There is definitely no shortage of industries where going DIY leaves you with a less robust system. Whether it’s lacking some of the automation or some of the support you would get by hiring professionals, you’ll be missing out on features that you would actually genuinely need.
However, when you’re looking at the home security and home automation industries, that’s not really the case. And you’ll even come to realize that going DIY will give you more control over your home security system, especially when you integrate things with home automation.
So, how does home automation work with security to give you a safe and sound home over which you have total control?
Lights Are First
When you take a look at home automation, the first thing you’ll come across is smart lights. There are plenty of reasons for that, but the main one is that they add a lot both in terms of security and in terms of convenience around your home.
Smart lights are also the simplest addition to your home automation system. When you have a complete system, most lights will let you control them from the main app, and you’ll be able to turn them on or off while you’re away from home. When you’re leaving for a couple of days and know nobody is going to be home, this technology will let you create the impression that someone is there.
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To add to this, you can set them on a timer, and you can set them to automatically turn on or off, depending on whether or not you’re at home or not. This will not only add a bit of security, but it will save you a bit on electricity bills.
The Thermostat Saves You a Lot of Money
Even though the lights will certainly have an impact on your electricity bill, it’s a smart thermostat that’s going to save you a lot of money. It will even pay itself off within a couple of months, and it can work alongside your home security system. When nobody is at home, you can set the A/C unit to not work as hard. You remotely unlocked your garage door? Since it’s connected to your home, it can tell your thermostat you’re at home so it can warm things up for you.
And when you’re leaving your home, it’s easy to forget to reduce the temperature (or increase it in the winter). Having your A/C running continuously, even though there’s nobody at home, is a massive waste of money, and it will reflect negatively on your electricity bill.
Smart Door Locks Are Key
Whether you got the pun or not, smart locks are the easiest example of home automation tying in well with home security. The technology we’ve got available nowadays allows us to leave conventional unlock methods, such as keys, at home, and use the smartphone that’s in your pocket anyways to enter your home. To add to this, you could even set up a PIN code, or with some more advanced models, a biometric security entry.
How does this work with home automation? Well, a smart lock is the easiest way for you to “tell” your home that you’ve arrived at the home and it should change any predefined settings you have. You could have this change the thermostat’s temperature, you could have it disarm the alarm system completely, or any number of other things that are all a part of your home automation system.
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The Possibilities Are Pretty Much Endless
Even though it’s been around for a few years, home automation is something that’s going to improve quite a bit in the future. There are a lot of devices out there, but we still have ways to go until we reach the point of a completely automated home that works for us, saving us a lot of time in certain aspects, and adding a lot of convenience in others.
But by far the most important aspect where home automation is making a difference and will continue to do so, is home security. It allows you unparalleled access and control over your home, by making pretty much any sensor and appliance available to you wherever you are in the world, and giving you the peace of mind that if anything does happen while you’re away, you’ll know instantly.
A connected home is something every security-conscious homeowner should invest in, and if you’re looking to upgrade your home security system, now is as good a time as any. There are a lot of options you could take a look at, both wallet-friendly, and more premium, so all that’s left for you is to choose the one that works best for you and get it!