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Smoke/CO2 Detectors could mean the difference between life and death.

Why are smoke/CO2 detectors so important?

If you think about it, what else protects you and your family if a fire were to happen in your house? A scary fact is, every year over 2,000 people lose their lives in residential fires. A smoke alarm/CO2 detector are overlooked, but essentially one of the most important things to have in your home.

Deaths are usually caused by breathing in the smoke and toxic gases from the fire, not from being burned. Poisonous gases created during a fire, like carbon monoxide, can quickly cause a person to become confused and disoriented. it only takes 3 minutes for a fire to spread throughout a home. A smoke alarm, when properly installed, tested, and maintained gives you an early warning of a fire, which increases your chances of getting out.

“it only takes 3 minutes for a fire to spread throughout a home”

It is now code to have a smoke detector in every bedroom of your house and a CO2 detector in every common area or per floor. Also, all newer build houses have to have all smoke detectors hardwires by a professional electrician. Studies show that death or serious injury due to fire is less in homes where smoke alarms were installed and maintained

Give your Smoke Detector some well deserved TLC.

This little unit is literally a lifesaver, so slow it some care, change the batteries every year! Also, they expire every 10 years, so you need to replace it! Vacuum and dust the units here and there, also keep objects clear of the units, like plants, hanging decora that could possibly prevent the unit from working properly.

Smoke alarms are electronic devices that age and can fail. Once installed, people sometimes have a false sense of security and don’t think to test the units regularly. Regular testing and maintenance are important to make sure the smoke alarm is working. Every unit has a test button, use it at least once a month.

 

 

 

 

Smartify your Home

What is it? How do we create it? And how do we use it?

What is home automation? And how do we get it?

So we hear a lot about home automation or smart homes. Ok, so what is it? Lets simply it; Smart home or home automation focuses on these key components like lighting, surveillance/security systems, door locks, electrical switches and outlets, smoke/CO2 detectors, appliances, HVAC Systems. These are only a few, as any kind of device or unit that has the ability to connect to a network has the components to operate as a smart device.

How Can we create our Smart Home? or Home Automation And How do we use it?

So like we said before, basically, any unit or device that has the ability to connect to any network has the capability to become “smart.” But we still need to control them. There are a few different ways to control your smart home devices; Remote or mobile control, scheduling, or self-learning features.

Remote or mobile control basically means you can control these devices even when you are away from your house. Some devices require an app that needs to be downloaded on your phone, or tablet or computer to control that device. A perfect example of this is a Skybell Doorbell. Here you replace your existing doorbell with the skybell doorbell camera and download the required app, and then create an account on your phone. For example; you get to work and realize you forgot to lock the front door or turn off the living room lights, no problem. Tap a button in an app and you’re set. This type of control can extend to include surveillance systems, which you can arm, disarm, and monitor from anywhere in the world—as long as you have an internet connection.

Let’s talk about how scheduling to control smart devices. This method is the most common when it comes to lighting or thermostats. Basically, scheduling allows us to set certain times or situations in which the device functions. An example would be you can set your Lutron switch to turn on your undercabinet lighting at sundown. Or set your thermostat to away mode when you leave for work. A scheduling unit to control your smart devices is a Google Home or Amazon Alexa. You can even schedule Amazon Alexa slowly dim your lights on in the morning and tell you the weather for that day!

Scheduling is the type of home automation that has been around the longest—which makes sense considering it’s the lowest-tech feature home automation devices use, but it’s still one of the most powerful.

Lastly Self-learning capabilities, this is a step up from scheduling. its almost like the robot feature. Some smart devices have the ability to learn your schedule and what your preferences are. A great example is the eco bee thermostat, it can detect when you are home or if you are away and it will adjust the temperature and HVAC settings according.

Over time, we foresee things improving as home automation/smart homes are becoming extremely common, especially with saving money on your utility bill or to reduce the amount of energy consumption.