Technology Hacks To Make Your Home Safer
Every day new advancements in technology make our lives easier and our homes safer. From relatively simple tasks like remotely operating lights to complex security systems, there is a lot that you can do to take greater control over your property.
In this article, we’re going to look at some helpful technology hacks that you can start using today, including automated lights, smart cameras, and how Alarm Grid explains different arming modes for fully smart alarm systems.
1. Automated Lighting
A surprisingly effective deterrence that can be very easy to install is some security lighting – and it doesn’t need to break the bank. Now, you can find hundreds of different options that come with a myriad of smart features for less than $100.
Setting up timers to have your indoor lights switch on and off automatically can give the illusion that you are home, and motion-triggered outdoor lights are a great way to deter potential intruders and make the access points to your home visible to neighbors and passers-by.
2. Easy To Use Cameras
CCTV cameras used to be seen as the kind of expensive and complicated technology that would only be reserved for big businesses. These days, however, you can easily install remotely-controlled video cameras that can be programmed to respond to motion, record at certain hours of the day, and even be accessed from your mobile device anywhere in the world.
Having a few cameras strategically placed around your home is a relatively cheap investment, and anybody with a small amount of technological know-how can get them up and running in a matter of minutes.
3. Video Doorbells
A slightly more modern innovation that has taken the home security world by storm, video doorbells are an excellent way to keep an eye on your property and packages even when you are far from home.
They allow you to see, hear, and even speak to whoever might be at your door – and they provide the added benefit of making sure you never miss a delivery again.
4. Smart Locks
There are a huge number of different smart locks that you can buy to improve the security of your doors and windows – which are the main points of access for any potential burglar.
Some of these can be installed in place of the traditional locking mechanism that you currently have, while others (like the Patlock for sliding doors) can simply be attached to the door or window for greater peace of mind in seconds.
5. Full Alarm Systems
The most comprehensive choice for home security will always be a full alarm system, and there are many fantastic options on the market today.
Most of these alarm systems come with three different Arm Modes that can easily be set for any situation. These are typically Arm Away, Arm Stay, and Arm Night.
- Arm Away: For when you leave the home. Alarms will be set off by entry or exit and must be disarmed by the user.
- Arm Stay: For when someone is home. Interior areas of the home will not trigger the alarm, but certain entry/exit or perimeter zones can be set to cause an alarm.
- Arm Night: The more secure version of Arm Stay, for when you are sleeping. More zones and areas will be set to trigger the alarm, including interior areas of the home.