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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 Ted at Plano Texas Handyman to discuss your Home Theatre Design by calling 214-507-3415. Please visit our website for more information on our capabilities. 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

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

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. 

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. 

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, call Ted at 214.507.3415 today for more information on Build a Network for Your Smart Home or visit our website for all our capabilities.  Build a Network for Your Smart Home. Fall remodeling projects and ideas

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.

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

Pro TV Mounting

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

Home Electric Fireplace

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. Buy an Electric Fireplace this Winter, Home Electric Fireplace

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.        

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

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.

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 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!

Call Plano Texas Handyman, Your expert in video surveillance systems for business.  Call us at 214-507-3415 or visit our website for more details.    How to choose video surveillance for your Business.  You can get more details on security features at our Security Camera website page from Plano Texas Handyman. Camera System for your Business

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. 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. 

0Call Plano Texas Handyman, Your expert in video surveillance systems for business.  Call us at 214-507-3415 or visit our website for more details.  Camera System for your Business

Projects when moving into a New Home

Projects when moving into a New Home

Projects when moving into a New Home – A new house can be so exciting: The decorating possibilities! The organizational ideas! Call Ted with Plano Texas handyman at 214-507-3415 for an assessment of your new home projects or visit our website for all our capabilities. Projects when moving into a New Home .

There are many who move into a new home every year after spending months trying to find that that perfect place for their family. Moving is always an exciting time for anyone and finding the right place after viewing so many new homes in spartanburg sc, you can’t wait to get packed and moving, but before you give the green light to the removalists Sydney allowing them to begin the process of moving your stuff and arranging your furniture, check off these must-do maintenance tasks to make sure everything is safe and in working order:

1. Change the locks, install smart locks
You just don’t know how many people have a copy of the keys. When a house goes up for sale, a lot of people have access to it (think: listing agents, selling agents, and maintenance workers). Plus, you can’t be sure who the previous owners offered a spare set. If the house has an alarm system, remember to change the code. And don’t forget the garage door and the fence gates. Projects when moving into a New Home

Install smart locks to make it convenient for family members to enter the home without keys and quests. A really great improvement for a small investment.

2. Check for moisture stains
Your inspector should have noted any discolored yellow rings on your drywall, but give your home another once-over right before you move in. Install smart home moisture and condition monitors that report to your smart phone. Any necessary repair work will be easier to tackle when the space isn’t crammed with your stuff. Include the inside of the cabinets for water stains and have them painted with a stain blocker. Projects when moving into a New Home

3. Locate the shut-off valves
Find the main water shut-off valve and check to see if you need special tools — like a wrench or a key — to operate it. “If you suddenly have a plumbing leak and there’s water pouring into your house, you need to be able to get to the valve and turn off the water quickly, as well as having to get in touch with a service like Sydney Relining Solutions.

And no, these valves aren’t in the same place in every home. Usually the valves are located in the front of the house in the water meter. You will need a key to open to open the water meter cover and these can be bought from Home Depot.

4. Locate the circuit breaker box.
If an electrical fire starts, you should know where to go to turn off all the power in the house. Now would also be a good time to label the switches if they’re not already marked. You’ll need two people: One to flip the switch and one to holler when the lights go out. You would be surprised to find out how many electrical panels are not marked properly.

5. Replace the batteries in smoke detectors
Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors aren’t always checked during a home inspection. You should even consider replacing ALL smole alarms because new generation smoke, CO2 and other ionization detectors are superior to old technology. And even if they are, something could happen between the inspection and the time you move in. You could push the button, it could work fine, and then the battery could die. Working smoke alarms save lives, so swap out all the batteries with fresh ones. Smoke alarms wear out over time and it is always best to replace them with new technology. Projects when moving into a New Home

6. Give carpets a deep clean
Even if the previous owners didn’t have pets, it’s worth the couple hundred dollars to hire a professional to come in. They have the heavy duty steam-powered machines that can kill germs and dust mites, — and who knows when the carpets were last cleaned. This could help with any dust mites that might have been hiding under your queen size mattress. We recommend calling in the pros once a year, so take advantage of the empty house and do it now.

7. Change the heating and cooling filters
A new disposable filter costs about $15. The damage that could be caused by an old filter is enormous. A whole new system could cost you up to 65000. If you don’t replace the filter, it could cut down on efficiency, or worse, cause the system to overheat and completely fail. We also suggests having a professional come to service the equipment — and set up an ongoing maintenance schedule for every six months. “It’s the same reason you change your oil every 3,000 miles in your car. If you don’t take care of the equipment, it’s going to fail. New filters can also improve the air quality of your home. Projects when moving into a New Home

8. Install closet systems
Organize the closets!!Moving is one of the few times in life when you have a clear gauge of how much stuff you really have, so you can plot out a helpful closet system pretty well. If you install drawers, shelves, and hanging rods before you move in, you can unpack and organize your stuff at once. Everything goes right into place and you’re done.

9. Paint
Okay, so you can do some decorating before you move in: Paint your heart out. The benefits are two-fold. Painting in advance gives the house time to air out before you’re actually living there, and your furniture won’t be in the way while you’re working. Some people say to paint after you move in (so you know how the light changes throughout the day) but if you spend time in the new place completing this checklist, you should have a decent idea. Paint some test swatches on the walls and see how you like them over a few days. Projects when moving into a New Home

10. Install a security system
Afraid of what might be lurking in or outside your home when you’re away? Fear for your family’s safety when you’re all home for the night? Installing the absolute best home security cameras around your property can do wonders to ease your mind, giving you the added protection you deserve and serving as a crucial deterrent to potential intruders. But with so many features and price points available, picking the right camera for your home security needs can be overwhelming. Our goal is to provide you with the best security camera options and point out the key features that differentiate them from one another to help you pick the right security camera for your home. Note that many home security systems can have cameras as part of the system.

Call Ted with Plano Texas handyman at 214-507-3415 for an assessment of your new home projects or visit our website for all our capabilities. Projects when moving into a New Home

Dallas Park Cities Handyman

Dallas Park Cities Handyman

Dallas Park Cities Handyman – A handyman is a skilled “jack of all trades” who can complete a wide range of repairs or home improvement jobs.  Plano Texas Handyman is truly a jack of all trades with an engineering background and master fix-ologist.  Call Plano Texas Handyman today at 214-507-3415 for more information ar visit our website to get a full perspective on our capabilities.  Dallas Park Cities Handyman .

A handyman, or handyman service, usually charges clients an hourly rate, plus material costs, regardless of the task. Many homeowners compile a list of repairs and hire a handyman to complete the list in a single visit.

The term “handyman” is loosely defined. Some are self-trained, while others have formal training in various aspects of construction and home repair. A home handyman might specialize in a few types of home maintenance, such as painting, carpentry, or tiling, while others may have additional skills such as plumbing and electrical expertise.

There’s no national standard or regulation for handymen. Licensing and regulation vary by state. New Jersey, for example, requires handymen who work for a profit to register with the state and carry insurance. California requires handymen to carry a license from the State Contractors License Board to work on any project that exceeds $500 in labor and material costs. Find out before you hire the handyman if he or she has the skills needed to complete your project.  Dallas Park Cities Handyman .

Do you need a handyman or contractor?
The scope of the job and level of skill required to complete it should determine whether you hire a handyman or contractor.

“When trying to determine who you should hire for a particular job, consider the task,” says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List. “If it’s a specialized trade, be sure you hire that tradesperson like a plumber or electrician, for example. If it’s little things that you can do yourself, a handyman is probably the right way to go.”  Dallas Park Cities Handyman .

A handyman is not the best option for a large or complicated project that could take a long time to complete and requires the help of multiple workers. You shouldn’t turn to a handyman either if you need an emergency service for plumbing, electrical or appliance work, unless the handyman is licensed in that trade. If an unlicensed person does plumbing or electrical work, you have no guarantee that the work has been done to code, which could affect your homeowners insurance policy or any claim related to the work. Use a contractor or specialist for remodeling work, room additions and projects that require heavy-duty equipment or licensed professionals like electricians.

Why hire a handyman?
You’ve got an ever increasing to-do list of home improvements like changing out a bathroom faucet, replacing missing shingles on the roof and painting a kitchen wall. You could hire a plumber, roofer and painter who have conflicting schedules and their own service charges, or you could hire a handyman to complete all three projects in one day for one hourly rate.  Dallas Park Cities Handyman .

Because many handymen charge by the hour, a homeowner can save time and money on home improvement projects by hiring one to complete a wide range of projects at an hourly rate. A service charge from a plumber or roofer to come to your home could equal or even surpass the cost of hiring a handyman for a few hours.

You’re also less likely to be overcharged if your hire a handyman. Unlike a general contractor or specialist who is more likely to price a job based on the estimated amount of time it will take to complete, you only have to pay a handyman for the hours he works, unless you agree on a flat rate. Handymen can keep their rates low because they don’t have to pay additional workers, so they have lower overhead costs than contractors or large companies.

Although handymen have less overhead, they do supply their own tools, so there’s no need to invest in extra equipment you won’t use often or at all. However, you will need to supply the materials.

When you hire a contractor or specialist, they usually supply the materials, and often at a markup. If they don’t provide the materials, they may not guarantee a repair, or your choices are limited to what they have in stock. When you choose your own materials, you know how much the product costs, and you can stay within your budget. You also get to choose the manufacturer, finish and register any warranty agreement.

Handymen have been known to do all types of work, from setting up playground equipment and gas grills to hanging holiday lights and decorations.  Plano Texas Handyman.

Ideal jobs for a handyman
Handymen are best utilized for small, “honey-do” types of home repair work. The following projects are ideal for most handymen:

Minor plumbing work: Many handymen are capable of completing small plumbing jobs like installing new fixtures or repairing a leaky faucet. However, complex projects that require relocating plumbing within the home should be left to a licensed plumber.  Plano Texas Handyman.

Caulking: Adding a fresh application of caulk to gaps between windows, doors and siding is a great way to improve energy efficiency and lower utility costs.

Decks and porches: Over time, weather can take a toll on wooden decks and porches. A handyman can replace broken boards, apply a finish or sealant and improve or upgrade your deck or porch’s safety and appearance.

Home Automation: We can fully integrate your home into a “smart home”.  We have extensive electrical engineering experience and can automate your home easily.

Home exterior repairs: If you have minor damage to your home’s exterior, such as a loose piece of siding or a missing shingle, hiring a handyman to repair those items may prove to be more cost-effective than hiring a specialist.  Dallas Park Cities Handyman .

Painting and touch-ups: If you have a small painting job, like a wall, garage door, touch-ups of scuff marks or the repair of small holes with spackle, consider a handyman. But remember, a handyman typically charges by the hour, so larger jobs are better suited for a professional painting crew.

Hanging window treatments, pictures and mirrors and installing light fixtures: These small tasks can be easily accomplished by a homeowner. But if you hire a handyman with the right tools and experience, these wall-mounted items will likely be hung correctly and without damage. Dallas Park Cities Handyman

Tips to hire a handyman
Interview several candidates before hiring a candidate. A handyman works closely with you in your home, so you want to pick one that you feel comfortable being around. Use the following tips to help you choose the best one:

1. Define the project. Start by compiling a list of the home repairs you want completed. Remember, a handyman is best used for small jobs such as installing light fixtures, patching drywall and interior painting. If the job requires pulling a permit, or moving plumbing or electrical wiring, consider hiring a licensed contractor.

2. Shop around. Check Angie’s List reviews and interview at least three handymen. Ask how many years of experience they have and their areas of specialization. Request references from homeowners who have hired them. Make sure the potential handyman has the skills and experience to complete your project.

3. Watch out for scams. Avoid handymen who contact you with unsolicited phone calls or visits to your home. You should also avoid any handyman who refuses to guarantee the price of the job or asks for payment upfront. Reputable handymen don’t expect to get paid before the project is completed.

4. Get it in writing. Insist on a written agreement laying out the job details, costs and payment schedule. Be clear about the times you expect the work to be started and completed. It’s extremely important to get all guarantees in writing. Dallas Park Cities Handyman

5. Ask for a guarantee. Many handymen will guarantee their work for up to one year. Ask about guarantees before you make a hiring decision, and of course, make sure the guarantee is in writing.

6. Inspect the work. Inspect the completed work before paying the handyman. Make sure that everything has been done to your satisfaction and at the agreed upon price. Most handymen will be happy to explain the finished work because they want you to be satisfied. Dallas Park Cities Handyman

Plano Texas Handyman is truly a jack of all trades with an engineering background and master fix-ologist.  Call Planoi Texas Handyman today at 214-507-3415 for more information ar visit our website to get a full perspective on our capabilities.  Dallas Park Cities Handyman .

Home Security when your on Vacation

Home Security when your on Vacation

It’s finally time for a vacation, and boy do you need it. But how exactly are you supposed to relax, unwind, and leave your cares behind if you’re worried about the security of your home?  Home Security when your on Vacation

Plano Texas Handyman is the local expert on protecting your home with a smart home security system, We install wired and wireless cameras, door and window sensors, room cameras, water sensors and most anything that will monitor your home while your away and view them real time on your smart device. Call today at 214-507-3415 or visit our website for more details on all our capabilities.

Enlist a Trusted Neighbor

Remember how your mom or grandma always kept a spare key under the doormat or above the doorframe? Yeah… don’t do that. Instead, find a neighbor you trust or a friend who lives close by and give them a spare key, just in case you need them to access your home for you while you’re away. Home Security when your on Vacation

Hide Valuables Creatively

Safe behind a picture in the bedroom? That might be the first place a burglar looks. Get more imaginative by hiding valuables in kitchen cabinets, bathroom cupboards, the bottom of the toy box, or in the dog’s bed (although that won’t protect anything from fire damage).

Remember, Nothing is more secure than a solid steel, fire-proof, water resistant, solid bolt safe securely fastened to a concrete floor. Few thief’s will have the tools to remove the safe or get into the safe.

Keep Your Daily Services Active

Enlist a friend or relative to gather mail, newspapers, and packages, or cancel service for the time you’re gone since seeing things pile up can alert a thief to your absence. You might also ask a friend or neighbor to park in your driveway periodically and hire someone to keep mowing your lawn. Home Security when your on Vacation

Hire a House Sitter

If you know a trustworthy sitter who’d consider a stay in your home something like a vacation, it can be a win/win situation. Hire them to live in your home and keep an eye on it while you’re gone. If you don’t want them to live in your home, hire them to make two or three trips per day to open p the house and check things out. If you have pets, they can also serve as a pet sitter, which means you won’t have to board your cat or dog.

Don’t Announce Your Departure

Don’t post on social media about your trip—ultimately broadcasting your home’s vulnerability—until you return. You can share to your heart’s content once you’re home from your adventure. If you really must share, ensure you’re only corresponding with a small group of close friends. Home Security when your on Vacation

Install a Home Security System

The best way to guarantee peace of mind about your home is to install a home security system. In addition to alarms that trigger if one of your home’s entries is breached, the right system will offer you remote viewing of your property (even at night), allow you to control temperatures and switch lights off and on, and generally create the appearance that the home is occupied. Some systems permit you to provide and change entry codes for guests who will enter while you’re away. Many newer systems include cameras which you can remotely pan, tilt, and view on any of your smart devices that can receive a data signal.  Home Security when your on Vacation

Install Smart Home Devices

You can install WiFi light switches that you can turn on any light from anywhere you are vacationing. You can install WiFi plugs to turn on lamps from anywhere. You can install door and window sensors that immediately send you notifications if a breech has occurred. Smart cameras can allow you to monitor your home from anywhere in the world.

Rest easy, your home is protected.

Plano Texas Handyman is the local expert on protecting your home with a smart home security system, We install wired and wireless cameras, door and window sensors, room cameras, water sensors and most anything that will monitor your home while your away and view them real time on your smart device. Call today at 214-507-3415 or visit our website for more details on all our capabilities. Home Security when your on Vacation

Article reprinted from Plano Living magazine

Home Electric Codes

Home Electrical Codes

Home Electrical Codes – Electrical codes are in place to protect you, the homeowner. These general guidelines will give you the basics of what electrical inspectors are looking for when they review both remodeling projects and new installations. Most local codes are based on the National Electrical Code (NEC), a document that lays out required practices for all aspects of residential and commercial electrical installation. The NEC is revised every three years—2014, 2017 and so forth—and occasionally there are important changes to the Code. So make sure that your sources of information are based on the most recent Code. The code requirements listed here are based on the 2017 NEC.  Home Electrical Codes. Plano Texas Handyman is your one choice for all electric needs. call us at 214-507-3415 or visit our website for all our capabilities

Most local codes follow the National Electrical Code (NEC), but there can be variances. The local code always takes precedence over the NEC when there are differences, so be sure to check with your local building department for the specific code requirements for your situation.

Much of the NEC involves requirements for general electrical installation that apply to all situations, but there are also specific requirements for individual rooms.

Bathrooms
Because of the presence of water, bathrooms have very carefully defined requirements. With their lights, vent fans, and outlets that may power hair dryers and other appliances, bathrooms use a lot of power and may need more than one circuit.

The outlet receptacles must be served by a 20-amp circuit. The same circuit can supply the entire bathroom (outlets plus lighting), provided there are no heaters (including vent fans with built-in heaters) and provided the circuit serves only a single bathroom and no other areas. Alternatively, there should be a 20-amp circuit for the receptacles only, plus a 15- or 20-amp circuit for the lighting.

All receptacles in bathrooms must have ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) protection.

A bathroom requires at least one 120-volt receptacle within 3 feet of the outside edge of each sink basin. Duel sinks can be served by a single receptacle positioned between them. Home Electrical Codes

Light fixtures in the shower or bath area must be rated for damp locations unless they are subject to shower spray, in which case they must be rated for wet locations.

Kitchen
The kitchen uses the most electricity of any room in the house. Fifty years ago, a kitchen might have been served by a single electrical circuit, but today, a newly installed kitchen with standard appliances requires at least seven circuits and often more.

Kitchens must have at least two 20-amp 120-volt  “small appliance” circuits serving the receptacles in the countertop areas. These are for portable plug-in appliances.

An electric range/oven requires its own dedicated 120/240-volt circuit.

The dishwasher and garbage disposal both require their own dedicated 120-volt circuits. These can be 15-amp or 20-amp circuits, depending on the electrical load of the appliance (check the manufacturer’s recommendations; usually 15-amps is sufficient). The dishwasher circuit requires GFCI protection, but the garbage disposal circuit does not—unless the manufacturer stipulates it.

The refrigerator and microwave each require their own dedicated 120-volt circuits. The amperage rating should be appropriate to the electrical load of the appliance; these should be 20-amp circuits. Home Electrical Codes

All countertop receptacles and any receptacle within 6 feet of a sink must be GFCI-protected. The countertop receptacles should be spaced no more than 4 feet apart.
Kitchen lighting must be supplied by a separate 15-amp (minimum) circuit.

Living Room, Dining Room, and Bedrooms
Standard living areas are relatively modest power users, but they have clearly defined electrical requirements. These areas are generally served by standard 120-volt 15-amp or 20-amp circuits that may serve more than one room.

These rooms require that a wall switch is placed beside the entry door of the room so that you can light the room upon entering it. This switch can control either a ceiling light, a wall light, or a receptacle for plugging in a lamp. The ceiling fixture must be controlled by a wall switch rather than a pull chain.
Wall receptacles may be placed no farther than 12 feet apart on any wall surface. Any wall section wider than 2 feet must have a receptacle.

Dining rooms usually require a separate 20-amp circuit for one outlet used for a microwave, entertainment center, or window air conditioner.  Home Electrical Codes

Stairways
Special care is needed in stairways to ensure all of the steps are lighted properly to minimize the hazard fo falling.

Three-way switches are required at the top and bottom of each flight of stairs so that lights can be turned on and off from both ends.
If the stairs turn at a landing, you may need to add additional lighting fixtures to make sure all areas are illuminated.

Hallways
These areas can be long and need adequate ceiling lighting. Be sure to place enough lighting so shadows are not cast when walking. Remember, hallways often serve as escape routes in the event of emergencies.

A hallway over 10 feet long is required to have an outlet for general purpose use.
Three-way switches are required at each end of the hallway, allowing the ceiling light to be turned on and off from both ends.   If there are more doors served by a hallway, such as for a bedroom or two, you may want to add a four-way switch near the door outside of each room.  Home Electrical Codes

Closets
Closets come with many rules regarding fixture type and placement.

Fixtures with incandescent light bulbs (which get very hot) must be enclosed with a globe or other cover and cannot be installed within 12 inches of any clothes storage areas (or 6 inches for recessed fixtures).

Fixtures with LED bulbs must be at least 12 inches from storage areas (or 6 inches for recessed).

Fixtures with CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs may be within 6 inches of storage areas.

All surface-mounted (not recessed) fixtures must be on the ceiling or the wall above the door.  Home Electrical Codes

Laundry Room
The electrical needs of a laundry room will vary, depending on if the clothes dryer is electric or gas.

A laundry room needs at least one 20-amp circuit for receptacles serving laundry equipment; this circuit can supply a clothes washer or a gas dryer.

An electric dryer needs its own 30-amp, 240-volt circuit wired with four conductors (older circuits often have three conductors).

All receptacles must be GFCI-protected.  Home Electrical Codes

Garage
As of the 2017 NEC, newly constructed garages need at least one dedicated 120-volt 20-amp circuit that serves only the garage. This circuit may also power receptacles mounted on the exterior of the garage.

Inside the garage, there should be at least one switch controlling lighting. It is recommended that three-way switches be installed for convenience between the doors.

Garages must have at least one receptacle, including one for each car space.

All garage receptacles must be GFCI-protected.  Residential Electrical Codes

Additional Requirements
AFCI requirements. The NEC now requires that virtually all branch circuits for lighting and receptacles in a home must have arc-fault circuit-interrupter (AFCI) protection. This is a form of protection that guards against sparking (arcing) and thereby reduces the chance of fire. Note that the AFCI requirement is in addition to whatever GFCI protection is required—an AFCI does not replace or eliminate the need for GFCI protection.

AFCI requirements are enforced mostly in new construction—there is no requirement that an existing system must be updated to comply with new-construction AFCI requirements. However, as of the 2017 NEC revision, when homeowners update or replace failing receptacles or other devices, they are required to add the AFCI protection at that location. This can be done in several ways:

A standard circuit breaker can be replaced with a special AFCI circuit breaker. This is a job for a licensed electrician. Doing so will create AFCI protection to the entire circuit.

A failing receptacle can be replaced with an AFCI receptacle. This will create AFCI protection to only the receptacle being replaced.

Where GFCI protection is also required (such as kitchens and bathrooms), a receptacle can be replaced with a dual AFCI/GFCI receptacle.

Tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles. All standard receptacles must be tamper-resistant (TR) type. These include a built-in safety feature that prevents children from sticking items into the receptacle slots.  Home Electrical Codes

Home surge protection

Home Surge Protection

Let’s talk home surge protection. What is it? What do you need to know? And why is it an important investment for the safety of your home-buyers and their devices. Whole house surge protection

Home Surge protection? Boring and technical and way too may terms like amps, right? Plano Texas Handyman can assist with your whole house surge protection. Call us at 214-507-3415 or visit our website for more information. Whole house surge protection.

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?

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.

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.

80 percent of surges in a home we generate ourselves.

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Like many of the surge suppression strips we’re used to, whole-house surge protectors use metal oxide varistors (MOVs), to shunt power surges. MOVs get a bad rap because in surge strips one surge can effectively end the usefulness of an MOV. Home Surge protection .

But unlike those used in most surge strips, the ones in whole-house systems are built to shunt large surges and can last for years.

More home-builders today are offering whole-house surge protection as standard adders to help differentiate themselves and help protect homeowners’ investments in electronic systems—especially when some of those sensitive systems can be sold by the home-builder. Home Surge protection .

1. Homes are in more need of whole house surge protection today than ever.

“A lot has changed in the home over last few years”. “There are many more electronics, and even in lighting with LEDs, if you take an LED apart there’s a little circuit board there. Washers, dryers, appliances also have circuit boards today, so there’s a lot more today to be protected in the home from power surges—even the home’s lighting. “There’s a lot of technology that we’re plugging into our houses.”

2. Lightning isn’t the biggest danger to electronics and other systems in the home.

“Most people think of surges as lightning, but 80 percent of surges are transient [short, intense bursts], and we generate them ourselves,” “They’re internal to the home.” Generators and motors like those in air conditioning units and appliances introduce small surges into a home’s electrical lines. “It’s rare that one large surge will take out appliances and everything at one time,” but those mini-surges over the years will add up, degrade the performance of electronics and cut short their useful lifespans. Home Surge protection .

Overvoltages on the utility lines can also harm systems in the home, which is a prime reason for whole-house surge protection at the electrical service panel.

There is virtually no surge protection for a direct lighting strike. If you’re concerned about that, look into lighting rods.

3. Home Surge protection protects other electronics.

You may ask, “If most of the harmful surges in a house come from machines like AC units and appliances, why bother with whole-house surge protection at the breaker panel?” The answer is that an appliance or system on a dedicated circuit, like an air conditioning unit, will send the surge back through the breaker panel, where it can be shunted to protect everything else in the home. Whole house surge protection, Home Surge protection.

4. Home Surge protection should be layered.

If an appliance or device sends a surge through a circuit that’s shared among other devices and not dedicated, then those other outlets could be susceptible to a surge, which is why you don’t want it just at the electrical panel. Surge protection should be layered in the house to be at both at the electrical service to protect the whole home and at the point of use to protect sensitive electronics. Power conditioners with surge suppression capability, along with the ability to provide filtered power to audio/video equipment, are recommended for many home theater and home entertainment systems.

Back-up power generators can be a big culprit. If they’re connected to the electrical service to provide power to many circuits in the home and turn on automatically when power goes out, they can send power surges through the electrical lines that a whole-house surge protection system can shunt. Home Surge protection .

Plano Texas Handyman can assist with your whole house surge protection. Call us at 214-507-3415 or visit our website for more information. Home Surge protection .

Home Electric Fireplace

Reasons to buy 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.  Read below for more benefits of an electric fireplace.  Call Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for a quote on an electric fireplace or visit our website for more information.

1. No smoke.
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.  Reasons to buy an Electric Fireplace

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.  Reasons to buy and 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.

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.  Reasons to buy an 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. Reasons to buy an Electric Fireplace

6. Longer Lifespan.
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.  Reasons to buy an Electric Fireplace

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. Reasons to buy an Electric Fireplace

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.  Reasons to buy an Electric Fireplace

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. Reasons to buy an Electric Fireplace

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.  Reasons to buy an Electric Fireplace

Monarc Technology can design and install an electric fireplace for you home that will provide dramatic warmth and appeal to your home.  Call Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for a quote on an electric fireplace or visit our website for more information.

Smart Home Wiring Design

Lower your Bills with These Smart Home Devices

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.  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.

APPLE HomeKit

Apple’s HomeKit is simple enough for novices who just want to say, “Siri, I’m home,” into their iPhone, before walking through their automatically unlocked door and entering a relaxing scene with just the right lighting, temperature and electronics running.

Apple HomeKit is a system that lets you control your smart home devices all in one place. It allows you to adjust your thermostat, lights, locks and more in multiple rooms, creating comfortable environments and just the right ambiance with a tap on your smartphone via the Apple Home app. You can even use it to control your devices remotely. Apple HomeKit, What it does. Lower your Bills with These Smart Home Devices

In contrast to Amazon’s Echo smart home hub, Apple’s HomeKit isn’t compatible with a ton of devices. However, it could be an easy starting point for Apple fans who are just beginning to set up their smart homes.

LIGHT BULBS

For one, smart light bulbs tend to last longer, for the reason that they are LED rather than incandescent. Its simple math, the longer the light bulb last, the less time you have to spend buying new bulbs. Another plus side to LED bulbs is that they tend to use 70 to 80 percent less energy than older bulbs, which is great because lighting uses more energy than anything else in residential measurements. A great option for smart light bulbs in The Philips Hue line, which provides long-lasting, energy saving, convenient lighting for your home.  Lower your Bills with These Smart Home Devices.

Smart Plug

A smart outlet is ultimately a plugin or power strip. -They plug directly into a wall outlet or traditional power strip and have their outlet you then plug into with the device you want to automate. You’re not gaining or losing any outlets by plugging one in—you’re simply making an existing outlet smart by connecting it to your home Wi-Fi network. When deciding which smart plug works best for you, it is important to research the plugin that works best with the products you already have. Smart plugs make it easy and affordable to automate just about anything in your home. Whether you’re new to smart home gadgets or a pro, smart plugs are a must have, and energy saving.

Thermostat

Thermostats are one of the best ways to cut costs when it comes to your household bills. For example, you might like the temperature a degree or two cooler after you fall asleep but not while you’re awake in bed, and being able to make that change automatically can add up over time when it comes to your utility bills.  Lower your Bills with These Smart Home Devices

Some smart thermostats, like the Nest Learning Thermostat. ($249) You will learn your habits over time and know what temperatures you and others in your home prefer at different times of the day. Not only does it make your living space more comfortable, but it can also help you spot any routine wastefulness. The perfect addition to your smart home, creating a more efficient environment for you and your family.

Smart Blinds

It’s not surprising that prevent heat from getting inside your home, will help keep your house cooler, which means your AC won’t have to work so hard. Regardless of where you live, your window coverings only work when you remember to open and close them. With smart connected shades, you don’t have to. Lower your Bills with These Smart Home Devices

There are a variety of smart window coverings on the market, and one example is MySmartBlinds. This system is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Smart Assistant, or you can use it independently through its app.Monarch Technology can install these devices and make your home a smart home and your business a smart business.  Call Monarch Technology at 214-507-3415 to discuss your Smart Home and Smart Business.

These are our go-to smart home devices that are guaranteed to cut costs when it comes to your household bills. Get smart with your devices and your money this year!

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. Lower your Bills with These Smart Home Devices