Connected homes are the wave of the future, and automated home security systems are no exception. In terms of home monitoring or deterring crime, combining home automation and security is the way to go: you can program, monitor and control your security system remotely or by using an in-home dashboard. These systems, such as Constellation’s home security hub Constellation Connect, connect with equipment like high-decibel alarms, certain types of security cameras, home automation locks (smart locks), motion sensors, control panels, and apps. If you want to invest in a home automation security system, you first need to decide how your system will be installed.
When you get a home security system, you must install it—whether you do it yourself or have someone set it up for you. There are advantages to both DIY (Do-It-Yourself) home security systems and professionally-installed systems. Here’s a quick overview so you can make an informed decision.
Advantages of DIY Home Security Systems
Advantages of Professional Installation
Home automation security requires a few additions to standard items—such as the control panel, alarm and yard signs—but these will transform how you manage your security system and might even introduce energy savings in your home. Most devices offer the capability to remotely manage your home security system (e.g., a mobile application and a light-control module). Others include the following:
Now, you may be wondering, how do I choose from all the types of security cameras? Or, how do smart locks work? Keep reading to find out more!
A security camera is one of the best ways to both identify and catch burglars, especially because it’s more likely that a burglary will take place when no one is home. There are several types of security cameras to choose from, and they all have various features and benefits.
There are many benefits of home security cameras. And if you have a security camera in your home automation security system, the advantages increase.
You can maximize the benefits of home security cameras by making them part of your total home security automation plan, which can help you save on energy. For instance, you can control your thermostat or turn lights off from your smartphone. If you notice that the sun is shining brightly into your living room, text your kids, and have them shut the curtains!
Pro Tip: If you’re looking to beef up your home energy savings, start by practicing daily energy conservation!
When choosing among the various types of security cameras, we’ve compiled some tips for what to look for when purchasing one to add to your automated home security system.
A video surveillance doorbell offers a “video peephole” that will help you cut down on risks associated with opening the door for strangers. If you install a smart doorbell with live video streaming and home automation compatibility, it will add another layer to your fully automated home security system.
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Smart locks for home automation are a convenient addition to your automated home security system. Their smart technology can help streamline your daily home access and prevent lockouts.
Smart locks, or home automation locks, are electromechanical locks that you can lock and unlock remotely. They monitor who goes in and out of your house and can grant or deny access remotely via a mobile app. A smart lock has no physical key—your smartphone or a key fob (a piece of hardware that wirelessly unlocks the door) is configured to perform the necessary wireless authentication to automatically unlock your door. You can send a virtual key to a receiving smartphone via e-mail or SMS. The recipient will then be able to unlock your smart lock during the time you specify. You are in total control of who can enter your house—even when you’re not there!
The benefits of smart locks for home automation are focused on convenience, security and connectivity. Here are the three biggest benefits of installing smart locks for your home:
Pro Tip: To learn about other smart devices and the time-, money- and energy-saving benefits of smart homes in general, check out “What is a Smart Home?“.
A motion sensor, or motion detector, is a critical part of a home security system. It’s the primary piece of equipment that detects an intruder.
A motion sensor uses various types of technology to detect movement in an area. If movement trips a sensor, your security system’s control panel receives a signal, which in turn alerts you to a potential threat in your home. In addition, motion-sensing lights are a great addition to home security, as they detect movement and then signal a light to turn on, deterring would-be criminals. Remember that security sensors are different from light-switch sensors, but you can learn more about the home energy savings of indoor light switch motion sensors here.
From motion detectors to motion-sensing lights, these security measures have a variety of benefits that make them excellent crime deterrents and great additions to your automated home security system.
If you’re ready to invest in home security automation, you’ll want to research available companies, be aware of up-front and monthly costs, and prepare to protect your privacy. Below are some tips for shopping for equipment and home automation security system providers.
When you research the ins and outs of home security and automation, you’ll find that it’s all about connectivity. And your connected home doesn’t end with security: discover how voice-command assistants can help you maximize your energy-efficient smart home in our comparison of Amazon Echo vs. Google Home, and learn more about home automation here.
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