It’s a new year, which is a good time to reflect on 2016. Out of the hundreds of blog posts we posted in the last year, some stood out as favorites and we can tell by which posts were most viewed throughout the whole year! In case you missed them, here are the top ten most view blog posts from 2016 with excerpts! Get caught up on our safety, security and lifestyle blogs!
1. Why You Should Consider Video Security Now
Video surveillance might seem like an option only available to businesses and fancy mansions. Whether or not you already have a monitored security system, video surveillance can add another aspect to your interactive home security.
2. Where To Hide Your Indoor Security Cameras
It can be a good idea to place your camera somewhere that it isn’t very noticeable or is even partially hidden. It might be hard to think about how you can hide your camera among the things you already own, so at Guardian we came up with some suggestions for sneaky camera placement.
3. How-To Upgrade Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is one of those catch phrases you always hear on home improvement TV shows. Most people, however, will only see the front of your house so it makes sense to spend some time and energy sprucing up the front of your home. If you’re looking to build the value of your home, curb appeal is essential.
4. Guardian App ‘Scenes’ Gives Control With One Button
If you’ve recently updated your Guardian Protection Services App you might have noticed a new section in your app called ‘Scenes.’ In this section are four categories: Home, Away, Sleep and Wake Up. These are all times that you might want several things to happen at once.
5. State of Home Security and Automation
According to Coldwell Banker Real Estate experts, 45% of homeowners will have smart home technology in 2016. Their research found the categories of technology in a smart home are security, temperature, lighting and safety.
6. The Importance of Your Thermostat
A recent study from Energy Research and Social Science illustrates a fact that’s shown up in research before: People don’t know how to properly use their thermostat.
7. Are Those Door-to-Door Sales People from Guardian or a Scam?
In the spring and summer, salespeople start knocking on doors. With stories of scams all over the news, it can be hard to know who to trust. We receive numerous complaints about unsolicited salespeople who claim to be from Guardian Protection Services. We want to set the record straight so you can discern the truth from deceitful claims.
8. Home Security for New Parents
Are you getting ready to welcome a bundle of joy into your family? Did a new addition recently rock your world? If so you’ve probably started thinking about your home in a new way with newly illuminated hazards and areas of concern. Having home security set up can add peace-of-mind to your life as a new parent.
9. How To Help Prevent False Alarms
More than just an inconvenience, false alarms may impact our neighbors, law enforcement, fire departments or emergency personnel (EMS) and may put a serious dent in your wallet due to false alarm fees levied by the municipality. Fortunately, most false alarms are avoidable.
10. You Might Need An Amazon Echo For Your Smart Home
You may have seen commercials advertising the Amazon Echo where people address “Alexa” and ask her to respond to questions in a home. Voice control has been around in smartphones for a while, but Alexa takes it to another level. What would you use the Amazon Echo for? Well for one thing, you can optimize the use of your home security and smart home devices, thanks to Alexa.