As we enter the gift-giving season, now is a good time to consider your home security options. Unfortunately, there are too many people out there who will happily help themselves to whatever package is left on an unsuspecting homeowner’s doorstep. However, there are lots of options for new high-tech cameras that are currently on the market. Many can be installed as a DIY project. Surveillance cameras are an excellent deterrent for would-be thieves–especially if they know they are being recorded. Here are some good products:
The Kuna Smart Home Security System
It replaces your existing porch light with one featuring a built-in video camera, a motion detector, a Wi-Fi adapter, and a two-way intercom. It connects to your home network and sends alerts to your smartphone when someone approaches your door. It will also record a downloadable video clip, and you can speak to the person in real time or play pre-recorded greetings. You can push a button to play three pre-recorded messages in a male voice: “Can I help you?” “I’m sorry, we’re not interested,” and “I’m sorry, we’re pretty busy right now.” If your unwanted visitor proves reluctant to leave, you can sound a 100dB klaxon that should do the trick. You can use the system as a stand-alone product, but it doesn’t permanently store the video feed. They do offer a subscription for monitoring for a monthly fee.
Nest Cam Outdoor
This one has many of the same features as the Kuna (except the pre-recorded greetings) but this one just plugs into an outlet and you mount it on the house. It also offers a monthly subscription for monitoring if you want the video feed to be saved. Very easy to install yourself.
The Ring Wifi enabled video camera is integrated into the doorbell. It is motion activated and you can access it through your smart phone. It can be hardwired or battery powered. You can also speak to whoever is at your door from anywhere in the world, providing you have cell data service. It can be paired to your computer, or for a monthly fee, the video feed will be uploaded to the cloud for storage.
Stay safe, and Happy Holidays from Green Tag Inspection Services.
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Sometimes I come across a clever new innovation that catches my attention while on an inspection. Recently, I was inspecting a house that had a lift system installed that will raise items into the attic of the home without having to carry anything up a ladder. It’s made by a company called Versa-Lift. Continue reading →
Recently there was a news story about a Colleyville woman whose front-loading washing machine EXPLODED! Yup. Seriously. One minute it’s happily chugging along, then the next minute–BOOM; the machine looks like it’s been turned inside-out:
According to Whirlpool, it isn’t being reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission because it’s not part of a pattern. Well, after a quick Google search, I see that the UK has had a rash of similar incidents with front-loading washers:
PICTURE MIKE SEWELL. Pictured is Sarah Blackshaw from Braunstone with her two year-old son, Harry. Sarah’s washing machine exploded throwing everything off the counter, shifting the cabinets either side and giving Harry a black eye when the soap drawer hit him in the face. (Pete Squires) sarah blackshaw 07932 548800
Now granted, these are not all the same brand; some of them are brands that are not even sold in the US. But it still gives you pause to think “WHAT THE HECK?!”
And you thought the worst problem with front-loading washers was the mildew smell that sometimes develops in them. I’ll stick to my cheapo top-loader, thank you. Continue reading →