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Four Ways to Interact With your Alarm Smart Home

Imagine that there’s a visitor at your door, right now. What do you do?

Obviously, it depends. What time of day is it? Are you home or away? Are you by the door, or in the yard? Are you expecting someone? Are you in the middle of a movie?

Every homeowner and every situation is different, which is why Alarm.com gives you a lot of options for interacting with your home. Our smart home security app can be used on a wide array of devices in many different everyday contexts. Here are four very different but equally useful ways to interact with your Alarm.com smart home.

Anytime, Anywhere: Smartphone and Tablet

Our mobile app for iOS and Android turns your smartphone into a command center for your home, pairing portable convenience with the ability to interact in depth.

From instant security alerts and quick one-tap device commands, to creating custom rules that command multiple devices simultaneously, our smartphone and tablet apps give you a complete spectrum of smart home control at home or away.

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Voice Control: Amazon Echo

The Alarm.com skill for Amazon Echo brings the hands-free convenience of voice commands to your smart home.

Want to check the arming status of your smart home security system, change the temperature, or turn your living room light off? Just ask Alarm.com via Alexa, the Echo’s voice-controlled assistant.

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You can use your voice to control and check the status of the most important connected devices around your house. Just say “Alexa, ask Alarm.com to…” followed by your command or question. Alarm.com either gives you a quick answer via the Echo, or automatically triggers the device into action.

Big Screen Monitoring: Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV

Watching TV when the doorbell rings? Use the remote control of your Amazon Fire TV stick or Apple TV device to quickly navigate to your Alarm.com app, and see exactly who it is.

Designed for comfort and convenience, these two apps enable you to view up to four live feeds from your home’s security cameras simultaneously, without ever having to look for your phone or leave the couch.

Quick Interactions: Smartwatch Apps

Our app for Apple Watch gives you– awareness, control and visibility –all with a glance at your wrist making it ideal for interacting with your home when you’re at work or on the go. Taptic feedback on your wrist lets you know when something’s happening; one-touch commands let you address the situation with just a quick tap. Click on the demo below to try it. If you’re a Pebble smartwatch fan, we’ve got an app for you too – click here.

 

What is Professional Security Monitoring?

One of the smartest things about our smart security systems is the proactive safeguards they provide for your family or bussiness. Your system’s advanced technology detects potential danger and takes action on your behalf.

Our Insights EngineGeo-Services and Crash and Smash protection are all examples of proactive safeguards that work on their own, using Alarm.com’s cloud intelligence and real-time data from devices around your home.

One proactive safeguard, however, has a human element: professional security monitoring, which is provided with every system we provide; smart or traditional.

What does it do?

In the case of an alarm event at your home — a break-in, fire, flood and others —  security systems send an emergency signal, via phone lines or cellular connection, to our 24-7 monitoring station. There, a trained security professional assesses the situation and quickly alerts our local guard response team to react.

How important is professional monitoring? 

Do you need a service like this ? After all, there are plenty of connected cameras and motion-detecting smart devices out there, all capable of alerting you to activity at home with a quick smartphone message.


Well, consider this:

Alerts are easy to miss. What if you’re not available when a break-in happens? What if you’re at the gym, or swimming, or at the movies with your phone on “do not disturb”. Maybe you’re on an airplane, or even just asleep.

It’s inconvenient. Checking every alert, sorting harmless activity from the suspicious, and investigating each one – 24/7 – won’t be easy.  So you might find a great price on the camera, but when you have to provide your own security, you’ll end up investing plenty of time.

This isn’t your job. If there’s an emergency at home, your job is to focus on one thing: keeping you and your loved ones out of harm’s way.

Save Money. Insurance companies offer substantial discounts on home insurance when you provide them a copy your Sea to Sky Security professional motioning certificate.

Contact us now to make sure your alarm is protected by our friendly team of local whistler security professionals.

Infographic: How Your Sea to Sky Alarm Protects Against Fire, CO and Water Flood

Mid-winter is prime-time for this expensive home repair emergency. If you don’t shut off your water supply quickly, cleanup costs can flood into thousands of dollars.

Connected wirelessly to your alarm system smart thermostat, this sensor can give you an instant temperature reading via your Alarm.com app. It can also trigger a smartphone alert if the temperature drops to a dangerous low, giving you advance warning that you need to deploy a space heater or take other emergency measures.

Smarter Home Security Starts at the Front Door

With so much activity around your front door, it requires smarter home security technology to keep it secure but also convenient to access. Now, smart your alarm system gives you even more awareness and control of front door activity with the combined Doorbell Camera, Skybell HD Edition.

The smart doorbell camera is completely integrated into your smart home security system, letting you see who’s at the door whether you’re home or not, have a two-way audio conversation with visitors through your Alarm.com app, and even unlock your front door’s smart lock from the same screen.

Once installed, the smart doorbell also becomes a smart home security camera, able to record and send you motion-detected or doorbell-activated clips, or clips triggered by other devices like your garage door. Its motion sensor can also trigger other devices, such as your porch lighting, to deter potential intruders.

Professionally installed and configured, and completely integrated into your smart home, the Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera is available now.

Infographic: Why Go Wireless With your Alarm System

No wires, no worries. Untether your home from old security technology with Sea to Sky Security, the smarter way to stay protected.

When an emergency is unfolding at home, professional security monitoring makes all the difference. While you get your family to safety, a trained security professional responds to your home’s alarm signal, assessing the situation, and alerting your local police or fire department.

Smart Solution to Expensive Water Damage

When you think of threats to your home, water damage probably isn’t the first thing that springs to mind. But it’s commonplace and costly.

 

Every year, water damage from leaks, burst pipes and broken appliances costs homeowners and insurers upwards of $9 billion . It’s responsible for 23% of all homeowner property losses annually.

Why is it so costly? Because there’s never been a good way to detect leaks right when they happen.

Sea to Sky Security has a smart solution that makes you aware of a leak—so you can take action right away.

Detection

The solution uses water sensors to detect leaks. These small devices are easy to install and can be placed in your home’s most vulnerable areas. You can place them under your sink, behind your washing machine, in the closet where your water heater is, or by your basement door.

Once your sensors are installed and configured, your Security System will recognize where each one is, enabling it to instantly pinpoint the location of a detected water leak.

Awareness

Your security system can automatically shut off water preventing major damage.

The minute one of your water sensors detects a leak, your system will alert our monitoring station and you on your smartphone. Right away, you can start fixing the problem.

If you’re home, you can immediately shut off your water supply and prevent the water from spreading.

If you’re not home, you still have options, especially if you have our guard response or a smart lock on your front door.

Our 24/7 guard response will attend on site in moments. Or you can call a trusted neighbor and let them in remotely. You can also call your plumber, explain the situation, and have a unique door code set up for them by the time they arrive.

Automatic Response

For ultimate control, you can have an automatic shutoff valve installed on the water line coming into your home.

When a leak is detected your security system can proactively shut the water off to your home. If you travel a lot, or have a second home, it’s an ideal solution.

A water shut off valve monitored by your alarm system also qualifies you for substantial additional home insurance discounts over and above discounts for simple burglary detection.

 

Now that’s a really smart way to keep your home protected.

More Than Security!

More Than Security!


Our friendly, reliable and secure team is available 24/7 for more than guard duty.

 

Our On-Call Services are a budget friendly way to get things done when you’re not home:

  • Safely and Securely have us grant entrance to tradespeople or service providers to your home while you’re away.
  • Been away for an extended time? We can run errands before you arrive like fresh groceries, adjust climate controls, and other personal requests.
  • Already left but forgot an appliance on, food out or a door unlocked? We will secure your home so it’s safe for your return.
Our professionals are provided on-call as needed with no long term commitments and are a less expensive option than traditional property management or concierge services.

Contact us and today.