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Fight the Winter Blues With a Smart Alarm System

Smart Alarm Systems can Help Protect Your Home from Winter Disasters

Winter can be challenging, especially when the weather does not cooperate. While some might think home security is just about preventing break-ins, a smart home alarm system can keep you aware and in control of a whole range of cold weather situations.

Install a Smart Thermostat

You can lower your electric service or gas bill with a smart thermostat. Not only will you be able to automatically adjust the temperature based on your family’s preferences, but it will also adjust based on outside temperatures. A programmable “smart” thermostat will lower the temp before bed (perfect for cozying up under a comforter), warm the house before you wake, and lower it again when you leave for work. So if the temperature dips unexpectedly while you are at the office, out to dinner, or away for the weekend, don’t worry…your house is smart enough to keep it the perfect temperature and ward off cold-weather threats like frozen pipes. You can also interface your smart thermostat with your alarm system so that the temperature in your home is set by the arming status of the alarm system.

Protect Against Frozen Pipes

Install water sensors, shut-off valves and temperature sensors especially in attics, basements, crawlspaces and rooms with poor insulation. These gadgets will help you identify a problem before it even happens, so you will prevent emergency plumbing disasters from happening this winter.

Automate Your Water Heater

Traditional water heaters work constantly to keep water hot, even when you do not need hot water. This round-the-clock heating spikes your home’s total energy usage. Heating water more efficiently will save you money every month. A smart water heater with a programmable thermostat does not waste energy when you are asleep, at the office, or out of town on that long-awaited vacation.

Carbon Monoxide Monitoring

There’s nothing quite as relaxing as sitting by a crackling fireplace in winter – except, perhaps, going to bed afterwards knowing that your family is protected from accidental fire and smoke hazards. Make sure your system alerts people in the home in the event of a fire or CO detection as well as contact emergency services on your behalf. No matter where you are, professional help will be on the way. Choose one that will also turn on your lights to ensure a safe exit, and shut down your HVAC system to prevent ash and fumes spreading through your home.

Power Cuts: No Power, No Problem

Icy weather cracks tree limbs and downs power lines. Advanced wireless technology uses a reliable, cellular connection. Your system will continue to secure your home and you can still use our mobile app to control many home automation devices like door locks even when the power is out. Some will even notify you once things are back online so you can return home right away if you have decided to leave the house during the outage.  Find out more HERE.

Don’t get left out in the cold. Call one of our smart home specialists today to find out how Independent Alarm can keep your family safe, your home running smoothly and save you money.







Resolve to be More Secure in 2018

Is your home, family or business properly protected?  Do you have peace of mind 24/7?  Make it a priority this year to evaluate your security needs and ensure the safety of your family and employees.  Here are some of the reasons why you should resolve to either upgrade your current system or install a new system for the New Year.

Protect your home and business from intruders According to a study of UNC Charlotte, when polling 40 convicted burglary offenders, 83% said they would first try to determine if the property was secured by an alarm system and 60% said they would look for another property to burglarize if the property was alarmed.

Protect your home and business from fires Approximately every twenty seconds a home fire is reported. A home alarm system can provide an early warning system for smoke in the home and the fire will be reported to the fire  department via your monitoring service, cutting down on response time significantly.

Carbon Monoxide monitoring – Human senses cannot detect carbon monoxide in the air. Therefore, people are often blind-sided by carbon monoxide poisoning that can build up over time. Don’t be caught off guard by this silent killer.

Professional monitoring 24/7 – A monitoring company will immediately alert authorities to your emergency, cut down response time and will alert you as well. Monitoring your alarm system adds another layer of protection to your property.

Save on insurance premiums – Many insurance companies will reduce your premiums up to 20% if you have a monitored  alarm system.

Keep an eye on your property remotely with a smart system  A benefit of home security systems is that they can help your home to be smart. In addition to the interactive services offered, a smart system can include light controls, door locks, thermostats, etc. These can all of which can be put on a schedule to reduce your energy consumption and provide an additional level of security.

Get medical assistance in the event of an emergency – Home security systems can be equipped with emergency  panics or medical alert pendants. With these emergency vehicles can be dispatched directly to the home when they are  activated.

Peace of Mind – Whether you are at your home or business or away, you can rest assured that your home is being protected and monitored for break-ins, fire, vandalism or other threats.


Independent Alarm can assist you in evaluating your security needs in the coming year.  Give us a call at                      800-322-4231 and let one of our experts come to your home or business and discuss how we can give you the peace of mind you deserve!