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Home Management 101 – What does a Smoke Detector do?


It’s true that most homes have smoke detectors, but people forget that they’re generally not monitored: what happens when that smoke detector starts to wail, and you’re not there to hear it? That’s why homeowners are increasingly turning to monitored fire protection.

It’s not always the things we think about that cause a fire. Here’s a story from a homeowner in Greenwich CT:

A failing power strip caused the fire that damaged a second-floor room at a Widgeon Way home Monday night, fire officials said Tuesday.

The fire was first reported at 8:57 p.m., according to Deputy Fire Marshall McDonald.. Responding fire crews were able to quickly get the blaze under control, he said.

“The firefighting crew did a wonderful job, as always, containing the fire to the room,” he said. “The investigation showed that it looked like it was caused by a power strip that was feeding a fish tank.”

There were no injuries in the blaze, said McDonald, who added that he didn’t know how many people lived in the house.

Along with fire damage in the second-floor room, there was also some water damage on the first floor, he said.

McDonald pointed out that the house is outfitted with an automatic smoke detection alarm, which quickly sent an alert to a monitoring station that alerted the Fire Department.

“It did contribute to the speed of response from the department,” he said. “The smoke detection worked.”

Chances are these homeowners were already receiving the additional discount on their insurance  and  with Burns & McBride there’s no extra monthly charge for adding fire monitoring.  Our Smart, Safe Home system can detect a lot more than intrusion: fire, carbon monoxide, water, low temperature, and other conditions may all be transmitted to the monitoring center ( over a cellular link), and today’s systems can also alert you of these events: you’re only a text or an email away. At Burns & McBride Home Comfort, we want you to be safe – and in the know.

Specifications

The Burns & McBride smoke alarm detects drastic increases in heat, as well as smoke. So even if your home experiences a wall fire, the alarm will trigger. Once the alarm has been tripped, it will alert the central monitoring station who will contact the correct personnel in as few as 17 seconds.

Dimensions
  • Diameter: 5.6″
  • Height: 2.4″
Part numbers
  • 2GIG-SMKE1-345
Features
  • Photoelectric detector
  • Built-in 85 dBa sounder
  • Five-year lithium battery
  • Tamper-protected
Benefits
  • Photoelectric detector: Detects both smoke and drastic increases in heat
  • 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
  • Wireless signal range
  • 500 ft., open air, with Burns & McBride Go!Control Panel
  • Transmitter Frequency
  • 345.000 MHz (crystal controlled)
  • Transmitter Frequency Tolerance
  • ± 15 kHz
Housing
  • Operating temperature
  • 40° to 100°F (4° to 37°C)
  • Supervisory Interval
  • 70 minutes
Included equipment and accessories
  • Battery (installed)
  • Two (2) 3V lithium CR123A

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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Go!Control-The Heart of Your Home Management System


The Burns & McBride Go! Control panel from 2Gig Technology offers all in one affordable security and home management solution. With an LCD touchscreen and remote control ability, it is the base that we will build your home management system on

You’ve probably never heard of a company called 2GIG Technologies or the Go!Control, but they are really starting to make a name for themselves in the interactive home security system arena. 2GIG has developed what we consider to be the iPhone of home security systems and it is the heart of the Burns & McBride Smart Safe Home system. They have grown to be the second largest manufacturer of home security systems in the past three years and the unit was just awarded a Consumer’s Digest Best Buy award.

The Go!Control panel is one of the most intuitive, feature-packed, well designed home security systems that we have ever dealt with.

The first thing that catches your eye is its’ clean looks. There is no numeric keypad instead it has a bright LCD touchscreen instead.

The Go!Control system features:

  • Wireless sensors (no running cables)
  • Alarm service via cell service (bad guys can’t cut your cell connection)
  • Home automation control of thermostats, light switches, and door locks (if you choose these options and pay the associated fees to the alarm service provider)
  • Arming, disarming, and sensor notification via your smart phone or a  Secure Web Site
  • Arming and disarming via wireless keyfob (similar to how you unlock a car with a remote)
  • Smoke / Fire / Flood alarm relay capability (with purchase of optional sensors)
  • Built-in speakerphone for talking with the alarm service provider (optional service)
  • Weather Display
  • “Smart” Thermostat technology to reduce your energy bills

Our basic Smart Safe Home kit comes with 3 wireless door / window contact sensors, a motion sensor, a keyfob for arming and disarming the system, a Honeywell “Smart” thermostat, yard sign,  the main control panel itself, a power adapter and battery, and a cellular card that installs into the control panel.

The unit is backed by a one year parts and labor warranty plus Burns & McBride backs the unit with aits own 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are unhappy with the performance of the unit, and we are unable to satisfy you, we will remove it at no charge within one year of installation and refund your money. That’s how strongly we believe you’ll like the unit.

The device does not need a standard telephone line since it comes with a built in cell phone. Your alarm cell service cost is built into your monthly alarm service fee.

The system will be installed by a trained, licensed Burns & McBride technician.

The touchscreen experience is much more intuitive than the old school keypads offered by other security system providers. In addition to the touchscreen, the system also features a large fire/emergency buttons in the event that you are too panicked to fiddle with the touch screen. It also features a home button that takes you back to the main menu similar to the home button on an iPhone.

The system features voice responses for just about every event, such as opening a door. You can build your own custom voice responses by stringing together words found in the built-in word bank.

The system is highly expandable. You can easily add other sensors such as smoke/fire and glass break sensors at any time.

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 is a Motion Detector?


There is definitely some mystery surrounding motion sensors. They are a core element of most alarm systems and a standard feature ion our Smart, Safe Home package. So, let’s dig into what they really do.

Motion sensors detect and report motion – in most cases when nobody is home (Armed-Away). That’s why they are not “awake” when you arm your system for the night (Armed-Stay) . It’s usually not practical to put a sensor on every window, and you usually don’t need to, since you can use motion sensors and glass break detectors to get the protection you need more affordably. Plus, motion sensors have come a long way from the original models – much more reliable, and less prone to false alarms.

How do they work?

The early motion sensors were considered “active” devices, because they emitted energy (microwave or ultrasonic) to see what was happening around them. There are some still some microwave sensors being installed in commercial spaces. Today the most common motion sensor uses Passive Infra-Red energy to detect heat given off by people (and animals!) – hence the name “PIR” given to the device. The smart detectors look for objects warmer than the normal background temperature, using a special lens to create “beams” of passive energy, and then look for motion: when the sensor detects a “warm” object moving across several beams within a specified time frame – that trips the alarm.

Where do you use them?

The standard range is 30-35 feet, and the coverage area is shaped like a large water droplet, with the skinny part at the detector. The ideal spot for a motion sensor is in a high-traffic area that an intruder would cross if moving about in your home or business: think hallways, living rooms with big-screen TV, etc. The sensors work better when people move across the beams, as opposed to approaching the sensor directly. The beams project out and down, to pick up anyone trying to avoid detection by crawling.

Motion sensors and pets

Today’s sensors are usually “pet-friendly” up to 40 pounds, which means they “ignore” cats and small dogs – unless your Siamese is downright acrobatic! That means that large dogs with the run of the house all day and night make it harder to use motion sensors – unless you kennel them!

 Things to Remember

Manufacturers recommend careful placement of their products to prevent false (non-intruder caused) alarms. They suggest mounting the PIDs in such a way that the PIR cannot ‘see’ out of a window. Although the wavelength of infrared radiation to which the chips are sensitive does not penetrate glass very well, a strong infrared source such as from a vehicle headlight or sunlight reflecting from a vehicle window can overload the chip with enough infrared energy to fool the electronics and cause a false alarm. A person moving on the other side of the glass however would not be ‘seen’ by the PIR.

They also recommended that the PIR not be placed in such a position that an heating and air conditioning vent would blow hot or cold air onto the surface of the plastic which covers the housing’s window. Although air emits very small amounts of infrared energy, the air blowing on the plastic window cover could change the plastic’s temperature enough to, once again, fool the electronic

Specifications

Based on the latest in infrared technology, the Burns & McBride motion detector comes with three different mounting brackets and a 90° lookdown, ensuring intruders cannot pass by unnoticed. It also communicates directly with tyour Burns & McBride Go!Control panel, so if the detector is triggered, the panel will connect you to the central monitoring station in as few as 17 seconds.

Dimensions and weight
  • Width: 2.5″
  • Height: 3.2″
  • Depth: 1.9″
  • Weight (including battery and brackets): 3.7 oz. (104.9 g)

Regulatory Listing(s)

  • ETL, FCC Part 15, Industry Canada
Features
  • 90° lookdown
  • 110° wide-angle spread
  • Three different mounting brackets
  • 30’x50′ range
  • 33–55 lb. pet immune
  • Five-year lithium battery
  • Tamper-protected
Benefits
  • 90° lookdown: Ensure that no one can walk beneath your sensor undetected
  • 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
  • Wireless signal range
  • 350 ft., open air, with 2GIG Wireless Alarm Control Panel
  • 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)
  • Peak Field Strength
  • Typical 50,000 uV/m at 3m
Housing
  • Material
  • ABS plastic and poly-carbonate
  • Color
  • White
  • Operating temperature
  • 32° to 120°F (0° to 49°C)
  • Relative Humidity
  • 5-95% Non-Condensing
  • Unique ID Codes
  • Over one (1) million different code combinations
  • Supervisory Interval
  • 70 minutes
Warranty
  • Lifetime
Included equipment and accessories
  • Battery (installed)
  • Two (2) Panasonic CR2032, or equivalent Lithium batteries
  • Included Accessories
  • Mounting brackets, two (2) long Phillip’s head screws, two (2) plastic wall anchors, magnet

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 Management 101 – What is a “Smart” Thermostat?


Where does a smart thermostat fit in a home automation system?

Your thermostat: A gateway to savings.

Home energy management starts with the thermostat. In the U.S., more than 8 percent of energy consumption is controlled by the thermostat.

Most homes these days have a programmable thermostat. In fact, 40 percent of existing homes use programmable thermostats while almost 100 percent of new homes have them installed. But that doesn’t mean that people are taking advantage of them. There is one major reason for that: Programming a thermostat is easier said than done.

Program? I just turn it on and off…

For over 60 years we have providing heating and cooling service. Our experience tells us  that a majority of programmable thermostats are left in manual mode. Many homeowners tell us that they rarely or never change the program (kind of defeating the purpose of a programmable thermostat). So if you’re like most people and you’re not taking advantage of your programmable thermostat they way you could, what can you do about it?

Here at Burns & McBride Home Comfort we have a solution. It’s a Honeywell “Smart” thermostat. It’s similar to a programmable thermostat, but with one key difference: Every time you leave your home it is smart enough to turn the heat off.

What makes a Smart Thermostat smart?

Simplicity

Your Honeywell “Smart” thermostat is connected to the Internet through your Burns & McBride Go!Control. Having your thermostat connected to the Internet through our interactive website keeps things simple.

Through Internet access or your smart phone, you can control your heating and cooling whether you are at home or away. It only takes a few seconds to set up a schedule based on government-approved Energy Star heating and cooling programs. And you can do it all through your Burns & McBride Home Comfort online account.

  • The smart thermostat communicates with your Burns & McBride Home Comfort home security system. When you arm that system, the smart thermostat can automatically raise or lower the temperature. The thermostat adjusts to your schedule; not the other way around.
  • Every time you leave home and arm your system, it will turn the thermostat back! When you return and disarm the system, it returns to the original settings.
  • You will even receive a text or email notification if the temperature in your home crosses a high or low temperature threshold. In’t it better to know that you have a problem with the heater at 10 in the morning rather than finding out at 6 in the evening when you get home from work?

Affordability

Having a simple way to manage your energy saves you money.

  • Simply using a smart thermostat will save energy and save you money. Reducing the temperature on your thermostat a few degrees when you are sleeping or away will save money over time.
  • When using government-recommended Energy Star heating and cooling schedules, you can expect to save around $30 a month.

Smart thermostats may seem like a small thing, but at the end of the day, they make a huge difference. They are one of the simplest ways to manage your energy consumption and save money.

Burns & McBride Home Comfort’s Energy Management Package

Do you have a Smart Thermostat? The Honeywell “Smart” Thermostat is a standard feature on our Smart, Safe Home System. Call us today at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride.com to learn more.

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.

Honeywell Model TH8320ZW Thermostat Specifications and Features

  • Automatic Heating/Cooling Changeover : Y
  • Backlit : Yes
  • Batteries Included : No
  • Battery Back-Up : Yes
  • Battery Operated : No
  • Color Family : Whites
  • Daylight Savings Time Ready : Yes
  • Display height (in.) : 2.5
  • Display width (in.) : 3.75
  • ETL Listed : No
  • Energy Star Compliant : No
  • Lockable : Yes
  • Manufacturer Warranty : 1 year limited warranty
  • Number of HVAC Zones : 1
  • Periods per Programmable Day : 4
  • Product Depth (in.) : 1.25
  • Product Height (ft.) : 4.5
  • Product Width (in.) : 6
  • Removable Interface : Yes
  • Returnable : 90-Day
  • Shape : Rectangle
  • Thermostat Type : Heating and Cooling
  • Touch Screen : Yes
  • UL Listed : N-No UL Code Rating
  • Vacation Mode : Yes
  • Voltage Rating : 24
  • Remotely monitor and control your thermostat from anywhere
  • Universal scheduling – can be configured to meet virtually any scheduling requirement: selectable 7-day programmable, four daily periods, cancel unneeded periods, selectable non-programmable
  • Universal application – works on virtually any heating or cooling system type
  • Heating and cooling energy savings set points allows the homeowner to put the thermostat into an energy savings mode from other Z-Wave devices
  • Easily integrates with other Z-Wave enabled home automation devices
  • Large, easy-to-read backlit display
  • Includes wire saver module – allows for installation in homes that do not have a common wire (typically connected to the “C” terminal)
  • Automatic change from heat to cool option
  • Menu driven programming – guides the user through the programming process only showing necessary information and choices on each screen
  • Smart response technology for maximum comfort control
  • Battery and filter change/check reminders
  • Real time clock – Keeps time during a power failure and will automatically update the time for daylight savings
  • No batteries required
  • MFG Brand Name : Honeywell
  • MFG Model # : TH8320ZW
  • MFG Part # : YTH8320ZW1007/U

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