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  1. The Ultimate Man Cave: Part 2

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    You have your location chosen, you’ve decided on your desired television display, now what? The next step in creating The Ultimate Man Cave is ensuring you have the perfect sound for your space.

     

    Sound systems are not “one size fits all.” You need a system set up that gives you the best sound for your particular space. That’s where Modern Systems comes in. Not only can we provide you with the perfect sound system, we can set it up in a way that utilizes the room’s full sound potential.

     

    If you have a larger space, surround sound may be your best option. With a 7.1 system, you will feel like the movies are coming alive around you. You can experience movies the way directors intended, listen to music as if you were in the venue and become emerged in games as if they were actually going on around you.
    In-wall and in-ceiling speakers keeps them out of view and allow surround sound in spaces that typically would not have much room allowance for multiple speakers.

     

     

    If your space is not very large and surround sound is not the best option, sound bars may be the best fit. A sound bar is a set of speakers that is mounted right below your flat screen that works best in small to medium sized rooms. With designs to work with all sizes, they provide much better sound than the tiny speakers built into your flat panel. Because flat panels are designed to be thin and sleek, there is not much room for decent speakers. Sure, it may look great, but with sub-par sound you cheat yourself and your guests out of what could be a wonderful cinematic experience. In order to have the Ultimate Man Cave, great sound becomes a vital necessity.

     

    Tune in for our next post where we will cover another important aspect of The Ultimate Man Cave, temperature and lighting control.
    Modern Systems has been serving Kentucky and surrounding states since 1979. We are on of the largest security companies in Kentucky of our kind. Not only can we help you secure your home with home security systems, we can make your home a Smart Home through Home Automation and Home Theater. We Serve Lexington, Bowling Green, Somerset, KY and surrounding areas.

     

     

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  2. Safety Tips For Women Living Alone

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    Female headed house holds are sometimes very specific crime targets. Because of this, we would like to provide women with solid home security advice.

     

    One of the most important safety rules is to have layered home security, including a security system, surveillance cameras, security signs and outdoor lighting. Having a security system does not have to break the bank. With Modern Systems, you can have a basic, yet reliable system installed for less than $200. Insurance companies often give discounts to those with a home security system making the cost of monitoring just cents a day.

     

    In addition to a home security package, women living alone should often consider the following safety measures:

     

    Schedule Service Visits Carefully

     

    When scheduling service visits and deliveries, single women should go a step further by also arranging for a friend or family member to be present. Most laborers are trustworthy but there are occasional reports of crimes traced to individulas recently doing work in the home. To minimize the risk of being victimized by a similar crime, it is important to arrange service visits for a time when another trusted adult can also be in the home.

     

    Door Intercom

     

    There have been crimes reported where a person knocking at the door disguised him or herself as a sales person or some other non-threatening stranger. Usually the goal is to determine whether someone is home, but there is that occasion when a criminal is not deterred by a women answering the door, especially if he believe she is alone. This is where a video intercom would come in handy. Instead of approaching the door to see who is there, you can use the video intercom to view the person there and communicate with them. With this type of device a criminal is not able to peer inside or develope a good sense as to whether or not anyone else is in the home. Most importantly, however, a person is not able to strong-arm his way past a woman and forcibly enter her home.

     

    Panic Button

     

    The ability to immediately call for help is priceless. Some systems aloow you to use the key pad, a light switch or have a wireless one that you can keep with you at all times.

     

    Date in Public

     
    A woman living alone should strictly avoid hosting a first date at home or even allowing a suitor to pick her up or escort her back home. Instead, hold the first few meeting in a public place that is well-lit. Doing so will reduce the risk of being burglarized while away, as well as significantly reduce the chances of a physical crime inside the home.

     

    Personal Protection

     

    Always keep personal protection items such as pepper spray, nearby and ready to ward off an attacker. These items can be kept in a purse, on a keychain, next to the bed and other key locations that are within reach thorughout the day. Used correctly, these items can cause the criminal to flee, or stun them long enough for you to get to safety.

     

    Door and Window Locks

     

    Keep doors and windows locked at all times. If you enjoy having a window open to let in fresh air, consider getting a lock that will only allow a window to open a certain amount. Make sure you have good locks on doors and windows that can not be easily tampered with.

     

    Following these tips can greatly reduce your chances of being burglarized or a victim of a physical crime. For information on security, camera and intercom systems, contact Modern Systems. A sales representative will be able to give a free, no obligation consultation and quote. 1-800-252-7664

     
     

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  3. Tips For Fire Escape Planning

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    Creating a fire escape plan is a great way to prepare for when tragedy strikes. When a smoke alarm sounds, you don’t have much time to get out of the home before you risk injuries or death due to smoke inhalation and fire. Having a plan in place and practicing it will help your family know how to react and evacuate quickly and safely. Here are a few tips in fire escape planning:

    • •Children as youngg as 3 years old can follow a fire escape plan they have practiced often. Yet, many families don’t have detailed escape plans, and those that do usually don’t practice them.
    • •Practicing a fire escape plan and fire-safe behaviors on a regular basis can mean the difference between life and death.
    • •Draw a basic diagram of your home, marking all windows and doors, and plan 2 routes of escape out of each room. Consider various fire scenarios when creating your plan and develop actions for a safe escape. Plan for each member of your family, including babies or toddlers who may be unable to escape on their own. Download a grid to create an escape plan. Click Here.
    • •Keep exits clear of debris and toys.
    • •Keep your child’s bedroom door closed. If a ahllway fire occurs, a closed door may hinder the smoke from over powering your baby or toddler, giving fire fighters extra time for rescue.
    • •Teach toddlers not to hide from fire fighters. Their uniforms can be scary in time of crisis. Teach children that fire fighters are there to help in an emergency. Take children for a tour at your local fire station so that they can see a fire fighter in full gear.
    • •Teach your children to crawl under smoke to reduce smoke inhalation.
    • •Teach your children how to touch closed doors to see if they are hot before opening. If so, use an alternate escape plan.
    • •Have a safe meeting place outside the home and teach children never to go back inside.

    Creating a fire escape plan helps prepare a child and lets them know how to respond in the event of a fire. Practice the plan as a family once a month. When you first create one, you may want to practice it a little more often until your children can remember it well, especially for small children and toddlers. Remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarm when you change time on your clock for daylight savings time, and to test the alarm regularly. Call us to learn how Modern Systems can help you. Ask a representative about our fire alarm systems.

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  4. Smoke Alarms Increase Your Chances For Safety– Information and Tips

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    Kentucky’s average fire death rate tied for the eighth highest in the U.S. A lounge fire in May 1977, which killed 165 people, accounted for the highest death toll in a Kentucky fire since 1899.

     

    Two-thirds of home fires that kill children under the age of 5 occur in homes without a working smoke alarm. Below are a few facts and tips about smoke alarms in the home.

    • • When fire breaks out, you have only seconds to escape its powerful heat, blinding smoke and deadly gases.
    • • Families can dramatically decrease their chances of surviving a fire simply by installing and maintaining working smoke alarms.
    • • Install and maintain smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside of sleeping areas. Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound
    • • Test your smoke alarms monthly and replace the batteries at least once a year.
    • • If you keep the door of your baby’s bedroom closed, keep a working smoke alarm in the room and use a baby monitor so you can hear when the alarm sounds.
    • • As soon as your children are old enough to understand, familiarize them with the sound of the smoke alarm.
    • • Teach your children that when a smoke alarm goes off, they must leave the home and go to the designated family meeting place outside.
    • • An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires, and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, both types of alarms or a combination alarm (photoelectric and ionization) should be installed in homes.
    • • Smoke alarms that include a recordable voice announcement in addition to the usual alarm sound, may be helpful in waking children through the use of a familiar voice.
    • • Smoke rises; install smoke alarms following manufacturer’s instructions high on a wall or on a ceiling. Save manufacturer’s instructions for testing and maintenance.
    • • If cooking fumes or steam sets off nuisance alarms, replace the alarm with an alarm that has a “hush” button. A “hush” button will reduce the alarm’s sensitivity for a short period of time.

    Modern Systems Inc. offers fire alarms along with security and entertainment. To learn more about how we can help you and your family have peace of mind, call us for a free, no obligation consultation and quote.

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  5. DIY Home Security Tips

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    By now I am sure you are aware of the many ways Modern Systems is able to help protect you, your family, home or business. Now what can you do to add even more protection? Let’s start with some DIY home security tips to get you going.

     

    Securing Doors And Windows

    • • It is important to have strong and solid doors for exterior entrances. Solid, heavy wood or metal doors are some of the strongest.
    • • Dead bolt locks offer added protection against a door being kicked in. Installing a door jamb brace will also aid in protection.
    • • Make sure you have non-removable hinges secured with screws around 3 inches long.
    • • Keep all doors and windows in your home locked when you are away.
    • • Treat all windows and sliding glass doors with glass protection film. This will help against them being broken for entry.
    • • Install anti-lift mechanisms to the interiors of windows that slide up and down, and insert a metal or wooden rod into the tracks of patio doors and windows that slide sideways.

     

    Landscaping For Home Security

    • • Keep bushes and hedges cut down around doors and windows. You do not want to give a potential burglar a place to hide.
    • • Consider planting bushes that are sharp or prickly around windows to keep someone from wanting to hide in them.
    • • Remember that every thing you plant could potentially become a hiding place for a burglar. Plan your landscaping accordingly.

     

    Lighting and Timers

    • • Having lights and a television on all of the time, day and night, can be a sign to any one watching that you are away. Instead, consider installing timers on your lights and tv or having a home automation system for control from anywhere in the world. Call a sales representative for more information on lighting and electronics control. 1-800-252-7664
    • • Add LED security motion lighting to the perimeter around your home.

     

    Make a plan to burglarize yourself. This way you can find all of the ways someone can enter your home. Look for hiding spots, areas where valuables are visible, and easy entrances to your home. There is no better way to completely protect your home than to understand what needs added security and protection.

     

    Installing a home security system will add another layer of protection to your home. Call a sales representative today for a free, no obligation consultation and quote. Modern Systems has been giving home owners in Lexington, KY, Bowling Green, KY , Somerset, KY and surrounding areas peace of mind since 1979. We are one of the largest home security companies in Kentucky and surrounding states.

     

     

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  6. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and How To Avoid It.

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    Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless and initially non irritating toxic gas produced by incomplete combustion in fuel burning devices. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that CO exposures and poisonings occur more often during the fall and winter, when people are more likely to use gas furnaces, heaters and generators in their homes. CDC statistics show more than 15,000 emergency room visits and nearly 500 deaths from unintentional, no-fire related CO poisoning each year.

     

    Persons with CO poisoning often overlook the symptoms (e.g., headache, nausea, dizziness, or confusion), and undetected exposure can be fatal. CO poisoning is often mistooken for a viral illness such as the flu because the symptoms are very similar.

     

    Sources of CO poisoning are: fires, vehicles left running in doors, faulty furnaces, generators, portable heaters, unventilated power equiptment, dryers, water heaters and other house hold appliances.

     

    You are probably asking yourself right now what you can do to protect you and your family form this silent killer. Here are a few tips to keep you safe.

    • •Have your heating system, water heater, and any other gas-, oil-, or coal-burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
    • •Install a battery-operated CO detector in your home and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall.
    • •If your CO detector sounds, evacuate your home immediately and telephone 911.
    • •Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseated.
    • •Do not use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline- or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement, or garage or near a window.
    • •Do not run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open.
    • •Do not burn anything in a stove or fireplace that is not vented.
    • •Do not heat your house with a gas oven.

    Did you know Modern Systems can not only provide you with a security system, but we can also install a CO detector. Coupled with Total Connect, you can receive alerts and text messages if an abnormal amount of CO is detected. We service Lexington, KY, Somerset, KY, Bowling Green, KY and all surrounding areas. Why wait? Call us today for a free no obligation consultation and quote from one of our highly trained Security Representatives.

     

     

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  7. Home Security Systems: Should I Have One?

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    If you have a family you want protected and/or valuables you want secure, the answer is a resounding yes! In this time of economic uncertainty and rising crime statistics, home safety and security is a top concern for most home owners.

     

    How Does a Home Security Alarm System Work?

    Security alarm systems usually include a combination of motion sensors and door and window contacts that connect to a home alarm device with keypad or touch screen controls. When the system is armed and active, the sensors and contacts will trigger the alarm if there is movement or if a door or window is opened. If the alarm is not immediately disarmed by punching in the correct code, the monitoring center is notified. In turn they will call you, and if needed, the police.

     

    Is It Worth The Cost?

    A security system is a proven deterrent for would-be burglars. In fact, a recent Rutgers University study found that the presence of residential burglar alarm systems actually decreases crime, making homes that have security alarms far less attractive to intruders.
    Peace of mind is another major benefit. The new features of systems make it possible to cover concerns beyond breaking and entering. It is now possible for your security system to alert you when your children arrive home from school, warn you of fires & carbon monoxide exposures, and even alert you to frozen pipes and potential plumbing disasters while out of town. Need another reason? Reduced insurance costs! Talk to your home insurance provider to find out what type of discount a security system will give you. With the insurance discount, the cost of monitoring goes down to just cents a day.

     

    Where Do I Start?

    Start by contacting Modern Systems. We have been in the business since 1979. Because we are locally owned and operated, we can offer you the best service and quick turn around time. After the initial call, we will send a system representative to your home (an appointment will be made at a time most convinient to you). Your representative will help put together the perfect system for you that works for your needs, home, and budget. This process leaves you under no-obligation to buy. You can then determine whether or not you are satisfied with what we can do for you, and if you are, then a contract will be signed and your new system will be installed quickly. Upon the completion of installation, your representative will meet with you again to train you on your new system. What are you waiting for? Call us today to schedule your no obligation consultation and quote.

    As one of the top Lexington alarm companies, we are able to deliver consistently great service and products and services for over 30 years. Not only do we do home security, we do commercial security as well. Now you have access to monitoring employees, preventing slip and fall fraud, controling lighting and temperature from anywhere in the world.

     

     

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  8. How To Protect Yourself and Family From Home Invasions

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    With upwards of 8,000+ home invasions happening every year in the United States, it is important to know how to protect yourself and your family, and how to secure your home to better resist becoming a victim.

     

    There is a difference between a burglary and a home invasion. A burglary takes place when no one is home, while a home invasion takes place when you are. Most home invasions happen in the early evening hours through early morning on weekdays and weekends.

     

    It is important to understand the criminals of a home invasion and some characteristics of these potentially violent people. They like to target homes where they are less likely to face resistance and they will gain access to important information such as jewelry, cash, pin numbers and safe codes.

     

    Unlike typical home burglars, home invasions require time, forethought and homework. These criminals will typically spend the time to properly target a person or residence. They will pay attention to things such as your routine, when neighbors are usually away, the types of places you shop and what person in typically at home at what time.

     

    These criminals are known to use deception to approach your residence posing as a delivery man or salesman. Always be suspicious of those that you allow into your home. If something doesn’t feel right ask them to leave and request someone else or go with another company, if that doesn’t make them leave, call the police immediately and alert your neighbors of the incident.

     

    Know your neighborhood—if you notice something is out of place or suspicious, report it to the local authorities. It is better to be safe than sorry.

     

    Home invaders typically look for what is referred to as a soft target. Single women, women with children, elderly and the disabled are prime targets. This is because they typically put up less resistance, mostly out of fear or inability.

     

    Method of Operation

     

    The most common point of attack is through the front door or garage. Sometimes the home invader will simply kick open the door and confront everyone inside. More common is when the home invaders knock on the door first or ring the bell. The home invader hopes that the occupant will simply open the door, without question, in response to their knock. Unfortunately, many people do just that.

     

    Home invaders will sometimes use a ruse or impersonation to get you to open the door. They have been known to pretend to be delivering a package, flowers or lie about an accident like hitting your parked car or an animal (do not open the door and offer to call the police for them, if they become persistant, irritated or if you notice they move on to the next residence, call the police immediately.) Once the door is opened for them, the home invaders will use an explosive amount of force and threats to gain control of the home and produce fear in the victims. Once the occupants are under control the robbers will begin to collect your valuables.

     

    Some home robbers have been known to spend hours ransacking a residence while the homeowners are bound nearby watching in terror. Some robbers have been known to eat meals, watch TV, or even take a nap. A major fear is that the robbers might commit more violence like sexual assault or even murder. Some robbers have kidnapped and forced a victim to withdraw cash from their ATM machine or take them to their small business to rob it as well.

     
     

    So how do you protect yourself from these sort of crimes? The same tactics used to prevent daytime burglaries will go a long way to preventing forced entry home robberies. If you can delay a home invader at the point of entry then you have a chance of deterring them or have time to call the police.

     

    Home Exterior:

    • • Keep your house well lit at night. Motion detecting flood lights on low lit areas of your home are typically a good idea.
    • • Have an alarm system and place stickers on all the windows and a sign in the yard to let them know you are protected.
    • • Do not leave heavy objects in the backyard that can be used to throw through windows, particularly patio furniture and heavy stones.
    • • Invest in security cameras with motion sensors and a solid recording device like a DVR. Internet cameras or a remote controlling system such as Total Connect is a good option if you are away from home but still want to monitor it.
    • • Have a zone alarm to alert you when someone is coming to the door or up the driveway.
    • • Use highly visible house numbers so police can easily identify your home.
    • • Have security gate and fence around your home.
    • • Do not enter your home if it looks like it has been broken in to or if something seems out of place. Leave the premises and contact your local authorities immediately.
    • • Be aware of the trash that you leave on the curb. Break down boxes from recently purchase big ticket items and conceal them from prying eyes.

    Windows:

    • • Always lock windows, even those on the second floor.
    • • Use secondary locking devices on windows to prevent them from opening past a certain height.
    • • Ensure windows have vibration or glass-break sensors connected to your home alarm system.
    • • Consider solar screens on your windows which will not only save you on cooling costs, but allow privacy.
    • • Look at anti-break window film as an option.
    • • Put a dowel rod in the track of your sliding glass door.
    • • Be aware of bushes surrounding exterior windows, you do not want to provide them with a place to hide. If you do want one, consider one with sharp leaves or thorns to discourage these as entry points, but keep them trimmed.

    Doors:

    • • Invest in anti-kick door solutions to prevent brute force entry. A door chain isn’t going to help one bit.
    • • Upgrade your locks to high security locks.
    • • At the very least, install longer screws into your door hinges, preferably 3 inch screws.
    • • Do not hide a spare key outside, instead keep one with a trust worthy neighbor.

    Home Interior:

    • • Get a home security system with interior motion detectors and set the alarm when you are at home. Criminals rely on an alarm not being set while someone is home and awake.
    • • Ensure your alarm is monitored and has power back up and cellular capabilities incase the power or phone lines are cut.
    • • Have a secondary alarm keypad in your master bedroom that can be used to sound a panic alarm or quickly access alarm controls.
    • • Keep a spare cell phone stashed in a spot with in the home and make sure all family members know where it is. This can be used to call the police.
    • • Get a dog. A barking dog will bring unwanted attention to a potential burglar.
    • • Change alarm codes often.
    • • Discuss the importance of home security with everyone, it only takes one person to forget to lock a door or window.
    • • Bolt down safes and lock up expensive items like bikes and four-wheelers.

    Now a few statistics about home invasions and why you should take steps necessary to protect you and your family from them:

    • • One in five homes undergoes a home invasion or break-in.
    • • There are more than 8,000 home invasions every year in the U.S.
    • • 50% of home invasions involve the use of a weapon.
    • • In 48% of home invasions, victims sustain physical injuries.
    • • Victims age 60 or older make up 17% of home invasion victims.
    • • In 68% of home invasions, victims and the accused are strangers, in 11% of these cases, victims and the accused are friends, business associates or family.
    • • 38% of physical assaults and 60% of sexual assaults occur during home invasions.

     

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  9. Total Connect Remote Services Keeps You Connected and in Control

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    With Total Connect, you can stay connected and in control of your home or office whenever you want, wherever you are.

    • ·Remotely arm, disarm or check the status of your security system.
    • ·Keep an eye on your kids, babysitters, elderly relatives, pets, housekeepers or contractors.
    • ·Be alerted to important events occurring inside or outside your home, such as a child returning home from school, a gate being opened, a flood or extreme temperature being sensed, a valuable object being moved or if an even does not occur on schedule.
    • ·View live video on up to 6 cameras at a time.
    • ·Remotely control your Z-Wave enabled lights, locks and thermostats when using select Honeywell security systems.
    • ·Access informative content like local weather, traffic and news on your mobile devices and touch screen keypads.
    • ·Works across all major platforms including iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. Free apps available.

    With the user friendly interface, you have complete control over your system. You can set up and manage accounts, configure the system to notify you if events do or do not occur, trigger cameras by zone event, control your system, add users and more all on your own with an easy to navigate menu.

     

    The multi-site feature lets you view up to 100 multiple locations from one convenient login – great for franchise owners, real estate investors, vacation home owners and more. The hierarchal user structure lets the primary account holder add multiple users and customize access and settings for each one.

     

     

    Energy management is a great way to save money on energy and utility bills, conserve resources and live more comfortable, efficient lifestyles. With Z-Wave Energy Management you can have remote control via computers, smartphones and compatible mobile devices, make temperature adjustments, set schedules, have reduced utility bills and receive notifications.

     

     

    With Z-Wave Lock and Lighting Control, you can remotely monitor and control the locks on your home or business wherever you are. There’s no need to make multiple copies of keys anymore. By simply visiting your account on a computer or mobile device, you can instantly grant access to employees, service workers, babysitters, neighbors, relatives, house keepers and dog walkers at any time, as well as track activity and receive e-mail or video alerts when someone unlocks a door. You can also set lighting scenes and schedules for ambiance, security and energy savings.

     

    Honeywell Total Connect Video Services gives you an attractive, easy-to-use interface with customizable multiple images, sizing capability, streaming views and optional pan/tilt control with compatible cameras. With the video services you will also receive:

    • ·Secure communications and firewall-friendly video streaming.
    • ·Web-based camera configuration.
    • ·Up to six cameras per account
    • ·Event driven video notification with adjustable video motion detection technology.
    • ·Video storage of up to 100MB of clips
    • ·Adobe Flash player based application.
    • ·QuickTime video player.

    For more information on how you can have the capabilities of Total Connect, call us today!

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  10. Making Your House More Energy Efficient Helps The Environment and Your Wallet

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    Do something good for your family, your pocketbook, and the environment. Make your home a little greener. A few simple changes in your house can go a long way to lower high energy bills and protect the environment. To be green, you’ve got to be efficient. Here are a few ways Modern Systems can help make your home a little greener.

     

    1. Lighting

    • Compact Flourescent Light Bulbs use 66% less energy than a standard incodescent bulb and last up to ten time longer.
    • Making sure your lights are turned off when not in use can cut back on your energy costs.
    • Having a Lynx Touch security system from Modern Systems with Total Connect can help you. With lighting control, you can control your lighting from anywhere using a PC, smartphone or tablet.

     

    2. Heating and Cooling

    • Almost half of a home’s energy consumption is due to heating and cooling.
    • Each degree below 68 F during colder weather saves 3%-5% more heating energy, while keeping it at 78 F in warmer weather will save you energy and money.
    • Modern Systems’ Lynx Touch with Total Connect gives you the ability to adjust your thermostat from anywhere. When you are at work or away, simply adjust the temperature to 68 F in colder weather and 78 F in warmer weather. Before you arrive home, set it back to a temperature you feel comfortable in. By the time you arrive home, the temperature will be exactly what is most comforable to you.

     

    3. Electronics

    • Electronics left on can make the meter run up just as much as your lights. Control4 can help with that. Not only does Control4 allow you to control lighting and thermostat like the Lynx Touch, it also enables you to control virtually any appliance in your home.
    • Make sure all TVs, radios, and other electronics are all turned off from anywhere you are.
    • Adjust the thermostat and turn on ceiling fans to maintain a cool temperature in your house while you are away.

     

    For more information on how Modern Systems can make your house a greener, more energy effiecient Smart Home, give us a call. 1-800-252-7664

     

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