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The Danalock V3 has Arrived.

We just received the first shipment of Danalock V3 units and it was worth the wait. These new smart locks are beautiful, smaller, stronger and faster than the previous version. They can be installed in about 5 minutes and works with almost every deadbolt on the market.

Once installed you can:

  • Autolock the door after a specified time. Never wonder if it is locked, it locks itself.
  • Auto unlock as you arrive home. No fumbling for keys or your mobile device, the door unlocks for you as you arrive.
  • Provide permanent, recurring, or temporary access to friends, family, cleaners, etc. No more handing out keys.
  • More…

To celebrate the release of the Danalock V3 we are offering a coupon for $50 off at our DIY online store. Simply fill in the form below and a coupon will be sent to you. Once you have your coupon, head over to the store and purchase your lock before we run out. This is the first production run of these 3rd generation units and we had to share it with the rest of the world, so supply is limited.

FREE Amazon Echo Dot.

 

We are giving away a
FREE Amazon Echo Dot with all new security systems!

The Ultimate voice controlled smart home can be yours.

With integration to Alarm.com, you can also ask it to turn on lights, unlock the door, adjust the thermostat, open a shade and more. Not sure if the door is locked? Just Ask Alexa.

“Alexa, Ask Alarm Dot Com…”

  • To Turn on the Kitchen Lights.
  • If the Front Door is locked?
  • Set the Thermostat to 20º.
  • Close the Garage Door.
  • What is the Temperature in here?
  • Arm my system.
  • more…

Supplies are Limited.
Get a Free security system AND a Free Echo Dot

We have a limited number of units available and those that inquire first are given first priority. Fill in the form below to reserve your unit before they are gone. There is no obligation to purchase.

By clicking the Submit button, you consent to receiving email and telephone communications regarding Intelligent Homes Canada’s current offers & promotions.
† Supplies are limited. This offer only applies to systems that support Amazon Echo integration such as Alarmforce Control or Command package, Alarm.com Automation plan, Ultrasync, and Clare Controls. Support for the Echo by Clare Controls is scheduled for Q4, 2017.

Intelligent Homes Canada + Alarmforce

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After research, phone calls and meetings, I am pleased to announce that Intelligent Homes Canada in now an authorized dealer for Alarmforce. There are numerous programs available from regional to national companies. In our view, Alarmforce is #1 in providing the best “bang for the Buck” AKA “Value” when it comes to providing “FREE” equipment. Together, we are installing industry leading equipment combined with Alarm.com Interactive Services at the lowest rates on the market.

Packages start at $0 Down and $29.99/month. Improve your security & make your home smart with Intelligent Homes Canada and Alarmforce. Have an existing system off contract or near the end of a contract? Activate with us and reduce your monthly fees by up to 75%.

 

DIY Security Systems

 

smarthome_wphone_phoneihIntelligent Homes Canada now offers DIY Security Systems.

Due to popular request we now officially offer DIY security systems. Anyone can go to the “Big Box” stores and purchase all kinds of home automation, cameras, thermostats, light switches, etc. There are some security offerings, but it is difficult to purchase an industry standard system that can be connected to a central station for monitoring. Most suppliers / wholesalers will not sell to the public. Even if you find a way to source the equipment, you then need someone to monitor it, and many companies want a multi-year contract… Until now.

We work together

We help you layout the system, select door, window, motion, water sensors, etc. We program the panel, set up the communication to the central station, test it and send it to you. The physical installation is easy. Mounting the panel is like hanging a picture. Some sensors are “Stick on”. Once you are setup, we schedule a call to test it and verify communication to the central station. That is it. You now have a system just like ones installed by the “Pro’s” with no long-term agreements. If you move, you can take it with you. You can cancel at any time. We even provide a certificate for your insurance company so you can get your insurance reduced by up to 25%.

The system grows with you.

Now you are in control and can adapt the system as your needs change. Add smart locks, a thermostat, lighting and more. We will send you the installer code so you can make the changes. Want to be notified when a door opens to let you know the kids are home from school, or when the door to the liquor cabinet is opened. The possibilities are endless.

Have a system or moved into a house with a system?

2gig-cntrl2-345We can activate almost any panel. If yours looks like the one to the right, we can activate it for far less than the original provider. Some companies (I think the name starts with a V) assume that you believe they are the only option and want to charge you $70-$80 per month with a 36 to 60 month contract. We can activate that panel for as little as $19.99 per month, no contract. If you want interactive services (mobile device access), we offer Alarm.com starting at $19.99/month. They are the biggest and best in the business and the same provider that almost all of the other security companies use.

Insurance Discount – Monitoring Fees = Cash in your pocket.

If you go through the trouble of installing a security system, make sure it is monitored. Most insurance companies will reduce your insurance by 15% to 20% and in some cases give you a 25% discount. In most cases, the discount is more than the monitoring fee.

 

Check out our DIY Security page for more info.

Introducing UltraSync

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Introducing UltraSync by Interlogix.

This panel is truly a game changer in the industry. A security panel that connects to a wide range of wireless (and wired) sensors as well as your thermostat, door locks, garage door, lights, and more. All without the extra fees traditionally associated with “Interactive Security”. It also supports scheduling, automations rules & tasks, as well as geo-location.

This system connects to the UltraSync server via internet. If it is connected via wired, or wifi, there are NO MONTHLY Fees. You can interact with the system using your mobile device, adjust your thermostat, control your door locks, lighting etc.  If connected by cellular communication, there is a small monthly fee starting January 1st 2017.

You read that correctly, free cellular communication until the end of the year. We like the program so much, we decided to match it. Purchase an UltraSync package and there are no fees for monitoring or communication until January 1st, 2017. The system can be monitored by our central station or it can be “self monitored” where notifications are sent via email.

Have an existing system? No problem, we can easily swap the panel, connect all your locks and even re-use all your sensors. Our monitoring packages start at $9.99/month.

 

How old are your Smoke Alarms?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Reduce Energy Usage AND Stay Comfortable.

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With the warm weather finally arriving in Calgary, I can hear the hum of air conditioning units as I walk down the street. This is by far the largest energy consumer in a home and can drive your electricity bill through the roof if not managed. The good news is that there are many ways of keeping the cost under control while keeping you comfortable at the same time. The key is to keep it simple, have a device or system manage it for you, and do it right. Solutions that are complex or ineffective are really just a waste of time and money.

Here are a few ways to easily reduce your energy usage:

  • Install a learning thermostat like NEST – The thermostat “Learns” your schedule, detects when you are home and when you are away. It is truly a smart device and is one of the easiest to use.
  • If you have a security system that is connected to Alarm.com (ADT, Protection, Intelligent Homes Canada, and many more) you can add a low-cost thermostat that connects to, and works with your security system. Actions such as arming while away or leaving the house can be setup to adjust the thermostat while you are out.
  • If you have an older security system, you can (in most cases) add a home automation controller that will give you the ability to do everything these new security systems can do and more with little to no monthly fees. Now you can connect and interact with thermostats, door locks, garage door, lighting, water sensors, shutoff valves, Audio/video, and more. All from your mobile device.

Regardless of your security/system provider, installed systems, etc, as a leading provider of home automation in Calgary, Intelligent Homes Canada can help you select the right technology to get control of these costs. In some cases we will tell you that you have it covered and you don’t need to add anything at all. 

Low Fees…Why Not NO FEES?

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One of the biggest concerns that I hear about is the high monthly fees with respect to interactive security systems. Initially it seems reasonable when you get this new high tech system for free. After a while some people don’t use it as much as they though they would and are looking at the monthly charges that range fro $60 to $100 per month. What ever happened to basic system monitoring for $19.99 per month?

Clare Controls has the solution connect your basic security system to a Clare home controller and get myClareHome Premium free for life. Now you can use you mobile device to control almost anything in your home, create scenes and schedules with NO monthly fees. The best part is that Clare Controls has far more capabilities and connectivity than the systems offered by Vivint, ADT and others.

myClareHome premium is free for life only until July 1st, 2016. After that it will be $12.95 USD per month. Still a great price for a great service.