Home is Where the Smart Is Part 1: Security

Part 1: Security

We live in a connected world, and it’s making life easier, safer, and more efficient in a lot of ways. In our series on “smart” homes we’ll talk about the many ways connectivity can work for you.

Today, we’ll take a look at security features that add convenience while keeping your home safe.

Electronic Locks

Did you forget to lock the back door? Want to save a trip home to let a repairman or unexpected company in? Electronic locks use digital codes as well as keys (or in instead of them in some cases). Pushbutton and touch pad locks have been around for years, but now you can get locks that operate remotely from your smart phone over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Lots of styles, features, and prices, so shop around.

Security Systems

Monitoring services for burglar alarms can get expensive and even rack up fines for false alarms. Many newer systems can contact you directly, letting you choose who to call. The higher initial cost is offset by eliminating monitoring and false alarm charges.

Want to see who’s at your door but don’t want to install obtrusive cameras or squint through a tiny peep hole? Replace your peep hole with a miniature camera. There are several models available in prices ranging from under $40 to well over a hundred, depending on features. Most fit in the same opening as your peep hole and are easy to install and set up. They’re particularly suited for apartments or HOAs that don’t permit external cameras. Check online ratings for the features you want.

Warning Devices

Intrusion alarms are very good at what they do, but what about damage caused by fire, fumes, and water? Everyone’s aware of the benefits of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, in fact most jurisdictions require them these days. Now you can get alarms that notify you on your cell phone when they detect a problem and let you decide how to handle it. Besides smoke and fume detectors, there are water leak detectors that can alert you to leaks and prevent thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. Prices and features vary widely, so shop wisely.


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