Blog

Smart Homes and Security Systems are No Longer Separate

Posted by Alexa Sandbakken on Sep 14, 2018 4:35:46 PM

According to a 2017 Park Associates survey, 75% of all home security installations now include smart home controls and features. So many homeowners now enjoy the convenience of a smart home with a security system hub, it's incredibly common to include smart home features in security system installations.

Read More »

Topics: smart home security

Zigbee Versus Z-Wave

Posted by Alexa Sandbakken on Mar 23, 2018 5:25:26 PM

Early home automation relied on wired systems and technicians to make system changes and updates. Now there are wireless technologies that communicate via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Two of these types of technology are Zigbee and Z-Wave. To control your home automation devices, you'll need to decide what "language" or wireless technology you'll want your hub to use. Let's take a look at both. 

Read More »

Topics: home security systems, smart home security

How to Get a Santa Alert on your Smartphone

Posted by Alexa Sandbakken on Dec 24, 2017 2:59:38 PM

On Christmas morning, the kids are excited to see that Santa ate the cookies and drank the milk they left out. But did you know your smart home security system can send an alert to your smartphone to show them when Santa dropped off presents?


Read More »

Topics: home security systems, smart home security

How Alarm.com Kept Me Informed During a Power Outage

Posted by Alexa Sandbakken on Aug 3, 2017 1:33:47 PM

We had some storms come through our area last night and into this morning. I was woken up this morning by my two youngest kids, ages 5 and 6, explaining that the light and the clock in their room was off and wouldn't turn on. Then, I saw the fan in my room had stopped too. It was looking like the power was out.

It was 6:03 a.m. and my phone buzzed with a notification from Alarm.com that told me our alarm system reported a power failure.

Read More »

Topics: home security systems, smart home security

How to Keep An Eye On Kids This Summer: How Smart Security Systems Help Parents

Posted by Alexa Sandbakken on Jun 9, 2017 4:34:03 PM

Now that the end of the school year is near, who knows what your kids will be up to all day at home this summer? This is where a monitored security system and/or cameras can help. From individualized codes to smartphone alerts, a monitored smart home security system or camera system can help you keep an eye on what's going on at home, even when you're not there.

Read More »

Topics: home security systems, safety, cameras, smart home security

Is a Security System Right for You?

Posted by Alexa Sandbakken on Jan 25, 2017 4:26:44 PM

If you've been thinking about a security system for a while, but you're just not sure, answer these questions and see if an alarm system could be the right fit for you.

Read More »

Topics: home security systems, FAQ, smart home security

Skybell Doorbell Camera

Posted by Alexa Sandbakken on Oct 7, 2016 4:15:05 PM

A doorbell camera is one of the newest smart security system features available. Our partnership with Alarm.com now lets you integrate a smart doorbell camera into your smart home security system.

The Skybell doorbell camera records video when you want it to – you decide what triggers it, whether it’s motion or when the doorbell is pressed. You can receive alerts and watch live video whenever someone is in front of your door, even if they don’t ring the doorbell.

Read More »

Topics: cameras, smart home security

What devices can be controlled with a smart home security system?

Posted by Alexa Sandbakken on May 7, 2015 12:44:49 PM

With Alarm.com through Heartland Security, you can control several smart devices in your home all from one app on your smartphone. From this app, you can conveniently control your thermostats, lighting, garage doors, locks, and even appliances remotely. Setting up schedules for your smart devices can also save you money.

Read More »

Topics: smart home security

Smart Security Systems Save You Money

Posted by Alexa Sandbakken on Apr 8, 2015 11:51:00 AM

Security systems nowadays monitor for more than just intrusion - they can also protect against carbon monoxide, fire, and flooding, and call for help during personal or medical emergencies. Security systems protect your home and family, but did you know they can also save you money?

Using your security system to automate certain features of your home lets you better manage your energy usage and save money on your electric bills. There's no downside to making your home more efficient.

Read More »

Topics: smart home security

Home Automation and Security Systems: How to Turn Your House Into a Smart Home

Posted by Alexa Sandbakken on Mar 20, 2015 4:22:00 PM

Home automation - it's a hot topic these days. How smart can your home be? As the technology involved with security systems has ballooned in the past few years, there are more options than ever to make your house a smart home.

Whether you want to control your locks, lights, thermostat, or garage door, an interactive security system can be the solution you're looking for.

Read More »

Topics: smart home security