Nowadays, the concept of having a smart home certainly doesn’t mean that it has been decorated with the fanciest furnishings and drapes – quite far from it, in fact. Smart homes are those in which virtually every aspect can be controlled by means of an app installed on a smartphone or any computer that is connected to the internet. These devices have resulted in a few changes being made to the home alarm system industry.
Providing Additional Security
Although regular home alarm systems are great burglary deterrents, they may not always be as effective as a fully smart home can be. For example, a smart home can be set up in such a way that doors and windows can be locked automatically when you leave the house – or even remotely if you have forgotten to do so manually. Once everything is locked, these systems have the ability to notify you of a potential intrusion or even detect whether a particular vehicle or person has been casing your home at regular intervals if monitored cameras form part of a smart home setup.
Reduce Energy Costs
Unlike smart home devices, standalone alarm systems are not able to turn off lights, activate water heating systems, garden sprinklers or deactivate unused appliances. Linking these devices to smartphones, 3D TVs, tablets or other internet-connected devices can help reduce a home’s overall energy consumption levels, which not only saves money; it helps save the environment at the same time. The amount of energy and money that will be saved will depend on the amount of devices that have been set up to work through the dedicated smart devices.
Available through Many Alarm Companies
Many home owners may think that they will have to search for smart devices themselves; however, this is not always the case, as more and more alarm companies are offering ranges of these systems now as well. Although these systems may seem to come with costly price tags, a tremendous peace of mind can be had in knowing that it is possible to see what is happening in and around a home from virtually anywhere in the world that has an active internet connection.
While smart home devices provide a high level of convenience for home owners, it is imperative that the necessary precautions be taken to protect these devices from hackers. Strong usernames and passwords should be chosen when setting them up and these should be changed regularly as well. Although there is no absolute guarantee that connected devices like these will always be 100% safe, password protecting them will help prevent them from being accessed by hackers.
Although smart homes may still be somewhat in their infancy, there is certainly a growing market for these devices. In fact, it is estimated that the smart home industry will generate a whopping $2.5 billion in revenue within the next 2 to 3 years. If you are a property owner who would like to find out more about living in a smart home, contact us today to find out what options may be available to you.