What is appealing to many regarding the idea of a smart home is the ability to control some aspects of your home from a remote location. This ability gives us assurance of the safety of our home and the valuables within it, whether it be our loved ones or simply, our valuable things. Being able to switch on or off a device whenever we’ve forgotten to do so, is a big relief. What more the ability to watch on kids, parents or simply our pets at home while we’re away, add up to a great quality of life.
With the growth of smart home technology, there are many products on the market offered by home securities companies. Which among these products are best suits your needs? While the features between products might vary, there are several basic features that are core to those products that you must look for.
We will explain some of those important basic features so that you can have a general idea of what to look for in your smart home system.
Smart Home Features
Securities features for residential homes have been around for decades. Since the advent of smart homes and IoT, security features has risen to a new level. Service providers and product maker are competing to deliver better and smarter products. Here are some important home automation features that can help keep your home and family safe.
Intruders are a common threat that concerns homeowners the most. Security features in a smart home solution should be able to handle multiple sensors and sensor types that can trigger an alert to you when the sensor is tripped. Sensors like proximity can be fixed to openings like your door or windows which will trigger and alarmed when it is opened while armed. Motion sensors can detect motion or movement in places where there shouldn’t be any.
These kinds of sensors and alarm can provide you with a much-needed peace of mind, especially when you’re away from home.
Environmental hazards like fires, floods, and gas leak are another major concerns of homeowners. An advanced security system should be able to receive input from appropriate sensors that can detect these hazard and alerted homeowners for emergency response.
Having young children, teenagers or even an elderly person in your home alone might be a major concern. They may be answering the door without knowing who is the one ringing the bell. A person with bad intent might force their way in as when the door is opened. This is when doorbell cameras or front door cameras may come as a savior. Even with recent smart home technology, you can see who is ringing your door even from your office or anywhere with an internet connection.
Basic Home Automation
Basic home automation will allow you to control devices in your home as when you are not present. These include controlling your air-conditioning thermostat, turning lights on or off or even powering on specific devices. If you are running late from work, you might switch the lighting in your house at work. This might change the perception of those who might be eyeing your home and thinking that you are already home. This kind of features may seem trivial but could be a major deterrent factor for your home security.
How to Choose?
There are many industry players in the smart home/home automation market, especially dealing with a security system. How to choose which one should you go for? Below are some consideration factors to help you make your choice.
Ease of Installation
Some offers are amazing for you to turn off. But you must consider the hidden factor like installation cost. The product might be cheap, but you may not be able to install it yourself and need to hire someone to do so.
So the best bet is to choose a system with easy installation. You should also look for documentation and perhaps an instructional video on how to install the system of your choice for yourself.
Just make sure it is easy on yourself, and it doesn’t cost more than you can bargain for.
In all cases, it is an important feature to consider ease of functionality. You don’t want to be dealing with a system that is hard to get around and difficult to achieve any given tasks. A smart home system should be enhancing your quality of life not disrupt it and gives more headache. Get a ‘test-drive’ of the security system that you are going to choose. Perhaps you should visit a showroom, download the app, or a simulated app or at least find an introduction video explaining some of the features and walkaround of your system.
You should also consider after sales support, should you need one once your system is already up and running.
The cost will be a determining factor for many in determining which home security systems that you will go for. As we have mentioned before, do not only see the cost of the system but consider also what might be a hidden cost like an installation cost.
Some system might seem cost-effective upfront but you also need to consider if there is a monthly commitment contract or fees for features that may or might not need and whether falls within your budget.
Home automation and security has been gaining attention lately with the growing concern over theft, fire, flood, and surveillance over the care of our loved ones. It has never been a more appropriate time for us to seriously consider home security.
Armed with the information that has been laid to you above, we hope you are better equipped to choose a home automation and security system that best suits you and your family needs.