The Best Surveillance Cameras for Home and Office

Whether it’s a hardwired CCTV or IP-based camera security system, there are lots of cost and convenience options, including mobile camera security apps that interface for real-time views anywhere in the world. These cameras can be also part of your smart home automation strategy, which uses IoT technology to control appliances, lighting, heating, TVs, and more, and allows them to communicate with each other through a smartphone or a laptop.home-security-camera-app

A CCTV or closed-circuit television surveillance system is the OG of the security world. Its video feed is transmitted to an internal monitoring screen or is recorded on a DVR. If the DVR is connected to the internet, remote viewing of video footage may also be available.
IP or internet protocol cameras are wired or wireless digital video cameras that transmit the video feed via a computer network. IP systems offer better picture quality and the ability to add more cameras to the system. IP cameras can also be used in conjunction with CCTV systems to cover blind spots or used as hidden cameras.
TN Security can make expert recommendations during a free in-home consultation. We help you determine how many cameras, locations, styles, installation points and more. Attached to these systems can be smoke, fire and carbon monoxide detectors, keypads, video displays, and motion or sensor detectors.
We can also integrate audio and TV for a complete smart home solution. Plus, we offer our no-contract month-to-month monitoring program overseen by a Five Diamond Certified and FDNY-approved monitoring center. Wow! There’s a lot to consider when you want to keep you family and business safe. Schedule your free in-home consultation now.

 

High-Quality Sound for Your Home

Безымянный-222-07A fixture of American living rooms in the 1950s was the record player with a mono or one-channel sound system. Stereo was marketed in the 1960s as the latest technological advancement, bringing sophisticated two-channel sound to the masses. Stereo sound became common in entertainment systems such as broadcast radio, TV, recorded music, and cinema.  The rise of home theater products in the late 1980s brought multi-channel audio or surround-sound systems into popularity. With the advent of affordable large screen TVs at the turn of this century, consumers wanted an equally stunning 3D audio experience to match their vividly beautiful picture.

Team Nutz understands the importance you place on a realistic audio. Whether you’re watching your favorite cooking channel, streaming a movie or playing a video game, you want to complement that experience with great sound.  Do you want a traditional 5.1 system with three front speakers, subwoofer, and two side speakers for a beautiful surround sound, or a 7.1 system with two more speakers? There are so many head-spinning options based on the size of your room and TV.

That’s where Team Nutz comes in. We help you not only choose the right home theater or sound bar system paired with your home assistant, we also install it.

Call us today at 412-967-0467 about sound systems that will dramatically improve your viewing pleasure. Inquire about our whole house audio, too!

Give the Gift of Sound

TN-Security-blog-12-2018A big screen TV makes a great holiday gift. But the flat sound that comes out of your new flat panel screen compromises the viewing experience. Upgrade your audio and pump up the volume a sound bar. They require minimal space and deliver big, room-filling sound. Choose it with built-in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and expand it with wireless rear speakers. The Sonos Beam is a great option when your space is at a premium, and you want advanced features. It’s expandable to create a full home theater system. The Beam also allows you to control your TV with an Alexa-enabled device for remote-free control of music, games, streaming services, and more. TN Security carries Sonos and other leading brands of audio products. We can help you choose the best component home theater system for your room. Our tech team can also mount your TV and sync it with a speaker system and personal assistant to make your family’s holiday season extra bright.

Contact TN Security now for an installation appointment.

Predicting the Best 4K TV Deals for Black Friday 2018

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Spending Lab released their list of 4K TV Black Friday deals predictions for 2018.

  • Up to $100 off Samsung 4K TVs – expect discounts in the range of $50 to $100 on premium Samsung 4K TVs, particularly 40-inch screens
  • Up to $150 off Toshiba 4K TVs with Fire TV – Amazon typically discounts their products during Black Friday. Several Toshiba 4K models ship with Fire TV, an Amazon streaming product, so expect bigger discounts on these bundles
  • Up to $150 off TCL 4K TVs – TCL usually offer some of the lowest priced 4K screens on Black Friday and we expect this year to be no different

Regardless of Black Friday deals, installing your 4K TV just in time for the holiday TV lineup can be a hassle. First you have to find the right type of mounting bracket. How do you really feel about drilling into masonry surfaces? Then what about lifting and mounting an expensive piece of electronics. To ensure a premium and a complete access viewing experience, you also need to install streaming devices and speaker options like soundbars and smart speakers. Whew! Lessen your holiday stress and contact TN Security today. TN Security is your one-stop home automation solution. Our highly trained (and patient and strong) technicians are ready to install any type of television. We will connect, mount and setup your new prized possession with the care and skill that you should expect.

INSTALLATION SPECIAL: TV WALL MOUNT INSTALLATION AND MOUNT FOR $169.99.

BUY 2 ROOMS AND GET THE 3RD ROOM HALF OFF. Contact us now.

Upgrading to High Def TV & Surround Sound Puts a Different Kind of Crisp into Fall

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Take a break from raking leaves, and from enjoying apple crisp and other fall treats by upgrading your home entertainment experience to include HDTV or UHD and surround sound. Whether you’re watching your favorite teams or your favorite shows, the surround sound experience, including life-like images from one of the latest TVs, can make the cider, popcorn and caramel apples taste better.

The natural tendency is to get the biggest TV you can afford. Depending upon the size of your room, you may want to reconsider. To determine whether a TV is right for your space, use this simple formula:

Multiply the TV’s diagonal width (in inches) by 0.10 to get the ideal viewing distance.

For example, if you have a 52-inch TV, you would need to be sitting at least 5.2 ft. away. It’s an important consideration if you have a small living room, family room or den.

Because modern TVs aren’t as bulky as older ones, your replacement unit can be larger than the one you’re retiring.

As for audio, the thin flat panel that comes with most TVs gives you basic sound, so you may want to enhance sound quality by adding external speakers. We carry all the top brands, including Fluance, Klipsch, Onkyo and Yamaha.

With so many choices, cut through the confusion and come to us for expert advice, and the best systems and equipment.

Improve Your Viewing Experience with Surround Sound and TN Security

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Imagine our delight when my husband brought home a new razor-thin 70-inch 4K UHD TV for our family room. Never before had we seen such clarity. It creates uniform blacks and the best color volumes, offers great viewing angles and is perfect for our gamer kids. Unfortunately, it’s so thin that the speakers are tiny and located at the back of the TV. Needless to say, we didn’t get great audio quality. I was forced to turn on closed captions to keep up with the fast-paced dialogue on my favorite show. Plus, football season was fast approaching. Yikes! Our disappointment made us take action. We decided to look into surround sound options. We turned to TN Security.  The techs at TN did a free sound system assessment. They gave us many options and price points, and educated us about TV audio. They even shared tips on integrating Alexa. We decided to go with a Bose Acoustimass 10 Series V system, which is designed for larger rooms, like ours. It delivers rich, beautiful sound and a great viewing experience. We were super-pleased with TN Security and their installation team.

Contact TN Security, now, for a free sound system assessment.

Why We Chose TN Security for Window Film

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Our family has been longtime customers of both TN Security and Team Nutz, TN Security’s parent company. Over the past 10 years, we’ve come to trust both companies with our home and cars. When we recently made an investment in wooden plantation shutters for the second floor of our home, we knew we had to do something to protect them. Our house has a perfect southern exposure. While there’s an upside – bright and cherry sunlit rooms – the downside is that the sun “bakes” everything that it touches, including those nice new shutters. We did a some research about window film. It’s the GREEN choice.  Window film also offers aesthetic protection from UV radiation that could cause damage to our furniture, upholstery and wood finishes. Heat gain is reduced by 82 percent, leading to more comfort, lower utility bills (20% to 30% savings) and less glare (up to 80%) —all without darkening my bright home, plus offering a crystal-clear view. Another bonus is my return on investment is one year. Beyond the trust factor, the reason we went with TN Security and not another company was because of their technicians. Adhering window film is tricky business. TN Security has factory-trained techs, who did a GREAT job on the installation AND the cleanup. Thanks to TN Security for another great job very well done.

 

The Levy Family

Pittsburgh

 

Contact TN Security now for a free window film consultation.

Like Sunglasses for Your Windows

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“I purchased nearly $20,000 in new draperies and plantation shutters for my home. It was quite an investment. But I realized, after the fact, that the front of my house had a perfect southern exposure. The sun was unrelenting and harsh (perhaps I should’ve invested in solar panels!). It occurred to me that I couldn’t let the sun bake and fade my new window coverings over time. That’s when I called T.N. Security.”

~Jenny, Glenshaw, PA

Natural light is one of the most lovely and desirable features of a home or office. But there’s an ugly side to the sun. It can expose it occupants – people, furniture, artwork, carpet, and drapes  —  to its brutal effects. It can fade all the interior contents with its punishing rays. Protect your interiors with window film from T.N. Security.  Available in commercial, residential and security grades, window film is installed directly onto your window’s surface, thereby eliminating hot spots and glare. Window film filters 82% of the heat and 99% of damaging UV rays. It can also save you money on your air-conditioning bill by absorbing the solar heat in the summer and on your heating bills in the winter.  T.N. Security is a dealer of Johnson Window Films. All window film is professionally installed by our trained techs. Immediately feel the benefit of window film in your office, car or RV, T.N. Security can help. Contact us now for an appointment.

Camera Systems Help You Keep an Eye on Your Home or Business

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If you’re like most homeowners, you’ll want to protect what’s likely your largest investment from theft and vandalism. Our wide selection of night vision (infrared), dome and outdoor (bullet) cameras, as well as integrated camera solutions, can give you the peace-of-mind you need to make sure your family and property are safe. The flexible, open and integrated solutions we offer consist of network cameras and DVRs which store images captured by the cameras.

Among the best cameras on the market is the Honeywell IP, which synchs up with your smartphone for 24/7 monitoring.

When it comes to CCTV cameras, DVRs, access control systems and other CCTV and access control peripherals, EverFocus is among the leaders.

The same kinds of products and solutions we offer to homeowners are also available to businesses.

If you’re not sure what types of cameras are best for your home or business, how many you need, where they should be installed, and what type of remote monitoring is best, relax. Our experienced team can help you determine which equipment and solutions would be most effective for your specific video surveillance requirements, regardless of whether you’re looking to improve security in a residential or commercial setting.

For a free, no-obligation assessment of your residential or commercial video surveillance requirements, contact TN Security or call 412.882.8346 in Castle Shannon or 412.967.0460 in Fox Chapel.

Proper Home Security System Selection & Installation Requires Professional Expertise

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Even if you’re a DIY-er, home security is one area where it’s best to rely on a professional. That’s because a professional knows:

  • Best locations for placement of surveillance cameras, security lighting, door & window sensors, and motion detectors
  • How to install a system correctly
  • How to best maintain & upgrade a system so it stays current with technology & best monitoring practices

What’s more, a professionally installed system can get you discounts on your homeowner’s insurance premiums, unlike ones that are self-installed. The most effective systems are tied to a third-party reporting service that verifies a disturbance or false alarm by contacting you and, if necessary, the police. The most modern systems are also capable of taking video or photos of monitored rooms, making it easier for police to bring intruders to justice.

With advances in technology, a home security system can be wireless, eliminating the need for drilling & patching walls & ceilings that hard-wired systems require. That is, unless a wired system is installed when a home is being built.

By operating the system remotely from your smartphone, tablet or laptop, you can adjust settings, as well as see that your family and property are safe while you’re at work, travelling or out for the evening.

Some systems also enable you to use your mobile devices to remotely control indoor & outdoor lighting, as well as your garage door, thermostat and appliances.

With so many options available, tell us about your specific needs so we can recommend home security systems based on your requirements and budget.