WANT A SMARTER HOME? JUST ADD IQ.

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Everyone is buzzing about the “smart home” these days aren’t they?  Maybe that’s why we’ve been as busy as bees making it a reality.  It’s more than just building a nice panel though.  Its an entire network of connected devices, and the ability to continue to add support for new devices as they are released into the market.  To make your home smarter, you’ll need to add more and more of these intelligent devices, or as we call it, “IQ.”  As you work to make your dream smart home setup, here’s a few things you should know.Continue reading

USING THE IQ PANEL TO AUTOMATE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE

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Christmas trees are a wonderful part of the holiday season, but can also be a cause of fires.  According to NFPA.org (the National Fire Protection Association) each year an average of 230 home fires start with a Christmas tree, causing 6 deaths, 22 injuries, and $18.3 million in damages.  You can mitigate this risk by creating a simple rule using your Alarm.com account and Qolsys Smart Socket.Continue reading

IF MOMMY KISSES SANTA CLAUS… I’LL KNOW.

One of the beautiful things about having an IQ Panel with Alarm.com is the ability to know who is coming and going at any time. To make this possible, one needs a simple yet robust network of sensors and devices that track every day occurrences like doors opening and closing, bodies, moving, and the exact location of smartphones.  (Shameless plug: All of these devices are available as part of the IQ Solution.)Continue reading

Z-WAVE OF ZEE FUTURE

A truly automated home is within the affordable reaches of everyday consumers, and there are more sensors and devices to make your smart home the most intelligent house on the block.  From door locks to thermostats, motion sensors to mobile device geo-fencing, the future is here.

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REMOVING THE HAZARD OF HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Remember that scene in A Christmas Story where dad is decorating the christmas tree?  After getting all the lights strung he desperately looks for an extra outlet in which to plug his holiday decorations.  He lifted cords and moved wires, and upon finding an open spot he inserted the plug and everything goes dark.  Pandemonium ensues as the family struggled to find their way in the dark and his son Ralphie’s commentary praising his old man’s prowess in changing a burnt fuse.Continue reading