Fall Remodeling Projects and Ideas

Fall remodeling projects and ideas
  1. Lower Your Energy Bills with Technology

Fall remodeling projects and ideas – Lower your Bills with These Smart Home Devices. There’s nothing smarter than having smart home devices that save you money. Smart home devices can be used to make you your money, and your time more efficient. By adding household automation and remote control access to some of your home systems, you can lower your consumption and lower your bills in the process. These are some products that will help you do just that. Examples of inexpensive upgrades to save money include: WiFi thermostats will control your atmosphere, Security cameras provide peace of mind, room and motion sensors will immediately notify you of unwanted activity in your home, LED lighting will provide years of lighting at low consumption levels with a ROI as little as 12 months. Fall remodeling projects and ideas

So you think you’re ready for a home theater set-up, and you’re quivering with anticipation at the thought of a fully immersive movie experience right in your own home. But there’s that one nagging question:

Where do you begin?

Contact us to discuss your Home Theatre Design by calling 214-507-3415. Our company installs only the best wiring infrastructure to support a pleasurable viewing and listening experience. So what does this mean for your overall quality design. You buy the products and we do the installation saving you a lot of money. Fall remodeling projects and ideas

2. Home Theatre

  1. Install a generous 1-1/4? ENT PVC conduit raceway from the viewing wall to the projector you got from RM Projectors to allow for the HDMI cable. Most companies use 1? or smaller making it difficult to change HDMI cables.
  2. Install 16 gauge wire for all speakers. Most homes we will run 7 speaker wires and a coaxial/RCA cable for the sub woofer.
  3. Wire all components to make sure everything is working properly.
  4. Offer a 1 year installation on all installed components

3. Whole House Home Surge Protection

Home Surge protection? Boring and technical and way too may terms like amps, right? Think of surge protection as a bouncer at a nightclub. He may only let certain people in and quickly tosses the troublemakers. Getting more interesting?

Fall remodeling projects and ideas
Fall remodeling projects and ideas

Home Surge protection consists of 1 surge protector installed at the electrical panel and commercial grade surge suppressors installed at critical equipment. Well, a good whole-house surge protection device does essentially the same thing. It allows in only the electricity your home needs and not the unruly over-voltages from the utility-then it protects your devices from any trouble that can occur from surges inside the house. Fall remodeling projects and ideas

Whole-house surge protective devices (SPDs) are typically wired to the electric service box and located nearby to protect all the appliances and electrical systems in a home. They are typically a $200 to $500 add-on.

4. Install an Electric Fireplace

Reasons to buy an Electric Fireplace, Plano Texas Handyman can design and install an electric fireplace for you home that will provide dramatic warmth and appeal to your home. An electric heater that mimics the look and feel of a real gas or wood fire, an electric fireplace is becoming more and more the modern alternative to the mess and stress of a conventional fireplace. But a lot of people are doubtful with how real they look and how easy they are to install so let us ease your mind with a little cost benefit analysis. Electric fireplaces provide a wealth of reasons to install these nifty technology innovations: 1) No smoke, 2) Energy efficient 3) Low maintenance 4) Cost less 5) Longer lifespan 6) Ease of installation. Fall remodeling projects and ideas

5. Install a High Performance Range Hood

For a Healthy Home, Upgrade Your Kitchen Range Hood. If you have played host for Thanksgiving or any daily cooking event, you know exactly what a difference kitchen ventilation can make-or what it could have made, if only your range hood had been up to the task. The right range hood doesn’t just make cooking more pleasant, it also improves the air quality of your entire home. So now is a great time to replace yours, ahead of more holiday cooking and day-to-day time indoors. If you’re not sure which one to buy, it might be helpful for you to read some reviews on a website like diligentchef.com (you can read more here). Reviews enable you to see what other people think about a product which is why they’re so useful.

In addition to removing cooking odors, a range hood whisks away grease, moisture and such pollutants as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. And instead of filtering and recirculating air in the kitchen, it should duct to the outside in order to carry exhaust and odors completely out of your home for a healthier environment inside. Fall remodeling projects and ideas

It’s also possible to find a hood that works quietly while you’re carrying on a kitchen conversation. Look for certified sound ratings and sone levels (one sone is equivalent to around 40 decibels). The lower the sone level, the quieter the range hood will be; just make sure to double-check sone levels for all fan settings before you commit.

In other range hood features, dishwasher-safe filters make maintenance easy, and sensor lighting provides safety when you’re prowling for a midnight snack. Whether your range hood update is a replacement or upgrade, the variety of designs on the market means you can accommodate both your kitchen’s style and your year-round cooking routine with healthy, effective results, plus, you can completely transform your kitchen with some new high end furniture brands too, to match the cooker and anything else you might want to replace.

6. Convert to a Smart Home

Today’s average home has a plethora of connected devices. And all smart home products, such as laptops, smartphones, TVs, electronic door locks, and thermostats, require a solid, reliable networking infrastructure to function at their full potential. Plano Texas Handyman has the expertise to install a system to keep your home running smoothly

Most home networks today are usually comprised of an Internet connection to the house, which links to a wireless router with which everything else-smartphones, smart light switches, surveillance cameras-communicates. This setup functions adequately when the only products connected to the router are laptops and Xbox gaming systems. If you’re going to be creating a smart home, you may want to upgrade your wifi router to ensure all your devices have a strong connection. Take a look at this review on the Best WiFi Routers for Long Range to find out more.

Today, in many households these legacy devices have been joined by a new generation of connected devices, including media streamers, home automation hubs, cloud storage services, security systems, WiFi switches, Room and Atmosphere sensors, and other products which the industry has come to refer to as the “Internet of Things,” or “IoT.” As the number of IoT devices on a home network increases, it becomes increasingly more difficult for the network to function well. Problems such as buffering in video streams, latency in music streams, and signals that don’t reach their intended destinations can result. Build a Network for Your Smart Home. Fall remodeling projects and ideas

Plano Texas Handyman and Monarch Technology can install these devices and make your home a smart home and your business a smart business. Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 to discuss your Smart Home and Smart Business. Visit our sister company website Monarc Technology. Fall remodeling projects and ideas

Pro TV Mounting

Home Media Rooms

Pro TV Mounting – Plano Texas Handyman is a locally owned & operated company that specializes in TV mounting services and home theater installations in Dallas, Tx. We offer TV and projector mounting, pre-wiring & wiring of speakers, home theater installations and more!  We have over 5 years of experience & knowledge in the TV and home entertainment industry, and will always provide the best customer service! We guarantee a clean installation every time with the highest quality materials and name brands products for the best price! Additionally, we offer television installation services on decorative surfaces, including but not limited to brick, stone, and marble. So don’t hesitate, let us take care of any and all home entertainment installation needs!

Call Plano Texas Handyman today or visit our website for a complete list of all our capabilities.  Call today at 214-507-3415 for more information.  Pro TV Mounting .

For the most professional home theater and television installation in Plano, Tx, you can depend on Plano Texas Handyman. Our team of professional TV installers is proud to serve all of your home theater installation and TV installation needs. We provide accurate and efficient surround sound system installation, TV mounting, speaker pre-wiring and wiring, projector mounting, and more. You can depend on us for exceptional services for your home or business in North Dallas.  Professional TV Installation.  We recommend Sanus mounts and accessories to make your TV the best.

Hide your Wires
Having your TV professionally mounted or installed will bring you years of enjoyment and can transform a room, if done correctly. For an elegant and clean look, you will want to conceal the wires and power in the wall. This give the appearance that the TV is floating. Pro TV Mounting

You may also want to conceal, or centralize your audio-video equipment, which can create additional space in a room. Digital Living has helped many homeowners plan and install centralized audio-video equipment over the years and we can transform your system.

Count on our Expert TV Installation Services
At TV Installation of Atlanta, we do all of the heavy lifting and secure TV mounting for our customers. Our TV mounting services are the best in the area and guarantee that your television will be handled safely and installed properly. We can even provide TV mounting installation services on decorative services such as stone or brick. Ask our professionals about our clean and professional installs using the best materials at competitive prices.

A perfect TV Install Every Time
Give your home or office a professional look with a perfectly installed television set. We offer budget friendly prices and our company is fully licensed and insured for your peace of mind. When you need the best flat screen TV install in Plano, you can depend on us! Pro TV Mounting

Contact Us
Contact us to request professional TV installation including commercial TV installation services in Dallas, TX. Give us a call for great TV installation services at (214) 507-3415 today. Plano Texas Handyman and Monarc Technology is an award winning design, engineering, and technology integration company specializing in smart home automation, custom home theater systems, whole home music,  audiophile home solutions and wireless networks.  We also offer audio-video-network products and component sales for customers in Dallas Metro area, Plano and Frisco.

Call Plano Texas Handyman today or visit our website for a complete list of all our capabilities.  Call today at 214-507-3415 for more information.  Professional TV Installation.  We service Plano, TX, Frisco, TX, Mckinney, Tx, Carrollton, TX, Dallas TX Pro TV Mounting

Home Electric Fireplace

Ideas for Fall Remodeling Projects

Home Electric Fireplace – In recent years, linear fireplaces have become very popular in both commercial and residential settings. Linear fireplaces add a contemporary feel to nearly any space including bedrooms, living rooms, patios, pool rooms, restaurants, business waiting rooms, and so much more. Here’s everything you need to know about adding a linear fireplace to your home, office, or business. Plano Texas Handyman is your local expert in installing really nice linear fireplace products for full turnkey beautiful fireplaces. Call us at 214-507-3415 or visit our website for more information.

Linear fireplaces, also referred to as contemporary fireplaces or rectangular fireplaces, are a style of gas fireplace that can be installed in most indoor or outdoor spaces. Because linear fireplaces aren’t limited by the traditional fireplace design, a linear fireplace can be installed flush with nearly any building material right up to the glass!

Linear fireplaces allow you to enjoy the ambiance and comfort of a fireplace without the design limitations of a traditional fireplace. Connect two rooms, line an entire wall, create a shared indoor / outdoor space. With linear fireplaces, the design limitations are practically endless.

1.)   No smoke.

Buy an Electric Fireplace this Winter – Wood burning fireplaces release cancer causing agents and dangerous fumes into your home, such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. Inhalation of these fumes can be dangerous to your family and pets. Electric fireplaces, however, have zero emissions and thus, zero harm to your family and pets. Those inflicted with allergies and medical conditions such as asthma can find comfort and convenience in any one of our electric fireplaces. Even switching to woods that are supposed to produce higher heat and less smoke still contribute to deforestation and still produce harmful smoke that reduces the air quality in your home. Long gone are the days when your whole house smelled like smoke after the use of a fireplace for a few short hours. With an electric fireplace, you can use the fireplace without the harmful effects of the smoke and without the smell of smoke permeating throughout your entire home and seeping into your carpets, rugs, couches, clothing and beds. Home Electric Fireplace

Ted with Plano Texas Handyman can install a great electric fireplace with a magnificent mantle, back drop and all electrical apparatuses for as little as $2500. Call us today at 214-507-3415 or visit or website for more information. You can also read more at the following Plano Texas Handyman link.

2.)   Energy efficient.

Electric fireplaces are one of the most efficient ways to heat a room, which in turn, reduces energy costs. Electric fireplaces heat rooms faster and more efficiently than real wood burning fireplaces do. Since heat rises, traditional chimney fireplaces let all the heat out through the chimney. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “traditional fireplaces lose over 90 percent of the heat of the fire out of the chimney along with much of the heated air in the room.” Since drafts come in through the chimney, your already heated room becomes cold again after a few gusts of freezing air come down the chimney. With an electric fireplace, rooms warm up quickly and stay warm throughout the entire use. LED technology is also incorporated into each of our fireplaces, and consumes less energy than regular incandescent bulbs. The normal lifespan of an LED bulb is 50,000 hours and contains no mercury, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and costs much less to operate. Producing approximately 90% less heat than an incandescent bulb, the LED bulb stays cool to the touch. Home Electric Fireplace

3.)   Low maintenance.

Having the ambiance and warmth from an electric fireplace is much easier to enjoy when there is little to no maintenance involved. With an electric fireplace, there is no soot or ash to clean up and no need for chimney cleaning, which on average costs $200-$300. No firewood is needed to harness the heat of an electric fireplace, which means no more chopping or buying wood and no more storing of wood in a dry place. Not to mention, the forests will be pretty happy with you too, as there is no deforestation involved in enjoying the flame of an electric fireplace. Additionally, with an electric fireplace, there is no need to get down on your hands and knees or bend over in uncomfortable positions to light or tend to a fire. With an electric fireplace, you can just sit back and relax and use the remote to control the fireplace from across the room.

Save on Heating Cost with an electric fireplace

4.)   Cost Less.

The costs associated with installing and maintenance of traditional fireplaces tends to be outrageous. That is, until electric fireplaces came into the mix. For wood-burning fireplaces, expect to pay anywhere from $7,000-$10,000 or more on installation, along with the costs of chimney inspection, chimney cleaning, wood, and the lost heat that escapes from the chimney. Gas fireplace units run around $2,500 for the basic materials, along with another $2,500 for installation and finishing. Gas fireplaces also require annual service checks plus a chimney inspection, which can run from $100-$200. Electric fireplaces are the least expensive option as far as fireplaces go. Zone heating saves money- allowing you to lower the over-all temperature of your home by 10-15 degrees, heating only the room you’re in. This concept reduces the use of wasted energy and could save you up to 10% on your energy bills. Gas and wood burning fireplaces actually work the opposite of zone heating- creating a draft effect when lit that actually pulls heat out of the home. With an electric fireplace, there is no chimney cleaning, no service checks, and no costly installation fees- just plug it in and enjoy. Home Electric Fireplace

5.)   Anyone can enjoy an electric fireplace.

Renters and those living in apartments, condos, small homes and even recreational vehicles (RVs) seldom get to enjoy the warmth and ambiance of a fireplace. With electric fireplaces, anyone can enjoy the dancing flames in any room of their home. Since there is no need for a chimney, electric fireplaces can be placed in any room of the home on any level of the home to provide the calming environment that an electric fireplace provides.

6.)   Longer Lifespan.

Electric Fireplace

Electric fireplaces have the longest lifespan out of its wood burning and gas burning counterparts. Because electric fireplaces are not a combustible energy resource, electrical fireplaces are not susceptible to rust and corrosion. Electric fireplaces can be used for several years on end and still look as new as the first day you bought it.

7.)   Easy Installation.

One of the best things about electric fireplaces is the ease of installation. Installation of an electric fireplace is a one-step process. All you have to do is plug it in and you are ready to enjoy. On the contrary, wood burning and gas fireplaces are costly, time consuming, and just a hassle to install. Oftentimes a professional is needed in order to install the fireplaces. However, not all companies have the knowhow, but those that do, for example A Quality HVAC, will keep aspects like insulation, security and safety in mind while installing a fireplace. For further information on installation of different heating devices (and especially fireplace), you might want to visit https://aqualityhvac.org/, and similar websites. So, buy an Electric Fireplace this Winter.

8.)   Options are abundant with electric fireplaces.

Electric fireplaces allow a plethora of styles and options that are bound to please even the pickiest consumer. Electric fireplaces come in traditional, contemporary, and modern styles to match modern looks and architectural styles. Electric fireplaces are built in to beautiful mantels and media consoles, allowing for extra storage in a stylish way. Electric fireplace inserts can also be installed in already existing fireplaces. Wall mounted units, corner units, and compact units allow electric fireplaces to work in any space and any décor, and can be moved around from room to room whenever you desire. Electric fireplaces can also be placed in locations that don’t normally allow for fireplaces, such as basements. Electric fireplaces also allow the user to be in complete control of the flame effects, such as brightness, flame speed, flame color, and much more, depending on the features of the electric fireplace insert you choose. Buy an Electric Fireplace this Winter

9.)   Fireplace Safety.

Our electric fireplaces feature an automatic shut-off timer function, allowing you to set the timer from 30 minutes up to 9 hours. You can set the timer and live worry free knowing that the entire unit will power off once the timed cycle is complete. The shut-off timer function reduces the risk of fires resulting from the overheating of electronics. Although electric fireplaces produce enough heat to warm a room 400 square feet and up, they remain cool to the touch, therefore reducing the risk of injuries and burns, making electric fireplaces safe for kids and pets. Buy an Electric Fireplace this Winter

10.)  Electric fireplaces can be used all year in all climates.

Electric fireplaces can be used with or without heat, leaving you able to enjoy the ambiance of a gentle rolling fire all year long and allowing homes in all climates to enjoy the comforting glow of a fire. Shop now to see the best electric fireplace for any room.

Ted with Plano Texas Handyman can install a great electric fireplace with a magnificent mantle, back drop and all electrical apparatuses for as little as $2500. Call us today at 214-507-3415 or visit or website for more information. You can also read more at the following Plano Texas Handyman link.

Complete Home Monitoring System

Complete Home Monitoring System

Complete Home Monitoring System – Monitoring your connected home has come a long way since the days of primitive alert systems linked to a landline. While these older systems were to some degree effective, they weren’t very user-friendly and they made remote access awkward.

That’s all changed as we edge toward 2020. Today, we’ll show you how to build out a complete home monitoring system the easy way. The even better thing is, this will cost far less than you might imagine.

We’ll be sidestepping professionally-monitored set-ups here. If you’re happy to pay an ongoing monthly fee and to lock yourself into a contract, we’re not here to dissuade you. Indeed, many of these packages from industry security titans like ADT or Vivint are tailor-made for the elderly or anyone wanting total peace of mind.

Plano Texas Handyman is an expert in the installation of Complete home monitoring systems. Call us at 214-507-3415 or visit our website for information on a system. Our company dose not endorse any specific brand but the information below is based on Insteon products.

So, how do you get started?

Well, since you’ll be needing to mesh together multiple devices to get them singing in harmony, you’ll need to invest in a smart home hub right off the bat.

What You’ll Need

  • Home Hub
  • Smart Speaker
  • Smart Video Doorbell
  • Indoor Wireless Security Cameras
  • Outdoor Wireless Security Cameras
  • Motion-Activated Smart Security Lights
  • Motion Sensors
  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Water Leak Detectors

Home Hub

You can think of a smart home hub as the heart of your connected home.

One of the serious drawbacks of smart devices is the lack of unified protocols, meaning it’s often impossible for these devices to easily communicate with one another. Therefore, the home hub steps in acting as a kind of translator. Complete Home Monitoring System

This central gateway allows messages to be relayed between devices from disparate manufacturers, even if they don’t necessarily speak the same language. Keep in mind that you’ll still need to think closely about compatibility. In most cases, though, you’ll be able to get your devices playing nicely together and singing in harmony.

Before we go any further, we want to give you a word of warning on interoperability. More accurately here, we’re talking about the planning you’ll have to do because of the compatibility issue.

If you’re looking to create a home monitoring system from scratch, don’t just blunder in buying devices without planning. If you do this, you’ll risk clashes that will prevent you from seamless automation. If, on the other hand, you flesh out a basic plan with shortlisted devices, you can establish which of them will fit neatly with your hub.

With that laid bare, what home hub works best?

The answer here is, “It depends.”

There’s no magic bullet and you’ll need to think about your requirements, tech levels and the other devices you’re planning to build out your system with. However, we have three particularly strong examples we stand behind fully. Complete Home Monitoring System

Insteon Home Hub Central Controller

If you’re already invested into the Insteon ecosystem or you fancy building out a connected home with this domotics OG, you’ll need the affordable and flexible hub to get the most from it.

You can add in a full suite of security devices and monitor your set-up in-app on your smartphone, using a physical controller or using Alexa or Google Assistant. For voice control, you will need a smart speaker, but we’ll outline those below. Complete Home Monitoring System

Check out a list of compatible devices right here.

Samsung SmartThings Third Generation Hub

Going from strength to strength in its third iteration, the Samsung SmartThings Hub also works with both major digital assistants. This allows you to control and monitor your smart home hands-free.

Interoperability is robust. You’ll be able to incorporate devices from all the main players into your ecosystem and get them working smoothly together.

Check out a list of compatible devices here.

Wink Hub2

The retooled Wink Hub2 is a serious upgrade on a modern classic. You’ll be able to use over 400 smart devices with this gateway. You’ll also get class-leading communication protocol support with Zigbee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth LE, Lutron Clear Connect, and Kidde all compatible with Hub2. Complete Home Monitoring System

5GHz WiFi is fully supported and you’ll be able to use Ethernet, too.

Control in-app or using either Alexa or Google Assistant is slick and user-friendly.

Check out a list of compatible devices here.

So, regardless of which hub you choose, there’s another issue to consider before you get down to home monitoring.

Do you want to use voice control?

If you do – and to get the most seamless automation experience it makes good sense – you’ll need a smart speaker.

Smart Speaker

If you’re interested in syncing your video doorbell with your security cameras and your motion-activated smart lighting, using Alexa or Google Assistant is a wise move. Complete Home Monitoring System

In order to benefit from these digital butlers, you’ll need a smart speaker.

To avoid splitting our focus, today we’ll be lasering in purely on Alexa. If you prefer the idea of Google Assistant, you’ll need a Google Home smart speaker.

For Alexa, it’s all about Echo devices.

Echo Devices

Which one you choose depends entirely on your personal preferences but here’s a snapshot of the range as it stands today:

  • Echo: Now in its second generation, Echo got an aesthetic tweak along with overhauled audio. The original smart speaker remains a solid vehicle for Alexa and comes keenly priced
  • Echo Plus: The second iteration of Echo Plus comes with a Zigbee home hub onboard, giving you the chance to try automating your home without needing a third-party gateway. Audio is impressive and you’ll benefit from all of Alexa’s smarts
  • Echo Dot: A minute and affordable entry point to Alexa, the disc-shaped Dot also comes in a vibrantly colored kids edition
  • Echo Spot: The smallest smart display on the market, Echo Spot packs a 2 ½-inch screen throwing in a visual element to streaming.
  • Echo Show: The 10-inch HD screen on the second-generation Echo Show makes this smart display a perfect addition to your kitchen
  • Echo Show 5: Now featuring a screen half the size of the original Echo Show, the all-new Echo Show 5 allows you to monitor your home on screen from the comfort of your bedroom

Regardless of which model you roll with, you can do far more than stream audio or video and organize your day with a smart speaker or smart display. When used as part of your home monitoring system, you’ll be able to issue simple voice commands to check in and keep tabs on things.

With your hub and Alexa device in place, it’s time to get on with ramping up security so you can monitor your home remotely. Where better place to begin than with a video doorbell? Complete Home Monitoring System

Smart Video Doorbell

If your home is your castle, the entry system is your first line of defense. Installing a video doorbell is a quick, painless and cost-effective method of ramping up security. You’ll also be able to remain connected to your home even when you’re on the other side of the world.

We make no apology for repeatedly recommending the Amazon-owned Ring. While Ring’s range has broadened substantially beyond the original version of Video Doorbell, this company still revolves around all things security. If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful video doorbell, the original model is still available at a great price.

Perhaps you’d like to edge forward a little while still staying within a reasonable budget?

If so, we’d strongly suggest road testing the second-generation smart doorbell.

Ring Video Doorbell 2

With a 1080p wide-angle video and two-way audio, you’ll receive an alert on your smartphone any time someone rings the Ring Video Doorbell 2. Also, you’ll be able to communicate with clarity while also recording footage.

Whether you opt for the battery-powered or hardwired version, both offer on-demand video and audio. This allows you to monitor your entryway from a distance using nothing but your phone. Complete Home Monitoring System

If you want 5GHz WiFi support, you’ll need to consider either the Video Doorbell Pro or the upscale Video Doorbell Elite. These are only available hardwired and the Elite also offers power over Ethernet.

For most reasonable purposes, Doorbell 2 is a rock-solid choice. While it’s undeniably convenient to answer your door from the couch, this is not the main selling point. The most value comes from the way in which you can use this doorbell as the eyes and ears of your home monitoring system. No self-respecting monitoring set-up should be without one.

You could, of course, choose from a range of competing doorbells. Our aim today, though, is to streamline your set-up, not bewilder you with excessive options.

With the smart video doorbell in place, you should focus your attention on adding in some wireless cameras, both indoors and out in the yard.

Indoor Wireless Security Cameras

Indoor security cameras wear many hats. Obviously, in the event of anyone entering your home without your consent, you’ll benefit from recorded footage to help you and the police both. Complete Home Monitoring System

With indoor cameras, you’ll also be able to keep a close eye on babies and toddlers if you don’t want to invest in a single-purpose baby intercom. After all, with a wireless camera, you’ll get the advantages of an intercom with plenty of extra functionality baked in.

An indoor camera also works well if you have service staff and you’d like to monitor proceedings from a distance without being intrusive.

Which ones are the best, though? Well, ambitious start-up Wyze is taking the market by storm offering class-leading wireless security cameras at scarcely believable prices…

Wyze Cam Pan

Packing Alexa functionality, you can monitor your Wyze Cams from anywhere in your house, making it easy to keep an eye on your kids or pets from a distance.

You’ll also be able to enjoy HD live streaming to your smartphone, reassuring you when you’re not at home. Any security breach triggering the panning camera will result in an instant notification pinged right to your phone. Complete Home Monitoring System

Both motion and sound detection are recorded and you’ll benefit from rolling 14-day cloud storage with no subscription required.

You can monitor multiple Wyze Cams simultaneously in-app, making this the ideal addition to any home monitoring system.

What about outdoors, though?

Outdoor Wireless Security Cameras

Outdoor security cameras serve a different purpose and help you to perform two core jobs:

  • Make your home, with a clearly visible camera and sign, much less attractive to any would-be burglars
  • Capture and record footage so if someone does attempt breaking in, you’ll have all the evidence you need to take further action

This is an extremely crowded vertical with all major brands clamoring for a slice of the security camera pie. Again, rather than muddying the waters with a list of 10 great outdoor cameras, we’ll point you in the direction of the best of the best.

And that comes from Arlo.

Arlo Pro Wireless HD Security Camera with Base Station

Completely wire-free, the Arlo Pro is perfect for renters and homeowners alike. After all, if you’re renting your property, you won’t want to get involved in extensive rewiring and you won’t want prohibitive contracts from home monitoring companies either. With the DIY Arlo Pro, you don’t have to worry about either of those things. Complete Home Monitoring System

You can watch both live and recorded footage directly from your phone. This camera works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT for seamless hands-free scheduling. The free app is responsive, user-friendly and allows to monitor your home using your phone, tablet, laptop or TV. Monitoring can happen how you like and when you like.

You’ll enjoy crisp, clear two-way audio while the HD camera also places clarity uppermost.

Anything triggering the sensors will ensure you’re immediately alerted while a piercing 100-decibel siren should see any wrongdoers scurrying for cover.

A hard-hitting home monitoring system leaves no dark corners exposed. You should seriously consider throwing some motion-activated lighting into your defense strategy.

Motion-Activated Smart Security Lights

If your yard has darkened areas, not only is this inconvenient for you when you come home after dark, it also provides any potential burglars with ample cover to gain entry undetected.

With such a selection of motion-activated smart lighting up for grabs, there’s no excuse to leave the flanks of your connected home unprotected.

We’ll return to security legend Ring here who have their outdoor smart lighting game on-point. Their purchase of LED specialist Mr. Beams has strengthened and deepened their range. Complete Home Monitoring System

If you’re looking to build out several ring products, the smart lighting bridge allows you to build in your video doorbell and cameras creating that fabled Ring of Security around your home. In addition, you’ll also be able to include up to 50 smart lighting devices, more than adequate for even a sprawling smart home.

The Floodlight Cam packs a pair of sensors capable of facial recognition and object recognition. Therefore, any time someone or something unexpected triggers these sensors, a raucous alarm will send and the garden will be bathed in 3000 Kelvins of light.

With a wide-angle view spanning 270 degrees, you’ll leave no area of your outdoor space vulnerable and you’ll be able to stay connected remotely around the clock.

Check out the entire Ring Smart Lighting range for more inspiration.

Now that you have all the basics of a home monitoring system in place, it’s time for a final flourish with some valuable extras to take you the extra mile.

Motion Sensors

However much attention you lavish on securing your smart home, what’s the one obvious weak point with any residential property?

That’s right, the windows. In other words, expanses of glass make it all too easy for anyone with ill intent to gain access with nothing but a hammer or a nearby stone required. Complete Home Monitoring System

You can fight back, though.

The Nest Detect makes sure that you’re alerted if any doors or windows are breached. You can also use it to protect rooms you don’t want people wandering into undetected.

To start, you can attach these sensors wherever you want to monitor motion or opening, and you can monitor proceedings in-app on your smartphone.

However, sensors don’t end at windows and doors. Think about the damage that smoke can create, especially if you’re sleeping upstairs or away from home when a fire starts. Again, there’s no excuse not to take action on this front.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke and carbon monoxide are silent killers responsible for many deaths each year.

Avoid becoming a statistic and purchase the Insteon Smoke Bridge bundled with a First Alert detector. This detector is capable of picking up on any traces of smoke and carbon monoxide. You can receive remote alerts on your smartphone if you have the Insteon Hub we outline above. You’ll also be able to link this device to other Insteon tech in your home. This means that lights will be triggered if any smoke trips the sensors.

Entirely wireless and coming with a choice of voice alerts, there’s no need to face a ruined smart home. Complete Home Monitoring System

Water Leak Detectors

To round out your home monitoring system, you should give due consideration to a water leak detector.

We strongly suggest this 6-pack of Insteon Water Leak Sensors, which is ideal for protecting all vulnerable appliances in a larger connected home.

Again, when used in connection with the hub we describe above, you’ll stay fully aware of any unwanted moisture, whether from a washing machine, toilet or any other water appliance in your home. By taking prompt and decisive action, you could save yourself from a flooded home and a ruinous insurance claim. Having a home and flood insurance policy from a company like Bear River Home Insurance will help you worry less if the unexpected happens to your home.

Making Your Home Monitoring Devices Work Together

In conclusion, if you build out a home monitoring system with all the above devices, you’ll have done everything you can to protect yourself and your beloved tech from harm.

By ensuring you have a home hub and smart speaker in place, you’ll be able to take charge remotely or using voice commands.

As long as you check closely for compatibility before purchase, you’ll also be able to automate devices so they work in complete harmony. Just like we said at the beginning, creating a rock-solid home monitoring system couldn’t be much easier, demands no tech skills, and can be done on a reasonable budget. Complete Home Monitoring System

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Camera system for your Business

Camera System for your Business.

Camera System for your Business. Security is imperative for any business; after all, how can you be profitable if you can’t protect your assets? Luckily, video surveillance systems are more intelligent and effective than ever. The best cameras now offer computer-like functions and features, like motion sensors and automatic mobile notifications. Some even let you automatically contact law enforcement instantly if need be. Technological development has also lead to more efficient ways of managing recording and storage, as well. Now small business owners have access to immensely powerful surveillance systems like the thermal surveillance camera at relatively affordable prices. Regardless of your business size, you cannot afford to be without a camera system. Whether you need 30 cameras or 4, it is important you have one!

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When it comes to buying and implementing a new system, most vendors allow for a large degree of customizability, meaning you can tailor a system to your business’s specific needs. Whether you need a widespread system that can cover multiple locations or just a few cameras to watch your storefront, there’s a solution for everyone. Not sure where to start? Here’s our 2018 video surveillance buyer’s guide to help break down the component parts of video surveillance systems.

Benefits of a Surveillance System 

Before diving into the details, it’s important to note the many benefits offered by a video surveillance system. Not only can surveillance cameras deter criminals and help law enforcement quickly catch any would-be thieves, but these systems can also improve the accountability of your employees, help you monitor productivity and sometimes even reduce your insurance premiums. While the up-front costs of installing a video surveillance system can seem a little steep, the long-term payoff and the peace of mind may well be worth the expense. Camera System for your Business

IP Cameras vs. Analog Cameras 

There are two primary types of cameras that can be wired into a video surveillance system: internet protocol (IP) cameras and the traditional analog cameras. IP cameras are the more modern iteration of analog cameras, and while the individual cameras tend to be a little more expensive, they offer a number of features that analog cameras do not. Here’s a look at the differences between the two types of camera.

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Resolution 

IP cameras are far more powerful than analog cameras, usually shooting footage of between 1 megapixel and 5 megapixels. That makes for incredibly clear image quality, especially compared to the more grainy analog footage, which runs around one-half of a megapixel. IP cameras generally have a larger field of vision than analog cameras.

Video analytics 

IP cameras also have additional features that analog cameras don’t offer, such as video analytics, which allow for mobile notifications and automatic recording if there is movement within the camera’s field of vision. This is particularly useful for times when your business is closed and you want to know if someone is moving around inside the premises. You can configure the system to flag events like this and send notifications directly to your smartphone, along with recorded footage of the event. Some systems also offer a direct, one-touch connection to local law enforcement. Camera System for your Business.

Network Video Recorders 

In addition, IP cameras are compatible with network video recorders (NVRs), which offer several other benefits over the older digital video recorders (DVRs) that this guide will cover. In short, NVR records higher-quality video and allows for systems to be scaled up much more easily than can be done with DVR. For more information on video recorders, see the section below. Camera System for your Business

PoE Switches 

IP cameras can also be connected to what is known as a “power over Ethernet” (PoE) switch, which both sends data from the camera and provides power to it. Analog cameras, on the other hand, require a switch to run the signal from the camera as well as a separate power source, meaning a more complex setup and more wires. PoE switches are also generally regarded as a more secure way to transmit data. A PoE switch allows us to improve connectivity for large buildings. A PoE switch allows us to make the overall system better and more functional.

Comparable System Cost

While IP cameras are generally more expensive than their analog counterparts, the total cost of a full IP system tends to be slightly lower than that of a comparable analog system. Since IP cameras have a wider field of vision, as well, an IP system can often work with fewer less cameras than an analog system.

Digital Video Recorders vs. Network Video Recorders

All of the cameras in a given system require a central video recorder in order to transmit and archive the footage they are capturing. DVRs evolved from the older VCR models, while NVRs represent the next step in the evolution of video recording technology. Here’s a side-by-side look at how DVRs and NVRs compare. Camera System for your Business.

Resolution of recordings

DVRs generally offer what is known as D1 resolution, which is the traditional video quality used in closed-circuit television systems. D1 equates to a resolution of 720 x 480, which is considered standard resolution. Camera System for your Business

NVRs, on the other hand, can record in 1080p, which is high-definition; it offers a significant improvement in video quality over the DVR system. For comparison purposes, 1080p equates to a resolution of 1920 x 1080. This results in a much clearer image.

Camera Connections 

Connecting analog cameras with a DVR system is done by way of directly plugging a BNC cable from the DVR into the camera. To connect more cameras to the DVR system, you need additional cables. DVR systems are difficult to scale up because once every BNC connection is occupied by a camera, you need to purchase an entirely new DVR before adding another camera to the system. DVRs also require that the connected cameras be in close proximity to the recorder; otherwise, the video quality begins to degrade.

The NVR eliminates these problems, because it is instead connected directly to a network. IP cameras that are connected to the same network, usually by way of a PoE switch, are then able to transmit footage to the NVR. Systems based around an NVR are much easier to scale up than DVR systems, simply because they can accept a new camera once it is added to the network. In the worst case, all that would be required is an additional PoE switch. Some IP cameras are also wireless and can transmit footage to the NVR over Wi-Fi. There are no proximity limitations so long as a camera is connected to the same network as the NVR. The largest downside to an NVR system, however, is that not every IP camera will work with every NVR. So you’ll need to know whether your cameras will be compatible with a given video recorder before buying. Camera System for your Business

Hybrid Video Recorders

Hybrid video recorders (HVR) are video surveillance systems that run both IP cameras and analog cameras. The versatility of these systems makes them desirable; if you’re upgrading an old system and don’t want to do away with all of your old analog cameras, for example, an HVR can help you make the transition and prepare for a fully IP system in the future. 

What to Look for When Choosing a System

Your Cameras 

Resolution: This is one of the most important considerations when selecting a camera. For a sharp image, you’ll want a camera that can shoot at least in 720p high definition, which means an IP camera. If you want to guarantee that your camera will have a clear, identifiable image, you don’t want to cut corners here.

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Frame rate: This is another key aspect of a camera – the higher the frame rate, the smoother the video. Video is simply a series of still images stitched together to create a motion picture. The lower the frame rate, the less frequently a still is taken; this results in choppier footage. You’ll want to consider the frame rate of the camera you purchase before deciding. For reference, “real time” is typically measured as 30 frames per second. 

Models: There are a number of different types of security cameras out there. Some of the more common ones are bullet cameras, which are the rectangular boxes you might see protruding from a wall; dome cameras, which are often attached to a ceiling and housed in a tinted cover; and pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras, which offer remote-control capabilities to adjust the field of vision. Depending on your particular security needs, you’ll want to consider which types of cameras to use in outfitting your system. Camera System for your Business

Indoor/outdoor: Some security cameras are made specifically for the indoors and won’t stand up to Mother Nature quite as well as their outdoor counterparts. If you plan to use cameras outside, make sure you purchase models that are weatherproof. Otherwise, water or dirt might interfere with the quality of your video feeds or, worse yet, break your camera. Security cameras might be minimally resistant to weather or completely weatherproof. Be sure to understand what level of protection from natural conditions your security camera offers. 

Lighting: Many security cameras are able to shoot in what is known as “low-light infrared,” enabling them to capture clear footage in dark conditions. These cameras rely on infrared LED lights, which cover the darkened area in infrared light. Unlike humans, the camera is able to see this infrared light, so when those wavelengths reflect back, it’s as if the camera is shooting footage in an illuminated room. The more IR LEDs that a camera has, the better it is able to see at night. If capturing footage in the dark is a priority, make sure your camera has plenty of IR LEDs.

Audio: Whether audio recording is an option depends on the particular camera and the manufacturer. Some cameras don’t pick up audio at all, while others do. Some even enable two-way audio, so a person watching the camera on the other end can communicate with a subject in the camera’s field of vision. 

Your Video Recorder

Storage capacity: For video recorders, the first question you have to ask yourself is how much storage you will need. The answer hinges on a couple of factors: the number of cameras in your system, each camera’s resolution, the amount of archived footage you intend to store and how long you plan to keep recorded footage. If there are many cameras shooting in a higher resolution, the footage is going to eat up storage space quickly. You can set a video recorder to “overwrite” the oldest footage once you reach the system’s capacity, but if you’re not careful, the system might overwrite archived footage that you still need. Camera System for your Business

If you’re running a large system that has high-quality cameras, you’ll want to scale up your video recorder’s storage capacity. There are a number of tools online that can help you calculate how much storage space you’ll need based on the details of your system.

For example, a four-camera system that runs 24 hours a day using IP cameras, each with a 2-megapixel resolution and a frame rate of 5 fps, with video compressed into MJPEG files on a NVR, would require 2.79 terabytes of storage space for footage, according to the Supercircuits calculator. 

That’s quite a bit of data for a moderate-size system, so it’s important to plan accordingly and know what kind of capacity you’ll really need. It’s also wise to maintain a bit of a cushion beyond that calculated number, so you can store any particularly interesting footage you might need to refer back to. Camera System for your Business

Cloud storage: Recorded video can be stored on the cloud in addition to on your video recorder or resources such as Timescale can be used. There are a few distinct advantages to doing this, including having remote access to your videos and superior storage volume. It’s important to ensure that uploading large video files is done in a manner that won’t eat up all the available bandwidth and slow down your network. This can be done by either scheduling video uploads to the cloud or uploading them after peak business hours. In addition, be aware that many cloud services charge a subscription fee to use their offerings, especially to store video files in perpetuity. Make sure the company takes the appropriate cybersecurity measures to protect your data. On the plus side, storing videos in the cloud means that even if your hardware is damaged, stolen or tampered with, you’ll still have access to your video archives. 

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Camera compatibility: Not every video recorder can work with every camera. Of course, DVRs require analog cameras, while NVRs use IP cameras, but the compatibility question extends well beyond that distinction. Some NVR systems, for example, are compatible with the IP cameras only from certain manufacturers and not others. When buying a video recorder, you must first make sure that the device will work with the cameras you’ve purchased. If you’re working with a surveillance system integrator to configure your system, the cameras should be able to provide you with the necessary information.

Compression: Compression is used to eliminate unnecessary data from the footage transmitted to your video recorder, thereby saving space. Two of the more common compression techniques used for high-definition video are MJPEG and H.264. You can also use MPEG4, but the quality tends to be lower than that of MPEG4’s aforementioned counterparts. Compression methods are relatively complex and vary in their applications depending on your needs and hardware. Camera System for your Business

Your PoE Switches

Power-over-Ethernet switches apply only to NVR systems, but they cut out other components that would be necessary for a DVR system, like additional power sources and the BNC cables used to connect cameras to the DVR. Instead, when you connect a PoE switch to your network, you’ve got a power source and a means of transmitting data to your NVR all in one package. The biggest consideration when choosing which type of PoE switch to buy is the number of cameras that will be on your system. The next consideration is how likely you are to scale up in the future.

Some NVRs will have a handful of PoE ports built into them, while others will not. If you need to buy a PoE switch, the smaller ones start at around $40-$50 and offer about five ports. Each port represents a data connection and a power source for one camera. However, if your plan is to scale up and implement a very large system, there are PoE switches that feature as many as 48 distinct ports.

There are also wireless IP cameras available that require little more than mounting, but those might be less secure than wired connections. If you choose wireless, you’ll need to make sure the signal can’t be easily intercepted. Again, it all comes back to your particular needs and the type of system you’re trying to construct. 

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