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  1. 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.

    1-800-252-7664

     

     

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  2. The Power of Home Automation and Security

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    We all know that sinking feeling you get in your stomach when you open that shockingly high utility bill—or the feeling of complete loss when something near and dear to you is stolen but could have easily been prevented. With realities such as these we are left to wonder what solutions are out there that can beat the current system.

     

    Many people are educating themselves on basic energy management and home security. There are so many solutions available to us and we are left scratching our heads wondering which ones will give us the most value for the buck and will work the way we need it to. That is where Modern Systems steps in. With multiple solutions for the most basic and elaborate home owner needs, you can rest easy knowing you are getting quality products and services from reputable brands at prices hard to beat. Let’s take a look at some of the available solutions to many problems home owners face.

     

    My Energy Bills Are Out of Control!

     

    I know the burn of an unexpectedly high utility bill. Mine seem to be getting bigger and bigger by the month, but alas, there are solutions to this! First you need to find out where the high energy use is coming from. Could it be from the fridge? The HVAC? With the Tuxedo Touch, not only can you have affordable home security systems, but there is a program on the control panel to manage home energy use. You can pinpoint where the energy is being consumed, and take steps to remedy the situation. Check out this video to see how it works:

     

     

    The Lynx and Tuxedo Touch give you power to have basic automation of your home. You can control your HVAC and Lighting right from the control panel, or from your computer, smart phone, or tablet. You can set schedules for the temperature to change to your preferred settings at a given time, or for chosen lights to turn off and on as you please. Perfect for those days when you are pulling in to work, and you suddenly realize you left the lights on, or you forgot to set the thermostat to a few degrees cooler while you are away. All you have to do is get on to your computer, phone, or tablet and turn the lights off and change the thermostat. It is that simple. You will never have to suffer the high utilities because of forgetfulness ever again.

     

     

    Control 4 products take it all even a step further. Not only can you control your lights and thermostat, you can also control practically any appliance in the home. Left the TV on? That’s just fine. Simply get on your phone, computer or tablet and turn it off. You can control so many aspects of your home with this system it is mind boggling. But, with the simple and easy to use interface, any person – young or old- can operate the system.

     

    I Have Valuables And Personal Items That I Cannot Leave Unsecure

     

    Although I personally do not own too much of monetary value, I have a few things that I hold near and dear to my heart that I want to always be protected, even when I am not there. With any of the security systems Modern Systems has to offer, you will know that your possessions are safe and sound around the clock. From door contacts, to sirens, panic buttons and motion sensors, with a trusted brand like Honeywell, the products are tested and proven to be top of the line.

     

    Not only will you be able to protect your valuables from theft, they will be protected from fire, smoke and water damage as well. Receive email alerts on your phone if the temperature in your home rises or drops to certain levels or if there is flooding in the home. If there is a fire, the correct authorities will be contacted. With quicker response times, you can prevent a lot of damage to your home and the things inside it.

     

    We also have a special product designed to work with your HVAC unit to protect the copper pipes from theft and tampering.

     

     

    I Have Way Too Many Remotes Cluttering My Table!

     

    Ah, remotes. I love their convenience, but between my television, satellite and DVD player I have 3 remotes sitting on my coffee table. Go into another room in the house, and then there are 4 remotes for the systems in there. Wouldn’t it be just amazing to have one to operate all of the systems? Well, there is a way! With Control4 you can operate all of these things with just a single remote. Because Control4 is a modular system, you can start with just one room, and then add music, lighting, temperature and other rooms as the budget allows. Dream Big. Start Small.

     

    I Want To Be Able To Communicate With People Throughout My Home

     

    With 3 people living in a 2 story home, it always seems like we are all on different sides of the house, on different floors, all at different times. I am tired of yelling up the stairs at my husband. It wakes up my daughter and hurts my throat, plus, he never seems to hear me. With Control4 video intercom, the days of yelling and hoping he heard me are a thing of the past. I just go to my panel in my living room, push a button, and there he is, looking right at me and able to hear every word.

     

    I can also check in on my daughter during nap time without waking her or just watch her sleep. She is so cute when she does that. Moments I normally would miss like her singing herself to sleep, singing her own made up silly song or writing on the walls with crayons are easily accessible with the tap of a finger. I can either watch without her ever knowing or I can catch her in the act. It’s always a wonderful thing.

     

    The days of opening my door to complete strangers or people I’m really not in the mood for a visit from are gone as well. I can now view who is at my door and then make an informed decision on whether I should answer it, ignore it, or even just communicate with them through the intercom because I don’t want them to see me still in my PJ’s at 5 in the evening.

     
     

    Click here to learn more about video intercom.

     

    Modern Systems can make your life a whole lot more worry free and because we have been in the business for over 30 years, you know you are working with a company you can trust to give you flawless home automation and security. We are one of the largest home security companies in Kentucky and serve the Lexington, Somerset, Bowling Green and surrounding areas. Give us a call today to talk to someone about your needs, or for a free no obligation consultation and quote.

     

    Isn’t technology a wonderful thing?

     

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Home Solutions: Intercom System

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    Get A Taste Of More Home Control

     

     

    Available in both 5″ and 7″ models, the Control4 Touch Screen is a stylish way to add total home control that’s always there when you need it. From the easy-to-use home page you can control music, television, security, lights, comfort and more. Enable whole house video intercom functionality to easily communicate with other people in other rooms, keep an ear out for the children, or announce dinner time to the family.

     

    Always Know Who Is At The Door

     

     

    With Control4 front door video intercom, you never again have to answer the door without knowing who is on the other side. Check on the children in the play room, or look in on the baby during naps with disturbing them. You can rest easy knowing what is going on in your home at all times.

     

    Get The Whole House Talking

     

     

    Make calls to any room in the house from what ever room you are in. Just selct the room you wish to connect to and instantly be able to communicate. Want to have a group conversation from multiple rooms? Easy, select “all” and connect instantly to every room in your home! It really is that easy. Keep the whole house talking with a whole house intercom system for your home or business.

     

     

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  6. HVAC Protection: The WHIP

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    How Does It Work?

    The WHIP is a theft detection device that connects to an electronic security system and the service valve of the air conditioner or heat pump to be protected. It triggers the security system whe the pressure inside the refrigerant line of the air conditioner or heat pump drops below an acceptable level. This Drop in pressure happens very rapidly when the thieves cut the copper refrigerant line. Your security system will also be activated if the cables connecting the WHIP and security system together are cut, shorted, tampered with or removed.

     

    How Do I Get One?

    Easy! Call Modern Systems today and we can connect one to most existing security systems. If you do not have an existing system, we can quote one for you that fits your budget and needs.

     

    With offices in Lexington, Bowling Green, and Somerset, KY, we can offer quick response and installation time.

     

    1.800.252.7664

    Lexington Office: 859.264.8772

    Somerset Office: 606.679.4556

    Bowling Green Office: 270.783.0100

  7. Access Control Just Got Better!

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    How many of you are business owners in Kentucky and surrounding areas? Have you thought about adding video surveillance to your current access control system, but don’t think you can afford it? Now adding video to your Lexington, Bowling Green or Somerset, KY business doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Watch the video below to see how the NetAXS-123 Video Add-on Kit brings video functionality to any NetAXS-123 panel.

     

    It gives you the ability to view live video and record it without investing in an NVR or DVR. Not sure if your current system is compatible, or do not currently have one but are interested in installing one? Call us! We will be more than happy to help determine compatiblity of your current system, or to quote you a system that is right for you and your budget.

     

    Did you know…

    • -The Insurance Institute of America indicates that 65% to 75% of all merchandise losses come from inside steal by employees.
    • -Your employees are 15 times more likely to steal from you than your customers.
    • -According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one out of five business closures are caused by employee theft.
    • -Every day businesses lose over $70 million to theft.
    • -On a per-company basis, one in every 23.7 employees was apprehended for theft from their employer (based on over 2 million employees). *Provided by Jack L. Hayes International, Inc.

     
     

    If do not have access control already, we can help you! We offer different types of access control to KY and surrounding area businesses such as a card access system, keypad system and more.