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How August Smart Lock Keeps the Bad Guys Out, Keeps the Good Guys In

How August Smart Lock Keeps the Bad Guys Out, Keeps the Good Guys In

How August Smart Lock Keeps the Bad Guys Out, Keeps the Good Guys In

How many times have you run back to check if your front door is shut? Probably, too many to count. Consider incorporating the August smart lock into your smart home system.

August Smart Lock Keeps the Bad Guys Out

Worrying about your front door lock every time you go out of your home isn’t misplaced. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, Inc. (InterNACHI), an astonishing 34% of burglars enter through the front door. The burglary rate in Canada is slightly higher than that of the U.S. (746 per 100,000 people), InterNACHI reported.

With August smart lock, you can check whether you lock your front door or not on your smartphone using the August app, available on Google Play and Apple App Store. You can also check the lock or unlock status of your door by asking your intelligent assistant Siri, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

If you indeed forgot to lock your door, you don’t have to run back to close it. You can use your smartphone or Siri, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to lock the door for you. Knowing that your door is locked even when you’re far away from home will give peace of mind. 

The August smart lock, when paired with its accessory August doorbell cam, can deter burglars. Most residential burglaries take place during the day when burglars think that you’re at work. The one-way camera of the August doorbell cam detects motion, takes a video and sends you an instant visitor alert to your smartphone.

With the August doorbell cam two-way speaker, you can keep the bad guys out by appearing to be at home even if you’re not by talking to whoever is in front of your door using your smartphone.

August Smart Lock Keeps the Good Guys In

While our front door is meant to keep the bad guys out, it’s also meant to keep the good guys in.

You can keep the good guys in with the August smart lock and doorbell cam. In an emergency situation where there’s a fire alert in your house and no one is at home, you can simply buzz in the fire department to stop the fire. No need for them to break down the door or windows.

In another scenario where your trusted relative or friend from out-of-town is already at your doorstep and you’re running late to meet him or her, you can send a secure virtual key or unique entry code via your August app for him or her to unlock the door.

Your trusted guest doesn’t need to use a smartphone to use the virtual key. Your trusted guest simply has to encode this virtual key on the August smart lock accessory called “August Smart Keypad”. You can also give virtual keys to other trusted individuals like your dogwalker or house cleaner.

These virtual keys or unique entry codes serve as spare keys for people you trust. Unlike traditional keys, these virtual keys can’t be lost or copied without your knowledge. You can monitor anytime of the day the locking and unlocking of your door using the August app.

Here are 2 instances August smart keeps the bad guys out and keeps the good guys in:

1. August smart lock keeps package thieves out.

The prevalence of doorstep deliveries has significantly increased in the recent years due to the rise of online shopping. Based on a survey commissioned by August Home Inc. and carried out by research firm Edelman Intelligence (PDF), the majority of packages delivered at the doorsteps are stolen during the day when the greater part (74%) of homeowners are out.

The Edelman Intelligence survey revealed that more than 1 in 4 homeowners that experienced package theft in the past say it would be ideal if delivery personnel could leave packages directly inside their homes, instead of the doorstep.

Ninety-two percent of the respondents agree that the ability to see anyone at the doorstep via a doorbell cam from anywhere using the smartphone provides peace of mind. Eighty-six percent of the Edelman Intelligence survey respondents mention the value of a smart lock in allowing packages to be left inside the home without the need of leaving the door unlocked.

2. August smart lock secures your short-term rental.

Short-term rental is a growing global business. According to Euromonitor International, the global short-term rental business is projected to hit $51 billion by 2020, due in part to the strong growth of players like Airbnb. A big number of vacationers are choosing short-term rentals over hotels as they feel more at home with all the necessary amenities.

If you’re renting out your home on a short-term basis, the findings below from a survey about smart home system commissioned by August Home Inc. and carried out by research firm Edelman Intelligence (PDF) will give you peace of mind.

  • 92% of business travelers say they are more likely to complete their short-term rental reservation if the property has smart home system
  • 60% of guests say they would pay more for a short-term rental with smart home features, including smart lock and doorbell camera
  • 48% of guests say smart home features allow them not to coordinate with short-rental hosts when arriving or departing the property
  • 46% of guests say smart home features provide an easier system for checking-in and checking-out
  • 45% of guests say smart home features allow them to remotely confirm they have locked the door when they leave the rental property
  • 66% of short-rental hosts say smart lock is a stress-reliever as they don’t have to worry about guests forgetting to lock the door
  • 34% of hosts say that with the smart lock, they don’t need traditional keys where someone other than the guest might find them
  • 35% of hosts see the benefit of being able to see, speak and grant access to someone at the door remotely using the smart lock and smart doorbell cam
  • 45% of hosts say smart locks make their rental properties more secure
How Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Saves Lives

How Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Saves Lives

How Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Saves Lives

Installing a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm in your home is a life-saving choice. It’ll save the lives of your loved ones and your very own.

Nest Protect’s second generation smoke and carbon monoxide alarm keeps you and your family safe from these two disasters: fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Fire

Tests conducted by Underwriters Laboratories show that older homes or houses built in the 70s burn slower than modern houses. Underwriters Laboratories research shows that in the 70s, you had about 30 minutes to escape a house fire. Now, it’s down to less than 5 minutes. The reason for the rapid spread of fire in today’s homes is because of the synthetic fibers used in many modern homes, from curtains to the couch and even to the coffee table.

According to the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Service, from 2011 to 2015, there were 55,108 fires with loss – resulting in an injury, fatality or dollar loss – reported to the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management.

Out of the 55,108 fires from 2011 to 2015 in Ontario, 48% of these fires occurred in homes; 27% occurred in vehicles; 12% occurred in unclassified structures like land, outdoor storage and barns; 8% occurred in assembly structures, mercantile buildings, business and personal services structures, care and detention buildings; and 5% of fires occurred in industrial buildings.

Twenty percent of ignition sources of these fires were reported as undetermined. The following were the identified ignition sources of these fires:

  • 18% cooking
  • 9% electrical distribution equipment – wiring
  • 9% of structure loss fires were suspected to be arson or vandalism
  • 8% heating/cooling
  • 8% miscellaneous (which includes fires from natural causes and chemical reactions)
  • 7% cigarettes
  • 6% candles, matches or lighters (excluding arson fires) and processing equipment
  • 5% appliances
  • 4% other electrical, mechanical
  • 3% other open flame tools (excluding matches, lighters)
  • 3% exposure fires

According to the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Service, in Ontario in 2015, there were 94 fire deaths and the majority or 83 of these deaths occurred in residential structures (data excludes deaths on First Nations and Federal properties).

What Nest Protect Second Generation Smoke Alarm Can Do in Case of Fire

Nest Protect gives you an early warning when it detects even a hint of smoke in the following ways:

  • Tells you via the device speaker, “Heads-Up. There’s smoke in the (room name). The alarm may sound.”
  • Device’s yellow light is turned on
  • Alerts your phone or tablet (as long as your Protect has a working Wi-Fi connection)

When this happens, put out the source of the smoke.

In case the smoke in the room has reached emergency levels, Nest Protect alerts you in the following manner:

  • Tells you via the device speaker, “Emergency. There’s smoke in the (room name).”
  • Sounds an alarm
  • Device’s red light is turned on
  • Alerts your phone or tablet (as long as your Protect has a working Wi-Fi connection)

When this happens, get out of the house immediately.

If you’re using Nest Thermostat, in case there’s a smoke alert, your Nest Protect tells your Nest Thermostat to turn off the heat to keep the smoke and fire from spreading.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent killer. You can’t smell carbon monoxide. You can’t taste it. You can’t hear it. You can’t see it.

Carbon monoxide is produced whenever you burn fuel like wood, oil, gasoline, coal, propane and natural gas. Sources of carbon monoxide in unventilated areas at any time of the year include cooking appliances, generators, charcoal grills and vehicle exhaust.

In winter months, Canadian homes are at greater risk because homes usually use heating appliances like furnaces, water heaters or boilers, wood stoves and other appliances that run on fuels. A blocked chimney flues can also be a source of carbon monoxide.

Low level of exposure to carbon monoxide can result in tiredness, shortness of breath, headaches or impaired motor functions, such as muscle weakness and partial or total loss of function of a limb or limbs.

High level of exposure to carbon monoxide or exposure at low levels for long periods of time can result in difficulty in thinking, chest pain, dizziness or poor vision.

Very high level of exposure to carbon monoxide can cause convulsions, coma or death. “People who are sleeping or who have been drinking alcohol can die from CO poisoning before ever having symptoms,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.

According to Canada Safety Council, in Ontario alone, for the period of 2001 to 2007, there had been 74 deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning, specifically from furnace fumes and vehicle exhaust.

What Nest Protect Second Generation Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm Can Do

Nest Protect gives you an early warning when it detects a hint of carbon monoxide in the following ways:

  • Tells you via the device speaker, “Heads-Up. There’s carbon monoxide in the (room name). The alarm may sound.”
  • Device’s yellow light is turned on
  • Alerts your phone or tablet (as long as your Protect has a working Wi-Fi connection)

In case the carbon monoxide reaches critical levels, Nest Protect alerts you in the following manner:

  • Tells you via the device speaker, “Emergency. There’s carbon monoxide in the (room name). Move to fresh air.”
  • Sounds an alarm
  • Device’s red light is turned on
  • Alerts your phone or tablet (as long as your Protect has a working Wi-Fi connection)

In both early warning and critical level warning for carbon monoxide, it’s advisable not to locate the source of carbon monoxide. Immediately after any type of carbon monoxide alert, leave your home and get fresh air. Once you’re outside your home, call emergency services or fire department. Only return to your home after the carbon monoxide issue has been fixed by a professional.

If you’re using Nest Thermostat, in case there’s a carbon monoxide alert, your Nest Protect automatically connects and tells your Nest Thermostat to turn off the heat to keep the carbon monoxide from spreading. Heating systems are known to cause carbon monoxide leaks or spread.

Winter is Coming: Keep Your Home Warm with Lennox Furnace

Winter is Coming: Keep Your Home Warm with Lennox Furnace

Winter is Coming: Keep Your Home Warm with Lennox Furnace

It’s still months away. But we all know that it’s coming, winter, that is. Keep your home warm this coming winter with Lennox Furnace.

Canada is characterized by generally long and cold winters. According to Statistics Canada, cold climate in this country varies quite widely. In certain areas in Canada, cold climate sometimes lasts up to nine or ten months.

According to Natural Resources Canada, this country’s cold climate results in high energy used – a remarkable 63% of the energy used in the average Canadian home goes to space heating. As the bulk of the energy consumption of every Canadian household goes to space heating, it’s important to choose the right heating system for your home.

Aside from the financial cost, it’s also important to choose the right heating system for health reasons. Cold and damp houses are linked to poor health, especially for those who have weak immune system, including babies, small children, older adults and people who are ill.

According to Statistics Canada, majority of Canadian households, nearly 6 out of 10, use furnace as their primary heating system. A furnace works by blowing heated air via ducts. These ducts distribute the warm air to rooms throughout the house through grills or air registers. This type of heating system is also called a forced warm-air distribution or ducted warm-air system.

A furnace can be powered by electricity, natural gas or fuel oil. Natural gas and electricity are two of the main sources of energy to generate heat in the primary heating system in a home, with nearly half of Canadian households using natural gas and one-third of households using electricity.

Gas Fireplace versus Gas Furnace

A government survey found that a quarter of Canadian homes used a gas fireplace, with most of these houses using it as a supplementary or secondary heating system. Similar to its predecessor, the wood-burning fireplace, the gas fireplace is great for ambiance. Compared to the wood-burning fireplace, the gas-powered fireplace is considered safer as it emits a fraction of particulate matter – small particles and liquid droplets that get into the air and are considered as harmful to one’s health.

Compared to gas furnace, gas fireplace uses more energy. A Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation study (PDF) showed that compared to a gas furnace, the overall energy consumption of a gas fireplace was 10% higher for the reason that fireplace use consumes much more gas. Gas fireplace also results in the lowering of air temperatures in rooms located far away from the fireplace; whereas, gas furnace provides an even temperature in rooms around the house.

Not all furnaces are, however, created equal. Here are the 3 top reasons for you to consider the Lennox Furnace Model EL296E:

1. Saves Money

The annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) of Lennox Furnace Model EL296E is 96%. AFUE is defined by the U.S. Department of Energy as “a measure of how efficient the appliance is in converting the energy in its fuel to heat over the course of a typical year”.

An AFUE of 96% means that 96% of the energy in the fuel turns into heat for the home and the other 4% escapes up the chimney or somewhere else. A higher AFUE percentage signifies a more efficient furnace. According to Consumer Reports, a furnace with a 90% AFUE might cost more than a similar size unit with an 80% AFUE, but you can often recover that additional cost through lower fuel bills over the life of the furnace.

Model EL296E of Lennox Furnace, in particular, has earned the ENERGY STAR label. This means that this furnace meets or surpasses the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The key product criteria to earn the ENERGY STAR for gas furnaces is a rating of 95% AFUE or greater.

Model EL296E comes with a limited warranty on the heat exchanger; 5-year limited warranty on covered components; and 10-year limited extended warranty coverage with product registration. If you purchase this product, you also qualify for rebates and incentives.

Your actual savings depend on the weather patterns in your area, local fuel rates and your family’s lifestyle. “Installing one of today’s energy-efficient furnaces can reduce your home-heating costs by up to 25 percent per year,” Natural Resources Canada said. “Depending on the efficiency of your old furnace, you could recover the higher initial cost of your new high-efficiency system in about seven years.”

2. Lennox Furnace Dual-Fuel System

The EL296E Model is powered by natural gas. It’s already classified as a high-efficiency furnace with its 96% AFUE and ENERGY STAR label. You can take your energy savings to the next level by pairing this Lennox Furnace model with a Lennox electric heat pump. You’ll create a dual-fuel system by doing so. By pairing the furnace with the heat pump, you can switch from gas on colder days and to electricity on milder days.

3. Not Limited to Winter Use

The Lennox Furnace Model EL296E isn’t limited to winter use. What if winter won’t come this year? Well, winter didn’t come in late 2015 and early 2016 in many parts of Canada.

According to the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, the El Niño weather phenomenon and the shrinking Arctic sea ice canceled Canada’s winter in late 2015 and early 2016. The weather phenomenon resulted in the mildness and lack of snow in Canada, leading to the cancellation of winter carnivals and other winter activities, including dogsled races, ice fishing derbies and pond hockey tournaments.

The Lennox Furnace Model EL296E has a two-stage heating system, which allows you to operate at lower capacity during mild climate and higher capacity during bitterly cold days. Operating the furnace at lower speed of airflow lets air spend more time in contact with the air conditioner coil. This aids in reducing moisture levels inside your home during hot and humid months, giving your family members the comfort that they deserve. Connect with us today to learn more about the benefits and check out our winter specials.

So, even if winter won’t come, this furnace can be relied on to deliver comfort every day of the year.