Protect Yourself: Low Cost, High-Tech Home Security Options
On a budget? High-tech options aren’t the only way to secure your home. Here’s some advice on how to keep your home safe without breaking the bank:
- Your neighborhood: get to know your neighbors; talk to them about starting a Neighborhood Watch Program.
- House exterior: be mindful about outdoor lighting, unsecured objects, visibility of your house numbers and yard maintenance.
- Garage: keep your garage door locked and closed when not in use and remove all keys from motor vehicles.
- Locks: check the state of your locks and determine if they need to be replaced.
- Windows: consider using security bars, remove crank handles from casement windows and pin double hung windows.
- Vacation checklist: avoid social media posts, notify neighbors and cancel home deliveries or arrangements while you are out of town.
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Three Scenarios for Home Automation
You may be asking, is home automation really necessary for my home? Although there isn’t a yes or no answer to this question, the following scenarios may settle the debate:
- Fumbling in the dark. With a smart motion sensor, you can walk inside your home and have the lights come on just in time.
- Wasting electricity. Eliminate the guilt caused by thermostats or fans that run all day. Invest in a smart motion and heat sensor.
- Humidity in the bathroom. A humidity sensor can automatically detect moisture levels and turn on the fan for you.
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6 Inexpensive Ways to Have Home Automation
Money doesn’t have to be an obstacle if you’re planning a smart home. Skip the latest and greatest in cutting edge technology and determine what your home really needs. Here’s a look at a few affordable options:
- Smart Outlets/Plugs can be plugged into an outlet and will provide you with better control over your connected devices.
- Smart Lights not only provide light when you need it, but they can also significantly reduce your energy bills.
- Smart Sensors can offer multiple solutions for your home such as motion, temperature, lighting, and humidity.
- Smart Surveillance will allow you to monitor your home from anywhere using a tablet or smart phone.
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The History of Home Security Systems
People have historically been protective of their “stuff.” Alarm systems, no matter how crude, have been around a very long time. Here’s a look at how security systems came to be:
- Circuits: Created in the 1970’s, a circuit was wired to a door or window, and an alarm was designed to sound if opened.
- Local Alarms: When first introduced, a triggered local alarm released a noise loud enough to notify bystanders within ear-shot, and scare off the thief.
- Monitoring: Developed in the late 1800s, monitoring increased response time to an alarm, and is still being used today.
- Digital Alarms: Today’s digital technology provides more options than ever before. Homeowners can take solace knowing their “stuff” is in good hands.
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