California Security Pro - Home Security Blog
When we bring up the subject of monitored fire protection with ADT, customers often ask what the difference is between the ones they already have and an ADT Smoke Detector. No one wants to spend money on something they already have. However, there are considerable differences between ADT Monitored Smoke Detectors and the ones many people buy from a local home improvement store.
Every second counts when protecting your family from a fire and ADT Smoke Detectors are an important part to protecting your home, family and pets. In an article titled Fire Alarm Will Stop Catastrophic Devastation of Your Family, it explains how three decades ago, you had 17 minutes to get out in a home fire... now with modern homes, you have three to four minutes. WOW... What's Changed?
Let's see what makes a smoke detector from ADT different.
Main Differences:1. ADT Smoke Detectors are photoelectric detectors compared to ionized smoke detectors installed in 90% of American homes. Photoelectric detectors are far superior at detecting smoldering smoke that often happens when a fire is staring. Often photoelectric smoke detectors detect fires before the flames actually ignite and save precious time. They also have a rise of heat that helps quickly detect a fire if the flames ignite and begin to create a rise of temperature.
This last week, I read the article in Angie's List Magazine about FAST FIRES. It impacted the way I think about home fire safety for my own family and your family. The article was written by Paul F. P. Pogue and titled Material Menace. It is about how three decades ago, you had 17 minutes to get out in a home fire... now with modern homes, you have three to four minutes. WOW... What's Changed?Read More
With most security companies today, you start with a free equipment package and an installation cost of between $99 - $299 depending upon what kind of system you are getting installed. These packages come with a keypad, some free door sensors, a motion sensor and a key-chain remote.Read More
You might not realize Brinks and Broadview are now a part of ADT. So if you call them, you'll be directed back to us.
As for other companies like Bay Alarm and a zillion smaller companies, It's a common misconception that to utilize your home's existing alarm system you are required to call the company that installed it. Even if you don't like them... it's that or purchase a whole new system and not take advantage of the existing equipment! Luckily that is not the case. Here at
California Security Pro, many of our installers have been installing home security systems for over a decade. They've seen most of what's out there and have the skills to provide you with a great system, utilizing the parts of your system that are still functional.
Click to scheduling your FREE Home Security review. It gives you the opportunity to have a professional look at your existing system for free and give you options. You'll find out consultants honest, straight forward and not pushy, their job is to educate you and help you make the best decision, even if it's not us.Read More
Having a smart thermostat is convenience at its best! You can control them remotely and monitor energy usage which ultimately not only provides comfort, but the option to save money by understanding exactly when and how you are using the air conditioner and heater unit. ADT Pulse now offers 2 options in thermostats to use with your Pulse home automation.
One fancy use for a smart thermostat is interrupting your pre-set programming. You might not warm the home until 4pm on weekdays, you know, when it's empty. Then BAM! Like a starving vulture, sickness furiously attacks you; and of course, it happens just as you arrive at work. In view of the multiple ways this has debacled your work week, at the very minimum you want a warm and cozy home to return to so you can slump around the kitchen long enough to boil soup and retreat to bed. With either thermostat, you can whip out your app and raise the thermostat before arriving. When you're sick, the tiny comforts matter!
So you might ask, "How do I pick one over the other?"
Glad you asked! Here is a why one thermostat will or won't be the one that makes you shout, "It's the best thing since the Wheel."Read More
There are many blogs out there to explain the technical aspect of each piece of home security equipment. If you click that link, you can even find one of mine that lists each piece of equipment and exactly what duty it performs within the security system. Now don't get me wrong, it is important to know what things are made for. How else would we tell our kids not to use things for uses they 'were not' made for? But what you really want to know is, "What will it do for me?" So here is that question answered. Beyond telling you that a door sensor protects your door, here is why that matters to you and your loved ones.Read More