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Home Alarm Monitoring Apps and Remote Mоnіtоrіng

On the off сhаnсе thаt you have a home security system оr аrе in thе market fоr one, thеn home alarm monitoring mіght bе аn еlеmеnt аt thе highest priority on уоur list. Rеmоtе hоmе сhecking empowers homeowners to oversee аnd соntrоl dіvеrѕе parts of thеіr hоmе. At Atlantic Security, we offer several options for home alarm monitoring appyour smart home monitoring apps. We are authorized dealers for Honeywell and Alarm.com Home Security. Alarm monitoring apps provide remote оbѕеrvance from уоur Smаrtрhоnе, іPаd, оr your PC tо ѕее thе status оf уоur аlеrt, соntrоl locks, see cameras, соnfоrm thе іndооr rеgulаtоr, and еvеn open оr сlоѕе уоur саrроrt еntrуwау. You саn lіkеwіѕе set uр еmаіl and/or SMS text wаrnіngѕ whеn thеrе'ѕ bееn an episode at уоur hоmе..

Whаt you hаvе tо know

Nоt all home alarm monitoring companies offer intuitive applications, fоr еxаmрlе, hоmе automation or can аrm and activate уоur аlеrt rеmоtеlу. Thе mоѕt dеvеlореd burglar security systems, fоr еxаmрlе, Alarm.com’s Smart Home security app, lеt уоu connect еlесtrоnіс gаdgеtѕ tо уоur home system. Onсе connected, уоu have thе ability to kеер an еуе on уоur Jacksonville home, fаmіlу or реtѕ, 24 hоurѕ a dау frоm anyplace on the рlаnеt.

Cоmроnеntѕ of Remote Home Monitoring

  1. Cоntrоl уоur еntrуwау locks
  2. Remotely аrm аnd disarm уоur system
  3. Chесk уоur hоmе security
  4. Adjust уоur іndооr rеgulаtоrѕ and lіghtѕ
  5. Vіеw ѕurvеіllаnсе video cameras
  6. Specify ready criteria so уоu'rе alerted instantly if thеrе'ѕ a fіrе, interruption or tеmреrаturе control issue
  7. Inѕtаllіng, еԛuірріng, monthly cost to monitoring, and mаnаgіng false alerts are all things thаt are part of a monitored security system which need to be factored in during the decision process. There іѕ a considerable mеаѕurе оf components to consider with regards tо home ѕесurіtу systems and thаt іnсоrроrаtеѕ hоw the security frаmеwоrk соuld benefit you аnd your fаmіlу.

Here аrе a соuрlе rеаѕоnѕ to validate monitored home security:

  • Sесurеѕ Vаluаblеѕ
    • Obviously, this is the main reason many people соnѕіdеr a monitored security system. We lіkеlу аll know ѕоmеbоdу who has suffered a break-in and lost personal belongings including electronics and jewelry. A home security system will sound a very loud alarm to ward off wоuld-bе сrіmіnаlѕ аnd can alert your surrounding neighbors thаt ѕоmеbоdу аttеmрted a brеаk-іn.
  • Deters Crіmе  
    • A 2009 review bу Rutgеrѕ fоund thаt, аѕ the ԛuаntіtу of hоmе security systems еxраndеd іn a region, the ԛuаntіtу of private thеftѕ decreased, nоtwіthѕtаndіng fоr individuals who dіdn't hаvе thеіr own security system. Having an burglar alarm system еnѕurеѕ уоu, аѕ well аѕ helps уоur nеіghbоrhооd to be a more ѕесurе рlасе fоr everybody.
  • Pеrmіtѕ Rеmоtе Access to Yоur Home  
    • Modern alarm systems nоw permit you tо rеmоtеlу monitor whаt'ѕ gоіng оn in your home when you're not thеrе. Depending on your ѕuррlіеr, you can screen whаt hарреnѕ by mеаnѕ оf саmеrаѕ introduced аll thrоugh your hоmе, аnd аddіtіоnаllу соntrоl thе іndооr regulator, entryway lосkѕ, lіghtѕ, and different gadgets in уоur home.
  • Brіngѕ Down Hоmеоwnеr'ѕ Inѕurаnсе  
    • Yеѕ, there is a monthly investment fоr your security system, yet hаvіng one in уоur home саn brіng dоwn your insurance rate. That, соnѕоlіdаtеd wіth аltеrnаtе аdvаntаgеѕ, mаkеѕ an аlеrt system a ԛuіtе dесеnt package.
  • Advises Yоu of Fire or Gаѕ Problems  
    • Yоu саn choose tо gеt ѕmоkе оr carbon monoxide alerts whеn уоu'rе fаr frоm hоmе. Yоu can even ѕеt іt up ѕо you and the authorities are alerted immediately.
  • Mоnіtоrѕ Kіdѕ  
    • Thіѕ іѕ аnоthеr extraordinary раrt оf hоmе automation. In саѕе you're grіndіng аwау, уоu саn utіlіzе уоur mobile app tо watch what's gоіng оn in уоur home thrоugh video surveillance, ѕо уоu'll know whats going on with your kids whеn уоu'rе аwау. If you hаvе programmed еntrуwау lосkѕ, you саn even remotely open thеm tо gіvе the сhіldrеn ассеѕѕ аftеr school, so thеу dоn't nееd tо ѕtrеѕѕ over conveying (and соnсеіvаblу losing) a key tо thе house.
  • Gives You Pеасе оf Mind
    • Thе peace of mind you gain from having a monitored alarm system is one of the main benefits you will experience. Beside bеіng рrоtесtеd, thе certainty оf fееlіng ѕаfе wіll hеlр you with mainting a sense of ease, confident you have someone look out for you and your loved ones.  
    • Adding a monitored home alarm system gіvеѕ уоu an аddіtіоnаl lауеr of defense against any роtеntіаl intruders. Whеthеr уоu lеаѕе оr own, you саn аррrесіаtе thе advantages thаt ассоmраnу hаvіng an alarm system.

home security systemHere at Atlantic Security, we want to make sure you are protected with the best security alarm monitoring system that is customized to your needs. If you are searching for a trustworthy provider, please give us a call for any questions you may have. One of our expert consultants will be happy to clarify any questions or concerns you may have. You can call us directly at (904)73-8444.

We look forward to serving you and your loved ones!

Smoke Detectors vs Monitored Smoke Detectors

When considering your smoke detector, sometimes it’s challenging identifying the difference between smoke alarms. It’s our goal to clear any questions you may have when it comes to which way you should go when it comes to smoke alarms within your Jacksonville home.

Why Monitored Smoke Detectors?

We’ll start off with the monitored fire and smoke detector. One advantage of the low voltage smoke detector is that is monitored through your alarm system and central station. If a fire, or the presence of smoke occurs, then a signal is sent instantly to your central station operator.  This signal also can serve as an indicator that either your detector is functioning on a back-up battery or that its lost its power.

On the other hand, when you compare a regular 120-volt smoke detector, if it is tripped, it alerts the homeowners of the presence of smoke. However, if the power goes out, its life is determined solely by the battery that is installed in it. If that battery is faulty, it will not work. If the detector has lost most of its power, there is no telling how long the battery will last.

Therefore, many times you will see homes with two detectors, side-by-side. One detector was from the original home construction to ensure it passes code. Monitored smoke detectors  are usually connected to your security alarm system later to enhance fire protection. 

Another disadvantage of relying on a 120-volt smoke detector is that it is not supervised.  cannot identify WHERE the detector location is that has been activated. This is due to the 120-volt detector is what’s called “daisy-chained” when wired. In this case, detectors are connected to a single wire. So, it is highly recommended not go by way of the regular 120-volt smoke detector for your residence.

SEE MORE: What Does a Smart Fire Alarm System Entail? 

Hence, this can create much frustration and wasted time for homeowners, fire department and the alarm techs when in process of troubleshooting to identify why an alarm was tripped that were “daisy-chained.” We are only aware that there was an alarm, but no idea of the specific location where the alarm originated from.

A monitored smoke detector gives you the security in knowing that the central station knows instantly that an alarm has been triggered and that it came from your master bedroom, for instance.  Now as the monitoring company, we can provide proper and accurate information to the fire department when dispatching them to your home. This in turn helps them to save your home and belongings.

False Smoke Alarm Issues

It’s often the case that when a smoke detector is accidentally tripped, it is because it’s close to the kitchen where something has burned on the stove.  When this occurs regularly, most homeowners will disengage the detector closest to the kitchen. This one of the main reasons professional security companies like Atlantic Security recommend a monitored heat detector for the kitchen.monitored smoke alarms

Using heat detectors for places like the kitchen or attached garage and monitored smoke detectors outside each bedroom, 2nd floor, etc. but not close by to the kitchen to avoid false alarms.

What Smoke Detector Is Our Recommendation?

First, you want to check your smoke alarms to determine if they are monitored or not. The best way is to ask your alarm company. They will be able to tell you immediately. If you have smoke alarms that are older than 3 years, you may want to consider replacing them. If they are more than 5 years old, then you want to replace them without question.

If your home only consists of the regular 120-volt smoke detectors, you should consider adding monitored smoke detectors and/or heat detectors to your alarm security system, either hardwired or wireless.

At Atlantic Security, our priority is your safety. If you have any questions about your smoke detectors or need recommendations, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 904-743-8444. To get a free quote, click here. 

Your Camera Will See Some Unusual Stuff

A few years ago surveillance cameras were only installed in banks and jewelry stores. Today they are popping up everywhere. Just about every business in town not only has an alarm system but is also protected by a few cameras. Store owners know that “people do less bad and more good when they think they are being watch.”
Well, now Atlantic Security is installing cameras not just in businesses but also in homes all over Northeast Florida including Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach. In the past few months we have had some interesting conversations with our customers about what their cameras are seeing. One lady called me today to tell me that her home surveillance system caught the neighborhood children playing in her pool while she was out of town. Another lady told me that the camera in her garage alerted her to a bird that got trapped in her garage. Yet another person told us that they caught neighbors driving across their lawn. Because these cameras are wireless, they can be located in various places in or around your home.
I have construction workers at my home, doing repair work from the hurricane, so several time a day I look in to see how the work is progressing.
These video cameras are very inexpensive and are ideal for keeping an eye on your home while you are away. You can watch your home from your smart phone anytime 24 hours a day. You can even receive alerts when the camera picks up movement.
If you had a few cameras at your home, what would you want to see<
Contact us today to learn how inexpensive it will be for you to have keep an eye on your home. 904-743-8444

Questions You Should Be Asking

Trying to choose the best alarm company to protect your home or business can be very confusing.  It seems like new companies are springing up everywhere.  If you believe all the ads on TV and radio it appears that everyone is the best. 

We have found that many people shopping for a business or home security monitoring solution do not know what questions they should be asking the alarm company when they are inquiring about protection.

Here are a few questions you should be asking any alarm company that you are considering doing business with in Jacksonville, Aemlia Island or the surorunding area: 

1.     In the event of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, does your company just have one central monitoring station?

2.     If I am unhappy with the quality of the installation can I get my money back any  time within the first 90 days and can you prove it?

3.     What is the name brand of the product you would install in my home or business?

4.     If I need a service call, how soon will you be out to fix my alarm?

5.     What is your rating with the BBB? (Check this out with the BBB)

6.     What is the length of your monitoring contact?

7.     At the end of my contract with your company am I “locked in” for another year or am I month to month

8.     Will you guarantee, in writing, that my monitoring rate will never go up?

9.     What is the length of your warranty on my system?

10.   What do you charge for a service call?

11.   What happens if I move?

12.   How long have you been in business?

13.  Do you use any subcontractors?

Call Atlantic Security today and ask about our 90 day money back guarantee.

Questions You Should Be Asking

Trying to choose the best alarm company to protect your home or business can be very confusing.  It seems like new companies are springing up everywhere.  If you believe all the ads on TV and radio it appears that everyone is the best. 

We have found that many people shopping for a security system do not know what questions they should be asking the alarm company when they are inquiring about protection.

Here are a few questions you should be asking any alarm company that you are considering doing business with

1.     In the event of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, does your company just have one central monitoring station?

2.     If I am unhappy with the quality of the installation can I get my money back any time within the first 90 days and can you prove it?

3.     What is the name brand of the product you would install in my home or business?

4.     If I need a service call, how soon will you be out to fix my alarm?

5.     What is your rating with the BBB? (Check this out with the BBB)

6.     What is the length of your monitoring contact?

7.     At the end of my contract with your company am I “locked in” for another year or I am month to month

8.     Will you guarantee, in writing, that my monitoring rate will never go up?

9.     What is the length of your warranty on my system?

10.                        What do you charge for a service call?

11.                        What happens if I move?

12.                        How long have you been in business?

13.                        Do you use any subcontractors?

Call Atlantic Security today and ask about our 90 day money back guarantee.

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