Your smart home can do far more than turn on your dishwasher and keep your floors vacuumed. It's a key component in your home's security. If potential intruders are inspecting homes in your neighborhood, they're likely to pass yours up if you've taken these simple few measures.
Indoor and outdoor cameras are a key way to prevent break-ins. Even spotting a camera sitting on your property can be enough to deter burglars. Video monitoring provides protection round the clock, and if it's connected to a dedicated alarm system, your home has someone looking out for it at all times.
Include audio with your video system. With integrated microphones and speakers, you can hear and speak to anyone who shouldn't be at your home. Imagine getting a notification that someone is prowling around and using your smartphone to see what's going on in real-time. You can then talk to the intruder, scaring them away from a safe distance.
Make sure your video system keeps recordings. Most video monitoring systems also record any intrusions, providing you with evidence to show your local police so your entire neighborhood can be safer. You can also purchase local video storage solutions that let you record footage 24/7.
Have you ever left your home and then wondered if you locked the front door? If you did this en route to the grocery store, you might even have turned around to check, wasting time and gas. But what if you're on a road trip when you have that unsettling thought?
Control your home's door remotely with automated smart locks, which can quickly resolve this dilemma. You set them (or confirm that they're locked) when you're far from home. Even better, you can also schedule them to allow people — like a house guest, nanny, dog walker or handyman — to enter your home when you're not there with a unique code.
You have many choices of smart locks, all of which provide far more security than your old-fashioned deadbolt. Select a key-free one that uses a light-up keypad to replace replicable keys with codes that you can change at any time.
You can even program some smart locks to unlock automatically as you approach, responding to the presence of your phone. You'll never have to fumble for your house keys again, which can help you get from your car to your front door safely.
If you enjoy reducing your energy consumption year round, consider installing a smart thermostat. The one AAA Smart Home offers earned an ENERGY STAR® certification from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2018. This device alone can save homeowners 9-16% on heating in winter and 15-23% on cooling in summer.
Perhaps the most impressive feature of our Smart Thermostat is that it keeps you and your home safe. Whenever a smart carbon monoxide or smoke detector senses an alert, the thermostat shuts down your HVAC system to prevent circulation.
There are many ways you can save time and energy with home automation, and they might be more interesting than you may expect. Get creative with your home security.
When you work with AAA Smart Home, you can integrate all your smart home devices together into one network. Implement these top home security tips today to enjoy peace of mind when you're away from home.