How to Test Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke and carbon monoxide are two of the most important devices attached to an all-encompassing home security system. Both devices are life-saving tools, but to get the most of them, they must be working properly. This is where testing comes...

SpotCam Unveils an Outdoor Camera, How Does it Perform?

The home security market is filled with standalone cameras that advertise the ability to protect and monitor a home, though many of them fall short of the services they claim to provide. One of which is SpotCam, who recently upgraded...

How Many Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Are Needed For the Home?

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are two of the most important items a home security toolkit can have. Both alarms prevent life-threatening dangers that are oftentimes silent and without warning. Whether the threat be fire, smoke, or carbon monoxide, the...

How to Avoid Door-to-Door Scams

This summer, thousands of 'doorknockers' will prey on neighborhoods across America. Their goal is to trick you in to switching to another home security provider, often through deceptive practices that may leave you stuck with unexpected expenses. We've put together this...

An Inside Look at China Based Xiaomi’s Mi Smart Home Kit

Based in China, Xiaomi is a technology company that once held the title of the world’s highest valued startup and the fastest growing smart-home creator. Currently Xiaomi is worth $45 billion. Known for a plethora of home automation and technology...

How Many Home Security Cameras Does Your Home Need?

Boxes are unpacked, the couches are unloaded, and you’ve managed to move into your home without breaking any of the dishes during the process. Since you’re a Protect America customer, your home security system moved with you for free and...

The Selfie Cam for Your Home: Inside Amazon’s Echo Look

In a world filled with selfies, it was only a matter of time before home automation equipment took a turn towards the self-promotional photo. Amazon, who created the Echo, a voice activated home automation product that allows users to control various...

From Furniture to Automation: A review of IKEA’s Trådfr Smart Lights

Yes, you read that correctly. The Swedish based powerhouse in home furniture retailing is making their first venture into the world of home automation and Internet of Things technology with smart lighting. The lights, called “Trådfr,” which is Swedish for ‘wireless,’...

How to Protect the Home During Construction

Building or remodeling an existing home is an exciting process. Families have the opportunity to create a home from scratch to fit their specific needs and wants, or they're able to make much needed upgrades to their homes.  In a...

How to Properly Test and Install a Smoke Alarm

*RING* *RING* *RING* “Jeez!,” Jake mutters. He’s in the middle of cooking a delicious creme brule and his smoke alarm is howling to alert him of smoke in the kitchen. Jake heads to the laundry room to grab a stool,...

The Definitive Guide to the Care and the Feeding of a Smoke Detector

The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes that have working smoke alarms, says FEMA. And according to the organization, three out of five deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms....