The explosion of internet connectivity and smartphone apps have revolutionized home security. No longer is it necessary to rely on alarm systems that leave you wondering if you armed the system or left a door unlocked. Just opening your phone puts you in command of your home.
Wireless world. Virtually all systems now offer some version of wireless communication between contact points at windows and doors and motion detectors and alert devices that notify you and the authorities of suspicious activity. Wireless technology informs everyone of a breach in the system so that proper steps can be taken.
This includes when you are on the road. You may be many miles away when your home system notifies you of a perimeter violation. In turn, you can log in to check the cameras in your house, allowing you to alert the police of intruders and provide a description of them and their activity.
The alerts also warn of dangerous levels of carbon monoxide and smoke in the house.
Less urgent controls. Besides warning of break-in, “Smart House” technology offers more mundane tasks as well. For instance, the heating or air conditioning can be adjusted remotely. Forgot to lock the back door to the patio? No problem, do it from your office on your phone. On vacation? Turn lights on and off to make the house look lived in.
Who offers the best system? Do your research and get quotes. Companies such as ADT, Front Point, Vivint and Simply Safe are a good place to start your inquiries. Look for companies that offer free professional installation and affordable monitoring. Then look at the systems, what they are capable of doing, and how easy they are to use.
Ring, ring, who’s there? Another great advance in home security is the remote vision door bell. This technology allows you to see who is at your door via your phone. Whether you’re at home or away, you can speak to the visitor, adding another level of security to your home.