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How To Protect Your Refrigerator Full of Holiday Goodies

November 26, 2013

If you rely on electricity for the operation of essential equipment in your home, then a power failure can mean much more than an inconvenience. Gone undetected a power outage may cause extensive damage, loss of property and time. The POWER-OUT ALERT by Winland is a compact, easy-to-use monitor that simply plugs into any outlet on the (120 volt » Read More

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips for the Holidays

November 8, 2013

Smoke alarms save lives. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Here are some Smoke Alarm Safety Tips, courtesy of Home Controls and the National Fire Protection Agency. » Read More

Protect Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

November 15, 2012

Carbon Monoxide Can Be Deadly! You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels it can kill a person in minutes. Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned. If appliances that burn fuel are maintained and used properly, the amount of CO produced is usually not hazardous. » Read More

New: Stylish Security Remotes from Ecolink

November 8, 2012

Home Controls is thrilled to have added several new products from Ecolink. Check out the new 4-Button security remotes (available in both GE-compatible and DSC-compatible versions). Ecolink GE-Compatible 4-Button Remote Ecolink DSC-Compatible 4-Button Remote Ecolink Honeywell-Compatible 4-Button Remote The Ecolink 4-Button Remote  provides » Read More

Low Current Sirens from Interlogix

June 15, 2012

Every now and then, I’ve been asked how to install three or more sirens for an alarm panel. Since most security systems typically have a max output of 1000 mA, 3 or more sirens would overload the panel. A solution would be to use an external relay to power up the additional sirens.     A simpler solution is to use Interlogix Security’s » Read More