Automation! 3 Ways to Simplify Home and Office with Secur-Tek

Control4When talking about home or business electronic systems, the terms integration or automation may not be especially familiar to everyone.  Secur-Tek of Apex, NC specializes in building system upgrades.  Whether it’s a home, office building or business, Secur-Tek can install and maintain everything from alarm systems to surround sound.  We can set up computer networking, optimize wireless capabilities throughout a building, and even install central vacuum systems to make it easier to keep every room clean and improve the air you breathe!  Technological upgrades are a way to improve the conveniences in any building, and Control 4 automation is the ultimate system upgrade!

What are the benefits of Control 4 automation?

Here are three examples of how automation can make home and office functions easier:

  • Operate appliances remotely from any room.  Turning functions on and off from anywhere in the room or building makes life so much easier.  For example, when having guests over, blinds can be lowered or raised, music can be changed easily and lights can be dimmed, all from the touch of a button on a tablet or cell phone.
  • Total control of electronic functions.  An easy to use application on a cell phone can keep tabs on all electronics.  Having control of the on/off functions of appliances is also energy efficient.  Knowing which appliances are running, and which are off, at all times will optimize the power bill.  This is also a great function to remotely monitor the functions of a Secur-Tek alarm system in a home or office!
  • No more remotes to keep up with!  When everything is synced to a tablet or cell phone app, worrying about finding the remote to the air conditioner is no more a chore!  All home and office functions are controlled by a single unit with a total automation configuration.

Considering these wonderful benefits, what home or business wouldn’t appreciate total electronic integration?  Secur-Tek can configure and maintain Control 4 automation for any size building, from apartments to businesses or office buildings.  Don’t be left in the dark ages!  Call or contact Secur-Tek today to learn more about how automation works, and get an assessment of the possibilities for your home or business!

Also, take a look at this video for a great example of how Control 4 automation can benefit a home!

Pollen Plays Allergy Hardball in Apex and the Triangle

Dirt Devil JVSpring has sprung here in Apex and across the Triangle NC. In fact, the temperatures have been rising for almost two weeks throughout central NC!  That means the air is warming up, windows are opening up and people are coming outside after months of cooler and often wetter weather. This beautiful weather here in our part of the region is something to be appreciated, and we all do a good job of enjoying the outdoors during even the year’s warmer months.  But we are not the only ones coming out this time of year!

As many of us know first-hand, the start of April has brought about a lot of blooming, and consequently, a lot of pollen!  Southern Pine pollen is appearing everywhere on porches, decks, houses and cars. In fact, almost every single thing that flowers is opening up, contributing to a mellow yellow presence as we get a fine dusting of the heavier than air pollen as things green up for summer.  Beautiful as it is, many of us are suffering from symptoms of seasonal allergies because of the spring bloom!

Pollen can be brought into your home in many ways:

  • Having windows open during the day and in the cooler evenings
  • Animals or children playing outside, then bringing it in with them
  • Opening and closing the front and back door throughout the day!

Most of us spend the majority of the day inside. Because of this fact, the quality of the air in your home or office is critical when it comes to individual and family health.  No one wants to live and work in an environment where allergies dominate and it is more challenging to breathe.

It has been proven through various studies that installing a central vacuum system is one of the best measures you can have in place to greatly improve the quality of air in your home. The indoor systems alleviate allergens and exhaust them outdoors where they belong.

Here at Secur-Tek in Apex, we’ve been the first word in home installation for 22 years and counting!  From home security to home theatre, central vacuum systems to total home integration, we can provide many services that increase the safety and quality of your home.

The experts at Secur-Tek are trained to install and service Dirt Devil Central Vacuum systems.  The benefits of these central systems are considerable:

  • Central vacuums vent to the outdoors, as opposed to cycling air back into your indoor environment. This keeps the air quality much higher than with conventional-style vacuum cleaners.
  • Storage of vacuum components is much easier, with vacuum inlets installed throughout the home
  • Everyone in the house will experience better health through breathing cleaner air, thanks to the central system.
  • Installing a central vacuum system must be considered an investment that adds value to the house and to the property itself.

Deep cleaning, convenient, smart investment, and allergy reduction benefit every household.  Please contact us today to get the ball rolling on installing your Dirt Devil Central Vacuum System.  Secur-Tek wants you and your family to enjoy the warm season, and we can make it even easier to enjoy. Call us today!

4 Ways Secur-Tek Provides Peace of Mind

home security and automationIn this rapidly evolving technology world, new strategies are constantly being presented to make security simpler and safer!  From remote monitoring to total system integration, there are a multitude of possibilities to place your home and business under your complete command.

Locally owned and operated for over 22 years in Historic Downtown Apex, Secur-Tek, Inc. has been installing home security systems and other electronic devices longer than anyone in the area. As a consumer, you may be curious about home security systems and wondering which one is the best.  Maybe you are currently building a new home or considering the upgrade of your current systems.

Our years of experience can guarantee quality installation of a wide variety of security systems, and our trustworthy 24-hour monitoring is established with experience for security and fire alarm systems.  Even if Secur-Tek, Inc. did not install your current system, we can monitor it and make sure your home or business is protected every single day and night.

Interestingly, security is not all we offer!  Technological upgrades to your business, office building or home can help reduce energy usage while bringing both value and safety.  Here in Apex, as well as in the rest of Wake County, we are helping to bring the tech revolution to the home and business owners who want to be more in control.  Operation of everything from appliances to lighting can now be done remotely from a tablet, and we can make this simplified 2013 lifestyle a reality for you, your family or your business.

Here are four key improvements we can install to help you realize the complete potential of your home or business:

Home Security SystemsA sense of security is something everyone wants, especially for their family or investment.  Home security is a way of caring for what you love most, and making sure it’s protected when you’re busy.

Home Automation/Integration– Having control of your television, kitchen appliances, lighting, and alarm system from one single device makes life so much easier, and safer!  Control everything from your tablet, and no longer worry about whether something was left on.  Saving energy is simple when all it takes is the remote click-of-a-button!

Dirt Devil Central Vacuum Systems– Better technology for today’s energy efficient, advanced living spaces. Making house cleaning easier and more streamlined ensures comfort and simplicity.

Bose Music SystemsWe can install sound systems/surround sound for living areas, patios, pool areas, or any other indoor or outdoor location.  Bose is top-of-the-line quality audio with several options to fill any space.

Call us today at 919-387-1800 or contact us online to set up a free consultation. We give our prices up front, so you’re never surprised by what we charge for services.  And we keep our contracts simple for all of our customers!  Don’t wait to bring your home or business into the best technology available, our services will bring you security, efficiency, and peace of mind!

Mobile Computing Drives Thanksgiving Weekend Retail

Mobile computing

It was a record-setting weekend. In addition to a record box-office bonanza for Hollywood (led by Twilight, Skyfall and Lincoln), many have hailed this past Thanksgiving weekend as a welcome relief for worried retailers. According to the National Retail Federation, register receipts from Thanksgiving Day through Sunday totaled an estimated $ 59.1 billion, which was up from $ 52.4 billion in 2011. The total spending per shopper was up as well, rising 6 percent to $ 423.

Missing in these numbers is the fact that in-store purchases actually declined. Yes—the amount spent in bricks-and-mortar stores during the most important weekend in retail actually went down by 2 percent. But this was offset by a double-digit increase in online sales. According to some reports, almost 41 percent of consumers’ total weekend spending happened online. In other words, Cyber Monday seems to be staging a hostile takeover of Black Friday.

The results for Cyber Monday showed another dramatic change. Online sales were a full 30 percent up over last year’s retail take. According to IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark, 18 percent of holiday shoppers searched for deals using their mobile devices on Monday (up from 12 percent last year). And 13 percent of shoppers used their tablets or mobile phones to make purchases. This is almost double last year’s percentage of purchases from mobile devices.

According to IBM, “The iPad generated more traffic than any other tablet or smart phone, reaching nearly 10 percent of online shopping. This was followed by iPhone at 8.7 percent and Android 5.5 percent. The iPad dominated tablet traffic at 88.3 percent followed by the Barnes and Noble Nook at 3.1 percent, Amazon Kindle at 2.4 percent and the Samsung Galaxy at 1.8 percent.”

But it’s not just shopping behavior that called out the importance of mobile computing. It was also the shopping itself. One report released during the Cyber Monday frenzy listed the top products that shoppers were searching for:

  1. Kindle Fire
  2. Uggs
  3. iPad
  4. iPod Touch
  5. iPad Mini
  6. Legos
  7. Amazon Kindle
  8. Wii U
  9. Kindle Fire HD

According to this list, six of the top nine search terms were for tablets. (No comment on the continued popularity of the aptly-named Uggs—that does not compute.) Amazon.com, which has maintained its primacy as the top online retailer, has said that its ten top-selling products include Kindles, Kindle accessories and digital content. Part of this is undoubtedly due to deep discounting, but it’s still a trend that can’t be ignored. In fact, the rise of tablet computers has led one senior researcher for the Consumer Electronics Association to suggest that the tablet may eventually move in status from second screen to primary screen.

So why is this important for smart homes? It seems obvious that any home automation system needs to include—by default—full control through tablets and mobile phones (including both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platform). It also suggests that, with tablets becoming increasingly ubiquitous, both dealers and manufacturers need to continue to focus on coming up with smart solutions that link people’s mobile devices with their homes.

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Bose® SoundLink® Wireless Mobile speaker

One of Bose’s Newer releases, the SoundLink system provides the person on the go the ability to play breathtaking music from their mobile device where ever they are via Bluetooth.  Supported are a slew of devices including the iPhone, iPod, iPad, Blackberry phones, and Android Devices as well. With a 30′ wireless range, you don’t have to worry about answering messages, taking calls, and even surfing the web while you listen.  The battery on the device last 8 hours, but also comes with an AC adapter for long operational periods. When you get the SoundLink, you’ll notice that it has a stylish nylon cover. This not only protects the device, but can also be folded backwards, and be used as a stand. Also, you’ll find a minijack auxiliary input for use with devices without bluetooth.  Overall, this is a great product for use on the go, in the office, or really anywhere that you want great music.

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MIE2i mobile headset

The Bose MIE2i  head set is designed for people who want clear hands-free call quality, and the opportunity to listen to their favorite music on the go. These in-ear headphones set a new standard for audio quality, so you can hear every detail in your favorite music. Made with aluminum and durable plastic construction, you’ll feel like you’re wearing a quality product, and not have to worry if they get tossed around a little. As you can see, the buds sport a very unconventional tip. Bose’s StayHear rubbers will ensure that your headset stays where it’s supposed to be, even during strenuous exercises. Not only are they secure, but the tips are comfortable, and allow hours of listening. Overall, this is definitely a product to check out if you’re in the marked for a new set of headphones.

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