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Homeschooling in a Smarthome is the Smart Choice for Parents

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Homeschooling at the best of times can be a challenge but usually is a personal choice; homeschooling during a pandemic, or forced homeschooling as some will feel it is really challenging. As schools in Horry County and Georgetown County are back in session, many parents have already chosen to keep their kids home! 

If that’s you, why not make being home just a bit easier by investing in Smarthome technology.

But what is a Smarthome?

Check out our blog 10 Reasons to Love Smart Homes if you aren’t sure what’s so great about smarthomes!

When you hear the word ‘Smarthome’ you might imagine a home that has ever available technology available to take the day to day tasks out of the hands of the homeowner. From smart doorbells, talking fridges and smart thermostats to voice assistants who welcome you home.

Sounds expensive, and it can be, however, you don’t have to go all in. “At its very core, a smart home is probably best defined as a living area connected to technology meant to enhance the home”. 

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Meaning that by a Smarthome can be a combination of devices or just have one. The trick is to find the devices that will benefit your home and your family.

Smart Speakers for Homework Help

With homeschooling becoming the norm and the kitchen becoming the classroom,  a smart speaker provides a virtual classroom assistant enabling both parents and children to find answers to questions that would usually take time to find out. 

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are the popular smart speakers nowadays in your homeschool classroom which can not only enable your kids to access enormous amounts of information just by asking a question, but can also;

  • Keep them on track – using the timer function to keep them focused
  • Enhance their communication – smart speakers are not perfect and sometimes a question has to be rephrased to get the correct answer (how many times have you heard ‘I’m sorry, I did not understand the question’!!!)
  •  Help the parents check the kids’ answers (school was a looooong time ago!)

Security System To Keep Kids Who are Home Alone Safe

Smarthome technology integrates with your security system, allowing your peace of mind if you need to leave your teens or preteen unattended for a while during the day.

You might find yourself needing to check in at work, or taking a trip to the grocery store.

Not sure if your child is ready to be left home alone? Check this article! 

And remember – if you activate the security alarm system, help is close by is an emergency arrises.

An additional perk to smarthomes: not only are they safer, they are healthier! Smarthome means hands-free and in the age of COVID-19, that’s just plain smart!

Remote Monitoring of Your Teenagers and Schoolwork

You’ve got the kids to sit down, you managed to get them to open their books but now you have to go to your home office to do your work. But how do you know that the kids are actually doing their school work?

Getting up to check that they are working the books is going to break into your work time not to mention breaking your concentration so investing in remote monitoring is a good option.

Enter security cameras and remote access!

With this smarthome technology your kids aren’t just safe, they can be monitored in real time by a live camera feed fed to you on your device of choice!

How about that for hall monitor?!

Homeschooling and Smarthomes Sets Your Family Up For Success!

Homeschooling is looking to be something that will continue for a while and as learning ‘at the kitchen table’ continues, why not make your family’s life easier (and less shouty) by investing in smarthome technology – gotta go, the fridge is talking to me!

Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

 

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Go Ahead and Take Charge with URC Total Control!

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New Home? New Automation!

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!?

Yes! 🙌🏻

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!

Old Home? New Automation!

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!

URC Touchscreen Controller

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!

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URC Remote Control!

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!

URC remote control

Take Total Control Of Your Home with URC

The URC remote gives you

  • Touchscreen LCD
  • WiFi remote control
  • Microphone and speaker for voice control
  • Seamless integration with Total Connect systems
  • Includes charging dock

South Carolina; are you ready for the next generation of Smarthome technology?

Give us a call!

Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

 

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10 Reasons To Love Smarthomes

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This post is the second in a year-long series of ’10 reasons to love…’ as Strand Security celebrates 10 years in business.

10 Reasons to Love the Grand Strand

What is a Smarthome?

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.

What Can a Smarthome Do?

A smarthome

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.

10 Reasons To Love Smarthomes

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.

1) Smarthomes Are Brilliant

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!

2) Smarthomes Are Convenient

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.

3) We Love Smarthomes Due To Endless Integration Possibilities

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

4) We Love Smarthome Automation

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.

5) Smarthomes Save Us Time

By virtue of automation and integration, we all save time; the Smarthome does the thinking as well as the execution.

6) Smarthomes Eliminate Redundancy

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!

7) Smarthomes Help Those Who Are Less Able-bodied

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.

8) Smarthomes Make Our Homes More Energy Efficient

By automating lights, thermostats, and window shades, your home becomes energy efficient. You will save money on your electric bill just by being smart!

9) Smarthomes Give Our Home a Personality

Your home might be quirky, or stern, or persistent. If you set your automation right, your home will have a personality!

10) Smarthomes Allow Us To Control Our Home With Just One Remote

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.

Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

 

 

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5 Excellent Reasons You Will Want Home Automation Now

Is Your Home a Smart Home Yet?

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’!

Home Automation Information and Latest News

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…!

Don’t Put Off Home Automation! What Are You Waiting For?

In case you are still hesitant, here are 5 reasons you will want home automation now!

1) Improved security

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.

2) Timesaver

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!

3) Frustration-Free

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

4) Saves Money on Utility Bills

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!

5) Resale Value of Your Home

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!

How Do You Get Started With Home Automation?

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.

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

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