Back-to-school season is here, and with it comes new bookbags, new homework assignments, and also new responsibilities for both you and your kids. It also means it’s a perfect time to do a security check for your house, especially if your kids get home from school before you.
Smart home technology continues to adapt and evolve to your needs, so instead of approaching the new semester with hesitation, approach it with some innovation and be prepared for anything. Here are some ways you can do just that, and bring some peace of mind to you and the rest of the family.
1. Security Cameras
Security cameras aren’t just for convenience stores or catching shoplifters anymore; they can offer outdoor protection as part of your home security system. Take the 2Gig Outdoor Mini-Dome HD Camera, for example. It can capture HD video and even record at night with an infrared filter. If you put a memory card in it, it can record to that, and it also offers email and app notifications. It isn’t particularly discreet, but that also means it could work as a good deterrent, as well.
2. Interconnected Intercoms
Long gone are the days when you would need to run home every time your kid lost their keys or to let the sitter in if they got there early. With Control 4’s Intercom Anywhere, you can see who is at your door right on your mobile device and let them in. For example, you could have a “Family” button to let family members come into the house, or a “Delivery” button if a package delivery person needs to be let in just one door, but not others.
You can even set up custom buttons within the app for different features, giving you even more control over who is going in and out of your house when you aren’t there.
3. Arming yourself … with alarms
Occasionally, even the most astute watch dog has to sleep, and if your pets are anything like some dogs, they will just sleep through a hurricane or when there’s an intruder. Not exactly the most efficient for safety.
That’s where the Ring Alarm Home Security System comes in. The Ring Alarm Security Kit includes a base station, keypad, contact sensor, motion detector, and range extender – all ready to help protect your home.
The system also works with an app, so alerts can get to you as fast as possible through your mobile device. You can also use the app in conjunction with your alarm, door bells, and camera to bring everything together.
4. Smart locks
Everything is getting smarter these days, and that even extends to the lock on your door. Smart locks offer a wide array of security features, including remote locking and unlocking through mobile devices, setting up schedules, and even assigning roles to different members of the family. Extra security is always a smart decision, and taking the time to make your lock study up and become smart is only going to enhance how safe you and your family feel.
These aren’t the only ways to boost your smart home’s security, though. Give us a call today and we can help explain all of the various home security upgrade options available, and help you and your family find the safety you are looking for.