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5 Tips for a Safer, Happier Holiday Season

From securing deliveries to installing home surveillance cameras, here are some smart ways to stay safe this year

5 Tips for a Safer, Happier Holiday Season

some smart ways to stay safe this year

It might not feel like it in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, but fall is finally upon us. That means major holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are just around the corner. And that means additional foot traffic hitting the streets in and around your property. So, it’s time to consider how you’ll stay safe this holiday season. From best practices to technology like home surveillance cameras, you'll find some easy-to-follow tips to help you stay safe and enjoy a happier time of year. Ready to get started? Keep reading.

Start Wiring for Home Security Before Completing Your New Home Construction

Thanks to Alpha Dog and D.R. Horton, a home security installation is efficient and safe

Start Wiring for Home Security Before Completing Your New Home Construction

If you’re about to start building a new home in the Jacksonville, FL area, you’ve got a lot on your mind. You need to find a trusted building partner, decide on the amenities you’ll love, and find the right styles to work with your vision. Thankfully, D.R. Horton is available to help. As America’s largest home builder, you can trust them to craft the experience necessary.

That’s why we at Alpha Dog partner with them to deliver the best home security experience to your property. We recommend that you start wiring for your security system before the walls go up, so you don’t have to waste money on inefficient after-the-fact installation. Want to learn more about D.R. Horton, home security, and how we can help you achieve your goals? Keep reading.

A Home Theater for Wellness?

One company is re-thinking the private cinema. Here’s what it means for your home entertainment system.

A Home Theater for Wellness?

The CEDIA Expo is a wonderful time of year for the integrated technology industry. Not only do you get to scope out the next great solutions, but you also occasionally enjoy out-of-left-field surprises. One of the biggest this year comes from a company that’s hoping to combine home entertainment and modern wellness practices to revolutionize your AV experience. How are they bringing health and wellness to home AV? And how will it affect your Saint Augustine, FL home theater installation? Find out here.

IKEA Goes All-In on Smart Home Devices

The furniture company is looking toward the future. But with Alpha Dog Audio Video Security, you can enjoy smart home benefits right now.

IKEA Goes All-In on Smart Home Devices

If you’ve been looking for the tipping point in the smart home revolution, this may be it. International furniture giant IKEA announced last month that they would be investing heavily in smart home devices moving forward. It’s a big step for the integrated technology market but is it a smart move to buy into the Swedish-founded company’s offerings? As your Jacksonville FL home technology experts, we’ll take a look at what IKEA is offering and show you how you can already enjoy the convenience of smart technology in your home today. Keep reading for more.

5 Reasons Home Access Control Is Essential for Back-to-School Days

Ensure Your Child Arrives Safely at Home, Even When You’re Not There

5 Reasons Home Access Control Is Essential for Back-to-School Days

The summer is coming to an end, and it's time to start preparing. That means getting ready for back to school with your kids. But as life pulls you in all different directions, you can't always guarantee that you'll be home at the same time your kids get out of school. Thankfully, smart technology can help. With a smart home access control system, you can know who comes and goes from your Saint Augustine, FL home the moment it happens. See below for five important ways integrated access control helps your family stay safe.

3 Benefits of a Professional Smart Thermostat Installation

Save Energy and Stay Cool This Summer

3 Benefits of a Professional Smart Thermostat Installation

As the season winds down, you'll start to notice the sun setting a little earlier. But if you're lucky enough to live in sunny Jacksonville, the cool weather is still months away. That means you'll be getting plenty of work out of your AC unit. In our last blog, we showed you some of the surprising ways a smart security system from Alarm.com could help you save energy. With a professional, smart thermostat installation along with your security system, you can enjoy energy savings and simplified comfort all year round. Want to learn more? Check out the top three benefits below.

Can a Smart Home Security System Help with Energy Management?

The Unexpected Benefits of an Alarm.com System

Can a Smart Home Security System Help with Energy Management?

If anything's true about Florida, it's that there's always a need for air conditioning. In just about any building you walk into, you'll find an efficient (and overworked) central AC unit. And, while the ocean breeze may keep Ponte Vedra Beach temperate most of the year, residents are still relying on their HVAC systems to beat the late-summer humidity. But did you know an Alarm.com smart home security system can help you manage energy usage? Find out more about one of the unexpected benefits of integrating your security controls.

How Smart Lighting Can Help Bolster Security in Your New Home

With Alpha Dog and D.R. Horton, Home Security Is Easier Than Ever

How Smart Lighting Can Help Bolster Security in Your New Home

Summer is almost over, and while the temperature won’t change much in Jacksonville, the seasonal change means the sun will set earlier. That means you’re going to get more use out of your lighting control and security systems in the coming months. And when you integrate both systems into a single, comprehensive solution, you can simplify usage and safety after dark.

If you’re building a new home in North Florida or want to add on to existing architecture, we can simplify new technology installation. When you work with Alpha Dog and D.R. Horton, home security is easy, efficient, and smart. Keep reading to find out how you can get the most out of your security system with smart lighting control.

Enjoy a Night Under the Stars with Outdoor Home Lighting Design

Stay Safe and Have Fun This Summer and Beyond

Enjoy a Night Under the Stars with Outdoor Home Lighting Design

We're well into summer, and if you haven't stepped out to enjoy the warm weather, you're in danger of missing out. Whether you want to hang out by the pool or impress your Ponte Vedra Beach, FL neighbors with a backyard barbecue, there's plenty of stuff to do this season. And the fun doesn't have to stop once the sun goes down. In fact, with the right home lighting design, you can enjoy the great outdoors for hours after dark. Want to learn how? Keep reading.

Is Your Network Strong Enough for Your Smart Home?

Consider Updating Your Home Networking Installation

Is Your Network Strong Enough for Your Smart Home?

Building a smart home is more complicated than it may seem. After all, isn't smart technology all about simplicity? With the touch of a button, you can use multiple systems, like lights, shades, AV, security, and more. And you can set timers or sensors to prompt your system to act without lifting a finger. Of course, while smart automation is designed to simplify, the systems themselves are quite complicated. One of the most commonly overlooked aspects is your home networking installation. Is your network strong enough to support every device? Keep reading to find out.

4 Benefits of Access Control

Keep Your New D.R. Horton Home Safe with Smart Home Security

4 Benefits of Access Control

There’s nothing better than the peace of mind that comes with knowing your Saint Augustine, FL home is safe and sound. With a smart security system for your new D.R. Horton home, you can get the most out of your day-to-day activities, while keeping an eye on your property. One of the best ways to ensure your home is safe is with an access control system. And the benefits go beyond security! In this blog, we'll show you precisely what you can do with access control. Keep reading to find out more.

How Immersive Audio Transforms Your Home Theater Experience

Enjoy a Surround Sound Installation Like Never Before

How Immersive Audio Transforms Your Home Theater Experience

When you consider adding a home theater to your Jacksonville, FL property, you most likely think about how it will look. From the size of the screen to the clarity of the projection, you can plan for a bright, flawless picture. But a custom theater needs to do more than look good -- it needs to sound incredible, too. In fact, an effectively built theater is optimized for audio as much as it is for video playback. And with an immersive surround sound installation like Dolby Atmos available to make your private cinema sound like the local multiplex, there’s plenty to learn. Want to get started? Keep reading.

To DIY or Not to DIY: The Smart Home Dilemma

Here’s When to Consider a Professional for Your Home Automation Installation

To DIY or Not to DIY: The Smart Home Dilemma

Popular smart home platforms like Google Home and Amazon Alexa are leading a rising wave of disparate consumer technology trends designed to make living easier. Just walk down to your nearest big-name store in Jacksonville, FL and you’ll find smart thermostats, smart light bulbs, smart door locks, and more sitting on the shelves at affordable prices.

This growing accessibility to smart home technology poses the question: Can homeowners install their own robust smart home automation systems without the help of a professional? If you think so, you may have left out some important considerations. Below, we list a few significant questions you should ask before diving into the world of DIY smart homes.

4 Solutions Every Homeowner Will Enjoy with an Alarm.com-Powered Home

We Provide D.R. Horton Homes with Professional Security Solutions from Alarm.com

4 Solutions Every Homeowner Will Enjoy with an Alarm.com-Powered Home

At Alpha Dog, we understand how important it is to stay connected to the people and place you value most—whether you’re home or away. That’s why we’ve partnered with American homebuilder D.R. Horton to bring new homeowners in the St. Augustine, FL area a fully integrated suite of smart home technology powered by Alarm.com.

Designed for your peace of mind, the Home Is Connected smart technology package offered in partnership with our team at Alpha Dog and D.R. Horton boosts home security measures and keeps you connected to what matters most. Read on to explore what else you’ll enjoy under the Home Is Connected package.

Is Your Home Theater Ready for Summer Blockbuster Season?

Get the Most Out of Your Favorite Movies with These Audiovisual Solutions

Is Your Home Theater Ready for Summer Blockbuster Season?

The heat in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL packs quite the punch during the summer, so we’re always looking for creative ways to stay cool. With the whole family home, why not spend peak heat hours enjoying your favorite summer blockbusters in the comfort of your home theater?

Cutting-edge audiovisual solutions from Sony and Dolby Atmos can make any movie experience truer to life when you incorporate them into your home theater design. Our team at Alpha Dog can upgrade your cinema with the latest technologies so you can swim with Nemo, fight with Iron Man, and sail with Jack Sparrow all summer long. Explore these must-have home theater solutions below!