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As we write this article, springtime is quickly taken over by summer weather, and summer activities are here to stay for the next few months in South Carolina. Myrtle Beach is a great place to work and live and even if you don’t travel far to take a break, there are plenty of gorgeous places to visit on the Grand Strand.
Summer is one of the best times to ‘play’ and be out and about. But before you do, make a safety and security plan. There is no sense in going out to play only to come back to a home that’s been burglarized or vandalized!
In this recent blog article on the Strand Security blog, we gave our readers and customers 5 ways to prevent a break in while away on vacation. Preventing a crime is always better than a clean up afterwards.
A home invasion, or a burglary will bring forth all sorts of headache, least of all the feeling of your home and privacy being violated by criminals.
Take these 5 actionable tips before going away this summer!
Wouldn’t you love to know what’s happening in-real-time in and around your home?
Isn’t it time to check out all you can do with the Honeywell Total Connect 2.0 App? Download it today to control and remotely manage your garage doors, thermostats, lights, locks, video doorbell, cameras, and more.
Do you have questions about Honeywell, smarthome technology or any other integration? Our doors are always open. We will be happy to help you monitor your home from afar, or we will monitor it for you!
Honeywell Total Connect™ Remote Services lets you stay in the know wherever you go! How neat is that?
Whether you are running an errand in Myrtle Beach, at work along the Grand Strand, or on summer vacation in the upstate of South Carolina or elsewhere, you will have full access to your home and/or business through our app. You will love being able to check in from anywhere, at any time! Once you have Honeywell Total Connect™, you will fall in love forever.
With the tap of a finger, our app lets you control your security system, receive push notifications, text messages and email alerts, control thermostats, lighting and locks, locate vehicles or assets — even view live video and see, hear and speak to visitors at the front door anytime, anywhere on compatible smart devices, including iPhone, Android and iPad.
Honeywell Total Connect™ is packed with features that help you receive a great user experience!
Honeywell Total Connect™ can be used both for residential as well as commercial use, so homeowners, as well as business owners, get great value from our system!
Kids, teenagers, elderly parents, nannies, neighbors, employees; anyone you trust and who needs access to your home or business can get access while you are away!
Let us check out what Honeywell Total Connect™ has to offer, shall we?
Oh, it’s super easy!
In fact, our app is so easy to use once it is set up, that kids, teenagers, as well as the elderly, should have no problem using our app. Of course, if you use Strand Security as your service provider, we will make sure that everyone who needs access to your system will have full access.
Are you ready for a Smarthome?
All you need to do is connect with us at Strand Security. We can answer any question you may have.
You can also stop by our offices for a demo to see how a Honeywell Total Connect™ system works and play around with it!
Did you know you can install vehicle tracker in your (commercial) vehicles, too, and monitor with Honeywell Total Connect™? Great for teenage drivers and employees.
Today is the Autumn Equinox and since this day is the start of a ‘change’ of season, we are using this date to remind you to change something very important in your home!
If you own your home, and even if you rent, you should be aware of the date you last changed your smoke detector batteries.
Go ahead. Think of the date. We’ll wait a minute…
Can’t recall when it was?
Most people when asked when they last did change their smoke detector batteries will either say
‘I don’t recall‘
‘When the alarm started to chirp in the middle of the night because the battery was low‘
Neither of these answers is a very good one!
If you are the responsible adult in charge of the home you need to not only know this, but you need to have a plan to make sure your smoke detectors work when an emergency arises!
We want you to be safe!
We have a super simple plan for you to implement RIGHT NOW to keep your smoke detectors in working order when they are needed.
Here’s the plan:
If this is the first time you’ve heard about Carbon Monoxide Detectors and if you aren’t sure about what they are, what they do and why your home and business needs these, read this first!
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels.
Many people install carbon monoxide monitors that you plug-in to the wall or run on batteries.
Of course, these batteries need to be replaced, too!
While these kind of detectors are great (it’s better to have those than no sensors at all!), they do not have the ability to call for outside help when needed if you are incapacitated.
Therefore, if you have a security alarm system, we recommend hooking up the carbon monoxide sensors right to your security alarm; the carbon monoxide levels in your home or business will be monitored 24/7!
We at Strand Security use Honeywell Total Connect™ for this and as we read on the Honeywell Total Connect™ website
System Sensor carbon monoxide (CO) detectors provide the highest level of CO protection available. Our system-connected devices enable 24/7 central station monitoring that ensures occupants or building management will be alerted if the detector goes into alarm, is disabled, or has reached its six-year end-of-life and needs to be replaced. Furthermore, this system monitoring provides an extra level of protection in cases when occupants are unable to respond to the alarm.
Whether you decide to change your batteries today, or if you want to wait until the first of the month, the MOST IMPORTANT part of this is that you will ACT and DO IT as soon as possible!
Would you ever go drive your car with a broken seatbelt, or broken brakes?
Would you allow your child to ride a horse or a bicycle without a helmet?
Would you go an a boat that had no life jackets?
Get the batteries, replace them ASAP and be secure in knowing you are protected in case of an emergency!
If you’ve made the decision to protect those you love and those you are responsible for – your family and your employees, and it’s time to get a security system – or to update one – there are some things you need to do and know BEFORE your contact a security company.
Proper preparation prevents poor performance
If you do not know WHAT you want or need, how can you expect someone to give you what you want and need?
Therefore, we suggest you go over this list and put some thoughts on paper before calling and selecting a security company!
Whom will you be protecting?
What will you be protecting?
Now you will need to take a look at your budget.
Your budget will need to include
This budget does not need to be set in stone, but contacting a security company without a clear idea about what you can afford will waste your time, as well as theirs.
You’ve propably looked and asked around and you are most likely aware about the latest technology and newest features security systems can offer.
Your “wish list” could include items like
This would also be a great time to think about other features and option that tie into a security system
Next you’ll need to have an idea about who will need access to your system (this is important because of potential training and access codes involved)
Now that you know what you can afford, what your security needs are and what you’d like to have installed, a professional can help you make final decisions to fit those parameters.
You might have already seen one or two of these YouTube videos we’re about to show you! Dogs do the darnest things! These lovely pets, or should we say sometimes ‘naughty’ pets were caught on video by their curious owners. We’re also going to show you how sad one of the dogs is when her owner leaves. You can, of course, set up a camera and let it run while you are away to find out once you’re home and have downloaded the footage what your dog was up to. Did you know there’s a better way? At Strand Security, we offer the latest in technology and that includes Honeywell Total Connect™ for customers who want to know what’s going on with their pet, in real time!
Have you seen these funny videos? We love them!
Here is the first video. It shows a Beagle home alone! Turns out, this is a super smart dog.
In the second video, you’ll find a dog taking a dip in the family pool by using the water slide!
Now here’s the sad dog!
If you have a dog (or a teen – hey, why not?) and if you want instant access to live video of your home via your Smartphone or tablet, we highly recommend you come talk to us, Strand Security Systems in Myrtle Beach, about HoneyWell Total Connect™. We can give you a demonstration in our showroom, or you can watch this video demonstration right now which shows you numerous other ways Honeywell Total Connect™ can enhance your lifestyle!
From the Honeywell website:
“Live video; log on and look in” – View live video on up to six cameras at a time—a great way to keep an eye on your kids, elderly relatives, pets and property.
Your security IS our business. Talk to us and let us know how we can help you!