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How to Keep Your Home Safe When You Are Out Camping

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Do you ever feel like your house is exposed to vandalism and burglary when you are camping away from home? The best way to feel safe is to ensure that you pick the right security system. 

Before you start comparing different systems based on the features each has, you need to understand the two types of security systems; landline and wireless home security systems. Landline systems rely on radio frequency and a wired phone connection to send signals when sensors are triggered. The advantage of these systems is that in case of a power outage, a backup battery keeps the system up.

On the other hand, a wireless home security system relies on cellular signals to send signals when sensors are triggered. The main advantage of these systems is that they come pre-programmed and ready to use. A wireless home security system is ideal for campers.

Read the Home Security Contract

Before you buy a home security system, read the fine print and understand what the contract requires. When reviewing the contract, consider whether the security provider charges termination fee, whether the contract includes installation and equipment fee, what the contract covers (and what it doesn’t), and whether you can rent or lease the equipment.

The termination fee for some contracts can be as high as $700. Some security providers will give you your money back in cases of burglary while others state on the contract that they are not liable.

If you have questions about the security system contract, you can always reach out to the provider before you sign the contract. Most providers are always available when you need them.

Can You Install the System or Do You Need a Professional?

Today, there are many DIY home security systems. The systems do not require drilling or wiring. Instead, you can attach them to your walls using tape or plug them into your standard wall outlet. The DIY installation gives you the freedom to set up your system the way you need.

Professional installation is ideal for landline home security systems. Again, because a home security system is a long term investment, you might need a professional to do the installation for you.

How is the Security Provider’s Customer Service?

Before you buy a security system, call your home security system provider and ask all the questions you need. When doing so, you need to understand the kind of customer service they offer. Some pertinent issues to get clarification on include:

  • Measures taken to keep your home safe
  • Cost of equipment and the warranty that accompanies them
  • Availability of tech support
  • The installation process
  • How the equipment works in cases of a power outage
  • Contract signing and associated terms
  • Addition of more equipment to the home security system

Key Features to Consider on a Home Security System

Home Automation

Is your home smart? If yes, then you will need a smart security system to match. Modern security systems are engineered to connect to home automation devices. Some security systems make use of panels that send signals to smart devices such as lights, doorbell, smart heaters, and cameras. Other systems connect to voice assistant devices such as Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. This way, you can create schedules to keep the lights on or off when you are not home.

Mobile Compatibility

Most home security systems come with a mobile app. This way, you can monitor your home security even when you are not home. With a mobile app, you are notified when sensors are triggered. Even when you are home, you can watch live footage outside your home when sensors are triggered.

Professional Monitoring

You can monitor your system and contact emergency responders when your home is broken into. However, home security system monitoring professionals give you peace of mind. Professionals monitor any motion or sound detected by the sensors and respond accordingly. Whether you pick a professional to monitor your system or you monitor the system yourself will depend on the security needs of your home.

System Design

Most home security systems today feature a small but powerful design. No one wants bulky wires running dangerously across your home. Some systems offer tablet-like controls while others have simple base stations.

Ease of Use

Your home security system will make many sounds. As a homeowner, you need to understand what each sound means and how to respond to each alert. You need to know where the panic button is located and when to press it. Again, the system needs to alert you in instances of a power outage or when the battery power runs low, or even when there is a technical glitch that needs your attention.

Ability to Expand

You might need more equipment after installing your home security system to keep your home safer. These equipment include sensors, cameras, and panic buttons. A good system should allow you to add these new equipment with ease. Before you buy a system, therefore, ensure that the system can expand. Expandability is a more compelling reason to buy simple home security systems when you are on a budget. 

What Constitutes a Home Security System?

A standard home security system constitutes a control panel, sensors, cameras, and a panic button. However, each security system provider has a different package designed to meet your specific needs. Some of the security systems accessories you might need to include glass break sensors, door and window sensors, security cameras, and a video doorbell. The number of cameras and sensors are dependent on the size of your home.

You need to compare different packages from different security providers to know which fits your security needs best. Again, understand that the more the accessories in the package, the higher the cost of the package.

Conclusion

How secure is your neighborhood? The answer to this question will determine how stringent you need your security system to be. Again, how big is your budget, and how is your security budget? These two factors will determine the accessories you will install. Once the system has been installed, frequent diagnostics should be carried out to determine the working condition of the system. This way, you will not be caught with your security system down when you need it the most.

Camping Tips: How to Assemble a Portable Gas Furnace

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In this article, we will be talking about a few camping tips that will surely make our camping trip not only memorable and fun, but also warm and comfortable, especially if we are planning to camp in a cold place. We will try to focus on how to assemble a portable gas furnace and much like everything else that seems concerning with using a portable gas furnace in camping. Of course, camping is a good bonding activity for the whole family, or with friends, even with most couples nowadays. A lot of things need to be considered which should be on the things-to-bring list. First and foremost, we need to keep in mind all the equipment that we will need to keep us warm and comfortable at night. Investing in thermal clothing is one way of making sure that we can sleep comfortably at night in our tents.

Buying high-grade thermal clothing means that the insulating capability of that material will be very dependable and will not result in chilly nights. Another thing to consider is the size of the tent that will be used. If there will only be two people occupying the space, it will be advisable to just use a smaller one as a bigger tent will result in bigger space that needs to be kept warm, which will be very hard to achieve. After considering those things in keeping a warm and comfortable stay at your tent, the next thing that you will also need is a portable gas furnace. Installing a portable gas furnace might just be the most practical and economical idea on a camping trip.

This piece of equipment is very handy and lightweight which is ideal for camping trips. Installing a portable gas furnace when camping can be a bit tricky if the instruction manual of the gas furnace is not followed properly, there is a reason why manufacturers put it there. With that in mind, listed below are generally the instructions in installing a gas furnace,

  • Getting the most recommended but cheap brand from your local hardware is the best way to go, especially if it is your first time doing it Prior to unboxing and firing up the gas furnace, make sure to read the instruction manual carefully. It will save your life, and it will not hurt by reading that manual.
  • Now that you have read the manual follow the instruction step by step on how to replace thermocouple on water heater and gas furnace. Keep in mind to check for specific instructions for tricky nuts and screws that need to be tight or a bit lose, again, depending on the manufacturers’ guide.

This also means that you need to check or the structural integrity of the furnace body itself. The best way for this is to do a test hook-up in your backyard so that it will be easier once you are actually on the camping site It will save you a lot of time by practicing at home.

  • Some gas furnaces come with hoses that connect the main body of the furnace to the butane gas tank or cylinder This part is very sensitive as even experienced handymen who dealt with a gas tank and others are still having a hard time figuring this out So it is best to secure the connections between the cylinder and the furnace body, making sure there is no gas leak. The first sign that you smell gas stop doing what you are doing and close the valve of the cylinder. You don’t want to burn the whole place down or start a wildfire in the forest if you are already in the camp.
  • After thoroughly checking everything, it is time to fire up the portable gas furnace. Turning on the valve for the cylinder slowly and not all the way open, it is best to turn it on halfway so if anything will go wrong, it will be easy to turn it off.
  • Make sure to also check for the thermocouple of the water heater As you can also heat up water with the heat from the furnace as the heat source. Water evaporating from the heater will help in keeping the air inside the tent to be a bit misty and not dry.
  • If you have the extra bucks, you may also want to get a Carbon Monoxide alarm, as this form of gas is being given out by the burned gas. It will surely come in handy. Keeping in mind these steps, we always need to be extra careful especially when dealing with gas tanks. Most firemen and experienced handymen will advise not to keep this portable gas furnace in a tight space or keep it running overnight. Leaving it unattended is like a ticking time bomb which spells catastrophe. Always remember that we cannot buy spare life from the supermarket or any local hardware store.

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