Monthly Archives: August 2016

How old are your Smoke Alarms?


We all know that it is important to test your smoke alarms regularly and replace the batteries annually. If the ones in your home are more than ten years old, NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) recommends replacing them, as well. This applies to units that do not require batteries as well.

Why? According to NFPA, aging smoke alarms don’t operate as efficiently and are often the source of nuisance alarms. Smoke alarms older than ten years old are estimated to have a 30% probability of failure. Newer smoke alarms work better, but should be replaced after ten years. When moving into a new residence, is also recommended to confirm the age of the smoke alarms and replace them if the age is unknown or they are older than ten years old.

According to an NFPA study in 2015, one in five home fire deaths in the US were in homes that had smoke alarms that did not function properly.
Dead batteries were only responsible for one in four smoke alarm failures.

What to do:
Look for a date or a replace by date on all of your smoke alarms and replace any that exceed the replace by date, are older than ten years old or if you do not know how old they are. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

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Increase safety even more:
If you have a newer security panel, you can have a smoke alarm connected and monitored. In addition, you and have the system interact with lighting, so specific lights in your home are turned on when the smoke alarm is tripped, making it safer and faster to evacuate your family.

For more information, or advice on any of the above, contact Intelligent Homes Canada Today.

Easily Prevent Water Damage in Your Home.


A water leak can cause an enormous amount of damage to your home in a very short amount of time. The areas with the most potential for failure are your hot water tank, faulty toilet valves, and the water lines to your:

  • Dish Washer
  • Ice Maker
  • Washing machine

We have all heard stories from friends and acquaintances where a water line ruptured and destroyed an entire hardwood floor, basement or cause damage to multiple floors where the water made it’s way down. All of this can happen in a few hours. What could happen over the weekend or while you are on vacation?

Fortunately all of this is easily prevented with water sensors and a shutoff valve. There is even a new flow sensor that can be attached to the outside of your main waterline that can detect even small amounts of water flow. This way you can have it setup to immediately shut off the water if flow is detected when no one is home, preventing the damage before the water even gets to the sensor.


This may sound difficult, complex and expensive, but it is not. Almost every security system installed in the last few years supports a wireless technology called “Z-Wave“. This is how the sensors, door locks, lighting, and more, communicate. If you have an older security system, in most cases you can just add a home automation controller like one from Clare Controls and you now have more capabilities than some of these new security systems without the monthly fees. There are no wires to run, I simply pair the sensors and/or water valve with the security system or home automation controller, set up some rules and notifications and you are protected. The sensors are completely wireless and the batteries last up to 2½ years. At only $99 per sensor, you can place one at the dishwasher, one behind the washing machine, one by the hot water tank… your get the idea.

I have had many people ask me “Why didn’t the people at [Securty Company] tell me about this?”. I don’t know why the security companies are not promoting this. The irony is that you are far more likely to experience water damage than a break-in. A water sensor is low-cost and easy to added to almost any system. Click on the button below to contact me today and learn how Intelligent Homes Canada can protect your home from one of the most common and costly sources of damage.


The New Ring Pro Doorbell Cameras are In… And Going Fast.


The new Ring Pro is not only smaller and slicker than its precursor, it captures higher quality video (1080p). It also has advanced motion detection that lets you specify motion zones that alert you when there’s activity in a specific area, like your front porch, sidewalk or gate. It includes four colored faceplates to easily get the perfect match for your home.

  • Mobile Access – See and speak with visitors from anywhere.
  • Cloud Recording (Optional).
  • Crystal Clear High Definition Video.
  • Night Vision.
  • Ultra Slim Design.

I have read a lot of reviews for a lot of doorbell cameras, spoken with a number of professionals, and the Ring Pro is the “Go to” device for a lot of people.

If you want one, let me know ASAP as they just arrived and are selling fast. The cost is $299 and installation is $49.