The world is full of “smart” products, from your phone and your watch to your refrigerator and your television. Now smart homes are joining the list of new tech that modern families can’t live without. A smart home is one in which the lighting, heating, and other electronic devices within the home can communicate with each other and be controlled remotely, either within the home or from a distance.
Smart homes are appreciated for convenience reasons but also for the added security that smart homeowners feel whether they’re home at night or away on vacation. Here are just 3 ways that smart homes are changing the home security industry for the better, adding to the many reasons people are beginning to wonder how they will ever do without a smart home of their own:
1. The Ability to Lock & Unlock Your Doors Automatically & With an App
How many times have you left the house only to panic 20 minutes later wondering if you remembered to lock the doors? Have you ever left a spare set of keys under the mat or in a fake rock “hidden” in the garden to allow yourself or a friend or family member inside in an emergency? What about the frustration you feel when you lose your house keys and have to wait for a locksmith to arrive to let you in your own home after forking over hundreds of dollars to get back inside?
With smart home technology, your doors can be programmed to automatically unlock themselves when you approach and lock themselves as you leave. Imagine the convenience of never having to dig for your keys in a crowded purse or scramble to find them as you get ready to leave the house.
Since all smartphones have a GPS built into them, an app can be programmed to alert your locks to unlock themselves when you arrive without any effort on your part. This is huge for those who often forget to lock the doors when they leave or those who have periods of time where kids or teens are home by themselves each day before a parent arrives home from work.
2. Automate Your Home’s Lights
Leaving the light on can add up to a hefty energy bill if it’s done often enough. With smart homes, you can save money and help make your home appear occupied while you’re away by programming when your lights should go on and when they should turn themselves off.
You can set your lights to slowly brighten as evening rolls in, have them turn on or off at specific times while you’re away on vacation to make it appear as if someone is home, or turn them off while you’re out and about if you remember that you left them on at home unintended. Not only can this ability add to the feeling of security, but it provides the homeowner with more control over their property as well as their energy bill.
For large homes with lots of lighting both indoors and out, the ability to choose which lights to turn on and which to leave off without walking all over the house, back and forth, many times a day, is a nice convenience as well.
3. Feel More Secure From Afar
Not only can you beef up your home’s security while you’re away by controlling the locks and the lights, you can also use a smart home app to trigger a siren or alarm if there is any unwelcome entry attempts or motion surrounding your home in your absence. If a door or window opens unexpectedly, you can be alerted via your smartphone and then decide your course of action whether it’s the immediate contact of law enforcement or the ringing of an alarm warning to scare off any intruder. The ability to sense intrusion day or night, whether you are at home or far from it, is a big deal for homeowners who want to feel completely at ease in knowing that their homes, their belongings, and their loved ones are as safe as possible.
You may go on a trip with the ability to unlock your door for a trusted neighbor to feed your pet, water your plants, or enter in case of emergency without handing out several pairs of spare keys. Simply take advantage of ACN Inc. tech (click here for ACN reviews) to enjoy worry-free security day or night.