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If you have just build a new home or purchased a new home on the Grand Strand in South Carolina, we want to talk to you!
Did you know that ANY HOME, no matter when it was built, can be turned into a Smarthome!?
No need to wait for contractors or handyman… (because we know you already have!)
We at Strand Security can turn ANY home into a Smarthome with URC!
Now if you are looking for a Smarthome but you do not want to move, rebuild or construct something, we’ve got great news! Any home can be made into a Smarthome with URC automation.
Even the oldest homes, the most basic homes, can be updated to become smart.
How awesome is that, right?
Just let us know WHAT you’d like to automate, and what brands/equipment you currently have and we will make a plan together!
Check out this super cool touchscreen technology.
Image this tabletop controller sitting on your kitchen table.
You activate the system with your voice and be giving a commend, you can turn on lights, turn the thermostat up or down or control the window shades!
How sweet is that?!
Need to change something? Use the tabletop controller to adjust a setting.
Need to monitor your cameras? Use the tabletop controller to see every angle!
However, if you want total reach from say, your couch, you also need a universal remote from URC!
No need for any other remote – this one REPLACES all your other remotes!
How is that for Smarthome technology.
Chuck your tv remote, surround sound system remote, and all other gadgets…
The BEST PART?
We will INSTALL and PROGRAM your remote for you!
Let’s review that…
You do not have to know how to program this; Strand Security staff will program your URC system and remote for you!
The URC remote gives you
South Carolina; are you ready for the next generation of Smarthome technology?
Give us a call!
This post is the second in a year-long series of ’10 reasons to love…’ as Strand Security celebrates 10 years in business.
A Smarthome is
a residence equipped with a number of devices that automate tasks normally handled by humans. Some are built into the structure itself and some added later, and homeowners operate them with voice commands or by artificial intelligence.
uses internet-connected devices to enable the remote monitoring and management of appliances and systems, such as lighting and heating.
That is just the tip of the iceberg, though.
New uses, new brands, and more integrations are available every day!
Our homes are getting smarter.
While new Smarthomes are created every day, not everyone fully understands what a Smarthome can do and how it can affect daily life.
Therefore, we’ve come up with 10 reasons to love Smarthomes.
Of course, they are brilliant. Their name says it all.
This home can think and has a brain that functions to communicate with the homeowners. If that’s not brilliant, we don’t know what is!
While we won’t go as far as calling people lazy, Smarthomes offer convenience to those who crave it. With just one button, one switch or one command, the homeowner can engage the home to auto-work for them.
Smarthome technology integrates with hundreds, if not thousands of brands. URC integrates with 100’s of brands, many brands that we offer and recommend to our customers here at Strand Security
Automation means that once you set something up once, that ‘action’ is remembered and can be triggered at any time by a commend. Automation means that when you get home, you can, for example, tell your home ‘I am home’ and that would trigger any automation you’ve programmed – drawing shades, changing the thermostat, locking the doors behind you etc.
By virtue of automation and integration, we all save time; the Smarthome does the thinking as well as the execution.
Never again draw the shades. Never again have to touch a light switch. Never again have to lock (or forget to lock) the door behind you. Set it up once and it’s done!
If you or someone you love lives with a disability, or is elderly and not active, having a Smarthome can be a gamechanger to being independent! Especially if that person has limited physical ability.
By automating lights, thermostats, and window shades, your home becomes energy efficient. You will save money on your electric bill just by being smart!
Your home might be quirky, or stern, or persistent. If you set your automation right, your home will have a personality!
The best part of having a Smarthome besides ‘peace of mind’ is the ability to control your home from one remote! No more TV controls, thermostats controls, light switches and keys… One remote can do EVERYTHING for you.
Many of us love technology! Some of us hate it.
Those who love it get the latest and greatest gadgets when they are released and want an upgrade after upgrade after upgrade.
(if you are THAT iPhone user who gets the next phone the day it’s released, raise your virtual hand )
Each year millions, upon millions of electronics are sold.
You can buy a system to
and so much more.
One way to find out how many systems you have is to count your remotes!
That is if you aren’t already using a universal remote.
So how many different systems do you own in your home, in your business?
Wouldn’t it be cool if they all could talk to each other?
Wouldn’t it be amazing if you only had one point of contact for all those systems?
Wouldn’t it save your time, hassle and headache if you could control your WHOLE HOME form one point of contact?
Look no more, the future is here!
What is URC? Not sure what URC can do for your home?
(Make sure to watch the videos in that article!)
The best part about URC – we believe – is total integration with 1000s of other brands!
In essence, just about any system on the planet will integrate with URC – and take a look at the premium control devices. Slick right?!
For a full list of integration partners, click here.
URC installation is as easy as 1-2-3!
All you need to get this in your home…
is THIS; the Strand Security TEAM!
What’s not to love about that!
Strand Security prides itself on staying ahead of the competition by offering its customers the latest and best technology for their home and business.
In this industry, things change often, fast and furious!
Brands change, technology changes, products are updated and new features are added. We proudly stand by every product we offer and every system we install.
Let our team help you enter the year 2020 with a Smarthome that will hard work for you every single day.
Whether you are ready or not, the 2019 holiday season is here.
and people are shopping!
Some of us prefer to shop in-person, others do all their holiday shopping online.
Some of us like to support local businesses, others buy from Amazon all day long.
Some of us shop early, others are last-minute shoppers who complete their last purchase on Christmas eve.
Some of us have a list, will check it twice and then are done. Others have it a lot harder.
No matter what type of shopper you are, most of us have a ‘problem shopper’ to buy for.
That one family member who either ‘has it all’ or ‘likes nothing we give’.
Male or female, old or young, there is always someone you dread buying for, right?!
We KNOW many of us turn to good-old Google to find gift ideas for those we don’t know what to buy for. We get it! We have done the same thing.
Today we’d like to share with you this cool Gift idea list for Dads!
What is a universal remote? Check this out!
Never look for another remote in your home again. Dad will love it. You will love it. The whole family will love it.
And if you purchase your Universal Remote from Strand Security, we will give you the best deal ever on programming your new remote!
Does dad shush the rest of the family when the big game is on?
Do you love big parties?
Does dad love to watch sports so much he needs to watch it everywhere in the house?
SONOS speakers will bring the game to him no matter where he is, including outside, in the attic or in the home theater! SONES speakers will assure you and your guests will have music anywhere in your home.
URC smarthome technology lets every single gadget currently in your home, along with any new gadget dad collects going forwards communicate and be controlled from ONE premium control device of your choice!
URC is PERFECT for the dad who has everything, loves gadgets and technology and wants the latest and greatest, the best of the best technology has to offer. Basically, if the dad in your life wants to brag to his buddies about all the gadgets he has and how they talk to each other, he needs URC.
URC is seriously mind-blowing, the latest in smarthome technology and the best on the market!
The worst part of giving dad technology gifts is the time it takes him to set up the systems.
The best part of giving technology gifts purchased form Strand Security is that we take care of all that for you – and dad!
Stop by our office to demo our products, purchase speakers, a remote or learn more about URC! We are a locally owned and operated, small business; we are here to support our customers.
As 2020 draws near, we at Strand Security are excited to introduce you to the next generation of Smart Homes!
Before we do, let’s talk a bit more about Smart Homes and what they can do.
Any home can be a Smart Home, whether it’s a studio, a condo, a townhome, or a mansion. It’s the powerful connections that make it smart!
The powerful connections being internal connections within the home to automate daily tasks like
At Strand Security, we strive to always offer the latest technology, the most sought-after brands, and the best value! In our search for the best we can offer our customers, we landed on URC.
URC stands for Universal remote Control.
URC is the ultimate smart automation & control system for you to experience premium control & automation for your home or business
It’s amazing how smart your home can get with URC.
We have been amazed by the integration possibilities!
Take a look at this list of partners!
Do you already own products by
just to name SOME of the integration possibilities!
Peace of mind for parents!
For those who like to be in control of everything!
For those with nosy neighbors!
For those who own a business!
If you are as excited about the possibilities as we are, give us a call!
We’d love to hear
and together with URC technology, we will make a plan of action to take you into 2020!
South Carolina schools in both Hory County and Georgetown County will be back in session in LESS THEN ONE MONTH and if you are a parent of school-aged children, pre-teens or teenagers after-school care solutions is what’s on your mind right now, are we right?
If you’ve researched after school programs, babysitters and clubs, you know that choices are limited and enrollment is expensive.
You might be ready to try the ‘free’ route aka allow your child to be home alone after school!
The question ‘At what age can a child be left home alone after school’ is one we hear quite frequently. As parents ourselves, we’ve had that same question years ago!
There is a two-part answer to this question.
What does this mean?
It’s up to you as a parent; use your common sense and available resources!
In a previous article, we gave some advice on how to find out if your child is ready to be left home alone.
That included looking at the following criteria
One way to measure maturity is that they either bring it up themselves or that they are excited about the opportunity.
Preparation is key for a child to be ready to be home alone after school.
Rules are important!
From that previously mentioned article, we learn to
- Schedule set times for parental contact during the time spent home alone.
- Discuss telephone ettiquette and what information is ok to share and not share.
- Establish a code word in case there is a need to communicate with the child through a third party.
- Discuss before hand who should be allowed in the house, and who should not be.
- Make a list of rules. Is it ok to play with neighborhood kids or play outside? Which activities are not allowed?
- Again, a prepared person (including a child) is someone with confidence!
These rules are rules kids should know regardless of being home alone, or with a parent!
Kids are rehearsing for emergencies at school; why not rehearse them at home once per month as well?
For those among you who are excited at the prospect of being able to allow your child the freedom of being home alone after school, but are still worried, we have several options for you; all of those will ease your mind!
Zwave home automation is a way to transform any home into a smarthome!
You can use Zwave for your home, but don’t forget, Zwave can also work for your business!
Zwave can take over reoccurring daily tasks like
Zwave is world-standard wireless technology that lets all your electronics devices talk to each other and to you via remote control!
How smart is Zwave?
Pretty darn smart, even if we say so ourselves!
Zwave control can be added to just about anything electronic in your home, even devices that you would not think of as intelligent.
By utilizing Zwave, you unify all your home electronics into an integrated wireless network without any complicated programming and no new cables. Any Zwave enabled device can be added to your existing network and many non-Zwave devices can be made compatible simply by plugging it into a Zwave accessory module.
Zwave control is easily added to almost any device.
As stated before, simply plug your device of choice into a Zwave module and ‘join’ it to your Zwave network.
You can add as many devices as you need.
Zwave can be added to one device, a whole room, a floor or an entire home!
Unlike whole-home control systems, no special wiring is needed to utilize Zwave. If you are handy and have tackled DIY projects before, installing Zwave should be an easy task. Of course, we at Strand Security understand that even if you can do it, sometimes you don’t have the time to do it.
Our crew can set up your Zwave systems for you, saving you time and possibly a bit of frustration and some stress.
Zwave does ‘the thinking’ for you!
It understands the present status of any enabled device and gives you confirmation that your devices have received the automatic or manual commands you want!
Because there is no special wiring needed and Zwave can be installed by a do-it-yourselfer, Zwave remains affordable.
Last but not least, Zwave is brand-agnostic.
What that means is that you, the consumer, are not stuck having to buy from just one manufacturer or supplier.
We have Zwave in our showroom, feel free to stop by to see us in Murrells Inlet anytime you are in the area.
While you are visiting, ask about other demos including
We are located at 11810 Frontage Rd. Unit 10 in Murrells Inlet!
This could very well be one of the most in-demand holiday gifts for 2018! You heard it here, alright? 😉
Honeywell and Amazon Alexa™ have teamed up to give you the best of home security and technology; introducing one smart system called the Honeywell Smart Home Security System!
This is great for any homeowner, on the Grand Strand, or elsewhere!
To find out if the Honeywell Smart Home (Security) System is right for you, watch this video.
We find it super exciting to see an amazing brand we love, use and recommend to our customers here at Strand Security aka Honeywell, move forward with a partnership of this magnitude, with Amazon Alexa™, and serve their customers even better!
The Honeywell Smart Home Security System is an all-in-one home security system that is expandable to fit your life and home, now and in the future. Easy to set up, use and featuring Amazon Alexa™ built in it sends smart alerts to your mobile device.
How is this different from Honeywell Total Connect?
“Security just got smarter”
The all-in-one system with facial recognition and Amazon Alexa™ built-in sends smart alerts to your mobile device. Easy to set up and use, it grows with your needs thanks to a range of sensors and services.
Whether your home is large, medium or you live in an apartment; your home can be a Smart Home too!
The same protection and security features, now linked with Amazon Alexa™ to make your home smart and interactive!
The new Honeywell Smart Home Security System starts with the purchase and installation of a camera base station.
Additional accessories to enhance the system include
The best part about this new system?
You can control it all with the Honeywell Home app!
Get it for your Apple Devices here.
Get is for your Android Devices here.
One place, one app.
Everyone in your family has access and full control over your safety and security, in real time.
We understand that some of our customers will be able to set up and install the Honeywell Smart Home System on their own.
However, we wanted to make sure that you know that we offer installation of the Honeywell Smart Home System and help with integrating it with your current home alarm system.
Why struggle with the set up if we can do it effortlessly, right?
For those who choose to ask for help with set up and installation, we will make sure you receive a demo and understand how your Honeywell Smart Home works before we leave.
We want to make sure you understand your system and know how to operate it!
Give us a call to purchase a system, or to ask for installation and set up if you already have a system but need help.
Just for a minute, consider the consequences of a home security install disaster.
Go ahead!Consider them.
Your family’s safety and security should be your number one priority. There are certain things you can cut corners on, and yes, saving money feels good! Let us be the first to tell you, cheap is not always the best value!
Do it yourself home security almost always
….starts with over-confidence.
Quickly turns into a frustrating project.
…and can be an utter and total fiasco and failure!
As we don’t want that to happen to you and yours, here are some Do It Yourself Home Security Fails you can learn from!
You are welcome!
The experts have seen hundreds, maybe thousands of homes and businesses and have installed countless security systems. An expert understands what each location needs and what is unique about that home or business. They check and measure the distance to exits, current lighting, ask about habits, potential users of the system and many more questions. When an expert comes to you for a consult, they take everything into consideration before deciding what equipment you need. You, on the other hand, might be lured by price points, sales at the local hardware store or by what your 80-year-old neighbor installed in his much larger, or smaller, home.
Security is not one-size-fits-all.
Therefore, ask a security expert to help you pick the exact equipment you need to secure your home and keep your family safe!
Another mistake frequently people make is that they underestimate the time and knowledge it takes to install a new system correctly. Even if you’ve wired lights before, installing a security system is different.
It is only your family’s safety and security that depends on you installing a new system correctly.
Ask yourself: “Am I 100% sure I know what I am doing?”
If you can not answer that question affirmatively, it’s time to outsource this skill to an expert!
There are tons of commercials enticing you to buy add-ons to your current system. There are even more YouTube videos available to watch and learn from. DIY videos are one of the most watched genres of videos on YouTube.
Old and New Equipment Don’t Often Integrate Well. Ask an Expert to Make Sure It Can Be Done Safely and Securely.
Just because you watched a video, that does not make you an expert.
Just because your friend is helping you install some new features, does not make you both security system installers.
Just because you think you can, does not mean you can!
If you tired and failed to be the do-it-yourself home security installer, it is time to call in the expert.
Often, experts only work with the best systems and the best brands, something many DIY installers don’t consider. That might make your ‘deal’ on the hardware from the local hardware store, not such a good deal afterall because if you can’t use the equipment and you can’t return it, you will end up paying double, never mind the wasted time you’ll never get back!
We hope your home is safe and secure!
Let us know if disaster struck and you need us, we are only one phone call away!
We’ve been busy here at Strand Security in the Myrtle Beach area, not just with installing new home security systems and home automation features, but also with writing this blog and several of the articles we’ve been writing lately are about home automation. The Grand Strand area is growing rapidly and new homes, new neighborhoods, new businesses and new roads are being build at incredible speed!
It’s a popular topic to write about as it’s a growing trend among home owners!
People like you want the right information to make the right decision about their home before they invest time and money into home automation. Believe us when we say ‘we get it’!
Want to know more about home automation and what home automation can do for you, here are some of the most recent articles on our very own Strand Security blog that talks about automation and smart technology.
? How to convert an old home into a smart home. Read it here
? Smart home. Safe home. Secure home. Read it here
? How to give your home a voice. Read it here
? Party like a rockstar at home with SONOS. Read it here
? How to program your universal remote the easy way. Read it here
? Smart homeowners get smart home demos in Myrtle Beach. Read it here
We hope these articles have inspired you and made you excited about using home automation to turn your home into a smart home! We are here to help you…!
In case you are still hesitant, here are 5 reasons you will want home automation now!
Of course you will get improved security with home automation! Your systems will work together and the possibilities are endless. The best part? Once it’s set up, your overall security is enhanced by it. For example, you might be able to watch your home security cameras in real time from an app on your device! Nothing will get by you.
As your home is automated, many ‘daily tasks’ will be automated. With voice activation simple commends like ‘good morning house’ could lower the temperature in your home, raise the blinds and unlock your front door all at the same time without you lifting a finger!
Since everything is automated, it is, well, automated! No more frustration that you forgot to change the thermostat before your left the home. No more frustration that you forgot to set your security alarm system. No more frustration that you can’t remember if you fed the dog…
Home automation will automatically save you… money! Of course it does. Your thermostat will be automated to give you the perfect temperature when you are home, saving energy when you are not!
If you are ready to sell your home soon, home automation features can be an important selling point and enhance the overall feel for your home to a potential buyer. Getting the best and latest and greatest gadgets is something most home buyers would want!
Call your local professional to consult with. Our phone number number is 843-318-6392
After doing research, like reading this and other articles online, you might have an idea of what features you might want and need in your home. The next step would be to have a professional come out to your home and give you an even clearer picture of home automation possibilities.