Protect Your Home With Mass Home Insurance and A High-Tech Security System!

Home-Security-Myrtle-Beach-7.jpg

Do you like to find out
how things work? The systems that help to protect your home and family from the
risks associated with fire, water leaks and break-ins all use sensors and
similar technology to detect unusual conditions in their surroundings. If you
are interested in reducing the cost of Mass
home insurance
, read on to learn more about how sensors work.


Intruder alarms are
triggered by motion detectors. There are two types of motion sensors: active
motion sensors emit energy into the surrounding environment, while passive
motion sensors do not emit energy but are sensitive to changes in the energy of
the surrounding area.


Smoke alarms are
triggered by smoke sensors. Sensors that use ionization technology trigger an
alarm when the current in an ionization chamber is disturbed by smoke
particles, and photoelectric sensors trigger an alarm when a beam of
photoelectric light is interrupted by smoke particles.


Water sensors are
sensitive to the presence of excess water in their surrounding area. Passive water
sensors trigger flashing lights or audible alarms to warn of a water leak, and
active water sensors shut off the main line water supply to the house.


Sensors that detect
motion, smoke or water can’t prevent break-ins, fires or water leaks from
occurring; their principal role is to provide early warning of a risk. Warning
devices like these are viewed favorably by insurance companies and installing
motion, smoke or water detection sensors may qualify you for discounted rates
on Mass home insurance. With
Vargas & Vargas Insurance, you can rely on us to give you the information
you need to be successful!


 



Is Your Home Ready For Winter?

FROZEN HOUSE.jpg

There is a chill in the air, and that is a sign that winter is not far away. As the temperature begins to dip, and you put away your flip flops till next year, don’t forget to protect your greatest investment- your house! Here are Vargas and Vargas Insurance  Agency’s top tips for preparing your home for the arrival of winter.

Keep the Heat Inside

Check around all doors and windows, and take time to replace weather stripping and caulk to seal up any cracks or openings to keep warm air from escaping outside. Consider installing new energy efficient windows and take care of the 2011 Energy Star Tax Credit! Add insulation in the attic and take a few moments to inspect your roof. Prevent possible ice dams by cleaning out the gutters and downspouts and fix any areas that may need repair.

Check That Furnace!

Don’t do this on your own. Schedule a checkup with an HVAC specialist to do a proper inspection of your furnace. Do you have a woodstove or fireplace?  Clear out the ashes, have chimney and flue are cleaned, and cover the chimney top with a protective screen to prevent animals and debris from getting in. Visit the Vargas & Vargas Partners  page on our website for a selection of professionals.

Before the First Snowflakes…

How many times has it happened? The winter’s first snowfall catches you by surprise! You find yourself rummaging around looking for the snow shovel, ice scraper, and ice-melt. Be prepared! Tune up the snow blower if you have one. Make sure the shovels, rakes, and ice scrapers are in good working condition. Buy ice-melt and sand to take care of those driveways and walkways

No Power? No Problem.

Hurricane Irene taught us, you can’t be too prepared!  Have an emergency supply of candles, matches, blankets and batteries in case of a loss of power. Those who have generators should make sure they are in working order. Stock up on bottled water, non-perishable foods, and compile a first-aid kit.

Going Away?

Taking the family on a winter vacation? Some may want to shut off the heating system while gone to save money on energy costs. Don’t, the interior will become far too cold and cause your pipes freeze, burst and flood your home. Don’t turn off the heat; turn it down to 55 degrees. Your house needs to stay warm too!           

Getting ready for winter may add to your “weekend to do” list, but it will save you money and protect your biggest investment, your house. You may want to also contact Vargas and Vargas Insurance to make sure you are adequately covered on your homeowner’s insurance policy.

‘Above average’ hurricane activity

FORT COLLINS, Colo.—The next two weeks should feature hurricane activity at “above-average” levels, according to the Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University.

hurricane Irene.jpg

In a two-week forecast issued Wednesday, the Fort Collins, Colo.-based team said several factors played a role in the projection of above-average activity.

One of the primary factors is that Tropical Storm Katia is predicted to intensify into a major hurricane and have a long westward track across the tropical Atlantic, the team said in the forecast. It also noted that the National Hurricane Center is indicating that an area in the western Caribbean has a slight chance developing a tropical storm in the next 48 hours, “but indications are that there might be development of this system in the Gulf several days in the future.”

The forecasters also pointed out that several global models “hint at additional development” of storm systems in the eastern tropical Atlantic during the next seven to 10 days.

In its most recent long-term forecast, issued in early August, the team predicted 16 named storms would form during the season, which runs through Nov. 30. Nine of those storms are expected to grow into hurricanes, with five becoming major hurricanes, according to the forecast. 

Should you suffer any damage to your home, the first thing you want to do is report the claim to us. You can reach us online at www.vargasinsurance.com go to our service center tab. You can also call us with your claim. What many property owners don’t know is that they should also take immediate action to prevent addition damage.  Any immediate repairs that they make to prevent additional damage to the home are covered under your policy.  This might include hiring a contractor to come and put up tarps over the roof or having them remove the branch.  Vargas & Vargas Insurance stands ready to give you advice and counsel on how to best protect your family and property after an accident. 

Stop by our website today where we have found a better way to shop, buy and save on home insurance and auto insurance.  Not a homeowner?  Then request a free online renters insuranceThis policy will protect your personal property (clothes, electronics, liability etc) in the event of an accident.  Lastly, we can also get you a condominium insurance.  So if you are looking for Automobile Insurance, Flood Insurance, Life Insurance,  Homeowners Insurance, or Business Insurance, Vargas & Vargas Insurance is here to help you. 

If you have your homeowner’s insurance policy with Vargas & Vargas Insurance, we’re here to help you.