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4 Benefits of Having Smart Security Tied Into Home Automation

by Ronald Elias

Some things just work better together.

All of us here at Global Custom Integrations are sure that you already know some of the benefits of having a smart security system and a home automation system -- and that you probably already have one, or both, of these systems working to make your life easier and more convenient.

But, like many things in life, sometimes double is better. Combining your security system with your home automation system unlocks extra benefits and functions, ultimately helping you create a safer and even more connected lifestyle -- let's take a look at how. Here are just four of the benefits you could get by connecting these two systems.  


1. In the Dark of the Night

After a long day of work or a late night or running errands, the last thing you want to think about is stepping into a cold and unwelcoming home. As you get home, you fiddle for your keys, struggle to find the light switch, only to finally end up walking into a completely dark home. Bummer.

A smart security system can fix a few of those problems for you, but when combined with your automation system, it can tackle even more. Let's look at an alternate scenario: You come home, your front door recognizes that it's you and unlocks, and as you open it, all of your front entry, kitchen, hallway, and pathway lights automatically turn on. No more fumbling around in the dark, and no more coming home to an unlit house.


2. Good Night, Great Night

Any automation system worth its salt is going to include scenes and lighting control, but what if you could take that to the next level?

If you connect your automation system to your security system, you could have a "Goodnight" or "All Off" scene that takes care of all your nighttime rituals. Simply arm your security system and trigger all your lights turning off, doors locking, gates closings, shades drawing, and your HVAC turning down. It's the perfect way to wind down the night, without having to actually go around and turn off each system one by one.


3. Who Left the Window Open?

We're all forgetful. It happens to the best of us. It’s not a big deal. All you need to do is … um … What were we talking about, again?

Anyways, reminders are nice and great and all, but sometimes we miss those. For example, window sensors sending alerts is a helpful way for your security system to keep you updated, but there's got to be a way to make those alerts even more useful, isn't there?

Of course! Unite your security and automation system, and your window sensors can not only send you notifications if you leave them open, but they can also work with your thermostat to adjust the temperature depending how long the window is left open. You won't have to worry about windows or the weather any longer! This could be done with door sensors as well, helping you keep your HVAC from coming on if you have outside facing doors open for a certain amount of time.


4. Emergency Alerts

Want that extra piece of mind that comes with your smart home solutions working together to ease all your stress and worries? Of course you do.

With an intertwined security and automation system, your alerts can work overtime to keep your family safe. For example, let's say an emergency alert is triggered on your security system -- this could then have an "all on" scene activated with your home automation system, turning on all interior lighting and flashing your exterior lighting to help first responders find your house quickly.

Overall, smart security is a great way to protect your family and valuables, and the latest alarm systems also add functionality and basic integration. However, you are often limited by the amount of devices you can add to work with your security system. When you combine your security and automation system, however, they can work together to do more things, and do them better.

Of course, both types of systems require professional installation, and that's where we come in! Give us a call today at 888-593-8990 or visit our contact page and get in touch! We'd love to help bring your security and home automation systems closer together and help you create more smart solutions for your home.