Jul
19

Reasons You Need Home Security

The security and safety of your family is always paramount in your mind, and as your home is your most valuable asset, protecting your house as well as its occupants is essential. There is no better way to do this than by installing a home security system, and since you can pick one up at an affordable price, there’s no excuse for not buying one.

Why Do You Need A Home Security System

I firmly believe that every home should have a quality home security system for several reasons. I’ve outlined the most important ones here:

  • Evidence – if your home is burgled or your property is damaged, a home security system will provide evidence to present to the police. Security cameras outside your home will pick up on potential burglars or trespassers while security cameras inside the property can protect you from unscrupulous babysitters, cleaners or other helpers in your home that may try to steal from you.
  • Deterrent – there has been plenty of research to show that homes that have security cameras are less likely to be burgled than those that do not, and that applies not just to individual properties but to the neighborhood as a whole. By installing home security, you’re benefiting not only yourself but your neighbors too.
  • Cheaper Insurance – some insurance companies will offer lower premiums to people who have security systems in their home,
  • Remote Access  – if you have a camera inside your property, you can look at anything happening inside the home at any time. For example if you are at work you may want to check in on your cat or dog, or if you are on vacation you may just want the peace of mind that comes with knowing all is well. Most camera allow for remote access from a computer or smartphone for convenience check ins.

Where To Install Your Home Security Camera

If I’ve convinced you by now to invest in a security camera for your home, the next question is where should you install it? There are several ideal locations. I would suggest the following:

  • Front Door – over 30% of thieves access your property via the front door, therefore putting a surveillance camera there is a good idea. Putting the camera at second floor height will prevent an intruder from damaging the camera and stopping it from working
  • Back Door – over 20% of burglars come in via a back entrance so put a camera there too. Again, you should ensure it cannot easily be reached by an intruder
  • Rear windows – rear windows or any window out of direct view of your street are potential targets for intruders so put a camera in those areas
  • Side Gate And Backyard – even if burglars don’t enter your property, they could still steal your lawn machinery, kids’ toys or recreational equipment. By installing a surveillance camera with night vision you can keep an eye on your outdoor valuables
  • Basement stairs – if your basement has a door or a window that could be crawled through, put a camera looking down the stairs that lead to your home so that it can see any intruders who try to get in that way

Best Home Security Camera

I find it very difficult to recommend the best home security camera since there are so many great models out there and all are great for different reasons. However, I’ll tell you about the model I have at home:

Tenvis JPT3815W-HD Wireless Surveillance

I chose this surveillance camera for my home for a number of reasons. Firstly, it has a wireless network connection which means that there’s no need to any complex wiring and it was really easy to install in any room I wanted. Even better, this camera doesn’t need to stay on all the time as it can automatically detect any moving object and trigger the alarm. It can also send me email alerts so no matter where I am I can be aware of what’s happening at home.

All of the images captured are uploaded to the FTP server so I can see at a glance what triggered the alarm, allowing me to rest easy if it was just the dog! As the images can be remotely viewed on my Android smartphone, it’s even more convenient. Some of the other great features of this camera is that it has Infrared night vision which turns on automatically in the dark or in low lighting and that it has a two way audio system, so you can listen to what’s happening in the room and answer back.

Its panning and tilting control allows you to move the camera in any direction you like up to 340 degrees horizontally and up to 90 degrees vertically for a great range of vision. I’ve used this camera to keep an eye on the property when I’m on vacation, to check in on my pet dog when I’ve been at work and also to check on the kids a few times when I’ve had to pop out for a few minutes. It’s a great little camera and it represents great value for money.

Jul
21

Cleaning the Porch

All you other dads out there know that there are jobs that always fall to the man of the house, and cleaning the porch is one of them. If you’re anything like me, you’ll make sure that you get it done before the wife asks me to get out there and get scrubbing so that I can get extra brownie points – always handy when there’s a new power tool that I need to buy and I need a bargaining chip!

Unfortunately, recently I’ve been really letting the side down, and mildew and mold had really started to build up in the porch. Now, luckily, you couldn’t really tell from a distance, so my laziness hadn’t been noticed by anyone but me, but I could definitely see a nag coming on from the missus. It was definitely time to start cleaning!

What the wife doesn’t know, however, is that cleaning the porch is actually a breeze thanks to my brand new pressure washer. Using a pressure washer is definitely the quickest and easiest way to get all of that grime off your porch, patio or driveway and it’ll take you minutes rather than hours of manual labor. The best news is that the missus doesn’t know how speedy the job is, so I’ve got a great excuse to spend an hour or so out in the yard – a few minutes to clean the porch and then the rest of the time just sitting back in the sun reading the newspaper!

This is how I got my porch looking fabulous in minutes!

Step 1 – I ordered a brand new pressure washer! It was an electric model that I could plug into my outdoor outlets for easy access.

Step 2 – When my order arrived I assembled it (this was pretty easy thanks to the comprehensive instructions) and then chose the spray nozzle that is best for brick and concrete. It came with several different nozzles, but this was the right one for the job at hand.

Step 3 – I screwed the adapter onto the garden hose and clipped the other end to the pressure washer – easy as pie!

Step 4 – I attached the pressure washer hose to the gun, filled the detergent bottle with special pressure washing detergent and attached it to the pressure washer.

Step 5 – I sprayed detergent on all of the areas of the porch to be cleaned and left it to work for a while on the dirtiest areas.

Step 6 – After a few minutes I used the pressure washer to remove the dirt and detergent from all of the brick areas of the porch.

Step 7 – I switched the nozzles to the one for cleaning wood and cleaned the detergent off my porch columns, taking with it all of the gross mildew and mold that had accumulated during my laziness!

Step 8 – The porch looked as good as new, and all that was left to do was to disconnect the attachments of the pressure washer and put it away ready for next time!

If you’re ready to save a ton of time and get your porch looking great at the same time, here are my top tips for using a pressure washer.

Choose The Right Nozzle

Most pressure washers come with a variety of nozzles or tips and you need to choose the best one for your project. A smaller angle will be more powerful. Also check the nozzle is properly attached before you operate the gun or you could damage your property or even be injured.

Chemicals

Never use any chemicals that aren’t approved for use with pressure washers as they may not be eco-friendly and could damage the components inside the unit. After all, you just got your new toy, you don’t want to break it just yet!

Test The Power

Test how powerful your pressure washer is before using it on the item you want to clean. You don’t want to damage the object you’re cleaning!

Spray Methodically

Yes, I know from experience that using your new pressure washer is a lot of fun, but don’t get carried away and spray indiscriminately! Be thorough otherwise you’ll miss spots. Start at the top and work to the bottom so that every area is covered.