horizontal of 108°

Diagonal angle view 138° and horizontal of 110°

Digital Zoom
A closer view of far away objects

2 to 5X

4 to 6X

Motion Sensor
Motion detection with activity zones (defined living spaces such as the den or the baby’s room)

Two activity zones

Four activity zones

Two-Way Audio
Built-in microphone and speaker allows you to hear what’s going on and talk to the person or pet that you see via the camera

IR Range
The distance at which infrared cameras (IR) use video to capture low light and no light

Up to 16.5 ft

Up to 33 ft

Call (800) 742-4084 to get the latest in indoor home security cameras!

Honeywell Total Connect® 2.0 App Integrates Your Skybell Video Doorbell and Smart Lock

Smart Door Lock

Integrate your Skybell video doorbell and smart lock using the Honeywell Total Connect® 2.0 app. Integrating Skybell with the Total Connect app is easy and gives you control over your security – locks and Skybell features – all from one screen.

Smart Door Lock

Forgetting the house keys and being locked out of the house is a common challenge for many kids going back to school. A smart lock allows your kids to be key free and instead enter in a code at the door.

Honeywell Total Connect® 2.0 App

Unlock the door from your smart phone using the Honeywell Total Connect® 2.0 app. It’s an easy plan B if your kids draw a blank when attempting to enter the code for your smart lock. The Total Connect app integrates with other smart home devices, video cameras and security equipment to give you peace of mind and total control over your home.

Substantial Insurance Discounts for Security System Enabled Homes

Home Security Systems Result in Insurance Discounts

Former American editor-at-large of Vogue magazine André Leon Talley said, “I like the idea of being warm and secure. That’s what home should be.” A home security system keeps your family safe, reduces the cost of your home insurance and more.

Home security systems provide essential protection for your loved ones and your home.  They may also give you access to substantial home insurance discounts.  See the Infographic below for compelling statistics on how much you will typically receive off your home insurance premium with an installed and monitored security system and more.

Home Security Systems Infographic

For more information on insurance discounts received for installing home security systems, click here.

 

 

The Difference: Smithville Security vs. The Other Guys

Discovering the Best: Smithville Security

When it comes to security, you want the best.  Depend on Smithville Security for top rated local customer service, tech support, and certified installers to help you every step of the way.  See the Infographic below for a comparison of how Smithville Security stacks up to the competition.

Smithville Security vs The Other Guys

What’s Growing This Season? Smart Home Devices

Smart home Forecast 2019

The sheer volume of Smart devices available for purchase today can be dizzying to the most savvy consumer, thrilling to the gadget-minded early adopter, or fall anywhere on the spectrum between those extremes.  

Smart Home Devices to Boggle the Mind

Narrow that market down to Smart home devices and the list may still be mind-boggling:

  • Video Entertainment Devices (Smart TVs, digital media adapters, IP-connected video devices)
  • Home Monitoring / Security (door locks, cameras, moisture sensors, door bells)
  • Smart Speaker (virtual assistants like Alexa)
  • Lighting (connected lighting systems)
  • Thermostat
  • Other Smart Home Devices (appliances, sprinkler systems)

dizzying vs thrilling

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), significant growth is forecasted between now and 2022 for key types of Smart home devices.  For those of you who delight in data, see the What’s Growing This Season? Smart Home Devices Infographic.  It summarizes the IDC article based on both anticipated billion dollar growth, as well as compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) percentages.

Smart Speaker Stats Show Increase in Usage

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Dial it in further to Smart speakers alone and contemplate these two statistics from a recent article published by Contently.

30 percent

 

Americans are rapidly adopting and purchasing Smart speakers.  Andthose Smart speakers are disrupting the way we behave and spend our time.  Disrupting the way we behave and spend our time!  Fascinating!

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Park Associates reports a 66 percent year-over-year increase in purchase intentions for Smart home devices.  In another article by the same market research and consulting company, they cite household penetration of Smart speakers to reach 50-55% by 2021.  Did a picture of stormtrooper infiltration just pop into your mind?

Settle on a Smarter Home

Perhaps this information about the current and future state of Smart home devices is swirling around in your mind.  Maybe it is searching for a place to settle.  Hopefully, you feel more informed, even Smarter, about home devices compared to when you started reading this blog.  In any case, let us leave the topic on a lighter note with some wisdom from Dr. Seuss’ book Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, “With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.”

Home Security Do’s and Don’ts – Precautions to Take (and Not Take) When on Vacation

Getting ready for vacation can be a hectic, even stressful time.  Generally, once you have arrived at your destination, circumstances improve rapidly.  That said, there are some easy and effective actions that you can take (and not take) to boost the odds of your vacation going down in the books as positive.

Vacation Do’s to Set Your Mind at Ease
  • Explore the USPS Hold Mail option before you go on vacation
    • The United States Postal Service provides a Hold Mail service at no charge for many residences
      • Check availability for your address
      • If the service is available, select the dates for your mail to be held
  • Take advantage of vacation patrol checks by local police
    • Some communities offer free vacation security checks if you are going to be away from your home for an extended time
  • Use your vacation time to unplug from social media
  • Don’t worry – you can plug back in the second you slip into the driveway after your vacation
  • Alert your neighborhood watch group
  • Let your neighborhood contact know what dates you will be away so that your property will be under the care of watchful eyes

 

Annoying Your Friends?

A report compiled by Aviva discovered that three quarters of social media users experience irritation when their friends post vacation videos.  The report goes on to suggest that you may be the only one who is enthralled with your vacation photos. Yikes!

Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the data cited in the report, it’s worth taking note of the findings from a home security standpoint.  Keep the following don’ts in mind to maintain a secure home while vacationing.

Vacation Don’ts for Social Media

  • Post pictures on social media that make it obvious you are away from home
    • Feel free to post them the instant you return home
    • If you must post photos, disable the geotag option via your photo or phone settings
  • Tag fellow travelers on social media while you are away
  • Tag until your tank is full when you return to the homestead
  • Identify your location or use the Check in feature on Facebook
  • Providing an uber easy button for those who are up to no good is certainly not in your best interest

Join us at the BASCI Home Show and enter for a chance to WIN!

Come visit Smithville at the BASCI Bloomington Home Show on February 23-26th and sign up for a chance to win a Skybell video doorbell. (No purchase required.)

The Smithville booth (424-428) will have product demonstrations which will include security and automation, cellular, television, internet, and gadgets from our Technology by Smithville stores.

Smithville Media will also be on site to interview vendors and attendees.

 

Win a Skybell

Skybell video doorbell

So you can see who is at your door, whether you are away or at home. The HD video streams directly to your phone.

The Skybell is a $200.00 retail value and requires no further purchases or contracts. The winner will be drawn on the last day of the show.

$100 off Installation

Smithville Security will be displaying the Honeywell Lyric home automation and security system with add-on options. Come experience Honeywell’s Total Connect cameras, video doorbell, light modules, and thermostats.

If you sign up at the show and schedule a free, no-obligation home assessment within 60 days, you’ll receive $100 off your security installation.

The BASCI Bloomington Home Show is being held at The Warehouse, 1525 S. Rogers St, Bloomington, IN.

Event is being held on February 23-26th, 2017 with the following show hours:

Thursday – Opening night *Chamber After Hours Reception 5:30-7:30pm

Friday 2-8pm

Saturday 10 am – 6pm

Sunday 12-5 pm
Additional details can be found at: http://homeshowbloomington.org/

*Chamber Members and employees of Member Companies