Imagine getting into your car after a long day at work. You need to take care of a few things at home, but you don’t have to wait until you get there to check those items off your to-do list. Before you leave the parking lot, you pick up your phone, locate an app, and log in to view your home’s security cameras. Noticing that your son just arrived from soccer practice, you disarm the alarm before he can accidentally trip it on his way inside. Because it’s getting dark, you turn on the outside lights. Before you drive away, you remember to turn off the crockpot on your kitchen counter. Sound like something out of an old sci-fi novel? Automation technology is already available that allows you to do all these things and more. Smart security systems make it possible to keep tabs on your home while making your life more convenient. Intelligent security systems generally consist of:
- Motion, door, and window sensors
- Web-enabled remote monitoring
Realtor.com offers some commentary from CNET about advanced home security technology that you can install yourself:
What Are Your Options When It Comes To Home Security?
Not all home security systems are created equal. The basic unmonitored system sounds an alarm that is activated when someone attempts to break in. Self-monitoring systems use smartphone apps, text, or email to alert you that someone is on the premises, but it’s up to you to contact the police. The most comprehensive systems, offering the highest level of protection, are monitored systems that connect cameras and sensors in your home to a remote monitoring center that notifies you when an alarm is triggered. If you’re not home or can’t be reached, the police are automatically summoned. With these sophisticated systems, you can make optimal use of automation technology to further enhance the safety of your home. Intelligent home security offers significant advantages over unmonitored systems or basic measures such as locking doors and windows.
1. Coverage For Your Entire Home
Unmonitored systems may not give you complete protection, while company-monitored systems provide whole-home coverage– inside and out. Two-way cameras allow you to communicate with unwanted “guests,” giving you the opportunity to scare intruders away before they make off with all your electronics or jewelry. Smart systems include door and window sensors that pick up on variations in heat and movement to detect when an unauthorized person is inside so alerts can be issued. Live video monitoring is available 24/7 so you have peace of mind knowing your home is always protected.
2. More Than A Means Of Theft-Prevention
Monitored systems come with additional features that provide extra protection. Carbon, heat and smoke detection warnings alert residents at the onset of a fire so they can escape before it’s too late. Many intelligent security systems can slow the spread of a fire by automatically shutting off HVAC systems to keep smoke and flames from circulating throughout the home. Depending on which alarm is tripped, the proper authorities can be notified immediately so no time is wasted in investigating a break-in or putting out a fire. You can also integrate your home security system with various types of automation to make your life more convenient. Automation gives you the capability to:
- Lock and unlock doors (including opening and closing the garage door)
- Adjust the thermostat
- Turn lights on and off
- Adjust settings on appliances
3. Consistently Connected
Monitored systems allow you to connect to your home security company with smartphone apps. With an unmonitored system, you may get an email or text letting you know that the alarm has been tripped, although some systems are little more than “glorified noisemakers.” Company-supported home security uses redundant monitoring stations across the country, providing multiple layers of protection. Most monitored systems also have back-up components or work via cellular networks, so they can still operate when the power goes out or the Internet is down.
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