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Smart, Safe Home Package Is Now Standard on Burns & McBride HVAC Installations!


We are delighted to announce that the Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system is now a standard feature on our heating and cooling equipment installations.

This system makes any new HVAC system better by improving energy savings when you are away from home while at the same time offering protection from burglary, fire and other life safety events.

Among the energy saving features of the Smart, Safe Home system are:

  • Automatically turns the heat down or the cooling up when you leave home and arm the system to perfectly match energy savings with your active lifestyle and save money on energy bills
  • Sends you a text message if there is a problem with the heating or cooling while you’re away
  • Turns the furnace blower off if the smoke alarm goes off to prevent smoke damage
  • Provides 24/7 life safety monitoring for life safety issues like burglary, fire or carbon monoxide dangers.
  • And more…

The Smart, Safe Home system includes the Go!Control control module featuring the latest and most advanced security and home management solution in the industry featuring:

Color touch-screen interface

Intuitive, user-friendly interface is found on the Go!Control panel, your computer (internet) and web-enabled phone – providing you with access when and where you need it.

GSM (cellular) radio

The most reliable communication option available in the industry.  No more concern with cut phone lines or the elimination of residential phone lines altogether. Exclusive “smash and grab” protection sends an alarm signal even if a burlar tries to destroy the Go!control panel.

Integrated two-way voice

Go!Control allows the central station to listen in and talk to the homeowner when a signal is received.

(3) Thin Door/Window Contact

(1) Passive Infrared Motion Detector

(1) 4-Button Key Ring Remote

(1) Honeywell Programmable “Smart” Z-Wave Smart Thermostat

(1) Yard sign and set of window decals

Switches, locks, light controls and other Z-wave devices can easily be added.

We Install It –  Unlike some Do It Yourself security systems who send you the pieces in a box, your equipment new system will be installed by a trained Burns & McBride technician. These systems are very simple to operate but they are sophisticated – particularly when it comes to tying them into your heating and cooling equipment.

We Support It  – with our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the equipment during the first year, we will remove the equipment and return all of your money.

For more information on this program, call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride.com

The Smart, Safe Home system is just one more way that we at Burns & McBride are helping homeowners save money by using energy as wisely as possible while making their home’s safe and comfortable.

For more information on this exciting product call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride. Finally you might want to follow our blog at http://www.burnsandmcbrideblog.com. Just as Smartphones are adding applications and changing every day so to with the technology behind our Smart, Safe home system. Our blog explains some of the constantly changing things that are happening in the industry and we hope that you find it informative.

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Why Invest in a Smart, Safe Home System?


Our job here at Burns & McBride is to help homeowners save money by using energy as wisely as possible while making their home’s safe and comfortable.

Our Smart, Safe Home system can make any HVAC system better.

By taking advantage of the energy management features in the Smart, Safe Home system we can match your energy use to your active lifestyle by automatically turning the heat back every time you arm the system. We can do that for any customer – whether they have solid equipment or older equipment. If you have older equipment, we can install the Smart, Safe Home system now so that you can start saving today. The system can be transferred at no charge to most new systems when you are ready to upgrade the HVAC equipment

imageTake a look at these pie charts from the U.S. Department of Energy, the biggest chunk of energy consumption in the average U.S. home is devoted to heating and cooling systems at 43 percent. That figure represents a strong opportunity for us to effect change for our customers’ bills with smart thermostats.

Eleven percent of all electrical consumption is devoted to lighting. Obviously, lighting control can cut those bills. Finally, 7.4 percent of usage comes from electronics, so use of Energy Star components with low phantom power draws is another way to help clients.

Take a monthly energy bill of $450 – what would savings of 15 percent in lighting ($6.66/month), 10 percent in electronics ($2.96/month) and 16 percent in HVAC ($30.96/month) be over time?

In addition to the benefits of home security, fire and carbon monoxide protection and other interactive features – you can see dramatic energy savings

For more information on this exciting product call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride. Finally you might want to follow our blog at http://www.burnsandmcbrideblog.com. Just as Smartphones are adding applications and changing every day so to with the technology behind our Smart, Safe home system. Our blog explains some of the constantly changing things that are happening in the industry and we hope that you find it informative.

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What is the Smart, Safe Home Package?


We have smart phones and smart cars, but smart homes have seemed out of the reach of the average person. But now new technology coupled with our 62 years of experience in home services has brought affordable, home management to the public.

Burns & McBride is pleased to introduce the most technologically advanced security and yet affordable home automation solution available today.

Taking advantage of the experience we’ve gained in home comfort since 1949, our Smart, Safe Home System protects your family from life safety emergencies such as fire or burglary, controls your heating and cooling system to help to reduce your energy bills with “Smart” thermostats and lets you manage your home remotely. Our state-of-the-art system offers you the versatility and peace of mind you need to secure your home and protect your budget with the touch of a button – even from your mobile phone.

Simply More than Security

As a Burns & McBride home security customer you’ll enjoy all of these valuable benefits:

  • Simple, affordable technology saves money on your energy bills and provides 24/7 security monitoring
  • Home automation – You can remotely control your thermostats, lights and other appliances to minimize your energy use, so that the energy savings can pay for the system!
  • Around-the-clock 24/7 monitoring by one of the country’s leading central stations with a 60 second response time for emergencies like fire, burglary or carbon monoxide
  • Remote Security – You can control your system and receive real time notifications about activity in your home from almost anywhere, even your mobile phone
  • Savings of up to 10% on your homeowner’s insurance premiums
  • Text messages for things like doors opening or closing (know when the kids got home from school)
  • Monitored Heating and Cooling Sensors – Your system automatically notifies us of heating or air conditioning problems, even if you aren’t home. As a home security customer, you move to the top of the list, and the next available qualified technician will be sent to remedy the problem.
  • No long term contract required

We Install It –  Unlike some Do It Yourself security systems who send you the pieces in a box, your equipment new system will be installed by a trained Burns & McBride technician. These systems are very simple to operate but they are sophisticated – particularly when it comes to tying them into your heating and cooling equipment.

We Support It with our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the equipment during the first year, we will remove the equipment and return all of your money.

For more information on this exciting product call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride. Finally you might want to follow our blog at http://www.burnsandmcbrideblog.com. Just as Smartphones are adding applications and changing every day so to with the technology behind our Smart, Safe home system. Our blog explains some of the constantly changing things that are happening in the industry and we hope that you find it informative.

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Make Your Home a Burns and McBride “Smart, Safe Home” Today


We at Burns & McBride are delighted to be offering our new Smart/Safe Home program. Using the state of the art Burns & McBride Go!Control panel with Z-wave technology the system opens endless possibilities for home management with amazing affordability.

What is Z-Wave

Z-Wave is a next-generation wireless system that lets all your home electronics talk to each other, and to you, through your Burns & McBride Go!Control smart home control panel.  It uses simple, reliable, low-power radio waves that easily travel through walls, floors and cabinets. Z-Wave control can be added to almost any electronic device in your house, even devices that you wouldn’t ordinarily think of as “intelligent,” such as appliances, window shades, thermostats and home lighting.

How it Works

Z-Wave ties all of your home electronics into an integrated wireless network, with no complicated programming and no new cables to run. Any Z-Wave enabled device can be effortlessly added to this network, and many non-Z-Wave devices can be made compatible by simply plugging them into a Z-Wave accessory module. Connect any device to the network in seconds and you can communicate wirelessly with other Z-Wave modules and your Burns & Mcbride Go!Control Smart Home Control Panel.

And Z-Wave lets you control these devices in a way that gives you complete command even when you’re not at home. You can control your Z-Wave household remotely from a PC and any mobile device with internet access from around the world.

Enjoying your smart home

Using your Burns & McBride Go!Control panel you can program your lights to shut off when you’re at work, and turn back on to welcome you when you return home, saving energy and money. When you leave, the system automatically turns the thermostat bask – saving you money. Just add Z-Wave modules to your garage door, your home locks, and your home security system. When you arrive from work, push a button and all your Burns & McBride Smart Home devices will work in concert — the garage door will open, your entryways will light up, your security system will recognize you, and your front door will unlock. How’s that for remote control?

You can have all this with one button. Your new system is inexpensive and easy to install. No new wiring required. Burns & McBride’s  system gives you simple, affordable, personalized control solutions to meet your needs and your lifestyle.

For more information on this exciting product call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride. Finally you might want to follow our blog at http://www.burnsandmcbrideblog.com. Just as Smartphones are adding applications and changing every day so to with the technology behind our Smart, Safe home system. Our blog explains some of the constantly changing things that are happening in the industry and we hope that you find it informative.

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Home Security 101 – Designing Your System


How do you design the right system to begin with? There are plenty of options out there, and it can be confusing. There’s really no mystery to good alarm system design – and with today’s technology, a little basic information and some common sense is all you need.

What you Need to Know – the Top Ten

  1. Wireless cellular monitoring. Cellular monitoring is the core of every safe and reliable alarm system. With features such as “Smash and Grab” protection it provides you with the finest in protection.
  2. Wireless sensors. They work, and they are the easiest (and most convenient) way to protect your home or business. You can add to your system at any time, move them or even move the entire system. Plus, they allow pre-programmed systems to be self-installed, which will eventually be the norm.
  3. Start with your exterior doors. Almost 60% of burglaries happen through the front or back door, and when you add in the garage, the total is two thirds of every forced entry. Clearly this is the place to start your design – and don’t forget your basement, or that door from the garage into your house. Having good locks (and using them!) should go without saying.
  4. Windows – basement and first floor. First floor windows are next in line behind the front door as points of illegal entry: 23% of burglaries happen through a first floor window. What’s even scarier is how many of these windows are not even locked! Start with sensors at the back and side windows of your house first, as they are generally the most vulnerable, with less illumination and less visibility from the street. Think about the windows you consider the most easily accessible and the most hidden – that’s how the bad guys think!
  5. Decide how you are using the system. Here’s where we need to remember the “Stay” and “Away” modes on your system. The Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system allows both ways to arm the system, and the way you are going to use the system will determine not only which mode to use, but also which sensors you select
  6. Work up from the basement. If you don’t have a basement, then it’s simple. But if you do, remember that those doors and windows are also vulnerable. Finished basements may be treated just like the first floor, while unfinished basements may allow a simpler solution – like a motion sensor. When you get to the second floor, you can usually relax – the incidence of entry above the ground floor is extremely low, unless there is a low roof, or stairway that provides easy access.
  7. Think about your pets. Pets are an important alarm system design consideration. Your large dog with the run of the house during the day probably means that you won’t arm your motion sensors, so you may need more window sensors or glass break sensors. Also, pets are a really good reason to make sure you have monitored smoke/heat sensors. My dogs are clever, but they do not dial 911 very well!
  8. Speaking of fire monitoring… we strongly recommend at least one monitored smoke/heat sensor with every system. They cost about $100, and what’s more important – there is be no additional monthly charge for fire monitoring. Also, be sure to get the maximum discount from your insurance company for a monitored system – even more savings with fire monitoring.
  9. Environmental sensors. We just wrote about the nasty lesson a friend learned from the flood in their office – so make sure you add those sensors for carbon monoxide, water/flood, and low temperature. Again, there is be no additional monthly charge for adding these.
  10. Thermostat – Our Smart Thermostat helps to pay for your monthly monitoring fee with energy savings. This is a very important part of any interactive home management system.

All of these design components will  work best when you have a system with interactive monitoring capabilities. With interactive features, you not only have the confidence that comes with professional monitoring, but also the added benefits of remote arming, text and email notifications from your system, and even special free apps for your iPhone, BlackBerry, or Droid device. Burns & McBride Home Comfort, a  leader in interactive, wireless security systems, specializes in these interactive services.

For more information on this exciting product call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride. Finally you might want to follow our blog at http://www.burnsandmcbrideblog.com. Just as Smartphones are adding applications and changing every day so to with the technology behind our Smart, Safe home system. Our blog explains some of the constantly changing things that are happening in the industry and we hope that you find it informative.

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Home Security 101 – What does a Carbon Monoxide Detector do?


Why is Carbon Monoxide Dangerous?

Often called “the silent killer,” carbon monoxide (CO) is a silent, invisible byproduct of incomplete combustion, so it’s often associated with furnaces and portable heaters. At only medium concentration, CO can cause death in as little as 15 minutes, while much lower levels can harm pregnancies and cause long-term health issues. Death caused by CO inhalation is on the increase. In fact, the AMA (American Medical Association) names CO as the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America.

With over 62 years of experience in the heating and cooling field, we can attest to the importance of a quality CO detector. Any heating equipment, no matter how well maintained, can fail. When it does a properly working CO detector is a must,

Monitored CO Sensors are Best

While the cheaper “plug in” sensors are readily available, there is no substitute for a wireless monitored carbon monoxide detector.Just like a monitored smoke and heat sensor, a monitored CO sensor will send the alarm to the 24 hour monitoring center, which can dispatch help immediately. If you have passed out from CO poisoning, just having a loud noise is not going to save your life. A monitored system has a much better chance of making that crucial difference – by summoning help.

The Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system is designed to monitor for much more than intrusion. There are sensors for CO, smoke and heat, water, and even low temperature. It just makes sense to add one or more of these to any monitored alarm system – and with the right alarm company, you won’t pay any extra monthly fees for the additional monitoring services. Your insurance company will appreciate it too, and may reward you with a lower premium. A full range of sensors goes hand in hand with interactive, wireless home security – the kind you find you find at Burns & McBride Home Comfort Security,

Description

The Burns & McBride carbon monoxide alarm is built on an electrochemical detector with a five year sensor life. With these features, it can detect increased levels of carbon monoxide early. And unlike standard, store-bought alarms, it is supported by the Burns & McBride Go!Control panel and central monitoring station, giving you 24×7 assistance and support.

Dimensions and weight
  • Diameter: 5″
  • Height: 1.87″
  • Weight (including battery): 7.09 oz. (201 g)
Part numbers
  • CO1-345
Regulatory Listing(s)
  • ETL to UL 2034, CSA 6.19-01; FCC part 15 and industry Canada
Features
  • Electrochemical detector
  • Two status indicators
  • Built-in 85 dBa sounder
  • Five-year sensor life
  • Five-year lithium battery
  • Tamper-protected
Benefits
  • Tamper–proof: Know when someone is trying to tamper with your alarm
  • Fully monitored: Get connected to the Burns & McBride central monitoring station in as few as 17 seconds
Radio
  • Transmitter Frequency
  • 345.000 MHz (crystal controlled)
  • Transmitter Frequency Tolerance
  • ± 15 kHz
  • Transmitter Bandwidth
  • 24 kHz
  • Modulation Type
  • Amplitude Shift Keying—On/Off Keying (ASK-OOK)
Housing
  • Material
  • UL 94 V-0 poly-carbonate
  • Color
  • White
  • Operating temperature
  • 40° to 100°F (4° to 37°C)
  • Relative Humidity
  • 15-90% Non-Condensing
  • Unique ID Codes
  • Over one (1) million different code combinations
Warranty
  • Lifetime
Included equipment and accessories
  • Battery (installed)
  • One (1) Panasonic CR123A, or equivalent Lithium battery
  • Included Accessories
  • Mounting hardware package

For more information on carbon monoxide detectors or other add-ons to the Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride.com.

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Control Your Home Management System from Anywhere with Interactive Service


The Burns & McBride Smart Safe Home System uses Alarm.com to “power” its unique home management system

What is alarm.com?

Basically they are the clearing house that everything goes through. Your Burns & McBride Go!Control is in constant communication with the alarm.com website.

When we install your Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system, you will be given a personal web page with your own log-in and password. This web page lets you control your home:

  • Remotely adjust your thermostat
  • Remotely lock or unlock doors
  • Remotely turn lights on or off
  • Receive text messages for various events such as the system being armed or disarmed

For more information on this exciting product call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride. Finally you might want to follow our blog at http://www.burnsandmcbrideblog.com. Just as Smartphones are adding applications and changing every day so to with the technology behind our Smart, Safe home system. Our blog explains some of the constantly changing things that are happening in the industry and we hope that you find it informative.

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