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3 Tips To Prepare Your Home For Summer

by Amy June 10, 2019

You have been getting ready for summer throughout the year, but how ready is your house? This warm season is perfect for making memories, relaxing, and spending time with loved ones. Unfortunately, the summer season also attracts hot home messes, bug invasions, and a slew of other unpredictable mishaps. Therefore, for you to make sure everything goes according to plan this summer, here are some of the must do’s.

Increase Security

If you and your family are planning to go on a vacation during the summer, you must prepare your home before you leave. One of the ways you can do this is by installing alarm systems. Criminals tend to look out for houses that seem empty; this makes having a security system important. With home automation from My Alarm Center, you can even set your lights on a schedule to make your house seem occupied while you’re away. Security system installation with My Alarm Center is quick and easy, leaving you assured that your home is safe no matter where you’re going.

Weatherproof Your House

Summer is usually the season for severe rainstorms, tornadoes, floods, heat, and hurricanes. To keep your family safe, it is essential to prepare your home for all types of weather. Depending on the region you live in, make sure your home is weatherproofed for any weather event that is likely to occur. For example, if you live in a place with extreme heat during the summer, you can keep your house cool by checking the doors and windows for air leaks.

Critter Control And Prevention

The extreme heat you experience during the summer creates an excellent breeding ground for ants, cockroaches, bees, and other pests. To ensure that you protect your house against these invasive bugs, make sure you check your windows, doors, and house foundation for cracks that act as an entry point for the bugs. You can also consider hiring pest control to help inspect your house.

Overall, make sure you enjoy the summer while protecting your home. With home security and home automation, you can easily keep your family safe and make sure you don’t miss a single moment of this beautiful season.

5 Home Security Gadgets for Dad

by Cassie June 3, 2019

From home security gadgets to pet safety tools, investing in an extra layer of protection for your home is crucial. Smart devices keep your family safe, providing better visualization, automation, and all-in-one capabilities that put you in charge of your domain. Make sure you give Dad the technology he needs this Father’s Day! Here are five home security gadgets for Dad (and man’s best friend):

Smart Locks

Smart locks keep your home secure through a keypad, wireless remote, or mobile app. Eliminate the danger of lost keys or forgetting to lock the door, as these fully-connected locks will alert you as needed.

In a survey by CNET and Coldwell Banker, researchers found that 57 percent of Americans with smart home items save nearly 30 minutes per day.

Photo courtesy of Yale

Doorbell Camera

Whether Dad is in the backyard or at work, he’ll be able to see who is ringing the doorbell in real time. Doorbell cameras use Wi-Fi to show a live feed on a mobile app, including two-way voice, locking control, and motion detection. Doorbell cameras also integrate with other home security devices like smart lights and alarms, giving you all-in-one oversight from anywhere.

Photo Courtesy of Skybell

Smart Thermostat

Like other “smart” gadgets, smart thermostats offer full control through the device and through a mobile app. Smart thermostats allow the user to control the temperature, set timers, and create automatic presets that accommodate your daily routine. Give Dad total climate control that saves energy and keeps him happy.

Photo Courtesy of Alarm.com

The Glance Clock

The Glance clock connects to third-party apps and home security devices to display calendar events, reminders, forecasts, and alerts. With this smart addition to the home, Dad will be notified right away if something is out of the ordinary.

Photo Courtesy of Glance

Microchips and GPS Pet Trackers

For National Pet Preparedness Month, take precautions and review your pet’s safety before the unexpected strikes. Having a new pet microchipped is standard—but microchips do not provide GPS tracking. However, gadgets like the Whistle 3 Pet GPS Tracker offers location information, notifications, and even health monitoring.

The detection of a microchip by an animal shelter yielded a 74.1% rate of return to owners (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association). 

Photo Courtesy of Whistle

Make sure Dad is prepared and protected against home emergencies before they happen. The right security gadgets will give him the peace of mind he needs to enjoy every day like it’s Father’s Day.

Learn more about our securty services and secure your home today! If you’d like to speak with us directly, call 855-334-6562.

My Alarm Center selected for 2019 Newtown Square Small Business Excellence Award

by Cassie May 28, 2019

My Alarm Center has been selected for the 2019 Newtown Square Small Business Excellence Award in the Security Systems classification by the Newtown Square Small Business Excellence Award Program.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Newtown Square Small Business Excellence Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About the Newtown Square Small Business Excellence Awards Program

The Newtown Square Small Business Excellence Awards recognizes outstanding small businesses that serve the Newtown Square area. Each year, our selection committee identifies businesses that we believe have achieved outstanding marketing success in their local community and business classification.

Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. These are small businesses that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Newtown Square area a vibrant and vital place to live.

The Awards was established to reward the best of small businesses in Newtown Square. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to award the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

Since inception in 2000, My Alarm Center has remained steadfast in its commitment to provide the most technologically advanced security systems and professional and courteous customer service.

To deliver on this promise, we use our nationwide reach to provide state-of-the-art equipment and services to all the markets we serve. We understand that local expert technicians have a more comprehensive knowledge of your neighborhood. This is why we retain unique relationships with our local service providers to ensure you’re getting the best service possible.

Importantly, we retain top-quality professionals in the industry to respond to all of your security alarm needs. These include friendly, knowledgeable customer service personnel and top-rated emergency response monitoring personnel.

CONTACT: Newton Square Small Business Excellence Award Program Email: PublicRelations@SmallBusinessExcellence.email

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How Our Home Automation System Keeps You Safe During Summer

by Amy May 17, 2019

Chances are summer’s warm weather and more relaxing climate means you’ll be booked for numerous outdoor activities, family get-togethers, and vacations. The more time you spend outside, the more you need to secure your home – according to a study conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, more burglaries occur during the summer compared to any other season. Here are 3 ways that home automation can help keep you and your family safe this summer:

Vacation Security

Our home automation system can provide you with peace of mind with the ability to monitor your home from anywhere in the world. It’s possible to receive alerts when anyone interacts in your home, such as anytime a family member or dog sitter has used an access code to get into your home. You can also get a view of your home through your cameras at any time just to make sure everything is okay.

Family Security

Keeping your loved ones safe is always a priority, no matter what time of year it is. With the kids out of school for the summer, you may want to install a live video feed so you can check on them throughout the day. Whether it’s the kids or a beloved pet, checking on them is as easy as opening an app. A home automation system can also give you alerts if a pool gate or a basement door is opened while you’re gone, and the kids are home alone.

Home Security

During the warmer months, you’ll likely open more windows and be in and out of the house on a more frequent basis. The home automation system, you can check if something has been left on or open. You can even turn off appliances and, with smart windows, close the windows. Everything from windows to a garage door can be easily monitored while you’re away, making sure your home is safe from intruders.

These are just a few ways that you and your family can stay safe this summer by using a home automation system. My Alarm Center provides home automation, home security, and a variety of other services for home and business. With almost 20 years of experience, you know your home is safe with My Alarm Center. Contact us for more information on home security and home automation today.

Yard Sale Items That Can Help Secure Your Home

by Amy April 24, 2019

Spring might be the time to de-clutter and rearrange your home, but it could also be a time to get things for sale that will help with your home. Here are some things you may be able to find at local yard sales that could help to secure your home and your property:

Lamps and Spotlights

Well-lit spaces are more secure places. Smart bulbs applied to smart lamps are compatible with our home automation solution. You can also attach lamps to a timer switch to make your house seem occupied while you are away on vacation or on a business trip. Installing bright spotlights can be connected to motion sensors and scare off nighttime pests and nefarious people.

Storage Solutions

Furniture including file cabinets, lockable shelving, and storage ottomans let you tuck clutter and valuables out of the way, so they are not easily spotted by prospective thieves. If you’re lucky, you might be able to spot a fireproof safe to help hide your things.

Etched Glass Window Film and Blackout Blinds

Stick-on films let the light come through, but people cannot see in. Tinted and patterned window films work the same way. Blackout blinds work similarly to window films except they help give you a deep night’s sleep in a darkened room! All these products can help stay secure for any unwanted onlookers spying your home.

Important Home Safety & Security Statistics

Lockboxes

Real estate agents often use lockboxes to access the keys of the homes they’re trying to sell, so why wouldn’t you consider? These magnetic boxes let you hide spare keys around the property with a password. However, don’t install them by the garage or by the front of the house– thieves know to check there. Make sure to view the best lockboxes in the market and snag one at the next yard sale.

Smart Plug Outlet

These handy gadgets connect to a power strip, letting you control multiple devices at once by phone, also compatible with our home automation solution.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Chances are you already have these in your home but doubling up gives you extra peace of mind if one unit fails. Fire and Carbon Monoxide monitoring with the support of our central monitoring station can make the difference in securing your home from flames.

Yard Signs

Home security yard signs such as ‘Warning: Security Cameras in Use’ can be the turning point in thieves deciding to try their luck at a less protected home. Dog signs can also help compliment an existing home security system.

The Next Step

While all these DIY security measures can help keep your home safe, nothing beats the effectiveness of a properly and professionally installed home security system. My Alarm Center Home Security offers a wide range of home products and alarm system monitoring. Contact us for more information about My Alarm Center Security Services.

The Definitive Spring Cleaning Guide For You And Your Home

by Amy

The cold bite in the air is fading and quickly being replaced by hints of warmer weather. With the arrival of spring comes flowers blooming, adventure planning and, spring cleaning. The heralding of a new season brings fresh new energy and the need to organize, declutter, and dust-off from a winter spent indoors. But save for a select few, no one likes cleaning. Sure, the aftermath is satisfying, but moving appliances and throwing out clothes? I’d rather not. If spring cleaning is getting you down, here are some ways to get started:

Clean Your Equipment

The winter months might’ve taken a toll on your outdoor equipment, so make sure to target the cameras, lights, and sensors outside your home for cleaning. Well-kept equipment can help ensure the alerts and monitoring you get is up-to-date.

Break It Down

Not knowing where to start can make a task seem insurmountable. Talk yourself through it and break down the task into small pieces and create a checklist. Aside from not feeling so overwhelmed, crossing things off your list will bring a sense of satisfaction and make you want to keep going.

Procrastinate and Take it Slow

You did not read that wrong. Knowing when and how to take breaks will actually get the job done faster and with more precision than not taking a break at all. Every hour, give yourself 10 minutes of nothing time. It can be scrolling through Instagram or staring at the wall, but taking a break will help you stay energized.

Move It!

If you’re in the middle of a task and feel like you just don’t want to finish, turn up some music and dance or exercise. It’ll give you the extra burst of energy you need to power through to the end.

Goals and Rewards

Sticker charts and ice cream treats are not just for kids! Set goals for yourself and decide on a treat for when you get there. It’ll keep you motivated to focus on getting the job done.

There’s nothing like the feeling of clean living space but getting there can be a drag. With these tips, you’ll stay motivated and can even have some fun in the process.

Whatever shape your home is in, My Alarm Center offers a wide range of home products and alarm monitoring. Contact us for more information about My Alarm Center Security Services.

Animal Break Ins

by Amy April 1, 2019

Whether you live in the city or out in the countryside, sometimes nature comes a-calling when you aren’t at home. These crafty animal intruders as they slip around alarm systems and help themselves to food, couches, and more. Here are four furry and feathery break-ins caught on video.

Ever Heard of Cow Bingo?

Two cows came calling when the homeowner accidentally left her front door open. They took a self-guided tour of the bottom floor and then left large, unwelcome presents on the carpet. I bet the homeowner wishes she’d sprung for Scotchgard on that white rug!

Not Just a Doggie Door

Sometimes the animal kingdom creates some surprising best friends. These homeowners would have never guessed that their aloof cat would befriend a baby deer … or invite it inside. How does a deer that’s wobbly on its legs squeeze through a pet door? That’s a mystery for the ages.

A Too-Tight Squeeze

Word of the deer burglar may have spread through the animal kingdom, inspiring this bear to try the same trick. However, the cub should have done more yoga before making the attempt. He got as far as his head before getting stuck. The homeowner had a camera handy and snapped some shots of this furry goofball.

Picky and Pecky Eaters

Not every animal burglar is of the furry variety, and everyone who lives near the shore knows how sneaky seagulls can be. This bold bird went for the Doritos in the store. Without any scruples, he stole all the bags of his favorite flavor leaving the dregs behind for paying customers.

These animal break-ins sure are funny … when they’re happening to someone else. However, you don’t want to be stuck cleaning up a pile of manure from Aunt Irma’s heirloom rug. This is where complete home security systems come in. My Alarm Center offers both home security and alarm monitoring that can help keep your house secure from all types of unwanted visitors.

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by Cassie March 28, 2019

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The Future Is Now: Your Phone Is A Powerful Home Security Tool

by Amy February 27, 2019

Nothing is more important to us than protecting your home and family, especially as burglars become increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to break in. To keep pace with newer technologies and services, the right security agency is essential. A comprehensive home security system is more than just a set of security cameras and a beeping alarm. It should include modern, effective features like alarm monitoring and integration with smart phones. Here are a few ways that your phone can be a vital part of your security strategy:

Home Automation Gives You Remote Control

Home automation covers a lot of features that range from convenient to essential. These could include:

  • Watching the front door, windows, and any other entry points in your home
  • Garage doors that slide open as your car approaches
  • Exterior doors that automatically lock when you leave
  • The ability to disable alarms remotely if you have someone visiting your home

If your phone can help you navigate through your town, pay your bills, and even keep tabs on loved ones, why couldn’t it help secure your home in a snap?

Surveillance Lets You Keep an Eye on Your Home

Multiple exterior and interior cameras let you keep an eye on your property. With your cell phone, you can tap into the video feed at any time you want to make a spot check.

Alarm Monitoring And Alerts Keep You In The Loop

A multi-pronged security system can trigger alerts for everything from motion detection to smoke or carbon monoxide warnings. It may also cover scenarios like if a door or specific cabinet is opened. You’ll also be warned in the case of power failures or other unexpected events. Your cell phone lets you stay in the loop here and keep control of your house while you’re away.

Do you have any questions about integrating your alarm system with your cell phone? Contact us at My Alarm Center and our experienced agents will be happy to help.

Home Automation Weather Integration

by Amy February 18, 2019

According to a Yale University study, 41 million Americans live in flood zones. These are geographical areas that are either low-lying or are situated near waterways. But today’s climate is so unpredictable that the risk of flooding due to torrential downpours or fast-melting snow accumulations has put most of the country in danger of home or landscape flooding. How can you protect your home in these times? Why not consider integrating your home automation system with a home weather station?

Home Automation Weather Integration

Consider a home weather station that collects weather and other environmental related data using sensors and by monitoring local and national weather centers. These systems include thermometers and barometers to measure outdoor temperatures and atmospheric pressure, along with wind, rain, humidity, and other related climate data.

When this data is integrated with home sensors and smart home security features such as smart windows, your home not only warns of a possible storm, but takes action. Smart windows can open and close as needed depending on the forecast. Flood prevention systems can act to prevent costly water damage before it’s too late.

A home automation system can even check forecasts to determine whether the lawn and garden need watering. Your landscape will be healthier, and your wallet will be fuller, as you save money while conserving water. Homeowners can also integrate smart thermostats that will automatically update interior temperatures to keep the home’s comfort levels perfect.

Flood Protection and Monitoring

To reduce the risk of costly damage due to weather disasters, consult with a flood protection and monitoring service provider that is qualified to install home automation with a smart home flood warning system. Water detection sensors monitor interior water levels for outdoor water infiltration, burst pipes, and leaks.

But the most disastrous home floods are caused by weather events. With a smart home security system integrated with a weather station, climate related activity is monitored, and the proper actions are automatically taken to prevent damage to your home.

Get A Home Automation System Today

To learn more about a residential flood warning system, contact My Alarm Center to discuss how you can manage and prevent interior home flooding due to faulty appliances and plumbing or heavy rain events.