It’s a wonderful time of the year to shop for a smart home system, but not all of the products out there are equally effectual. Here’s what to look for when shopping for yours.

Rock Solid Security

Smart home systems can do all kinds of things: automate your lights, locks and thermostat, allow you to talk to whoever’s at the door, and even allow parents to check in on kids. All of that is great, but what about protection from home security emergencies? That should always be the primary purpose of a smart home system. If an emergency occurs, you want a smart home system that can notify the central station and get help to your home.

If someone attempts a break-in, your system should wirelessly alert the alarm monitoring center. From there, the trained security operators should be ready to dispatch help to your home.

Bells and whistles are great in a smart home system, but rock solid security comes first.

Proactive Fire Protection

The same principle is true for a fire emergency. A true smart home security system should include smart smoke detectors. Are these different from “regular” smoke detectors? You bet. They’re designed to signal the monitoring center if smoke is detected, where operators will promptly respond by alerting the fire department. At the same time, the smart thermostat will shut off the HVAC system so that the noxious fire fumes stop circulating through the air.

Smart home systems start with home security, but fire protection is equally important. Make sure yours has it.

User-Friendly Operation

Buttons, codes, keypads, beeps…all of those things can be in your rearview mirror with a smart home security system. A true smart home system lets you control home security with your own smartphone, via a user-friendly home security app that your professional installer helps you set up during installation. And from that day on, there should be informed support available anytime you need it.  

If you’re shopping for a smart home security system, we can help you choose a system that’s easy to operate while providing rock solid security and fire protection. To learn more about smart home security in Long Island, contact All Action Alarm. We will be glad to answer your questions.

About All Action Alarm

We have experience in the electronic security industry and experts in home automation technologies. If you are looking for ways to simplify your life, give us a call.

t’s that time of year when your favorite overnight guests may be coming to town. You want the environment to feel welcoming and safe for these loved ones, but you also want to impress them with all the great security technology you have in your home. Fortunately, you can do both with your smart home security system. Here’s how. 

Give them their own user code.

When you give your house guests a unique user code for the keyless entry at the front door, your guests can come and go freely – and no one has to worry about accidentally triggering the alarm. This spares them potentially embarrassment, and saves you any potential hassle. Plus, they can go out at night without you staying up to let them in. It’s easy and impressive. And when the visit is over, just deactivate their user code; it can stay inactive until the next time they visit.

Keep the guest room cozy.

Everyone loves to look at a winter wonderland through the window while they sit inside the warmth of a house – the operative word being “warmth.” If you are unsure whether your guest room is warm enough for your friends, you can use one of the most exciting tools your smart home system has to offer: the remote temperature sensor.  

When this sensor is placed in the guest room, it can adjust the thermostat based on the average temperature in the rest of the home. It’s the perfect way to find out if your guest room is your house’s “cold room” – and, it takes care of that problem so guests can enjoy their stay more.

Show them how the cameras work.

Although home security cameras are popular, there are still some “holdout” guests who may be concerned their every move is being watched. You know that’s not true, so show them how the cameras really work. Open up your home security app settings, and show them how the Geo-Services technology can prevent the indoor cameras from recording when people are home. They’ll breathe a sigh of relief, and you can let your cameras continue to do their job.

If any of these smart home security tools are not yet part of your home security setup, we would be happy to help. Contact All Action Alarm for a free consultation to discuss home security. Long Island homeowners, we look forward to hearing from you. 

About All Action Alarm

We have experience in the electronic security industry and experts in home automation technologies. If you are looking for ways to simplify your life, give us a call.

Connected home security cameras are among the best electronic investments a homeowner can make, especially as a first step into home security. As most people know, many criminals avoid targeting a home if they see a camera mounted outside; plus, connected cameras can be incredibly useful for household management.

Unfortunately, some beginners to home security start out believing that all home security cameras are the same. This is not true at all; as a matter of fact, many of the cameras you encounter at retail stores are standalone camera sets that are not connectable to a security system. What’s the difference between those and true security cameras? The latter is fully connectable to your home security system. This means they give you:  

Important Notifications

Connected home security cameras have exclusive features and intelligence that standalone cameras don’t have. One of those is the ability to notify the homeowner when there’s a person at the door, or motion captured on one of the cameras; this is done via an alert to the homeowner’s smartphone. Because the homeowner receives an alert whenever these events happen, it’s possible to stay on top of home security from anywhere.

Unique Intelligence

Of course, not everything captured on the cameras will be a legitimate security threat. Sometimes, it could be your own loved ones coming and going from the house. That’s where a connected camera’s unique intelligence becomes very valuable. Using the home security app that enables you to control the entire system from the palm of your hand, you can choose the specific video events that warrant a notification.

For example: Do you really want a notification every time your spouse or kids move into camera view? Probably not – so to prevent this, you can customize the motion-triggered notifications you will receive for each camera. You can even filter your notifications by time of day or alarm activation status. This will greatly reduce the number of notifications you get, which means you’ll know that the alerts you receive warrant your attention.

Household Management

Of course, there may be some common household events that you do want to be notified: for instance, when the kids come home from school. When your cameras are connected to your security system, you can use your app to enable a video notification when the kids arrive.

Likewise, you’ll receive a video notification when there’s an alarm event – like if the alarm is ever triggered by a possible break-in. The alarm event prompts your cameras to begin recording automatically, which means you’ll see everything going on during a true home security event. And because the video clips are sharable, you’ll be able to send them to law enforcement or post on social media to caution others.

These are some of the differences cameras purchased off the shelf and connected cameras for home security. Long Island homeowners who would like to learn more can contact All Action Alarm.

About All Action Alarm

We have experience in the electronic security industry and experts in home automation technologies. If you are looking for ways to simplify your life, give us a call.

Are you arriving late to the smart speaker device craze? That’s okay, because these home management devices are still popular and can do more than they could when they first hit the scene. So if your household is just now getting its first Alexa, Google Home or Amazon Echo and you already have a home security system powered by smart home technology, you’ll be able to do even more with your new device than your friends who got theirs last year. Sometimes, it does pay to wait out a trend. Here’s what integrating your smart speakers and home security system can do.

Make Home Simpler and Safer

Your smart speakers are great for playing music on command, checking the weather or finding out what time the movie is playing. But what about activating your alarm? Let’s say your security system is disarmed and you need to turn it on for the night – only problem is, you don’t feel like getting out of bed to do it. That’s no problem if your smart speaker is at your bedside. Just give it a voice command to arm the alarm and turn off the lamp. Now, you can relax more securely for the night.

Throw a Better Party for Friends

Last year, your friends used their smart speakers to do party tricks (and show off a little, of course). But this year, your party will be even better because your Alexa, Echo or Google Home is connected to your security system with smart home technology.

Need things to feel more cozy as the night gets colder? Command your smart speaker to turn up the heat and turn down the lights; it will communicate with your connected security system to make both happen immediately. It makes hosting the party easier, your guests are impressed, and the ambiance is exactly the way you want it without you lifting a finger.

Find Out More 

If you already own a security system powered by smart home technology, you can get even more benefits by integrating it with your smart speaker device. For more information on connecting your home security systems to your Alexa, Echo or Google Home, contact All Action Alarm. We’ll be happy to answer your questions about this and other home automation technologies. 

If you’re a homeowner with a lot on your plate, the desire to know what’s going on at home while you were away was previously a pipe dream. But now, it’s possible thanks to smart security cameras. Long Island homeowners can now integrate these powerful cameras with the home security system – and when they do, finding out what’s going on at home is as simple as taking out a smartphone, opening up the home security app, and getting an instant view into whatever is being recorded.  

Smart security cameras also give your home security system:

On Demand Viewing Capability  

When the smart security cameras are mounted in key places outside – such as above the front door – you can see when kids come home from school, when a visitor is arriving, or when the mail is being delivered. Just program the system to receive smartphone alerts when there’s motion being captured, and you’ll get an alert when it happens that you can view right away.

And, on demand viewing isn’t limited to the alerts; you can also get a window into your home whenever you want it, also with the convenience of your home security app. Place a camera in the living room to check on the kids after school, or to make sure the babysitter is staying on task. On demand viewing capability is one of the most valuable features smart security cameras offer today’s busy families.

More Advanced Customization

You may have smartphone notifications turned on, but you don’t necessarily want to receive them when you happen to be home. Luckily, it’s easy to turn them off with the customization features on your security system; one of the features is turning off video alerts when the security system is disarmed. There are many advanced options that can make your security system, including the smart cameras, your customizable home security ally.

Numerous Choices

Fortunately for homeowners, smart security cameras are not bound to a single solution. There are a variety of choices in sizes, models and price points. And, this wide selection doesn’t need to be intimidating if you have the right home security provider. For help with choosing smart security cameras, Long Island home security newcomers can contact All Action Alarm.

 About All Action Alarm

We have experience in the electronic security industry and experts in home automation technologies. If you are looking for ways to simplify your life, give us a call.

There are many misconceptions about what home automation is or isn’t. So many so in fact that it is often that some of the beliefs (though exaggerated) even make it into pop culture and the media.

Did you ever see the episode of Warehouse 13 where the fully automated house develops a crush on the main character and locks him in the house? Smart technologies are not that smart yet, so no worries. Home automation and smart technologies can do a lot of incredible things, though, and it is worth knowing how home automation can fit into your life.

This three-minute primer should help you consider its options and determine its applicability in your lifestyle.

What Exactly is Home Automation?

Home automation is installed technology that allows enabled devices to be interconnected and controlled remotely and scheduled according to need. The process allows coordinated control of the home environment for comfort, convenience, safety, and efficiency. Typically, it includes entertainment systems, lighting systems, climate control systems, video monitoring, security systems, and additional enabled devices and appliances.

Debunking the Myth of the Smart Home

One of the most common myths surrounding home automation is that it is so complex that it is not affordable. While many complex technologies go into home automation, these technologies have advanced so much that it makes home automation possible and affordable for every household.

What Are the Advantages of Home Automation?

The applications and uses for home automation are nearly endless and the benefits of home automation are many, and sometimes as unique as the family that uses them. Generally, the benefits can fall into the following categories.

Increased Safety with Mobile Apps

Home automation allows you to check in on your home remotely. Some systems allow you to interact and control the home security system from any smart device permitting you to arm or disarm the system and lock and unlock doors. Home automation systems connected to lighting and entertainment systems can also be controlled to replicate occupancy for added safety.

Energy Savings with Smart Thermostats

Home automation also has the added advantage of helping conserve energy, which translates into savings. For example, you can automate heating and cooling systems to run only when someone is home or to bring your home to a comfortable temperature just prior to your arrival. It allows you to turn off forgotten enabled appliances, or schedule them to run at off hours when the rates are lowest. All of these simple adjustments add up to big savings over time.

Added Convenience of Automation

There are only so many minutes in the day and since we can never get them back, we must use them wisely. Home automation can help in our quest for productivity and efficiency. By having your systems scheduled, you can eliminate certain tasks.

With the ability to tap into your systems remotely, you can crack down on time drainers such as answering the door a million times only to find it was a salesperson or driving all the way back home to be extra certain you turned off the coffee pot. Forget to turn on the home security system? No problem. Home automation can handle that.

About All Action Alarm

We have experience in the electronic security industry and experts in home automation technologies. If you are looking for ways to simplify your life, give us a call.

Men love their man caves, and now is the perfect time to give those rooms an upgrade. Rather than wood paneling a wall or buying another pricey beer light, we recommend giving the man cave a boost with the benefits of a smart home upgrade. Here’s what it can mean for your man cave.

Smart Sensors: Protection for Sensitive Areas

The man cave may be the home’s party room, but that doesn’t mean guests should have access to everything in it. If you have a bar and you like being your own bartender, then one way to keep it secure is to place a sensor in the behind-the-bar area. That way, you receive a smartphone alert the moment a guest goes into your sacred territory. It’s a great way to manage the flow of liquor, saving you money and protecting you from liability during parties.

Smart Locks for Home Access 

Is there anything more distracting during a party than getting up to answer the door? With a smart home upgrade to the security system, smart locks can be opened with a tap of the app; that way, you never have to leave the man cave, barbeque, or party game while there’s activity in progress. Guests will be impressed when you talk to them through the speaker, and even more impressed when you unlock the door remotely.

Smart Lighting & Thermostats

Home automation is a great trend, but it’s an even greater home improvement. Now, homeowners can automate the lights, locks, thermostats and even window shades with a simple smart home upgrade to their security systems. It’s no longer a massive undertaking or financial investment; it’s manageable for the average security system owner. And there are few rooms in the home that will benefit from this improvement more than the man cave, especially for homeowners who do a lot of entertaining.

About All Action Alarm

All Action Alarm has been a relationship-driven security company that provides superior customer service, quality installations and state-of-the-art monitoring – and now, our services include smart home upgrades. We are proud that one of the top security companies on Staten Island. 

Whether it’s college graduation, weddings or the moving season in general, summer is a time when young adults tend to make big life changes. Sometimes, those big steps include the plunge into first-time homeownership.

Many young homeowners are curious about the smart home movement, and the appeal goes far beyond technical allure. At the end of the day, intelligent young homeowners are like everyone else: They like technology that makes life simpler. At the same time, they also like the idea of having security systems that help them protect their first big investment – their homes. The good news is, they don’t have to choose between the two. For young homeowners on Long Island, NY, smart home technology can fill both roles: home automation and home security.

Smart Home Security is the Total Package

With a smart home security system, young homeowners can bundle equipment that:

  • Detects potential home intrusion threats. This happens by way of motion sensors, glass break detection and connected home security cameras, all of which is designed to work together. When a potential threat is detected, the homeowners can receive an alert on their smartphones.
  • Helps them enter their homes quickly and securely. Coming home after a night out is safer with keyless entry powered by smart locks that are connected to the security system. They can disarm the alarm, unlock the door and even turn on the inside lights from their phones as they pull into the driveway. This reduces time spent at the door.
  • Help trusted friends and family feel more welcome, by allowing them to have a temporary code for the security system. Overnight guests can come and go as needed without a key, and the homeowner controls when the code is activated and deactivated with a tap of the home security app.

With this technology installed, your first home can also be your first smart home.

For ambitious young professionals purchasing their first home, smart home security just makes sense. If you’re a young homeowner interested in learning more, contact All Action Alarm today. We would love to provide a free home security consultation.

About All Action Alarm

All Action Alarm has been a relationship-driven security company that provides superior customer service, quality installations and state-of-the-art monitoring – and now, our services include smart home upgrades. We are proud that one of the top security companies on Staten Island. 

It is hard to beat the charm of older homes, and in many cases, the use of quality materials and craftsmanship. The unfortunate part about older homes is that they are not always the best fit for modern living. The spaces are used differently and differently proportioned, they may not be as energy efficient, or have any of the high-tech features you’d like. The good news is that it is far easier to make an older home modernly perfect with very little effort.

Improving the Layout

If you are a fan of an open floor plan, chances are good you’ll be knocking out some walls in an older home. Most typically, new owners to older homes will take down the walls that block the view from the kitchen to the dining and living rooms to give the home a more open and spacious feel.

Add Rooms

In most old homes, bedrooms were fewer but larger and have fewer bathrooms than a modern home. In some cases, adding actual square footage to add bedrooms and bathrooms is a great option. Another may be to reconfigure the space to accommodate an additional room and bathroom.

Improve Energy Efficiency

Older homes typically lack in energy efficiency because they have older HVAC systems, lack today’s better insulation, have older windows and doors that are not sealed, and older energy draining appliances. These problems are easy to fix by adding spray foam insulation to the walls and replacing doors, windows, and appliances. Once the space is upgraded, you can save even more by using home automation tools like a smart thermostat, smart lighting, and smart appliances to keep energy use (and your bills) down to a minimum.

Add Modern Conveniences and Safety Features

Once your home is configured just how you’d like, it is time to finalize layers of safety and convenience with home security and automation. Home automation and security features can give a home with yesteryear’s charm some modern shine. Secure your home with a smart garage door and smart locks and secure windows with glass break and motion sensors. Consider using smart lighting and smart security cameras both indoors and out. Use geofencing to have your retro castle treat you like royalty and respond to your proximity, turning off or on lighting, electronics, and appliances or locking or unlocking doors. Now you can say you are truly, at home.

All Action Alarm has been making sure Long Island residents feel safe at home since 1980.

In the general sense, we are always glad we have smart home security and home automation, It makes  life safer, and a lot more convenient. But have you ever thought about all those individual incidents that could have turned out a lot differently if not for your home automation system? Here are just a few of those heart-stopping moments.

The Kids Forgot The Key But You Are An Hour Away From Home

Your son called to tell you he can’t get into the house because he forgot his key, but you are an hour away. He will probably be safe hanging out in the backyard or at a friend’s house, but you would sure rather know he is safe at home. Smart locks solved the problem twice. He can either use a code to get in, or you can unlock the door remotely.

Did I Turn Off The Curling Iron?

You think you turned off the curling iron, but can’t quite remember. You hope you did, but not knowing is causing you some serious anxiety. If you didn’t, it could mean your home is in cinders in a matter of minutes. Thankfully, you can check the status of that and other problematic appliances on your smart home app and turn it off right from your device.

Are the Kids Behaving

They are old enough to need a little independence, but still need some serious supervision. They can’t get into much trouble in the two hours you are away, right? With home automation you know if the door opens alerting you to a sudden unsanctioned influx of occupancy. Sensors can also tell you if they are into off-limits areas. Still not sure? You can also check the smart camera feed and see what is really going on.

You Didn’t Lock the Door

The morning was rushed and you completely forgot to lock the doors and arm the home security system. With the vast majority of burglars gaining entrance through an unlocked door, you know your home is at risk. It is just one more moment you were glad you had smart home automation because all you had to do was open the smart home app on your phone and lock the doors and arm your system from the palm of your hand.

Mom Ignored the Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Your mom was home when the carbon monoxide detector went off. Since the gas is both colorless and odorless, she thought it was a false alarm. Since you got the alert you could call her and tell her to get out, and since you have 24/7 monitoring, help was on the way to ensure her health.
Yes, having a connected home really makes a difference. All action Alarm is a family owned business that has been protecting Long Island Homes and Businesses since 1980, and we have heard so many stories about how having a connected home has made a difference in our clients  lives. We work hard so you can simply enjoy life.