Security isn’t a one-size fits all industry. What works for your neighbor next door, may not work for you. When it comes to home security, using the same service as the other people in the neighborhood may not be the best idea.
When it comes to the protection of your family and home, never settle for a discount service just on price alone. There are a lot of factors to consider when getting security for your home.
Home security systems have come a long way over the years. A simple keypad with 3 buttons evolved into a complex alarm system that is now able to monitor every entrance and window in the house. Now, you can even see who is at the door and have a conversation with them before you even get out of your chair. Homes are now “smart homes” when equipped with digital security options. You can control more than just the alarms!
As technology continues to expand and improve, homeowners have a myriad of options when it comes to protecting their homes and families.
In many cases, a typical home security system is a “one-size fits all” ordeal. They offer the minimum to get you started, but have very little flexibility for the customer. An alarm on the front door is a great start, but you may immediately see the need for a larger system with more options.
Williams Audio Video & Security (WAVES) provides home security systems customized to their customer’s needs. Instead of telling you what they do, WAVES will identify your security needs and build your system around what you want.
Basic Monitoring System
A basic monitoring system might be a great start in some cases, but what if your security needs are different? A basic security goal may be stopping a home invasion, but many families have other needs to consider.
- Monitoring baby sitters or nannies in the home
- Knowing when a child arrives or leaves
- Controlling exterior lights or cameras from your smart phone
- Knowing when packages arrive
- Foot traffic around your home
If your security needs aren’t met, it doesn’t make sense to spend your hard earned money on a system that you aren’t happy with. The first step is consulting with a WAVES professional to talk about what you want and what’s important to you and your family. In addition to security systems, WAVES also specializes in home automation. These areas of expertise are far from mutually exclusive. We are able to put the details and control of your security system at your fingertips via your smart phone, tablet or computer.
Home security in today’s world isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity. A system that is created for you is also a necessity. The professionals at WAVES will listen and give you an honest assessment of what it will take to give you and your family the peace of mind that will comes with complete home security.
A typical day in the life of most families is nonstop hustle and bustle. Sometimes it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that needs to be done. There aren’t many spare hours in the day with a busy family.
Most of us are thrilled to discover something, no matter how big or small, to make life easier and more convenient. Home automation is one of those things that can instantly make your life simpler and considerably more convenient.
The security experts at WAVES start by listening to what you want and moving forward from there. Your home automation system will be custom built based on your specific needs.
Home automation will help you:
- Link all your systems through a smart-phone or computer
- Provide security
- Save money
- Keep track of when your kids come and go
There’s almost no end to what can be linked through a home automation system. One of the major goals that we focus on is how to improve your quality of life or just help you find some time to relax!
Imagine this: You sit down to watch a movie that’s been on your DVR for a few weeks. Instead of hunting around for two or three remotes (which are probably buried in the couch) to turn everything on, it’s all linked through the tablet on your lap. Just as the movie starts, the doorbell rings. Instead of pausing the movie to get up and see who it is, one touch on your tablet activates your doorbell camera so you can see if it’s someone you really want to talk to. When the opening credits are finished, your husband shouts from upstairs and asks you to close the garage door he left open. Another simple touch on the tablet takes care of that. Now it’s time to enjoy the movie!
A custom home automation system from WAVES can link the following:
- Interior and exterior cameras
- Thermostat controls which will help keep heating and cooling bills under control
- Entertainment systems
- Indoor and outdoor Lighting
- Smart locks
- Security systems
- Garage doors
The first step is to call WAVES for a consultation and walk-through of your home. Once your needs are identified, our professionals will build a home automation system for your family that will give you peace of mind, help your wallet and make life a whole lot more convenient.
When it comes to a home or business security system, there are a lot of options to be had. Unfortunately, this is both a blessing and a curse. While there are a lot of fantastic options out there, it’s important to be wary of the ones that are less desirable.
With home security systems, the price tag is as varied as the options you have available. It may make sense to go with the cheaper of two options. After all, a camera is a camera, right? How different can they really be? Not so fast.
At the grocery store it may make sense to buy generic green pea rather than Green Giant. Ultimately, you may not notice a big difference. However, not all camera systems are created equal. Here are a few reasons you may want to leave the cheaper options on the shelf and choose quality.
You Get What You Pay For
Chances are the quality of the less expensive product isn’t going to be on par with your needs and expectations. Apart from the quality of the image, there are mechanical features to consider as well. Cheaper price often means cheaper components such as electronics, wires, or casing.
These cheaper components may not withstand the test of time, weather, or other conditions. If your camera system requires frequent repairs or even replacement you may ultimately wind up spending more than you’d anticipated in the long run.
No Night Vision
Half of what you want to see is going to take place at night, right? It may seem like an obvious statement, however many consumers forget to take nighttime recording and monitoring into account; or they assume that all camera systems are equipped with this feature.
It’s true that most modern camera systems are setup for night vision, but this is not universally the case. Many cheaper camera systems conveniently neglect this feature to cut costs. Unfortunately, it leaves the consumer with a system that won’t work as hoped half the time.
They Don’t Suit Your Needs
If you’ve ever purchased Christmas lights, you know there is a difference between indoor and outdoor strands. Camera systems are no different. Most outdoor cameras will work inside, but that doesn’t mean the opposite is true.
Inside cameras are not usually made to withstand the weather, so make sure you are selecting the right tool for the right job. Also, cheaper systems will often skirt this issue by claiming their cameras will work outside. This may be true, but it doesn’t mean they were designed to function in this way. There is a big difference between “could work” and “intended to work.”
Some companies will try to sell you a cheaper product, which looks good on paper, while charging heftily for ongoing subscription fees, usually for basic features. Always take into consideration the subscription fees, if any. It may seem attractive to pay a low monthly (or annual) cost rather than a heft up-front price tag; however, keep in mind that cost is recurring and will eventually wind up costing you more in the long-run.
It’s always important to remember that there’s a lot of security cameras to choose from, but at the end of the day, you have to find what’s best for your needs. If you’re in the market for a home security system, contact us today to schedule an estimate.
The combination of automation and home security is something we as consumers have been waiting on for a long time. Automated door locks have been around for a little while, however with the home automation boom they are starting to take off in a big way.
Automated door locks aren’t just a fad either. They’re part of the next generation of home automation. Here are a few reasons why you need automated door locks.
Imagine a world where you don’t have to carry a key. Any key. Smart automobiles are moving increasingly towards push button starters and even padlocks are exploring keyless designs. Automated door locks for your home are no different.
A world where “I forgot my key” is a phrase of the past is just around the corner. Automated door locks are the next step in home security and smart home technology. Ditch the keyring.
Smart Locks, Smart Apps
Gone are the days where you sit in your office wondering if you remembered to lock the door earlier that morning. Automated locking systems are accessible from a mobile app. Whether you’re miles away at the office or lying in bed upstairs you can lock or unlock the doors from anywhere with the touch of a button.
This can also serve as a huge time saver if you’re expecting company. Having the ability to lock and unlock your doors while you’re not home means that you can let in repair personnel or contractors when they arrive on site and you don’t have to give them a spare key!
Tracking Entry and Exit
A secret benefit of the automated door locking world is that most systems give you the ability to review when people have arrived and departed. For instance, if you’re expecting your teenager home no later than their 11pm curfew, you can check the system the next morning to see what time they arrived home (sorry kids).
This is also a wonderful tool if you have contractors in your home who you’re paying by the hour. By giving them their own unique temporary access code, you can see what time they entered your home, and what time they locked the door behind them, giving you all the information you need to make sure you’re not being swindled!
Safe and Secure
Automated door locks are not only practical and easy to use; they’re also safe. Using modern technology, automated locks are nearly impossible to break or pick. Entry is only possible to those with the password, keycode, or who are granted access by the administrator (you).
Easy Installation and Operation
Installing automated locks should be done by a qualified professional, however it is not a lengthy process. Most installations are completed within a few hours and you will be enjoying keyless entry the same day.
As with any new system, there may be a learning curve involved. However, the biggest problem you’re likely to encounter is spending a few weeks instinctively reaching for your keys.
Ready to Unlock The Future?
There are several automated door lock options for you to choose from. If you’re considering adding them to your home, contact us today for a more information or to receive an estimate.
Are you ready to renovate your home with modern technology, like something out of a science-fiction film? Then a home automation system is for you, an exploding market of syncing devices straight from the future. Only, it’s already here!
Home automation is the idea that utilities, security, and services are controlled automatically and wirelessly. They operate on “smart” data, meaning each device transmits information about its status, adapting and changing. In this article, we’re specifically looking at automated lighting and why you’ll find it interesting.
Why Home Automated System Lighting
Before anyone dives into some brand-new tech, there’s normally a big question: why? It’s fancy, no doubt, but it’s got to do a little more than that.
There are a series of different benefits home automated system lighting can offer. For one, once linked with its smartphone app, a person has access to complete monitoring. You’ll get an idea of total wattage use, what lights are on, and even configure schedules!
Let’s examine this further. Depending on the types of lamps, devices, and app you have, all sorts of possibilities open. Smart lights can turn on (and off) based on motion, such as walking through a hallway at night or by opening a door.
The intensity of lights can also be adjusted from the phone app, great for dimming or brightness. They can also be modified per room – on or off – right from the comfort of your smartphone.
These sensors and schedules have the added bonus of saving money. Say you’re trying to cut down on the electric bill, so you’ve installed some smart-devices to monitor usage. Thanks to the integration of machine and app, you can – again – see wattage used and make decisions to reduce light usage.
Combined with smart LED bulbs, and you’ll have a home of the future that also makes your wallet a little happier.
Installing Automated Lights
While we don’t have enough time to get into the hard grit of full home automation system installation, you can rest assured knowing that installing automated lights is quite simple.
However, what types of lights and systems you get will vary from vendor to vendor. There are all sorts of home packages. For example, “smart bulbs” come in packages where the app directly controls the bulb.
This is, though, the key idea. Expenses depend on the seller, but you’re essentially purchasing a smart-light system which has its own app and software. These smart systems can connect wirelessly to your router and operate from there, giving you the freedom to change them at will.
There are numerous other automated systems you can integrate into your home, without any serious renovations. But, smart lights are among the easiest to integrate and offer a plethora of features and benefits. A home is unique, so why not add an extra level of character with customized light options?
If you need assistance, our specialized installation services can get you on the right track, fast!