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Reed Security Answer the Debate of Wired Vs. Wireless Security Systems!


Reed Security believes when you become a client you will be entering into a relationship – one they want to grow and become long term...they work hard to meet all your Saskatoon Alarm & security needs from day one! They are also recipients of multiple SABEX AWARDS - these Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce awards recognize excellence in business! 

Here they answer the question - Which is better, wired or wireless security systems?


Is it safe? Will it work every time? What if I have a power outage? We have to ask the question: are wireless security systems better than wired ones?

 


Home Security:

Wireless vs. Wired

It’s Saturday morning, and you’ve just woken up. You think to yourself “I could really go for some coffee right now”, but the kitchen seems so far away…fortunately, you have a WiFi connected coffee maker, and can start the process from the warmth and comfort of your bed, simply by opening an app on your phone. Life surely couldn’t get any more convenient.

It’s not surprising that when it comes to alarm systems, residential or commercial, many clients are looking for integrated solutions; something they can access any time, anywhere, at the click of a button. However, the stakes are a little higher when it comes to security then they are with your morning coffee. Is it safe? Will it work every time? What if I have a power outage? We have to ask the question: are wireless security systems better than wired ones?

This is a great question, but one that doesn’t lend itself to a “yes or no” answer. Saying a system is “wireless” can mean a number of different things. A “wired” system may still have wireless components, and vice versa. In fact, there are three distinct aspects to an alarm system, any of which can be wired or wireless, in almost any combination. These three components are:

1.  CPU – the main brain of the system, where all the processing of signals happens

2.  Communicator – the part that sends the signals from the CPU to the monitoring station

3.  Devices – the individual zones in the system; doors, motion detectors, etc

To understand the benefits and drawbacks of using wireless in an alarm system, we’re going to break down each of these three components individually and examine them closely.


Today we will look at the CPU.


What does the CPU do?


The CPU, or Central Processing Unit, is the real hard worker in the system. It receives signals from every other device in the system, including keypads, door sensors, smoke detectors, keyfobs, etc, and decides what to do with them. Without this part functioning properly, every other part of the system is effectively useless.

What’s the difference between a wired one and a wireless one?


Traditionally, the CPU (or “panel”, as it’s often referred to in the alarm industry) was housed in a secure metal box in a room that is hard to reach, such as a utility room or a locked server room. It is usually part-and-parcel with, or closely housed to, the Communicator; this means that when the CPU decides that someone needs to be notified of something, communication can happen instantly. The siren is also wired into this box.

With the advent of wireless alarm systems, someone somewhere said “hey, we could save money by putting the CPU, the communicator, the siren AND the keypad all in one box”. This seems like a great idea! A technician only has to install one piece of equipment, and run one set of wires to it.  Almost every alarm company offers these types of system, and it is single-handedly responsible for the “Zero down” deals we hear about on the radio every day. They can now install three or four systems in a day instead of one or two, and they’re not paying for multiple pieces of equipment. 

How does the CPU perform in an alarm situation?


The “fully wireless” CPU has a distinct disadvantage: the CPU and communicator are sitting right inside your keypad – probably right next to the front door of your house or business. Not only that, but the sturdy metal enclosure has been replaced with a piece of plastic. More than once I have seen a criminal enter a premise and then simply take a hammer to the keypad. After one or two swings, your keypad is destroyed, your siren is disabled, and your system is dead and has no way to communicate with the outside world. The burglar can take their time in checking out your property and possessions. 

If you had a hard-wired system, the keypad would certainly be destroyed; but the CPU and Communicator are still downstairs doing their job. They’ve detected someone walking in front of the motion detector and have seen that the keypad is no longer responsive, and the Police are on their way. Not to mention that the siren is still blaring, making the burglar think twice about sticking around.

When it comes to communication, the alarm industry has put some safeguards in place to make these kind of break-ins harder to pull off, specifically a technology called “Crash and Smash”, which means a quick distress signal is sent in most of these cases before the keypad is irreparably damaged. This is a great idea, though not without it’s own flaws. I will explore this in my next blog.  

The Bottom Line


The bottom line is that the CPU in a “fully wireless” system is cost-effective and convenient to install, and some even come with built-in touch screens and extra features which aren’t available in hardwired systems; however, they come at the cost of being incredibly vulnerable to attack. When you’re paying a monthly fee for your alarm system, and often an up-front cost as well, do you really want your alarm system to be only as secure as a $10 hammer? 

My recommendation: better safe than sorry. A hardwired CPU may cost you more to have installed, but if your security system isn’t secure, it’s missing the point!

Dave Schlegel
Owner
Oxford Security Systems
Reed Security Authorized Dealer (Calgary)



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Trusted Saskatoon Furnace & Duct Cleaners Explains What The Cost Will Tell You!

No matter what is in your home, Caliber Air can help! They clean meta, flex and duct boards, clean out dryer vents and disinfect your home with a green, plant-based spray. Just to double-check, Caliber Air Repair uses camera inspections to ensure the vents are clean. Additionally, the Caliber system provides portability and the ability to work year-round with only a small opening of the door!

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Caliber Air Repair are your Trusted Saskatoon Furnace & Duct Cleaners

What Are You Paying to Get Your Ducts Cleaned?

Some Duct Cleaning companies try to lure you in with the promise of a cheap clean $169.99 or lower…and that’s exactly what you’ll get…a CHEAP service, not an inexpensive one!

A proper, full furnace and duct cleaning should be in the range of $300.00 to $1000.00 and sometimes above. Pricing should be based on the size of the home or business, how many furnaces you have, and any additional options you may choose. Some companies will charge by the vent or by the hour. Make sure to ask as many questions as you can when deciding on a duct cleaning company.

There are vast differences in pricing from company to company but Caliber provides up front pricing, no hidden fees. We provide “all inclusive” pricing based on the square footage and type of home or business you have. We clean all supply air ducts (hot), return air ducts (cold), main plenum trunks, reusable furnace filters, the furnace blower and heat coils, and the a-coil if you have air conditioning. We don’t count your vents and raise the price on what you expected to pay, or charge you for things that need to be done in order to complete a proper clean (ie: cutting and patching holes in the trunks to access the dirt and debris). Some companies will charge extra to clean the furnace, the a-coil, or the filter. We believe that a proper duct cleaning should include those items in the price otherwise the clean is pointless in most cases. Unless you are having your furnace replaced with a new one in the near future, not cleaning those items will only pass all the dirt and dust collected in those areas back through the ducting once the furnace is turned back on. Therefore making the “clean” ducts a pointless expense you just paid for.


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LEFT: Dirty a-coil, showing what can be left behind to circulate through your furnace and ducting if not cleaned.










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Right: Dirty blower fan showing dirt that will be circulated through your clean ducts once the furnace is turned back on, if not cleaned.




  • We don’t pressure our clients to purchase additional options they don’t understand or even need. Our team will explain the options available and inspect your home to let you know what additional options would be best suited for you. After that, it’s up to you!




*Remember…if it’s too good to be true…it probably is! Always look at the fine print when seeing a deal for under $300.00 unless you live in something below 1000 sq ft. If the company you have called can’t provide honest answers to their pricing and procedures then move on to the next. 



filter clean vs dirty

Above: A clean pleated filter that we have in stock for sale vs. a filter used for 3 months.


Let Caliber help you breathe easy without breaking the bank! Caliber Air Repair at 306-384-1375


Trusted Saskatoon Furnace & Duct Cleaners Share 5 Things You Need to Know About Furnace Filters!

No matter what is in your home, Caliber Air can help! They clean meta, flex and duct boards, clean out dryer vents and disinfect your home with a green, plant-based spray. Just to double-check, Caliber Air Repair uses camera inspections to ensure the vents are clean. Additionally, the Caliber system provides portability and the ability to work year-round with only a small opening of the door!

Caliber Air Repair are your Trusted Saskatoon Furnace & Duct Cleaners

Most people don’t think about their furnace filters, until their home won’t reach a desired temperature or their furnace has a malfunction. Price points tend to be a purchasing factor rather than knowing exactly what your furnace needs. Here are some facts to guide you in the right direction.

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The Importance of Furnace Filters & Their Condition!

(1) Lower energy costs

The main purpose of a filter is to protect the blower fan from dust, hair and debris that your return air ducts pull in. Your furnace has to work harder when your filter is dirty, using more energy to get the desired temperature you want in your home. Changing your filter every 1-3 months will help the furnace work efficiently and save you money on your annual utility costs. 

(2) Maintaining healthy air quality:

Your filter will remove contaminants from your HVAC system. A dirty furnace filter can cause allergens, pet dander, dust and dirt to circulate through your home. It’s especially important for people with asthma and allergies to change their filter on a regular basis to prevent a flare up of symptoms.

(3)  Extend the life of your furnace:

When dirt accumulates on the filter it makes it harder for air to pass through, making the motor work harder and can cause the system to overheat. This can lead to extra costs for a furnace repair and worst case scenario, you would need to replace the furnace. This is especially true for older furnaces that haven’t had proper annual cleanings and maintenance done. Caliber provides a repeat customer discount for our annual clients.

(4) Knowing your MERV rating:

It’s best to check the manufacturer of your furnace for the correct MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating, which ranges from 1-12. A higher rating will filter more particles but also allows less air flow through and can force the system to work harder, possibly causing a malfunction. A rating of 8-11 is adequate for most homes. Some retail stores have their own rating and should be converted to the MERV scale to ensure the safety of your furnace.

(5) Choosing the best filter for your HVAC system

Disposable pleated filter – Most common. The pleated filter is made from paper and polyester or can be made from green materials. The cost can range from a few dollars up to $40 each depending on the brand, size and MERV rating. This is the most common filter used in residential homes. They can filter some small particles like mites, allergens and spores as well as improve the air quality in the home

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Disposable fibreglass filter – Cheapest. Made from 1” thick spun fibreglass. They are flimsy, have lower MERV ratings and tend to be inexpensive. The fibreglass filter doesn’t do much more than stop large particles from entering the blower fan. They have no effect on air quality and should be changed more often than a pleated filter due to the inferior quality. People with asthma or allergies should not use this type of filter unless specifically told by the furnace manufacturer to do so. They are most commonly used when building or renovating a home but some sensitive furnaces will require these to not overheat.

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Electrostatic filter – Most expensive. Made from self-charging cotton or paper fibers. This filter is best suited for homes that have pets, children, allergies or smokers. The self-charging fibers attract and trap small particles such as spores, allergens and mites. Permanent options are removable and washable. These filters can typically be used for 6-8 years if properly maintained through vacuuming or washing every 1-3 months. These filters need to be completely dry before returning to the furnace. This filter has the most resistance to air flow, you should contact your furnace manufacturer to see if it’s safe to use before purchasing.


In Summary, the best thing to remember when maintaining your furnace is that a little goes a long way. Spend the money now on better filters to save you money on repairs or replacements. Set a monthly reminder to check or change your filter. Make sure to have an annual furnace and duct cleaning done by a professional HVAC company. Read your manual and if you don’t understand something, call the manufacturer. Keep your furnace area clear from storage and debris. Lastly and probably the most is to keep your children away from the vent covers. We have seen Christmas ornaments, cans of food, clothing, toys, beer bottles and numerous other items in the ducting. These items can make their way down to the furnace, causing major damage. We have also had to wait for cats to make their way out of the ducting before cleaning and nobody wants to lose their pet if they happen to get stuck, overheat or injured in the ducting.     

Let Caliber Air help you breathe easy without breaking the bank! Contact them today!


Minuteman Press is the Trusted Saskatoon Printer to work with if you want a great experience

When it comes to business communications services, Minuteman Press of Saskatoon can do it all. With a complete range of products and services at your disposal, they can help you get your message out to customers, employees and vendors alike.Using the latest printing and document management technology, they handle your projects from start to finish. Their energetic and experienced team are dedicated to delivering what you need, when you need it. Minuteman Press are your Trusted Saskatoon Printers

Minuteman Press your Trusted Saskatoon Printing team share a happy customer review:


Nothing is more persuasive when choosing a business, than reading or hearing about the positive experiences of  happy clients!  Kurt and the Minuteman Press Printing team are wonderful to deal with , we know it here at Trusted, but don’t take it from us read what Selena had to say below! 



★★★★★

Had the pleasure to deal with both Kurt the owner & Robert the sign specialist! Both were exceptionally helpful with printing requirement for an upcoming conference that my business (Square One Coaching) is co-hosting/presenting in September. They also gave me the impression just because I am a "smaller" business didn't mean that I didn't deserve rock star treatment. Will start making them a primary "go to" printer! - Serena (Square One Coaching)


To find out more about Minuteman Press and to read more reviews check out their listing on Trusted Saskatoon here:  www.trustedsaskatoon.com/listing.aspx?lid=394  




 


The Trusted team is growing we are pumped to introduce 4 amazing new members

The Trusted Team ( TrustedSaskatoon directory , TrustedRegina DirectoryTrusted Marketing Services)  team are thrilled to welcome the newest team members to our impressive & very wonderful and talented team of Trusted pro's across Saskatchewan. 

Lets introduce these 4 ladies to you in alphabetical order! 

Anna Kunz - Trusted Saskatoon Marketing Consultant                    

 The Trusted Team is thrilled to welcome another WONDER WOMAN to our team of trustworthy, hardworking, passionate professionals in Saskatchewan!

Anna Kunz joined Trusted as a Trusted Saskatoon Marketing Consultant. Her role is an exciting combination of Trusted Saskatoon Directory client management and Trusted Marketing Services consulting. Anna has an impressive history of consistently exceeding client and employer expectations. She has achieved this, in part, as her personality is a rare combination of big heart and sound logic. Anna is an organized perfectionist who focuses on finding solutions for both herself and her clients! This mix is a wonderful fit for the big role that she has taken on at Trusted!

 

Originally from Saskatoon, Anna moved out of town several years ago as Regan, her husband had a wonderful career opportunity near Melfort. Now they live along with their 2 adorable children William and Carly on an acreage in between St Brieux and Melfort, Saskatchewan. Anna has a garden that anyone would be envious of, and we know from experience that she shares her delicious home grown produce with friends, co-workers AND her clients! So be nice to her!

 


In her work life, Anna has worked in everything from retail to the non-profit sector, with lots in between. This means she can relate to most of her clients, as she has had first-hand experience of the challenges they face. It was clear that Anna was determined to set herself apart and to be an asset to their organization. Most recently Anna worked for the Heart and Stroke Foundation as their Community Engagement Coordinator North working with schools to run Jump Rope for Heart as well as supporting other fundraisers. She had a large territory and spent a lot of time on the road strengthening relationships and raising LOTS of money for the Foundation.  

Heart health is very personal to Anna’s family. Her youngest child, William (3), was born with a serious heart defect. Earlier this year William had open heart surgery at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton.  Marla Janzen (Trusted Saskatoon realtor) and Sara Wheelwright ( Trusted founder) organized a fundraising event to take the burden off the Kunz family. On the night, thanks to the generosity of the attendees $1000’s was raised to help with the costs associated with the travel for the surgery. We are thrilled to report that surgery went amazingly well, William is a thriving, healthy and happy little boy.

The journey a parent of a sick child takes is a tough road; Anna coped with this exceptionally well. She started a blog ‘The Heart Of A Boy ‘ www.kunzwordpress.org to record their journey. This was to both help other parents, but also to keep friends and family up to date with William’s progress. The blog is beautifully written and it showcases Anna’s ‘wordsmithery’, such an important asset in her new marketing role!  

Anna will be in Saskatoon a few days a week and home office based for the rest of the time. She will expand her client base. She has all the tools, traits and talent to build an extremely successful career at Trusted.

Subscribe to The Heart Of A Boy : www.kunzwordpress.org

Connect with Anna on Linkedin- https://ca.linkedin.com/in/anna-kunz-338693aa 


Kelly Rice - Trusted Interactive Consultant 

Our newest interactive consultant Kelly is no stranger to the Trusted team, she was a social media consultant for us for 18 months prior to her starting with us full time in June. 
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, after high school Kelly went travelling for a while around Canada. When she came home, she had decided graphic design and online was what she wanted to do! She is a creative, quirky vegetarian with a quick wit and a big grin. In addition, we speak from experience when tell you she has green fingers. She grows produce in a garden on her family farm, her canning and pickling skills are legendary. The dill pickled eggs are our favourite! 

After finishing school, she started her own home based social media and website company to hone her skills. In 2013 she created her Gluten Free Regina Facebook Page to highlight restaurants and eateries where people like her can eat safely! She has a passion for making Regina a better place for people with gluten intolerance! Kelly’s mission is to document all of the places in Regina that offer gluten free options. Now she also has a website - check it out for yourself at  www.glutenfreeregina.com
Kelly's role is with Trusted Marketing Services and she works with a base of marketing clients who's social media and content marketing the Trusted team manages. The way we do social media is very different to other marketing companies out there. At Trusted we get to know the businesses, their team and the products and services they sell well. Our aim is to promote them effectively to their local audience and we work hard to make them stand out from the crowd!  Kelly will be popping in on a regular basis to meet all of her clients in person to take pictures, find out who they are and who their ideal clients are! Kelly lives in Regina with her husband Drew, some cats and her new addition, an adorable puppy. In her spare time she like to dress her pets up in costumes....really!  Ha ha !  

Connect with Kelly on Linkedin Here: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/kellyspenceregina 




Victoria Hall- Trusted Administrative Assistant


Victoria has been part of the Trusted Team since the Spring.It has been so busy at Trusted and without her help, we would have struggled to manage the growth we have been experiencing! Victoria is heading up our accounts department, this means she does all of the invoicing, maintains and enters the clients account details into Quickbooks and runs through all payments. Victoria strengths are organization and attention to detail, she takes a lot of pride in getting the job done right,the first time! Victoria also boasts computer and graphic design skills,  this was a real bonus as we continue to  grow the marketing agency side of the business - check out all we do here: www.trustedmarketingservices.com 
Victoria is hard working and brings a wonderful, quiet, calming element into our sometimes crazy office, which at time can be a marketing frenzy!! In her spare time Victoria is heavily involved in the Girl Guides of Canada, she loves her sweet kitty Ivy and also loves to garden!

It may surprise you to know that Victoria had been struggling to find a job for some time. It may also surprise you ( especially with her role at Trusted and her skills as we just outlined ) that Victoria is visually impaired and is registered disabled.  We invited her for an interview after we received her resume from the Neil Squire Society this Spring.  Never heard of them? Don't worry, neither had we .....let's tell  you all about them! 

The Neil Squire Society(new window)(new window) is the only national not-for-profit organization in Canada that has for over thirty years empowered Canadians with disabilities through the use of computer-based assistive technologies, research and development, and various employment programs. Through our work, we help our clients remove barriers so that they can live independent lives and become active members of the workplace and our society. Specializing in education and workplace empowerment, the Society has served over 30,000 people since 1984.

They contacted Trusted as part of their WORKING TOGETHER Initiative : 

Giving Employers Access to Skilled, Job Ready Candidates with Disabilities

The Neil Squire Society will:

  • Connect employers with qualified candidates
  • Provide ongoing support
  • Identify clients who may be eligible for a wage subsidy

Advantages:

  • Experience the benefits of hiring someone with a disability
  • Experience a reduced turnover rate
  • Encourage a more diverse and inclusive working environment
  • Minimize the hiring and training cost of a new employee
Sara Wheelwright the Trusted Boss lady has this to say to other employers in Saskatchewan...

" Lets face it good people are HARD to find! I am so grateful that Neil Squires connected us to Victoria. I can say hand on heart she is a great hire and a wonderful team member. For the people who looked at her resume before we did,  and chose to focus on her obvious disability, rather than look at her many many abilities, you really did miss out!! I recommend you to contact Neil Squires if you are looking for help." 

At Trusted we pride ourselves on being inclusive, accepting and supportive of our team. In return we have a loyal, hard working passionate bunch of people! We get the job done and we have FUN!! 

Thats takes us to our 4th and final new team member ....meet Vimy our foster cat!  


Vimy just joined us in August, as you can see she is making herself  at home as the Trusted office cat!  
She is a Saskatoon SPCA rescue cat and was found on the streets of Saskatoon. The SPCA thinks she is approximately 2 years old and she's a very petite tortoiseshell. This pretty little lady has lots to say and has taken no time at all to settle herself in very nicely thank you !   
No knee is safe at Trusted HQ and even Ryan our Edward School Of Business coop student and the Trusted token male ( NOT a cat person ), has been known to let her sit on his lap after she miaowed at him 'till he gave in!  

Sara, Solange, Victoria and Leanna have enjoyed having her around and we are spoiling her like crazy. She came with the basics and now she has a scratching post, toys and this huge cat tree.  So far the clients are enjoying having her greet them at the door! 

Check out Vimy on Sara's knee- she seems engrossed in the website design and SEO she's doing . A cat with marketing smarts! 

If you are interested in finding out more about adopting Vimy, who is really an absolute sweetheart of a kitty, please contact us and we can pass on your details to SPCA . If you are interested in fostering or adopting a cat of your own, they are extending their Cat Adoption Drive which means all cats in the shelter are available for adoption for a suggested donation of $75. The shelter is still full of wonderful felines, and we’d love to help find happy homes for each and every one of them.



Thanks for reading about the Trusted team!! 

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