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  1. How to Avoid False Alarms

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    If you have a home security system you may very well understand the pain of a false alarm. Many, if not all of us are guilty of accidentally setting off the security alarm–whether it be from opening a door or window while the security alarm is set, or by messing up the secret code when the monitoring station calls in. This common mishap often results in loud sirens that disturb neighbors or law enforcement showing up at the door.

     

    Here are a few tips to help avoid the nuissance of a false alarm:

     

    1. Modern Systems offers several ways to turn off your security system, in turn you have the ability to quickly react in the event of an alarm system being falsely triggered. You can use the wired or wireless keypad, smart phone, tablet, computer or remote control.

     

    2. Make sure everyone who uses the security alarm knows how to use it properly, especially if you are setting up access to someone to enter your home while you are away. Provide specific, detailed instructions on how to disable and reset your home security system. After installation, your Modern Systems sales representative will train you on how to properly work your home alarm system.

     

    3. Have us set up your home alarm system to call your mobile first in the event of an alarm and your home phone secondly. This way you will have a quicker response time in the even of a false alarm while you are away.

     

    4. Program your mobile phone with your service provider’s number and call them the second to accidentally trigger you home alarm. Memorize your PIN so it is readily available (never carry your PIN written down in your wallet or purse, if it is stolen the theif could enter your home and disable the alarm).

     

    5. Make sure to have your alarm system for the home service regularly, and make sure the battery is replaced when needed. Weak system batteries and faulty equiptment can cause a false alarm.

     

    6. Make sure all windows and doors are secured before turning on your burglar alarm.

     
     

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  2. 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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  3. What is Home Automation and What Can It Do For Me?

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    These days you seem to hear the phrase “Home Automation” thrown around quite a bit. What exactly is it? Home Automation is making your home, and it’s appliances, lighting, electronics, HVAC, and security work together to make your life simple. It can be as simple as you arrive home, and the lights turn on as soon as you open the door, or you can have a slightly more elaborate scenerio. You begin to pull into your drive way, with the touch of a button your garage door opens, your security system disarms, and the lights come on. The temperature changes to your personal setting, and the TV comes on and is tuned to your favorite channel. It really is up to you. You can be as simple or creative as you choose to turn your home into a smart home. Take a look at some of the things home automation can do for you.

     

     

    Leaving Home

    Anytime you leave home simply arm your security system. From there, Control4 does the rest.

    • -lights turn off
    • -any electronics left on will turn off
    • -any music left playing is turned off
    • -all Control4 door locks are automatically locked

     

    Ready For Bed

    With the press of a button, the following happens automatically…

    • -if unlocked, perimeter Control4 Doors are locked
    • -thermostats are set back to desired night time settings
    • -if garage doors are left open, they close automatically
    • -security system is armed to the night time mode
    • -all inside lights are turned off and a pathway scene is turned on

     

    While At Home

    • -Never enter a dark house again. Select lights will automatically come on when you arrive home by simply opening the door.
    • -When someone rings the door bell, a pleasant chime can sound through interior and exterior speakers, and you can see who is at the door from TV’s and/or other Control4 devices throughout your home.

     

    Alarm System

    • -If sytem goes into alarm, and if dark, Control4 interior and exterior lights come on instantly. If day time, lights do not come on.
    • -A custom voice message such as “Burglar Alarm, Burglar Alarm” is announced through all interior audio speakers, or just select ones.
    • -If a smoke or heat detector goes into alarm “Fire Alarm, Fire Alarm” is announced throughout the home and the lights come on. Thermostats turn the HVAC system off to avoid circulating smoke.
    • -If a person is detected around the perimeter of your home, your exterior lights are turned on and, if desired, a custom voice alert can play through the speakers.
    • -All Control4 light switches double as panic buttons. Simply tap three times and your security system is triggered.

     

      

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