Monday, November 28, 2016

Operating the Wiser EER56000 Thermostat | Schneider Electric Support

Demonstration of EER56000 thermostat operation including changing the mode (auto/heat/cool/off), temperature, scheduling, and set points

Friday, November 25, 2016

Why Install House Alarms?

All it takes is one burglary to convince you that you need to protect your home against future emergencies like robbery, fire and dangerous medical situations. House alarms are the best way to make sure that, no matter what, your home is safe whether you're there or not. Alarm systems are nothing but LOUD and that in itself often scares away a would-be burglar. They also are loud enough to alert you and/or your neighbors that something (like a fire or medical emergency) has occurred.

Alarm systems come in many different styles and at a variety of prices. They not only detect your home from intruders, they also have other sensors for things like carbon monoxide and smoke. More "bells-and-whistles" generally means that you will spend more money purchasing your alarm unit. Most come with excellent customer service backing and limited warranties.

Alarm systems can be hard-wired or wireless or combination of both. All are good choices and are not difficult to install. They usually come in easy-to-use kits so that everything you need is included in one small package. Sensors may or may not be included in your kit. Some have built in monitoring systems that make it unnecessary to buy a separate monitoring unit. There are some monitoring systems that are voice-activated which makes them even more appealing. The most simple alarm system that you can install is a wireless alarm. It might be slightly more expensive than a hard-wired system but you won't need to spend money hiring an electrician to put it in place.

A home alarm system is one of the best things you can have that will give your loved ones the protection they need. Some systems are very simple to install, use and maintain. Others are more sophisticated units that include monitoring services, voice activation and so on. But most of all, once house alarms are installed they are easy to set, read and disengage by almost every member of your family. For many years to come, you and your entire family will reap many benefits from your well-planned alarm system. They will thank you over and over again for installing a reliable security system that continually keeps them safe and happy!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Luxurious Mashed Potatoes | Thanksgiving Recipes

Do you ever notice that everyone talks about the turkey on Thanksgiving, but it's the mashed potatoes that are always the first to be finished off? Talk about a crowd-pleaser!

Today I'll show you a recipe for mashed potatoes that are so delicious, but totally simple. The ingredients are classic -- potatoes, cream, butter, and salt -- but it's the technique that really makes a difference.

Sarah's Tip of the Day:
In the video I'll tell you the best potatoes to buy at the grocery store, and the easy step that will make your mash even fluffier. But my number one tip is to take a double-scoop of these mashed potatoes right away -- there definitely WON'T be leftovers!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

How To Change the Battery In Hard-Wired Smoke Alarms

Just because a smoke alarm is hard-wired doesn't mean it won't have a battery. Change the battery in hard-wired smoke alarms with help from a certified firefighter in this free video clip.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Planning Your Home Security System - Designing Spaces

Choosing a home security system to protect your family and property is an important decision. Designing Spaces’ Abigail Cooper visits the home of Margaret and Benjamin in Cape Coral, Florida, along with Tim Myers from Tyco Security Products to help guide us through the process of selecting and securing a professionally installed and monitored DSC security system. The system works on several levels, addressing the concerns of ease of use, aesthetics, reliability and professional monitoring; all wirelessly connected. Important to the system, it will also detect many types of life safety concerns: leaking water, carbon monoxide and smoke detection. Tim also shows the interface mounted on the wall where the system can be controlled, and display the video cameras that you can monitor from a smart phone or tablet when you’re not home. Of special note, the stylish and unobtrusive nature of the components strategically placed throughout the home.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Let's Get To The Point

Pass & Seymour Outlet Branch Circuit Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) Receptacles and Dual-Function AFCI/GFCI Receptacles are the latest innovations in electrical safety technology, and a Code-approved, cost-effective alternative to AFCI and Dual-Function AFCI/GFCI breakers.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Home Fire Safety : How Often to Test a House Fire Alarm

A house fire alarm should be tested at least once a month, and all of the batteries should be changed twice a year to assure they are operational. Find out how to maintain smoke detectors with helpful tips from a fire and life safety educator in this free video on fire safety.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Your Home Security System Can Save Your Life

Your home is where you and your loved one live and as such, it is unsettling to come home to find that it has been broken into. Choosing the right security system not only gives you a sense of safety but also serves as a protection against any thefts. To make sure that you protect your home and your family, installing the right system is important. Below are some things to consider when you shop for a security system.

Monitored System

Albeit expensive, this security system hooks your home's alarm directly to the security center. When the alarm is tripped, it sends a signal to the call center. The center will wait for a few seconds before calling the owner; this is to ensure that the owner did not accidentally set the alarm off. If the alarm continues, the center will call the owner and ask for the security password. If the person fails to provide the password, the center will contact the police to check the place.

Monitoring can be done in different ways. Some use their landline as means of communicating with the security center. Others opt for cellular monitoring as this does not require a landline connection (which is ideal as robber cut telephone lines to prevent any calls from going out) and others prefer communicating via broadband connection.

Unmonitored System

An unmonitored system is more affordable and can be installed even by the owner themselves. An alarm will go off if someone enters the premise without disarming the alarm first. Although some burglars might be thwarted, it is easy for them to escape with your things as the system is not hooked up with the security center.

Which System should You Consider?

Before you have a security system hooked up, it is important to consider several points. For one, are you renting the place or do you actually own the place you live in? If you are renting, major renovations like placing cameras might not go well with your landlord. You can change your locks for new ones but you cannot install cameras as it might result to privacy issues with other renters. If you own the property, then consider your budget. Surveillance cameras are expensive; however some security companies offer discounts or bundled packages.

Sophisticated systems nowadays also allow remote access and owners have the ability to arm and disarm their system at a certain distance. They can also lock and unlock doors and even view live videos by logging in through the internet. These are just some of the latest features when it comes to home security in the market today. If you have doubts or are still considering your options, one thing you have to keep in mind is to check your locks frequently as your door locks also serve as protection to you and your family.

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