Home automation gives homeowners the ability to use remote controls to access appliances, locks, and utilities on their property. The technology used to be unaffordable to most, but the rise of mobile devices and computing has made home automation much more attainable. It’s often used to increase the energy efficiency of homes, but more recently has been used to bolster home security.
When paired with an alarm system, home automation can be a great way to manage and enhance the security of your property from a phone, computer, or tablet. Here are three of the easiest and most effective ways to use home automation to power your security system:
Automate lights to make it look like someone is home
Most burglars are reluctant to enter homes that look occupied. Even if you’re out or away, you can easily use your home automation system to make it look like someone’s home. Just select periods of time during which you want the lights switched on and leave the rest to the system. You can choose to have the lights turned on and off periodically, making the home looked lived in without wasting the energy required to leave the lights on all day.
Double check to make sure that your locks and windows are secured
Burglars love stumbling across doors and windows that someone forgot to lock. If you left the home in a rush and suspect you may have forgotten to lock up, you can easily tap into your home automation system to secure any unlocked entrances. Similarly, if you have a family member who frequently forgets to lock doors and windows, you can also check on your locks throughout the day to make sure no one is leaving your home vulnerable.
Create an extra layer of protection for your valuables
Automated locks need not be limited to major entrances. You can just as easily add a smart lock to a jewelry box or other container of valuables, and use your mobile home automation application to check on their safety at any time.
LiveWatch Security consultants are experts in home automation. Get in touch today to learn more about converting your home into a smart home.