A Connected Home Is A Safe Home

A Connected Home Is A Safe Home

A connected home is a safe home and a connected home requires smart devices installed in every place you can think of performing various actions, reporting data and giving you real time insights into what’s happening in your home.

Smart smoke detectors in every room report if a fire occurs whether the system is armed or not. Around the clock, it is watching, protecting, taking care of you making sure your home is safe from what could be the most disastrous and traumatic life safety event. There are occasions where you become more susceptible to a fire like forgetting to water your Christmas tree, it dries out, and leaving the lights on when you leave home. Fireplaces getting out of control, faulty wiring or others, standard smoke detectors do not protect you from these scenarios because all they do is make noise and if you believe your neighbors will come rushing to your aid when they hear it beeping in your house, try setting off your car alarm and see what happens. How many people come outside and check on the car and knock on the door to see if you are okay. Most likely, the answer is none. Don’t place the security of your home in the ultraistic nature and availability of your neighbors.

Similarly, protection against carbon monoxide poisoning is equally critical. Carbon monoxide detectors are required in 50% of the states in the United States and yet many homes still don’t have one. Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental deaths in America. Having a monitored carbon monoxide detector not only allows you to be informed if and when this silent killer enters your home but sends help right away, even when you are asleep and everyone becomes unconscious. It’s a scary scenario and one that will hopefully never happen to you. But if you have a monitored carbon monoxide detector then you can avoid that disastrous problem.

Floods are another very common insurance claim and if you ask an insurance company, they will tell you that floods are the #1 source of challenges for a homeowner. Floods can be tremendously expensive with thousands and thousands of dollars of damage occurring for even just a few inches of water. Statistics show that every basement will have a flood at some point during it’s life. Installing a smart flood detectors under each of your sinks, near the water heater, near the water in your refrigerator and other water locations can certainly help, but without the help of a smart water shut off valve, they will only inform you and hopefully you would be in a position to turn around, drive home and address the situation before too much damage has taken place. A better scenario is to install a smart flood detector like this one and a smart water valve on your pipes to automatically shut off the water when a flood is detected. Prevent your leaks from becoming lakes with an automated smart system that ties the flood detectors installed throughout your home to the water shut off valve with no action required from you other than to come home and fix the leak at minimal cost.

Heat detectors and freeze detectors are equally important as HVAC units can fail, heaters can fail resulting in not only added expense but added danger to pets, elderly and the infirm. Imagine if you were able to get a notification that your heater had broken in the middle of winter and rather than waiting for your pipes to freeze and deal with the requisite flooding that might occur and instead take immediate action to fix the heater and make sure that your home stays the temperature you need it to, no dead pets, no dead grandma, no dead plants. Simply a warm house all through smart technology with the best encryption and long range reliability that PowerG has become known for.

These and other solutions, when combined together make a smarter safer home, protecting you and your loved ones from unnecessary hassle, life threatening scenarios and costly damage all with access from a single touchscreen like the IQ Panel 4 and the easy to use mobile app, powered by Alarm.com.


Have you registered for our Live Install webinar yet?

We are really excited to something different for this webinar! You will get to watch me, Whitney White, Marketing & Education Manager and Jeremy McLerran, Director of Marketing for Qolsys open an IQ Security Kit, talk about each product from both a sales and technical aspect, and then install the kit into a home! We will be using the webcam to show you how simple it really is to install and how the IQ Security Kit is a great starter pack for you. I’m not an installation pro like most of you so you know you are getting a real look at what to expect for the installation!

The IQ Security Kit includes the 7″ all-in-one touchscreen IQ Panel, 4 IQ Mini D/W, an IQ Motion, IQ Doorbell and IQ Tilt.

We will be using the webcam (with no slide presentation) so be sure to be in a place where you can watch the action happen. At the conclusion of the webinar we will have a drawing for 3 winners to walk away with one of these IQ Security Kits so you know you won’t want to miss it!

Registration is limited so don’t wait! Register now!


Happy New Years! Make sure your IQ Panel is armed and secure while you go out and ring in the new year! Good luck writing your New Year’s Resolutions. Here are our Marketing and Education Manager, Whitney White’s resolutions:

  1. Lose 10 pounds (who wouldn’t want that).
  2. Add 3 new IQ Mini DW sensors to my Qolsys system.
  3. Spend more time with family.
  4. Add cameras to my Qolsys system to properly set up my front porch with the IQ Doorbell.
  5. Start a journal (I think I’ve made this resolution for a few years now)
  6. Get a door lock for my front door to fully optimize my Qolsys smarthome through the IQ Panel.

Happy New Years! Stay safe!


I am relieved to say that I just recently finished my Christmas shopping. But now having this hoard of presents tucked under our tree I’m more concerned about the safety of my home. Most days, our home is empty for the better part of the day due to work or other obligations and we aren’t there to protect from the Grinches of the world or even porch pirates – someone who steals packages off your door steps.

Being gone many days traveling or working, how do I make sure my home is secure? Luckily, our Qolsys system offers layers of security and monitoring. The first line of defense is being able to peek-in on my home while I’m away using my Image Sensors. Another layer is when someone rings my doorbell (perhaps to see if I am home or not), I get a message and image of who is at my door, fending off any porch pirates. So far, it’s only been UPS. But as a last layer of defense, I have my security devices. These range from the IQ Mini D/W sensors I have on my doors, my IQ Motion detector that will alert when there is movement in the house when there shouldn’t be, my Image Sensors and my IQ Glass that will sound the alarm if glass from my windows are broken in attempt to get into my home. Knowing that someone who might try to take Santa’s sack won’t make it very far in my home is a great reassurance while we are out or traveling in the next few weeks.


The ghosts and goblins are about to come out and play! Halloween one of my favorite holidays because of the crisp fall air and the anticipation of the holidays. Sometimes, Halloween brings out our inner child and with that, our desire to cause a bit of harmless fun, such as doorbell ditching! This year, be warned. You will have a tougher time NOT getting caught that in years past because of the IQ Doorbell!Continue reading


How would you like to know the moment your online order arrives at your house? Do you want to see who is knocking on your door during your Sunday nap and if its worth getting up? Want to catch Halloween door bell ditchers in the act?  Did you know most home invasions start with the intruder ringing the bell before they try the handle?  How would like a video clip of their face?