Need a New Thermostat? Buy a Smart One

Need a New Thermostat? Buy a Smart One

The T9 Smart Thermostat for smart home enthusiast.

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The T9 senses the temperatures in the rooms you care about most. Focus on the rooms you choose as a part of your set schedule, or allow comfort to go where you go as you move about your home. Then, help save energy when you leave.

Place Smart Room Sensors where you want to see each room’s temperature and humidity. Use the multi-room display on the thermostat’s touchscreen or in the app to easily focus on rooms either based on their occupancy or according to a specific schedule you choose.

When focused on multiple rooms, the T9 will work towards creating an average temperature, balancing the needs across the whole home.

Purchase the T9 bundled with a sensor, and expand the system by adding up to 20 additional sensors.

With the Honeywell Home app, using geofencing the T9 knows when you’re coming and going, so no matter your schedule, you can always come home to comfort and save energy when you’re away.

The T9 learns your home’s heating and cooling cycles to help deliver the optimal temperature at the right time. Plus you can be alerted when it’s time to change your filters and when temperatures get too high or low.

It’s easy to incorporate the T9 into your home system. Our partners integrate through the Works with Honeywell Home program so you can control your devices the way you want.

10 Ways to Protect Your Home While Away On Vacation

10 Ways to Protect Your Home While Away On Vacation

Since a vacation might be something you enjoy only one or two times per year, it’s easy to get excited about what to pack and what you’ll see while you’re away. However, it’s important not to overlook home security during this time, especially since you won’t be around. To help increase your security and peace of mind, take into account the home protection tips below.

1. Plug Electronics Into Timers

Avoid a dark and empty looking home by installing timers on a few of your electronics, such as the TVs and lamps. The best type of timer is one that works at random intervals so the electronics don’t turn on at the same time every day.

2. Plan for Mail Collection

You can easily contact USPS to hold your mail while you’re on vacation. Alternatively, you can ask a trusted neighbor to pick up packages and mail for you and store them at their house.

3. Install a Security System

If you are away often, a home security system is one of the best investments you can make. This is especially true now that home automation and wifi video surveillance make it easy to see everything right from your phone. In fact, with many systems, you can log onto your app, look at videos, turn lights on, change your thermostat, and even lock/unlock doors.

4. Plan for Trash Collection

To make it look like you are home, ask a neighbor to take your bins out and put them away once trash has been collected.

5. Invite Someone Over

If you have a friend or family member who needs some extra cash (or time away from home), invite them to be a house sitter.

6. Keep Your Home Maintained

A home with a lawn that isn’t mowed is a clear signal that someone is unlikely to be home. Hire someone to come by and take care of your landscaping for you.

7. Don’t Post Online

Posting online that you’re leaving is a bad idea, especially if your accounts are public. Don’t let others know you’re going to be away from home. Instead, talk about your vacation when you’re back and are going to be home regularly.

8. Set Up Cameras

If you don’t want a full-on home security system, then consider using wifi video surveillance. With this, you can log onto an app and have a real-time view of the camera footage.

9. Use a Video Doorbell

One great investment you can make in home automation is a video doorbell. With this, you’ll be able to see and talk to who is at your door right when they ring the doorbell. 

10. Keep Your Garage Door Opener

If you keep your garage door opener in your vehicle, take it out and place it somewhere safe. It’s also recommended to lock your garage door, even if this is something you don’t normally need to do.

By using the tips above, you can keep your home safe, even while you’re far away. More importantly, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your home is fully protected at all times.

8 Reasons to Get a Home Security System

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Home security is one of the most important gifts you can give your family. Knowing you are safe when you are home is priceless. Knowing your home is safe when you are not in it is equally priceless. If you are on the fence about a home security system, here are eight great reasons it’s time to invest today. 

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Deter Criminals 

Burglars and criminals are less likely to target a home that has a security system. Home security is a powerful deterrent, which means your family is safer at home. Criminals look for these when they want to target a home, and most turn around when they notice a system. 

Protect Your Family 

If your family sleeps through a criminal breaking into your home, you may not be able to save them. However, you can protect your family by providing them the benefit of knowing that someone has opened a window or door any time of the day. This helps them prepare for what’s happening instead of ending up surprised when it’s too late. 

Keep Your Kids Safe 

Did you know a security system is about more than just criminals? You can protect your family from the dangers lurking outside even if they aren’t the kind that come inside. For example, if your system comes with a door chime, you will know anytime a door is opened. This might be the notification you need to keep a child inside rather than in the pool. 

Save Money on Homeowners Insurance 

Your homeowner’s insurance premium might go down if you have a security system at home. Call them to find out if you have this option. If you don’t, you can shop around for a lower rate elsewhere by providing them with the name of your security system. 

Provide Your Family with Peace of Mind 

How often do you travel and wonder what’s going on at home? Now you don’t have to wonder. A security system allows you to know if your home is safe and sound even when you are not there to check on it. 

Protect Your Home From Anywhere 

With a security system, you can protect your home from anywhere in the world. You can use your app to turn on the lights, to set the alarm, and even the check on other things. Being remotely connected makes your life easier. It also helps you sleep better at night. 

Control Your Home 

Many security systems now come with smart thermostats and outlets you can control remotely. You can save money on utilities by changing the thermostat anywhere in the world. You can save on worry by turning off outlets if you’re not sure you unplugged something. You can even control the lights and other features in your home. 

Check on the Kids 

If you have kids, you worry about them. With a security system, you can check on them using cameras and other smart technology. You know when they get home from school in the afternoons. You know if they open a door or window. You know everything, and you can even keep track of who comes to your front door when you’re not home. 

A security system is a great investment for the simple reason it makes you feel better about your own life. You are more relaxed, and that’s a priceless feeling. Your home and your family are your priority, and a security system helps you keep them safe.

The Benefits of Home Security Automation and Why You Should Upgrade

Today you live in a smart home, and your home is being made capable of being able to do a lot of automated tasks. One of the areas of interest that is becoming popular is improved home security. Since the technology and processing power exists to do some pretty amazing things with the security of your home, this makes it possible for a home owner to get a lot of security tweaks for an ever-reducing cost. With that in mind, the following are a few areas of automation that will benefit you and your family. 

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Remote Access 

You left your smart home and were a good way down the road before you remembered you forgot to arm your home alarm. While most people would be fuming by realizing this and complaining about the hassle of having to turn around to fix it, you calmly pull out your smart phone and use your onboard app to arm your alarm system by remote. The added benefit of not having to go back to do this manually means that you will have saved a ton of time and gas in the process that would have been wasted otherwise. 

Learning Your Schedule 

One of the great aspects of technology-based security upgrades for a home is that more and more security devices are able to learn and adapt to your schedule. If you regularly come in late at night, your home can prepare for your arrival by turning on the lights for you. This is an important home security measure, because you do not have to get out of your car in the darkness anymore and fumble for the right key. Rather, your security lighting is ready to go as you pull into the driveway and will fire up when you get into a close enough proximity to your home. The lighting that comes on for you will illuminate your path to the front door. 

Monitoring Your Perimeter 

While it is nice to have cameras watching everything that goes on outside your dwelling, you can set your home security system up to alert your smartphone any time someone gets too close to your home. You can access any camera by remote and watch a real time feed of the kind of activity going on outside. This also gives you the advantage of taking a solid look around your smart home for intruders before leaving your house.

This Back-to-School Essential Keeps Delivering all Year

This Back-to-School Essential Keeps Delivering all Year

Time flies when you’re a parent. So does money. For example: is it already a year since your last back-to-school shopping extravaganza?

At least some parenting purchases have more staying power than a new backpack. Take smart home security powered by Alarm.com, a back-to-school essential for many working families with older children.

With an array of after-school safeguards for your kids, it delivers peace of mind throughout the school year, and for years to come. Your kids can even grow into it as they become more independent—which is more than we can say for their new sneakers.

Fewer keys means fewer worries
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As soon as your kids are old enough to arrive home on their own, Alarm.com starts making things easier with keyless smart locks and user codes for easy access.

Unlike keys, user codes can’t be dropped, lost on the bus, or left in the door. If forgotten, its owner can ring the doorbell camera and you can unlock the door from work. Like a set of keys, however, your child’s first user code can still confer a sense of responsibility that they’ll love.

Find out more: Four Ways to Use a Smart Lock

Technology makes check-ins less challenging
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With every school year, your kids grow a little more independent. Meanwhile, you worry just as much as you ever did, and you need to know they’re okay after school.

Your Alarm.com app is here to help, offering peace of mind via quick, visual check-ins. You can see a quick snapshot from any Image Sensor, view a live feed from your indoor or outdoor cameras, and even get front-door video clips of your kids arriving home.

If you prefer a hands-off approach, Alarm.com also offers a range of custom alerts for specific activity and events, such as the kids not arriving home on time, or even the videogame cabinet being open for too long.

Find out more: Four Essential Alarm.com Back-to-School Alerts

Smart reminders ensure that your house stays secure
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As kids get older, they have more going on, which means they forget things. Unfortunately, this often includes securing the house when they’re last to leave.

Alarm.com can help with actionable smartphone reminders. Once your teens have their own Alarm.com app, your house can remind them directly if a door isn’t locked, or the garage is open, or the security system isn’t armed when it should be. They’ll be able to fix things quickly with a remote command.

Read more: Alarm.com Versus Unlawful Entry

As kids grow, Alarm.com keeps up
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Unlike this month’s back-to-school buys, Alarm.com keeps up with your family as you grow. When it’s time to add a new device like a doorbell camera or smart lock, your service provider is on hand to help. We also deliver new features and updates digitally through the cloud, keeping your Alarm.com-powered home at the cutting edge of smart home technology.

To add smart home security to your parenting toolkit this year, enter your ZIP code below and get connected with an Alarm.com service provider.