‘Tis the season… to make sure your home and family are safe and fully protected. While the holidays are a time of good cheer, you also face a heightened risk for break-ins, theft, and winter-related issues like fire and carbon monoxide exposure. Don’t put a damper on your celebrations; with some preparation, you can make sure that you enjoy happy — and safe — holidays.

Peace of mind. This is one of the biggest benefits that a home security system can deliver. But rest assured, there are plenty more! From safeguarding your family and valuables from intruders and lowering homeowners insurance rates to protecting against fire and carbon monoxide (as monitored systems can do), you will reap the rewards.

Are you thinking about installing a system or upgrading your current solution? Knowing the basic components can help you make the best choice for your needs, your home, and your family.

People often think of fire alarms as simple mechanisms. You see a fire, you pull the trigger, the alarm sounds, and everyone evacuates, right? Yet this requires someone to see the fire in the first place. What if it's happening out of the way, in an area where no one's working at that moment? What kind of fire alert system or life safety system works more effectively?

**This article was originally published in June 2018. Updated for our current market September 2021.**

What do you do when you see the “software update” notification on your smartphone? Do you readily click “yes” and fire up your new operating system as quickly as possible? Or, are you like many of us who try to put it off until it ultimately updates itself? There are many reasons we avoid updates and upgraded technology:

  • We are indifferent about the new updates.
  • We get comfortable with the technology we already use. 
  • We do not have time to do the research about the updates. 
  • We are concerned about what the upgrade’s domino effect might be. 

Regardless of the reasons we don’t want to make the update, sometimes we have to embrace new technology. That may be the case with your home security system. Many homeowners are long overdue for a change. 

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