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Winterizing Your Home

by Cassie December 27, 2016

It is important to prepare your home for each season. There are many different factors that can affect your home depending on the weather. Before the winter season it is especially essential to prepare your home for the cold weather and possible snowfall.

  • Clear Dead Tree Limbs
    Most people forget dead tree limbs can fall and significantly damage your home. These branches can damage your roof, siding, gutters, porch, decks, and even your cars. It is important to cut these branches down before strong winds knock them down.
  • Weatherproof Your Plumbing
    Ensure that your pipes are properly insulated and won’t To weatherproof the entire exterior of your home, shut off all external water sources like hose spigots or sprinkler systems. Cover the outdoor components of your air conditioner or swamp cooler as well to save them from the harsh winter elements.
  • Seal Leaks
    Before the winter brings snow, make sure that all your shingles are securely fastened, especially around your chimney, flues, windows, or other openings. Keep an eye on places in your home that could be damaged by ice. Caulking cracks in the foundation and installing weather stripping will also help to protect your home from the unpredictable elements.
  • Inspect Your Chimney
    Before using your fireplace this winter, make sure to call a chimney sweep to inspect your chimney and clean out previous soot that still may be inside. An uncleaned fireplace is a dangerous fire hazard.
  • Home Energy Audits
    Home energy audits use specialized equipment to inform you of potential trouble areas of your home. A home energy audit can help make your home more comfortable throughout the winter and keep it working in an energy efficient manner, saving you money while keeping you warm. Home energy auditors could suggest anything from installing additional insulation to replacing poorly performing appliances.
  • Research Winter Rebates
    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was created to put billions of dollars into helping homeowners make their homes more energy efficient. This act has led several states and utility districts to offer rebate programs and other incentives to help you conserve energy. Find out if your home state offers a stimulus package.
  • Radon Testing
    Radon is an invisible and odorless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer. The winter season is the best time to conduct this sort of testing because of the lack of outside air being released into your home. You can purchase your own test kit at any local hardware store or hire a professional to conduct this sort of test for you.
  • Check Carbon Monoxide Detectors
    Before the winter season starts, replace the old batteries in your carbon monoxide detector. If your home furnace hasn’t been inspected recently, this is highly suggested as a broken furnace can release CO into your home. My Alarm Center home security systems offer a carbon monoxide monitoring system that will text you the levels of CO in your home. This system alerts emergency authorities as soon as carbon monoxide becomes a problem.
  • Check For Mold
    The winter season is the most common time for mold to form. It can worsen allergies and cause asthma attacks while compromising the human immune system. Mold forms near water sources, so be sure to check within the bathroom and basement. By preventing leaks, you are also preventing mold from forming.
  • Program Your Thermostat
    Throughout the winter season, make sure your thermostat is on a programmed schedule. This will save money by turning heat on and off in response to occupied rooms. My Alarm Center offers a home automation system that allows you to remotely control your thermostat, which is convenient and helps save energy.

Before the winter season starts, make sure your home is prepared to take on the cold. Check the exterior, save money on energy, be prepared for leaks, and take precautions before a disaster hits. Prepare your home and your family for the inevitable snowy months.

6 Benefits Of Home Security Systems

by Amy December 7, 2016

There are many advantages to owning a home security system. They help keep your family safe, let you focus on the more important aspects of life, and give you peace of mind. Here are some other reasons to consider a home security system:

  • Protects Valuables

The alarm alone is enough to deter an intruder. However, once the alarm has sounded, the police are immediately notified and dispatched so your home is kept safe at all costs.

  • Helps Save Energy

Nowadays, home security systems also include many home automation features. This system will allow you to monitor your energy usage and shut off utilities when you are no longer in the room. This leads to lower monthly bills and less wasted energy.

Saving energy isn’t the only advantage of home automation. You can change the lighting, temperature, music, TV, and control numerous other aspects of your home from a device as simple as your smart phone.

  • Lowers Insurance

Many insurance agencies give discounts to members who have a home security system. This is a great way to cut down on expenses.

Fire and carbon monoxide detectors are vital features of any home security system. They can detect dangers that you can’t, such as invisible, poisonous carbon monoxide. As soon as the alarm has sounded, emergency services are on call to help. These detectors provide an indispensable advantage to protecting your family from emergencies that are usually out of your control.

  • Remote Surveillance

Remote surveillance allows you to watch your home at any hour of the day from any location. You can view the live feed from the wireless security cameras through an app on your smart phone. It can even alert you when people leave and enter your home – a great way to keep an eye on the kids whether you’re on vacation or just at work.

Home security systems are an investment. The right systems can keep your valuables safe while saving you money in the process. They also give peace of mind and let you know someone will always be there in case of an emergency. Protect your family, yourself, and make life a little easier by adding a security system into your home.