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.
Every man needs a place to retreat from the pressures of everyday life; a personal sanctuary full of his favorite things. It’s important to have a place where they can take off their social masks and revel in masculine energy. Having a “man cave” at home, a place men can decorate as they please and do what they want in can give them a much-needed sense of control, empowerment, and of course relaxation. Man Caves come in all shapes and sizes and can be located anywhere—the basement, garage, spare room, even a renovated shed.
The Man Cave is no longer an elusive dream. Anyone can have one. All you need is a little space and some creativity. But, to have the Ultimate Man Cave, you need more. The most important elements are the display, sound, control, lighting and temperature.
The entertainment system is the foundation of any good Man Cave. Whether you’re the ultimate sports fan or a news junkie, selecting the proper electronics for your own cave can be tedious, so, identifying the right gear is a critical task. We can help!
Now we all know when it comes to a tv, size is everything. We can help find the size that works best with your space. Because we use a trusted brands like Samsung, LG and Sharp, the leaders in flat panel technology, you know you are getting the best product for your money.
With a 1080p HD flat panel, you can watch the game in full detail. If cinema is your thing, a 3D projector makes the movies come alive and jump off the screen.
Another important aspect not to overlook is placement. First, you have to think about how you will use your television and how the space is set up. Will it be mounted flat on the wall in front of your seating area? Or will it need to be mounted so that you can adjust it up and down, side to side and even tilt it so you can view it from different angles all around the room?
Need more than one? We can help you with that too. Modern Systems can give you a tv wall that will put the notion of a single television to shame. Whether rooting for the Bulls or a Bullish market never miss a second of the action with full control of 3, 5 or 7 video screens simultaneously on a touch screen interface. You’ll never again have to limit yourself to picking and choosing between which shows to watch. Click here to learn more about our tv wall and it’s user interface. Click here to learn about a TV wall and how it works.
Now that we have the TV covered, let’s talk about the user interface. Control4 allows you to use just one single remote to operate all of your systems. Control your DVD player, satellite or cable, Blue Ray, video streaming and television without cluttering your table with multiple remotes. You have instant access to all of your movies, music, and favorite channels.
Tune in next week when we talk about another very important aspect of The Ultimate Man Cave… your sound system.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
-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.
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.
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.