Wednesday, July 11, 2018


If you have been investigating the cost of a smart home or considering installing smart home components in your home, there are lots of systems and lots of choices in the market.

If you have a budget and want to avoid the additional cost of installing a hard wired system, consider the lower cost of a "plug and play" system. Using smart plugs, smart bulbs, infrared and WiFi will lower your costs dramatically.

If you’re starting out creating your smart home, you’d be forgiven at balking at the price of many of the systems on the market. Some of the latest and greatest connected home tech can be eye-wateringly expensive – but luckily there are plenty of inexpensive options for the  smart bulbs, connected cameras, smart speakers and other devices that you will need.

As the smart home has matured, prices have dropped and there are much less expensive alternatives for many types of the products. What we’ve tried to highlight, however, is the Tecus line of products. Customers who have used our products give a thumbs up. Tecus might not be the best, but it does a great job for the price. Let’s get your bargain hunting hat on and go shopping at Tecus.

Monday, July 9, 2018


As smart home technology becomes increasingly more popular, the benefits of it are becoming less of a luxury and more of a necessity, especially for parents. As a parent, you want to do everything you can to keep your children and your home safe. With a smart home, you can still all child safety worries, whether you're in the home or not.

There are 5 basic benefits of smart home technology for parents  that you might not be aware of.

Know Who’s at the Door
Have you ever noticed that peepholes are taller than the average child? With a smart home system, it’s possible to see who’s at the door without answering the door. With a video intercom system, you can see who's at the door through any of the touchscreens spread throughout your home. When the door rings, quickly see who's there, unlock the door and hang up the call with ease.

Be At Home Even When You're Not
Currently, more than 40 percent of children are left home alone at least part of the time, according to industry statistics. A smart home system ensures you'll be able to keep tabs on your children even if you are not home. Whether you want to know if someone has entered your home or if you have teens and want to know if they’re sneaking out, with smart home technology installed in your home, you will know. Various alerts can be sent to your smartphone to let you know if any door in your home has been opened. In addition, you can also see a real-time view of what your children are up to at home.

Emergency Situations
In emergency situations you may need to call an ambulance, the fire department or the police at any given moment. If your children haven’t figured out how to work a phone or they don’t know where one is, you can have a control panel that will auto dial emergency services.  An intercom can then be used to communicate with the first responder who is on the other line. In addition, you can integrate a preset function that unlocks all doors and flashes the lights in your house to help first responders identify you are at home.

Provide Fire Safety
A fire can happen at any moment and your sole focus in that moment is to keep your family safe. While you might already have the fire department on the way, there are steps you can take to keep your children and possessions unharmed. With a simple voice command, doors to certain rooms can be closed automatically as a way to cut off air circulation to try stop the fire from spreading and ensure everyone is evacuated safely.

Automate Household Appliance
A smart home will automate all sorts of tasks for you, too. This can simplify your life as a parent. If you have ever wished lights would come on when you arrive home so you don’t have to walk into a dark home with children in tow? Perhaps you'd like to have all TVs shutoff at 9pm if you're getting home late. The automation possibilities are endless.

You can create a smart home for your children safely and economically with TECUS.

Friday, July 6, 2018


If you are getting on in years or have an elderly relative, it is good to know those golden years do not have to be spent in any kind of institutional care. Instead, many senior citizens can live quite happily in their own homes, assisted by a smart home automation system that makes life comfortable, convenient and safe. You can find many useful devices and services on our home security systems site.

Smart Locks
These devices present multiple benefits. They rely on a code, rather than a key, so you do not need to worry about a misplaced key or have to dig around in a purse or pocket when returning home. You can also control these locks with a smartphone, which means you can do things like double-check the door locks while safely in bed at night. In addition, many are equipped with an easily grasped and maneuvered lever-style door handle rather than a knob-style opener, which makes it easier for someone with arthritic hands to open and close doors. They also add an elegant flair to any door.

Medical Alert Devices
Falls are a serious matter for older people, and the sooner emergency help arrives, the better. A medical alert pendant worn around the neck or stored on a key fob can be a true lifesaver. If you fall down and are hurt enough to prevent getting up again, simply pressing a button can summon help in short order.

Automated Thermostats & Lights
These handy home management system devices offer exceptional benefits for anyone of any age, but are especially useful for seniors. When coming home at night, you can simply tap your smartphone to turn on extra outside lights to permit safe entry into the house. You can also program the lighting so it appears someone is home when you're gone.

The thermostats in the best home automation systems are great too, since you do not have to get out of bed to adjust the heat in winter or the air conditioning in summer. One easy tap does it all, creating greater security and comfort at the same time, not to mention reducing utility costs by turning off lights or changing temperatures at appropriate times.

Motion Alerts
There now are motion sensors on the market that can help a senior who lives alone by detecting numerous activities that suggest things are OK or sending alerts to trusted people if something seems amiss. For example, there are monitors that note whether someone has gotten out of bed and is moving around during normal daylight hours. Other devices can tell if someone enters a room and there is sudden motion but no subsequent movement, which would indicate a fall.

There are even devices that can detect when the medicine cabinet is opened, which would mean you have gotten necessary medications to maintain good health. You can choose people to whom the alerts will be sent, and if anything goes wrong, or just appears to be wrong, then loved ones can check in.

With modern technology at your fingertips, there is no reason for most reasonably healthy senior citizens to leave their beloved homes for institutional settings. Instead, you can live a long time in your favorite surroundings and still enjoy safety and security through the wonders of smart home systems.

Thursday, July 5, 2018


The children are our future, so why not leverage some futuristic technology to help them grow?

While most smart home products are conceived as machines of convenience that will save users’ time and energy, there’s an entire sector of devices that aid you as parent and teacher.

When you're not home, nagging little doubts can start to crowd your mind. Did I turn the coffee maker off? Did I set the security alarm? Are the kids doing their homework or watching television?  With a smart home, you could quiet all of these worries with a quick glance at your smartphone or tablet. You could connect the devices and appliances in your home so they can communicate with each other and with you.

Any device in your home that uses electricity can be put on your home network and at your command. Whether you give that command by voice, remote control, tablet or smartphone, the home reacts. Most applications relate to lighting, home security, home theater and entertainment, and thermostat regulation.

The idea of a smart home might make you think of George Jetson and his futuristic abode or maybe Bill Gates, who spent more than $100 million building his smart home [source: Lev-Ram]. Once a draw for the tech-savvy or the wealthy, smart homes and home automation are becoming more common.
What used to be a quirky industry that churned out hard-to-use and frilly products is finally maturing into a full-blown consumer trend. Instead of start-up companies, more established tech organizations are launching new smart home products. Sales of automation systems could grow to around $9.5 billion by 2015 [source: Berg Insight]. By 2017, that number could balloon to $44 billion [source: CNN].

Much of this is due to the jaw-dropping success of smartphones and tablet computers. These ultra-portable computers are everywhere, and their constant Internet connections means they can be configured to control myriad other online devices. It's all about the Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things is a phrase that refers to the objects and products that are interconnected and identifiable through digital networks. This web-like sprawl of products is getting bigger and better every day. All of the electronics in your home are fair game for this tech revolution, from your fridge to your furnace.