Did you know that homes without a security system are nearly three times more likely to be targeted by a burglar? The presence of a security system is a deterrent to thieves, but smart home systems go even further.
With the ability to arm and disarm remotely and hi-definition cameras with the capability of saving video footage to the Cloud, smart home security is the best option for 360-degree safety.
In a world with property crimes on the rise, protection for your home and family is worth every penny of your investment, and home automation can help you do just this.
What is a smart home security system?
High-tech protection offers homeowners many options, from a simple video doorbell to a comprehensive camera and motion sensor guarded perimeter.
In the past, homeowners paid a fee for their security to be monitored in a remote location; however, often the times between a detected threat and resolution were too long to be effective.
Technology in home security has kept up the pace with computer and mobile technology, and now smart systems can be monitored by the homeowner themselves, either across the globe or down the street from the grocery store.
With user-friendly apps, Cloud data storage from sensors and cameras, and the ability to easily share images with authorities, it’s easy to see why many are cutting the home security cord.
Typically, smart security combines a home assistant, remote door and window locks, and audio and video monitoring. Some incorporate home automation for smart appliances, lighting, and HVAC. Many work off batteries or plug into your outlets, providing protection against power outages and storms.
Gone are the clunky exterior cameras, with many systems now designed to fit flawlessly into your home’s decor and landscaping.
How does a smart home security system protect me?
Fire detection devices go beyond the chirping smoke alarms. New systems detect whiffs of smoke and even the presence of high degree heat.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, it takes just over thirty seconds for a small flame to turn into a full-blown fire. An early warning for possible fire gives you plenty of time to either smother it or get out of the house.
Carbon monoxide leaks can be especially toxic. The gas is colorless and odorless; inhaling too much makes one sleepy and unaware of dangerous gas levels. A smart home security system can monitor levels of carbon monoxide, protecting unwary people and pets from unsafe CO and radon gases.
Although the main target for video doorbells and perimeter cameras are thieves and vandals, new technology also incorporates facial recognition software into your home camera systems.
If you have unwanted visitors, you can program your home security system to recognize these individuals and begin recording if their saved features are detected.
Many who install smart security systems aim to protect their home from intruders. Not only can the exterior of your property be monitored, you can also control motion sensor floodlights, contact the authorities, and secure your windows and doors all from an app on your phone.
Interior cameras are available too, giving parents peace of mind when kids are home alone or with a sitter.
Who are smart home security systems for?
Home security systems aren’t just for the rich these days. Anyone who has a vested interest in protecting their family and property will enjoy the peace of mind a security system controllable in real time brings.
If you’re away traveling often, or have a cleaning service, you’ll enjoy remote monitoring and keyless entry systems. Your pet sitter or dog walker can have easy access, too – if your pet is especially well-trained, you can even let them in and out of the home remotely.
A keyless entry, with abilities to remotely grant and dent access is especially useful if you’re having home renovations done.
Many homeowners’ insurance policies will give discounts for home security systems, but check with your company for your options. If you or a loved one has chronic health conditions, there are also features that will call EMS or alert you to medical attention needs.
What are my price options for home security?
Simple home security, with a camera-loaded base station and sensors for doors and windows, can retail for as low as $375. This also includes keyless entry fobs, reprogrammable as needed.
A comprehensive system that you can integrate with your phone and laptop can start out as low as $895, with small motion activated cameras, LED floodlights, and keyless entry.
Are there drawbacks to installing a smart home security system?
Traditional security systems work only after your threshold has been violated. Using smart security systems, the intention is to deter trespassers entering and to alert you to an intruder before they’re entered your home.
With motion sensors, floodlights, and cameras outside on the perimeter, you’ll receive remote alerts, giving you an option to contact law enforcement immediately, without having to wait for a door or window breach.
The immediacy of smart home security and their user-friendly interfaces are enticing. It’s little wonder that many homeowners are ditching costly monthly monitoring systems and instead designing custom smart protection for their homes and families.