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Summertime is synonymous with cottage life in Canada. Perhaps you’re heading out soon, or even if you’re staying home this summer, you’ll want to keep your slice of paradise safe. With smart home security options for your cottage, you can keep your second home secured for years to come, with the convenience of monitoring it from your smartphone.
Emerging trends in cottage life
As more of us work from home, summer brings a rise in the blend of cottage life and work life. What’s better than getting work done, knowing you can take a dip in a cool lake when it’s time for a break? In fact, a recent survey from The Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations noted that 28% of respondents currently work from their waterfront communities. It also noted that, of those who don’t, 37.5% would consider doing so. If your cottage is already doing double duty as a family vacation spot and a workplace, or if you have plans to start this summer, you’ll want these helpful hints on how to enjoy safety and convenience with smart home options.
Protect your investment
Many Canadians work hard to achieve the dream of a second home. The goal of owning a cottage getaway is seclusion and privacy, a retreat from hectic everyday life. However, those very things that make owning a cottage so attractive, also add to the chance of your cottage experiencing a break-in or being violated by vandalism. According to police reports, big-ticket items such as generators, pumps, power tool, electronics, ATVs and boat motors are appealing to thieves who may even use boats for inconspicuous access to your home away from home.
Protect against intruders
Your first step in deterring break-ins and burglaries is intrusion monitoring. With remote access from any smart device, you can check the status and receive instant notifications. Even the visible presence of your ADT by TELUS monitoring, by making use of lawn signs and window decals, can help deter criminals.
Light up your cottage for added security
Criminals prefer to do their work under the cover of darkness. A well-lit cottage or property is more likely to be avoided by burglars and vandals. Setting a smart lighting schedule that mimics someone being at your cottage, can help deter criminals. And, motion-activated lights will instantly come when any movement is detected to scare intruders away.
Peace of mind with video surveillance
What’s better than easing your worries with smart video cameras that you can monitor from your smartphone. Receive a notification about a security breach… live and recorded video sent to your phone will immediately show you if an intruder is someone to worry about or perhaps is only wildlife.
Maintain an optimum environment with a smart thermostat
A smart thermostat ensures your cottage is always at the right temperature for your arrival. Used in the winter, it can also safeguard your pipes to keep them from freezing when the temperature dips too low.
Prevent fires with monitored smoke detectors
Even if you’re away from your cottage, a monitored smoke detector will alert you and, if necessary, your local fire department. This could mean the difference between a controlled fire that can be put out or a precious cottage going up in flames.
Preventing break-ins and damage has always been a priority for cottage owners. Now with affordable, smart home options, protecting your cottage has never been easier. For more information, call 1.833.422.7776 today to speak to our ASAP smart security experts as we are your ADT by TELUS Full Service Authorized Dealer for Atlantic Canada.
You’d like to turn your house into a SmartHome, but where do you start? SmartHome technology has revolutionized the way we live, providing homeowners with increased security, reduced stress and opportunities to save both time and money.
A SmartHome makes daily life more convenient with smart panels, hubs and apps that let you monitor, protect and control your home environment from a distance.
How to set up a SmartHome?
Setting up your SmartHome can be as easy as 1, 2, 3:
1. Smart Generation Panel
Your hub, or smart panel, is command central for your SmartHome. You want a smart panel that is intuitive and easy to use, an all-in-one device that seamlessly connects and controls all elements of your SmartHome.
The ADT by TELUS Smart Generation Panel is the ultimate all-in-one device and is always connected. Behind its 7” touchscreen are five communication technologies, including Wi-Fi, cellular, Security RF, image sensor radio and Z-Wave Plus.
It supports wireless connectivity, secure encryption and ultimate home control.
2. Interactive remote security system
Security is more important than ever.
You want to control and secure your home and help keep your family safe. When you opt for interactive SmartHome security, you put comfort and safety at your fingertips.
With smart locks, you no longer have to worry about losing or hiding spare keys. Create codes for every family member and even temporary codes for domestic help, babysitters and contractors. Lock and unlock your door or arm and disarm your system from the convenience of your smartphone.
To keep your home and your family safe from environmental hazards like fire and carbon monoxide poisoning, opt for smart monitored smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. When the detectors are triggered, they immediately signal our monitoring centers which immediately contact you and, if needed, emergency responders.
Monitored CO and smoke detectors can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency situation.
3. Smart add-ons for security and convenience
It’s simple and affordable to add smart devices to your home’s remote security system, providing you with additional layers of security and convenience.
• Video surveillance cameras
Keep a watchful eye on your home from your smartphone.Video surveillance cameras can help keep you safe. Indoor security cameras let you check in on your children and pets when you’re away, while outdoor cameras document and discourage prowlers around your home.
• Wi-Fi Doorbell camera
From porch pirates to door-knocking scams… you shouldn’t open your doors to just anyone, and burglars often ring a doorbell first to see if someone is at home. Even if it’s a wanted visitor, you may not always be home to greet them.
An ADT by TELUS Wi-Fi Doorbell camera offers modern convenience and safety, allowing you to view, record and respond to someone at your door from wherever you are, thanks to a simple app that works from a tablet or smartphone.
• Smart garage door opener
The garage door is the largest door in your home and is often a point of access for thieves. With the ADT by TELUS interactive garage door controller, you’ll receive an instant notification if your garage door is left open and you can close and lock it from your smartphone.
4. Security and cost-efficiency
How much does all this cost?
Less than you might think!
An interactive ADT by TELUS home security system is surprisingly affordable.
Add-ons like smart locks, Wi-Fi video doorbell and video surveillance can enhance your lifestyle.
Smart lighting and smart thermostat(s) can help improve your home’s energy efficiency and lower energy bills.
Finally, a SmartHome security system may also help lower your homeowner’s insurance costs.*
ASAP is Atlantic Canada's (locally owned) ADT by TELUS Authorized Dealer.
We are committed to offering our customers the technology they need, for the SmartHome they want, at a great value!
Call 1.833.422.7776 today to talk to a home security expert.
*Check with your insurance agent for eligibility.
A smart home features a hub that offers cutting-edge communication for intuitive convenience and secure encryption. From basic systems with a few add-ons to totally-automated and customized systems for large custom residences, all smart homes work on this same premise. Your smart hub acts as control central, allowing you to secure, automate and control your home’s functions remotely, including lights, locks, video surveillance, thermostat and more.
As humans, we can listen to, converse with, network and collaborate with others to achieve our objectives. So too, the internet of things, an extension of smart home living, means that products and devices are now able to communicate with one another and you via the internet to offer unparalleled security, comfort and convenience.
Indoor/outdoor cameras allow you to monitor in and around your home even when you’re on vacation. Panic/fall sensors permit you to watch over your elderly loved ones or family members with special needs to ensure they can safely move about their homes. Keyless home security with an interactive door lock makes letting guests in when you’re running late as simple as a click on your smartphone. A smart thermostat lets you control your home’s temperature at any time, from anywhere in the world. Smart home technology can help make your life safer and more efficient, saving you time and money.
Security is the number one reason so many people are interested in smart homes and rightfully so. With the busy lives we lead today, being able to have our homes look lived in with smart lighting schedules that mimic someone being at home, even when we are away, at work for the day, or across the globe travelling, adds an important level of security. And, there’s more…
Add surveillance cameras to stay in control of your security. A wireless security camera means you have the ability to check in from your smart device to see that your children have arrived home safely, that a winter storm has not resulted in felled trees in your yard, and that your garage and shed are secure.
A Wi-Fi doorbell camera lets you see who is at your door, whether you are at home or not. See if the person at the door is a wanted visitor, respond to them from your smartphone, and help keep your home safe.
Our days are rushed and hectic. Why wonder if you did indeed lock the garage door? A daily repetitive action often tricks the mind… leading you to think that maybe you did or maybe you didn’t. This can distract you when you need be at the top of your game at work or commuting through traffic to drop your kids off at school. With smart devices like an interactive garage door opener, you’ll receive a notification on your smartphone and can respond instantly. Have that garage door closed and locked from your smartphone in seconds. That’s smart home security… and peace of mind.
At the center of your smart home is the ADT Smart Generation Panel. It boasts five communication radios, including Wi-Fi, cellular, Security RF, image sensor radio and Z-Wave Plus – to support the ultimate in wireless connectivity, smart security and home control. This intuitive and user-friendly hub features:
If you love having a home security system but now you’re looking for a cost-effective way to have a smart, interactive one, it’s easy and affordable with ADT by TELUS. You may even be able to keep your existing hardware with a quick and easy installation.
How to set up a smart home?
Leave it to us to add comfort, value and security to your life with ADT by TELUS smart home automation solutions.
Call ASAP at 833.422.7776 to speak to a smart home expert today.
For most of us, shoveling snow is a necessity in order to keep the walkways and driveways of our homes clear in winter. Snow shoveling provides lots of seasonal exercise, and while it may not be fun for some, it should be safe for everyone. Here are our top tips and techniques to help make this wintertime task easier and safer:
Before you begin
• If you have a back, joint or heart condition, always ask your doctor if you should be shoveling.
• Watch the weather. Although it may be tempting to let the snow melt on its own, if it starts to thaw and then freezes, you will have thick ice to contend with rather than simply snow.
Preparing to shovel
• Do a few stretches before you head out, to warm your muscles and prevent injury.
• Dress in layers to stay warm and, if you start getting overheated, simply loosen or remove a layer or two.
• Always bend your knees slightly and lift with your legs, not your back.
• Try an ergonomic shovel that allows you to push the snow, rather than lift it.
• If you must throw snow, take only as much snow as you can easily lift.
• Take breaks! Don’t try to hurry and get it all done at once, as continuous snow shoveling can be dangerous if you are not in the best physical condition.
• Change your grip on the shovel from time to time, using a palm over and then under to avoid repetitive motions that can lead to joint injury.
• If the snow is heavy, take it off in layers. Go easy and your body will thank you.
Safety tips for those with a garage
It is important to stay safe from carbon monoxide poisoning when clearing snow and warming your car. Never run your car in the garage to warm it, even for brief periods. Only once you have cleared enough snow from your driveway, should you open your garage door, start your car and back it out. Carbon monoxide can quickly build up and even leak into your home without your knowledge as it is an odourless, tasteless, colourless, yet deadly gas. Carbon monoxide reduces the amount of oxygen to the brain, may cause CO intoxication and reduce reasoning ability.The extremely high concentrations of carbon monoxide produced by an engine in an enclosed, attached garage can raise CO concentrations so quickly that a person may collapse before they even realize there is a problem.
A monitored carbon monoxide detector can help keep you and your loved ones safe. As for the carbon monoxide detector location, it should be inside an attached garage, within 10 feet of the door. Another important carbon monoxide detector placement would be in any rooms above the garage, especially if they are bedrooms. This way, the carbon monoxide detector alarm will sound, alerting you as soon as there is a danger of rising CO levels. The rule of thumb for the carbon monoxide detector mounting height is 5 feet from the floor, for the best reading of your home’s air.
Shoveling around your car
If you are shoveling snow away from your car, be sure to clear around the exhaust pipes, again to protect yourself from carbon monoxide. Never leave a child unattended in the car while it is running and you are shoveling. Carbon monoxide levels can spike to dangerous levels inside a running vehicle.
These wintertime tips can help keep you safe from injury and harm.
An affordable monitored carbon monoxide detector as part of your Smart Home system can help ensure the air inside your garage and home remains safe.
Don’t delay, call ASAP today at 1.833.422.7776 for more information and book your Smart Home system installation.
Winter shoveling doesn't have to be a pain in the back!
Harsh winter weather is a fact of life in Canada. Our homes become our refuge as days are shorter and colder. We want to cozy up and cocoon in a warm, safe home.
While it’s necessary and economical to do everything possible to keep heat in our homes, we still need to stay safe.
You can keep cold air and drafts out with double-glazed windows and doors and thorough insulation. You can enjoy alternate heat with fires in the fireplace or wood-burning stoves. You can ensure the perimeter of doors and windows are sealed and airtight with simple weather stripping kits found at hardware stores. But, to stay energy efficient and safe, follow these tips:
Schedule a mid-winter furnace tune-up
A mid-winter furnace tune-up could ensure you never experience a broken furnace during a winter cold snap. You’ll also enjoy the benefits of reduced heating costs, as well as detection of any leaking gas. Signs that your furnace needs a tune up:
• Visible damage
• Unusual or loud noises
• Odd smells
• Poor air quality - evidenced by increased dust in your home and asthma-like conditions among family members
Maintain baseboard heaters
If you have electric baseboard heaters in your home, make sure you vacuum the fins regularly and keep drapes and curtains several inches above their hot surfaces. Thermal drapes that are closed at night keep cold air out, and then opened to harness the heat of the sun will make a difference in your comfort level and heating bill!
Protect your home from fire
Winter is the deadliest season for home fires, with heating as the second leading cause of home fires, deaths and injuries.  Today, most homes have a smoke detector, but if you’re using stand-alone, retail smoke detectors and you’re not there when the alarm sounds or if it doesn’t wake you from a deep sleep, a fire can damage your home or even turn deadly. When you opt for a monitored smoke detector, as soon as the alarm sounds, a signal is sent to a monitoring centre, which in turn, contacts you (or a designated contact person) and first responders, if necessary.
As for your smoke detector locations: have a kitchen smoke detector, a smoke or heat detector in your garage and outside all bedrooms and sleeping areas. It is recommended that you replace your smoke detector battery at least once a year. A good reminder for changing the battery is when daylight savings time begins and ends, so if you didn’t do it in November, it may be overdue.
Don’t fall victim to the silent killer
You protect your home from fire, but you should also be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Called “the silent killer”, CO is an odorless, colorless gas, that you cannot see, smell or taste. Yet, it can become deadly in minutes.  By the time CO begins to affect you, you may already be compromised with dizziness, confusion, nausea or vomiting, blurred vision and loss of consciousness. In winter months, the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning rises with fires in fireplaces, heating sources, water heaters. A monitored carbon monoxide detector can help keep you and your family safe. In order to ensure your protection, carbon monoxide detector placement should be on every floor in your home, as well as near attached garages. Important! Carbon monoxide detector mounting height: Get the best reading of your home’s air when you install your detector 5 feet from the floor.
Winter can be a great season to enjoy when your home is safe and energy efficient.
For more details on how an ADT by Telus Smart Security system can help keep your home and family safe this winter with monitored smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, call us at 1-833-422-7776.
1. National Fire Protection Association
2. Health Link BC
Wintertime… getting up is harder, days are shorter and colder.
Yet there is so much to do! Getting the kids to school and you to work or an appointment? Getting dressed for the outdoors, cleaning the snow off the sidewalk and car, it’s all working against you and slowing you down. Now’s not the season to let safety slide. Follow our top tips for winter car safety.
Check the weather reports every evening to know if you’ll need more time in the morning to dig out or clear off your car. Before driving off, always clear your entire car of snow and ice, including mirrors, all windows and the top of your car. It’s dangerous to leave snow on your car’s roof. It can fly off and hit another car on the road or, when you make a stop, come sliding down onto your own windshield, potentially damaging wipers and obstructing your view.
Car parked in the garage? Stay safe!
Parking your car in a garage can make your winter travel routine easier. Your car is sheltered from the elements and you save some time clearing snow and ice from windows . If your car is parked in an attached garage and the motor is running, carbon monoxide can quickly build up and seep into your home. Never start your car and leave it running in a garage. An ADT by Telus interactive remote garage door opener works with smart technology. Open and close your garage door from your smartphone and receive notifications if you’ve forgotten to lock it, then secure it in an instant from the easy-to-use app.
Driving in snow and ice? Avoid these winter mistakes!
- Too little gas in your tank. Always keep your tank at least half full, winter weather can mean unexpected delays on the road.
- Not maintaining your car battery, wiper blades and tire pressure.
In very cold temperatures, your battery works harder when you're starting your car. Winter wiper blades can help keep your windshield clear in winter storms. Tire pressure can drop along with the temperature. Making sure all these essentials are maintained will keep you safer on the road.
- Winter driving without proper snow tires. Tests consistently show that snow tires deliver better traction and grip in snow and on icy surfaces. They offer an extra margin of performance and safety over both all-season and all-terrain tires.
- Unnecessary lane changes. Be patient! Stay in your lane! A few minutes of patience could save you from a winter accident.
• Cruise control. Never use cruise control when dealing with slick winter road conditions. Cruise control could add more power at the wrong time, leading to a loss of control. Retain full control of your gas pedal, brakes and steering for safe driving.
Drive with emergency supplies.
You need more than a snow brush and ice scraper in your car in winter. Make sure your car contains a winter driving safety kit that includes:
• Warm, practical winter clothing, including boots designed for walking
• Emergency reflectors
• Tire traction mats and rock salt
• First aid kit
• Extra windshield washer fluid
• Water and non-perishable snacks
ADT by Telus Smart Security can help with your winter comfort and convenience.