You can stop germs from spreading around your home by reducing the number of objects you touch. You’re probably thinking this sounds easier said than done, but we’re here to prove otherwise. With a little help from innovative smart home security, you can fight back against germs that hide on our surfaces.

As humans, we’re too busy going about our day to take a moment and wonder what could be living on a surface before we touch it. But the unsettling truth is that unwanted germs, like viruses, can survive on a surface for hours. In fact, cold and flu viruses can thrive for up to 18 hours before finally succumbing to the atmosphere. Sure, some good disinfecting and sanitizing can help eliminate germs. However, not having to touch these surfaces altogether leads to even more protection.

The following smart home security products can help you and your family stop the spread of germs:

  • Doorbell Camera
  • Smart Thermostat
  • Smart plugs
  • Amazon Alexa

Keep reading to discover how installing these devices can fight disgusting particles.

A closeup of a Skybell video doorbell camera installed by a home’s front door.

Doorbell Camera

Doorbell cameras are wonderful smart devices you can use to monitor strange encounters or scare away unwanted visitors, like porch pirates. Some of the latest tech innovations equip doorbell cameras with night vision, HD video and integration with your smartphone. This makes it possible to view your camera’s feed from just about anywhere.
So what does this have to do with germs? Well, let’s say you ordered takeout, groceries, or a package and the delivery person is here for drop-off. You can cut back on face-to-face contact by using your doorbell camera to answer the door.

Smart Thermostat

Don’t you hate it when you’re watching a movie or reading in bed, then suddenly you start to feel a heatwave? Or, perhaps you’re sitting at the kitchen table enjoying your dinner when you suddenly get the chills? Both of these instances require adjustments to the temperature. And with a smart thermostat, you can make all the changes you need from the comforts of wherever you may be.

Another upside to smart thermostats is their integration with smart speakers, like the Echo Dot or Google Home. This lets you use your voice to adjust temperature settings while also reducing physical contact with the object itself.

Certain smart thermostats can also learn your schedule and understand your temperature preferences, reducing the need to make adjustments in the first place.

A hand is plugging a power cord into a white smart plug.

Smart Plugs

With smart plugs on your side, you can automate everyday household items. This includes coffee makers, lamps, televisions, computers, washers and dryers, and more.

For a smart plug to transform your household item into a smart object, you just need to plug the device into an electrical outlet. Next, plug the household item (like your coffee maker) into the smart plug. After connecting the two items, you will be able to power on and off your coffee maker from the mobile application linked to your smart plugs. Having the ability to control different household items from your phone greatly reduces the number of objects you touch throughout the day.

An Amazon Echo Dot with a glowing blue ring sits next to a houseplant on a marble coffee table inside of a living room.

Amazon Alexa

You know who doesn’t have to worry about germs? Amazon Alexa. So why not let the virtual assistant help out around the house?

Your smart speaker, like the Amazon Echo Dot, can integrate with hundreds of different smart devices. Similar to the other examples, this reduces physical contact and gives you the convenience of hands-free functionality.

Take things a step further with Amazon Alexa by setting up customizable routines. You can create unique routines to best match your lifestyle. In a nutshell, this function automates and adjusts devices in your home without needing a voice command. For example, set up a bedtime routine to have Alexa gradually dim your smart light bulbs, lock your smart door locks and play soothing atmospheric music to help you doze off.

Get Complete Smart Home Security from Protect America

A connected home not only provides convenience but can keep you and your family away from germs.

However, smart home security also offers families with protection against burglaries. Whether it’s using your doorbell camera to scare away porch pirates or integrating a smart speaker with your security system for voice control, the answer is obvious. A connected home simply makes the job easier. And when you build your smart home security system with Protect America, you’re securing your property with top-rated devices that can be installed in under an hour.

Even more, our security packages are completely customizable to ensure you’re only paying for the equipment you need. With over 25 years of experience protecting homes and families across the country, we’re more than able to help you take control of your home today. To learn more about smart home security from Protect America, click here for a free quote.