Redi-Shade blindsNeed shade in a hurry?

I don’t mean a way to escape the bright sun. I’m referring to window shades. Window blinds, curtains and shades help protect your home by keeping the valuable contents of your home (not to mention knowledge about whether someone is home) from prying eyes.

Shades, quickly

More often than not, installing window shades involves measurements, trips to a store,  waiting while they’re cut or custom made and then some installation work.

I recently came across a product that can be installed in about a minute with no tools! [Read more…]

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How to Figure Out What You Really Need In a Home Security SystemHow well will you get along with your new home security system?

This is the latest article in a series helping you figure out what you need in a home security system for your home or apartment.

In previous articles, we’ve looked at cameras, protecting your home’s entrances, detecting an intruder indoors, and assembling all the pieces into a system that’s right for you.

This time we’ll continue with a look at convenience in how you interact with the system—even in an emergency situation. [Read more…]

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Doberman Door & Window AlarmHow good are standalone door and window alarms?

They’re a good intermediate step for those not ready for a home security system.

Here’s what I thought of two I tried out. Maybe it’ll help you know what to look for.

What I bought:

A couple of things you should know: [Read more…]

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Home security system alternativesWhat if you want to improve your home security, but you don’t want to invest in a home security system right now?

Protecting your home (and thereby yourself and your family) is critical. A home security system might not be right for you or at least right for you right now, or it might not be an expense you can handle right now.

These are all legitimate. It’s much more important that you take steps to protect your home than it is to buy a home security system, as I’ve said many times before.

Home security is much, much more than having a home security system.

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How to Figure Out What You Really Need In a Home Security System (Part 4)

Cameras are an increasingly popular part of a home security system. But are they necessary? What value do they add? Are there issues with using them? Figure out what role cameras can play in your home’s security.

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Which Type Is the Best Security System For You? (Part 2)

Which kind of home security system is best for you? If you are taking a DIY strategy, you can assemble a system yourself or customize an all-in-one system. Here are the pros and cons of each. This article looks at the self-assembled approach.

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Which Type Is the Best Security System For You?

Which kind of home security system is best for you? If you are taking a DIY approach, you can assemble a system yourself or customize an all-in-one system. Which approach to take? Here are the pros and cons of each.

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Scare Away Burglars By Giving the Impression You’re Watching TV

Convince a burglar youʼre home watching TV while youʼre out and youʼll improve your chances of him leaving you alone. FakeTV does this very well. Here’s more info and some tips for using this handy little device.

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