A Quick Guide to Home Security and Home Automation

By Drew Hendricks November 07, 2017

The idea of a smart home that can be controlled from remote locations is appealing to many people in this hectic day and age. The ability to control important functions within the home even when you are not present can provide you with a measure of peace of mind regarding the safety of your home and the valuables within it. Whether it involves changing the thermostat, turning on the outdoor lighting system, or keeping an eye on unattended pets, a smart home seems to be the way of future for many.

That said, there are many home security companies on the market that offer products to enhance the safety features of your home. How do you know which one to choose that will meet your needs in the best manner? While there may be many differences between various companies and their product offerings, there are several basic features that it may be wise to look for in a home automation and safety system. The following information will address some of these important features and how you can be sure you're choosing the best system for your needs.

Smart Features of a Smart Home
The possibility of a smart home was unheard of a few decades ago. Modern technological advances have now allowed for the creation of security systems that are equipped with amazing safety and security features. The following home automation features can be an important part of keeping your home and family safe.

Protecting Against Intruders
When it comes to home safety, intruders are one common threat that concerns homeowners the most. Today's home security systems can alert you to the presence of an intruder by triggering an alert when a glass door or window is damaged or opened. This can provide much-needed peace of mind for times when you are away from home.

Safety From Environmental Threats
Fires, floods, and gas leaks are also major environmental concerns for many homeowners today. Many of the top home security systems are equipped to be able to detect these types of threats and contact emergency services on your behalf right away.

Proper Surveillance
It is always ideal to know who is around the perimeter of your home at any given time. Having young children or teens who may answer the door without your immediate presence can also be a major concern. The addition of doorbell cameras, as well as a range of indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras, can do much to put your mind at ease.

Life Safety
Many home security systems also include life alert options that can be extremely helpful for people with health conditions or those who live with elderly family members who may need emergency medical assistance.

Automation of Basic Home Functions
Being able to control the basic functions within your home when you are not present is appealing to many homeowners. Automation services can allow you to adjust your thermostat, turn lights on or off, and even power on electronic devices or appliances securely. This can be an especially appealing feature for those who travel a lot for work or spend a great deal of time away from home.

As many of us know, plans often change after we are already out. Home automation technology can make it easy to adjust the internal and external settings of your home to meet the needs of the immediate situation. If you planned to be home prior to nightfall only to realize you will now be late, the ability to turn on outdoor lighting from your smartphone could be a tremendous help in that situation. Activating alarms, turning on the sprinkler, adjusting the lighting, and altering the climate of your home are just a few of the automation options now available with most home security companies.

How to Choose the Best Company and System
here are many companies out there that offer home security and automation systems. How can you be sure you're choosing the right system for your needs? Consider the following factors to make your choice a bit easier.

Ease of Installation
It is important to be aware that some home security companies provide you with equipment that you must install on your own. In most cases, the installation process is fairly straightforward and simple. If it is important to you that you have your home security system professionally installed, be sure to determine the regulations of the company you are considering choosing. Most systems can be installed successfully in less than 30 minutes, and some are much faster than that.

Overall Functionality
Ease of functionality is an important feature to consider in all cases. No one wants to deal with a home security system that proves to be difficult and complex to work with. Ultimately, security systems should enhance daily life, not disrupt it. If you don't pay much attention to it and it goes largely unnoticed when things are operating smoothly, it is doing its job. A home security company that provides excellent customer service when it is needed can give you a lot of peace of mind.

Of course, the cost will be a determining factor in your choice of home security systems. It is important to evaluate both the cost of installation as well as any monthly fees that may be associated with maintaining an account.

With growing concerns over theft, fires, and proper surveillance of homes when no one is present, it's no wonder that the world of home automation has been getting a lot of attention lately. The concept of a smart home is not new, but the latest technology allows for the remote control of important home functions that can keep your home and loved ones safer than ever before. Armed with the information above, you will be better equipped to choose a home automation security system best suited to you and your family's needs.

Edited by Ken Briodagh
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