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Author: Vail Electronics Created: 10/4/2010 11:48 AM RssIcon
News and information on the best in fire, security, and home automation.
By Vail Electronics on 9/22/2011 3:20 PM

We just uploaded the Vista 128 FB installation instruction from a recent fire alarm and security system project in Vail.  The system is comprised of 18 addresable smoke detectors, 3 addressable heat detectors.  Security system has 12 doors, 6 motion detectors, 3 carbon monoxide detectors and a Flo- Logic water detection and shut down system. 

By Vail Electronics on 9/18/2011 7:29 AM
Home owners often ask how often should the batteries be changed in their home fire alarm and security system.  The answer is not that simple: Some batteries need to be changed as required by code, some batteries are changed by manufacturers recommendation.


The battery in your monitored fire alarm should be changed according to NFPA 72 recommended maintenance schedule of 5 years from the date of manufacturer. In most cases 5 years from date of manufacture that works out to 4 years from date of installation.  By the time the battery is shipped to the wholesaler, and shipped to the installer, several months of the batteries 5 year life is lost.  


Security alarm devices such as door contacts and water detectors have different types of batteries and need replaced on different schedules.  Most recessed door contacts have long life lithium batteries and are good for 15 years.  Other surface mount door contacts with the same lithium battery are only good for 3 years.  Water bugs and low...
By Vail Electronics on 9/10/2011 10:02 AM


Elan G! home automation system integrated into Vail Electronics office in Avon Co.  Integrated systems include security alarm system, Lutron lights, April Air thermostats and 3 zones of music.

By Vail Electronics on 9/1/2011 3:18 PM

We took over the monitoring of an older Moose z1100 monitored security alarm system today.  We had to default the panel by powering down the system, pressing the S2 switch while powering it up.  The Tech had to hand program the monitoring infomration into the security alarm system.  Pretty easy fix for old alarm system.

By Vail Electronics on 8/30/2011 5:12 PM

We have been installing several Sonos Home Sound systems.  Most of the installations have been replacing older equipment that did not have adequate wires in place to control the system.  This product is great for retrofits because it works off of the homes wireless router to control all aspects of the equipment:  volume, power, source select, etc..  Check it out at

By Vail Electronics on 10/4/2010 12:22 PM
I don't suppose any one would be interested in 6 rooms of distributed audio with up to seven sources for $3600? Ok what if that included individual touch screen control with metadata feedback? What else do you want, speakers? I'm feeling generous...Call Vail Electronics at 970-827-9120.
By Vail Electronics on 10/1/2010 12:19 PM
Ted Sprague, Sales Manager and System Designer with Vail Electronics recently attended CEDIA EXPO in Atlanta, Georgia. CEDIA is the "Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association, and their annual EXPO is the premier tradeshow in the residential electronic systems industry.
By Vail Electronics on 6/23/2010 12:16 PM
Vail Electronics is proud to be able to offer a new and very affordable home automation module.
By Vail Electronics on 6/23/2010 12:14 PM
In May, the Steamboat Springs City Council adopted a new Ordinance creating a “Fee Schedule for Excessive and/or Unnecessary Emergency Alarms”. The ordinance divides false alarms into three categories. Category I false alarms are accidental and will not incur fines. Category II false alarms cover system malfunctions, user error, and undetermined causes – these will incur fines beginning with the second offense. The last Category covers malicious or mischievous actions, these are finable and are also illegal.
By Vail Electronics on 5/7/2010 12:13 PM
Carbon monoxide (CO) is the number one cause of poisoning deaths in the United States. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, “For the period 1999-2004, an average of 439 persons died annually from unintentional, non–fire-related CO poisoning (range: 400 in 1999 to 473 in 2003).”( Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas; the initial effects are similar to altitude sickness (headache, lightheadedness, dizziness, shortness of breath) and are often ignored until it is too late.