Well, it’s the New Year and we’re definitely excited for what’s in store for home security in 2017.
As we mention often in this blog, technology changes quickly these days, especially when it comes to Internet-of-Things (IOT) devices.
Despite these rapid changes, though, there are tried & true devices & services that you can add to your security system that will help “future-proof” your home, ensuring you’ll stay ahead of the technology curve in 2017 and beyond.
1. Smart Door Locks
Smart door locks feature a numeric keypad, which lets you unlock your door with a four- to eight-digit code instead of using a physical key. Codes can be added/changed/removed for each member of your household, cleaning service, contractors and anyone else you may need to let into your house.
When tied together with a home security monitoring service, you’ll be able to lock/unlock your door remotely, allowing you to let someone in from anywhere, in case they forget their code.
Also available with that service are advanced alert settings that keep you informed of all of your door lock activities via text, email or push notifications.
In the Lowcountry last year, we’ve seen a rapid rise in homeowners requesting smart door locks to help modernize and keep an eye on their homes; now it’s time for you to do the same in 2017.
2. Smart Thermostats
Would you want to be able to control your home’s heating and air conditioning related energy use? So have many homeowners in Charleston.
With a smart thermostat installed in your home you’ll be able to monitor & change your home’s temperature through an app, allowing you total control over home’s HVAC system.
Especially helpful during the warmer months, a smart thermostat allows you to keep your energy spending down by allowing you to set predefined temperatures during the day when you’re not home and even reminding you with text, email and push notifications if you leave your home with your A/C on full blast. Alerts can even be setup if someone sets the temperature too high or too low in your home.
3. Wireless Cameras
Getting notifications from the above two devices are a great way to future proof your home, but one thing that we’ve seen even faster adoption amongst Charleston homeowners is having wireless security cameras installed in and around their homes.
When ran alongside the notifications from your door lock and thermostat, wireless cameras allow you to view a live feed inside or outside your home and also record clips and snapshots of the activity around those devices, completing the circle of protection of your home.
While there are plenty other smart home devices you should think about adding this year, including smart home lighting, we feel that if you minimally add these three types of devices, you’ll be well on your way to having a smart, modernized home for many years to come.