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Technology at Home: How Central Vacuums Can Save you Time, Effort and Money!

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Whether you work in an office, or work from home, if you have a career AND run a household you know a lot of time and effort goes into keeping your home in tip-top shape. Add kids, pets and visitors – and a beach lifestyle to boot and you’ve got a perfect storm of dirt, sand and dust to content with!

How can you save time, effort and money? Introducing the central vacuum.

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Central Vacuums Save the Day

There are many reasons to consider installing and using a central vacuum in your home. If you are currently building a home, or if you are doing construction in your home, it is THE PERFECT time to consider adding a central vacuum system.

Here are the reasons how and why central vacuums can save you time, effort and money.

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Central Vacuums: Effortless!

Because central vacuum are mounted on a wall there’s no size or weight limit, unlike a portable vacuum cleaner has. Thus the vacuum motor can be, and is, much more powerful than a standard vacuum. With beach sand, pet hair and dust – this is a great plus! Less effort but stronger suction!

Portable vacuum are heavy to drag or push around in your home, making it harder to vacuum for those people who have limited strength and mobility. Central vacuums can be the answer for those who are elderly, or those who have limited range of motion or can not lift and drag heavy equipment!

The chameleon retractable hose system makes using a central vacuum the easiest way to pick up dirt, dust and pet hair!

Last but not least, central vacuums cut down on the noise! As the motor is installed in a basement or in a garage, these vacuums are much quieter! How nice for those with small (napping) children, elderly and scared pets!

7 Reasons Why Central Vacuums Rock!

People who have central vacuum cleaners absolutely love them.

Here are 7 reasons why central vacuums rock.

Central Vacuums are:

→ Easy to use and lightweight (you only have to hold the hose!)

→ Not bulky or awkward, great for people with limited mobility

→ a great long-term investment as they last!

→ super quiet

Central Vacuums have:

→ A large trash capacity, say goodbye to vacuum bags and small canisters

→ Easy to install and use filters

→ no cords to plug in

Vacuflo Retractable Hoses

We are affiliated with Chameleon Vacuflo Central Vacuum products for faster, more convenient cleaning and healthier living!

Retractable hoses add another improvement and a whole new dimension to an already easy-to-use vacuum system.

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The 3 Most Compelling Reasons Parents Need Security Cameras in 2022

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Family Safety

If you are a parent, you know the importance of keeping your family safe and sound. Home safety includes keeping kids and teenagers safe from fires, water and chemicals.

While prevention is the key to keeping your family safe, installing security cameras in the right spots can help give you peace of mind when you are not in the same space as your family.

Security cameras trained on your pool for example, can not prevent a drowning, but will give you an instant access view of the pool and pool deck when needed.

Keeping an eye out in hallways, garages, bedrooms and living rooms might help you spot a problem before it endangers the life of someone you love and care about.

Here is a story of how a security camera system saved the lives of a family after moving into a home with a faulty fire alarm!

Surveillance of the Property

Next, another reason to install and use security cameras it to keep an eye on your property. Think not just home, garage and yard, but also car(s), boats, bikes and motorcycles!

Security cameras might detect someone scouting your home for a potential burglary or home invasion. Keeping track of who comes near your home, who stops in front of your home and who is suspicious looking, might actually prevent a crime.

Teenagers are impulsive and might get in with the wrong crowd and try sneaking out of the house in the night. Surveillance of your home and property would identify when and where and with whom they associate.

If by chance a crime does occur, having security camera footage will certainly help law enforcement in their effort to identify and capture the thieves and return your property to you.

Potential Security Breaches

Last but not least, security cameras help you spot potential security breaches before they happen.

Your child or teenager might forget to lock up, or leave doors open at night. They might forget to lock the car doors, leaving the car unlocked overnight. Having a camera system trained on the right spots could identify these types of potential security breaches before they become an issue.

Security cameras are also a great tool to keep an eye on outside workers when they need access to your home, whether you are home, or not. These include but are not limited to babysitters, nannies, home healthcare workers, petsitters, construction crews, delivery personnel, etc.

Identifying potential security breaches can prevent big problems down the road.

Security Cameras – Know What Your Needs Are

Here are a few helpful articles about security cameras should you want to learn more.

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How To Effortlessly Connect Google Home, Alexa, Ring or Nest to A Home Security System

Got a Home Security System?

If you’ve had a home security system for years, you might be curious about making your home into a smarthome. Technology has changed so much over the last few years and so much more is possible now, more than ever before!

The good news? You do not have to start from scratch. Systems and brands can communicate and work together to create a smarthome.

The best news? We have the best way, the best solution for you to get started on this project. Keep reading for the best way to effortlessly connect Google Home, Alexa, Ring or Nest to your home security system!

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Home Security Systems and Smarthomes!

Home security systems can be added to other technology to create smarthomes.

What if you could just TELL (by voice) your home to

  • arm the whole house
  • arm the back door
  • turn on the lights
  • dim the lights
  • adjust the thermostat
  • alert the fire department
  • call for an ambulance
  • notify the police
  • draw the shades
  • turn on music

and more!

How amazing would that be?

That is what smarthome technology can do: your current system can be updated to link up with other systems on your home.

Your Home Security System + Google Home

Google Home offers many apps to connect to.

Control Lighting

Control Appliances and Fixtures

Control Home Security (including Alarm.com)

Control Temperature and Air

Control Entertainment Systems

Control Home Electronics

Got a Google Home System? Connect your home security system to use voice command.

Your Home Security System +Alexa

Alexa is a Amazon product.

“You can build smart home and other products that customers can control from millions of Alexa devices with just their voice. Expand your device’s capabilities with Alexa to create delightful experiences for lights, switches, thermostats, cameras, locks, and more.”

Alexa can be linked to your entertainment center and control the TV. Alexa can be linked to a microwave and used with vioce command and much, much more!

Got an Alexa system? Connect your home security system to use voice command.

Your Home Security System + Ring Cameras

New for Ring.com is an integration with home security systems. Known as the “DIY home security camera system”, Ring has branched out and can be integrated with home security systems as well as other smart systems.

Your Home Security System + Nest

Another Google product, Google Nest also lets you connect devices in your home for a fully integrated smarthome system. Their tag line?

“Build your helpful home!”

Effortlessly Connect A Home Security System To Your Other Systems

Here is the easiest way to do connect a home security system for another smarthome system, like Google Home, Alexa, Ring or Nest, just to name a few:

Reach out to Strand Security, or your own home security experts! They are trained to do this for a living: effortlessly and without much trouble.

If you value your own time, hear this: this is one DIY job you really don’t want! Let the professionals handle the integration. You’ll be glad you did!

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Are Home Security Systems Worth Investing In?

☆ Are you on the fence about purchasing a home security system?

☆ Are you not 100% convinced your home needs a security system?

☆ Are you afraid of the cost associated with a home security system?

If you are, you are not alone.

Cost is one of the deciding factors for many homeowners as to whether they go with or without a home security system.

Don’t wait for until you need us because then you are too late! Quite a few new customers come to us with recent trauma of being victimized in their own home.

Today we will answer the question whether a home security system is worth investing in!

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Investing in a Home Security System. What is it Worth to You?

Peace of mind goes a long way, and until you’ve lost peace of mind, until you’ve lost that feeling of being safe and secure in your own home, you don’t know and can’t understand what it’s like to be a victim of a home invasion or burglary.

Victim report feeling scared, upset, victimized and are afraid to be in the one place that should make them feel safe.

Why would you want to wait to find out what that feels like?

We bet you have

  • health insurance
  • homeowners insurance
  • life insurance

all because you are thinking ahead!

Having a home security system is like having insurance for your personal and mental well-being!

What Does It Cost to Get a Home Security System?

No matter where you live, right here in South Carolina like we do, or elsewhere, home security systems are affordable for almost all homeowners.

Systems come in all shapes and sizes and monitoring can start for a little as $30-$50/month.

The total cost of the system installation depends on several factors like

  • current equipment
  • size of the home
  • brand
  • integration with other home systems

The simplest of simple home security system is better than not having one at all, since having an activated system will deter potential criminals from coming into your home!

If a Home Security System Is An Investment, What Do You Get Out of It?

There are several GREAT things you get out of investing in a home security system.

  1. The first thing you get is peace of mind for all parties. Parents, babysitters, teenagers etc.
  2. Next, you should talk to your insurance company and submit a request for a reduced home insurance rate
  3. When you do have a system in place and an incident occurs – fire, medical emergency or breakin, help is on the way quickly, without delay!
  4. Last but not least, when circumstances do changes i.e. you have a new baby, hire a sitter, are ready to leave your child home alone after school, or have an elderly parent move in, you are ready to adjust your system to your new circumstance.

Integrating Your Home Security System with Your Other Systems

Did you know what your home systems can all work together? We at Strand Security would love to help you make the most of your current system. Maybe you need new cameras? We can help!

Strand Security is a locally owned and locally operated security business. We live where we work, just like you.

And the answer to whether a home security system is worth investing in… is yes! If you need one more reason, consider this: if you are interested in selling your house at some point, having a fully wired and ready-to-go security system installed is a selling point!

Give us a call soon.

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The Best and Most Effective Personal Self-Defense Weapons to Carry on You

January is National Personal Self-Defense Month.

Each year we highlight this important awareness month because we believe that awareness leads to power which leads to prevention.

Preventing a crime is always better than reacting to one. Strand Security has been dedicated to not just security, but personal safety for many years. We even have our own Myrtle Beach Self Defense division. Learn more about how this came to be here.

This article will lists several options of self-defense weapons you can carry on you, as you go about your day.

Protect yourself: learn self-defense techniques and carry a weapon of some sort to ward of an attack.

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The Personal Taser

A taser works like this:

Electric TASER devices work by delivering a high-voltage, low-current electrical discharge into the body of an assailant, overwhelming the muscle-triggering mechanisms of their body. The shock is painful and can paralyze the assailant, but the electric TASER device as a non-lethal weapon is generally considered safe.

The keyword here is that a taser can paralyze the attacker, opening up an opportunity for the victim to get away! Taser can only be used by making contact with an assailant. S/he has to get within reach for your to deploy this self defense weapon.

Pepper Spray

Much like the taser, pepper spray can be used to fend of an assailant or attacker. The advantage over a taser is that pepper spray can be used from a distance – you do NOT have to wait to use this weapon until physical contact is made.

A small can of pepper spray can be tucked into a pocket, sock, or even a bra. It’s easier to carry than a taser, and is recommended for those who workout outside – i.e. runners, bicyclists, hikers etc.

Pocket Weapons

Pocket weapons can be anything from a swiss army knife, keys, small tools, sharp objects – i.e. anything that is strong, sharp, pointy and light weight.

While pepper spray can be used from a distance, pocket weapons, like a taser, are only to be used as a last resort when in close contact with the assailant. Pocket weapons can be hidden in … pockets, but also in backpacks, fanny packs and a purse.

Heavy Flashlight

A heavy flashlight can serve double duty. Light the way and serve as a weapons when needed. A heavy flashlight, used strategically, can knock down a grown men or woman and incapacitate them. This gives the victim opportunity to escape.

Whistle / Air Horn

A whistle or air horn deployed at close range can damage the eardrum, and at the same time, strongly deter an assailant from carrying out the intended attack. Loud sounds alert bystanders to the fact that an assault is in progress, thus rallying support for the victim. Most assailants will turn and run when confronted with a loud noise.

Smartwatch

Last but not least, your smartwatch can be used to help victims in several ways.

1. Emergency SOS. Simply press and hold the side button below the digital crown dial on the upper right side of the Apple watch. The watch will automatically call 911 and send a text message to up to five emergency contacts you previously selected and stored within the watch. The Apple Watch reveals the wearer’s exact location and serves as a speakerphone, allowing the user to communicate with a 911 operator or emergency contacts.

Several Galaxy smartwatches also have an SOS feature, accessed by pressing the home key on the lower right side, that will alert contacts you’ve previously entered on the smartphone paired with the watch.

2 GPS location tracking. An Apple iPhone can be used to track an Apple Watch wearer’s exact location in real time. This is a useful feature and helpful during an assault or kidnapping especially when a victim is incapacitated in some way, and can’t call 911 or speak to an operator.

Prevent Being Victimized. Learn Self Defense.

While not all assaults, attacks and crimes can be prevented, learning self defense and awareness about personal safety does help in reducing your risk for being a victim.

Heather of Strand Security has been teaching personal self defense classes to the Grand Strand Community for over 5 years. That includes Girl Scouts, business organizations, sororities, council of the aging and more!

Contact Heather today to schedule your class.

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