Forget the alarm systems of old. Today’s home security options offer flexibility and user-friendliness.
Feeling safe inside your home is a big concern! There have long been a variety of home security system options, some linked to an outside monitoring service and others serving only as an alarm to deter burglars. But they also come with a reputation of being ineffective, too expensive or too much of a hassle for homeowners to use properly. On top of that, home security has, for decades, required professional installation that can’t be moved from place to place.
The home security industry has begun its transformation, however, as smart home technology advances make alarm and monitoring systems more user-friendly, inexpensive and mobile.
First and foremost, the most important action to prevent a break-in is to lock your windows and doors. Beyond that, a home security system will also be ineffective if you don’t use it regularly, and stickers and signs for a home security brand can’t guarantee burglars will be deterred. Your best bet for protecting your property and your family is to take on a home security system that you can operate confidently and with features you can easily fold into your daily routine.
Here are five home security system options both homeowners and renters can take advantage of today.
1. Smartphone access. One of the biggest reasons home security is seeing a transformation is the near-universal use of smartphones. Many home security systems today can be monitored and operated from a smartphone app, as well as have their software updated in the same manner any mobile app is brought up to speed.
2. Easy in and out. Key to making an alarm system more effective is to prevent false alarms going in and out of the home, not to mention the pressure to get out the door once the countdown starts after you’ve armed your system. Nest, like Ooma and Tend, among other home security options, allows you to arm your system from your phone. Nest Secure also includes tags, which act like a key fob to arm and disarm the system, as well as a key pad to let you, your family and even your dog walker use the best mode to get in and out of the house. The Nest Secure system even has a feature that keeps the system armed while opening one door without setting off an alarm, by pressing a release on that door’s sensor. This way, you can leave for work early in the morning while the rest of the family is sleeping or let the dog out at night without fearing waking up the entire house.
3. Self-monitoring. Helping to cut down on the cost of a little peace of mind, most wireless home security systems allow you to monitor your house on your own, without having to pay for a company to track your alarm.
4. Subscription third-party care. But, of course, relying on your own diligence to check your phone may not be enough to keep you from worrying. Nest Secure is built for self-monitoring, but it also offers subscriptions to Brinks Home Security.
5. Advanced cameras and sensors. Of course, the ability for room, door and window sensors to function properly and move easily is a major component to making your security system a smart investment. Ooma, Tend and Nest all offer cameras with ever-advancing technology that help reduce false alarms and know more about what’s happening at home while you’re away. Facial recognition can let you know when an unfamiliar face comes into your home while you’re gone, and smart heat sensors reduce the chance of triggering a security alert when your dog walks around the house during the day.
The goal of advancing technology in home security, particularly with cameras, is not just to try and catch the bad guys should a break-in occur, but to work the security measures into your everyday life with little disruption. The easier it is to incorporate into your routine, the more likely you are to use it and successfully deter would-be burglars.
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