Smart Home-Security Devices Homeowners Actually Want
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Wireless technology has made smart home technology affordable and easy to install. If you've been on the fence about investing in smart technology, consider one or more of the following popular features.
Modern wireless security systems boast the capacity for a wide range of smart home features. You can arm and disarm the security system, turn the lights on and off, adjust the thermostat and humidity levels, lock and unlock the windows and doors, and watch video surveillance footage from any computer or mobile device with internet access.
If you aren't interested in investing in an entire home alarm system, consider installing individual smart home components, such as smart locks. Smart locks offer a peace of mind about the safety of your home. You never have to worry about whether you've locked the front door when taking your dog for a long walk or closed the garage door when leaving for work. Smart locks are also ideal for securing the house when you're out of town. If your caretaker forgets to lock the door or your kids leave the garage door open, you can secure the home from your mobile device, regardless of your location.
Programming your lights to turn on and off during the day is critical for home safety. You don't ever want a burglar to assume no one's home and take advantage of the opportunity to rob or vandalize the property. Smart light bulbs operate in standard light sockets and are eco-friendly, reducing your electricity use. Many smart light bulbs work in a wide range of smart home systems, have adjustable brightness levels, and can change colors. Some bulbs even contain hidden speakers to play music wirelessly.
When you're using a smart home product with Wi-Fi, make sure you're always using it over a secure network connection. If you have any questions about setting up a secure Wi-Fi network or any other aspect of using smart home features, consult with a technology specialist.
Keep in mind home-security system capacity may vary from one security provider to the next. Confirm the available features for a given security provider and specific home-security system to ensure you'll be able to get the features you want.