Smart home technology for home security and protection Posted in General, Home Picture this, you are out of town for the weekend and your phone alerts you that motion has been detected at your front door. You open your home security mobile app to see that the would-be intruder is the person you hired to look after your pet while you are away. You can breathe a sigh of relief that your home and belongings are safe. Advanced security features and home monitoring devices can deter theft and break-ins. According to Loxone, 60% of burglars avoid homes that have a smart home security system installed1. Smart home technology continues to evolve and grow in popularity. According to Statista, it is predicted that there will be 70.6 million smart homes in the United States by 2023 (nearly double the number of smart homes in 2018)2. Smart home security systems are becoming more advanced, allowing for greater control and more security features than ever. Staying connected with what matters most to you has never been easier. Below we share information about available smart home technology, how it can enhance home security and how it can protect your home from accidents such as water leaks or home fires. Outdoor home security devices Security Cameras Cameras allow you to connect via Wi-Fi to your smart device and monitor activity outside the home. You can choose to receive notifications via your smart device or email when motion is detected, and many cameras will automatically begin recording so you can have a record of events after they occur. The cameras are designed to withstand weather exposure such as rain, snow, and extreme temperatures. Smart Doorbell Like outdoor security cameras, video doorbells allow you to monitor activity outside the home. Many models alert you via smart device when someone presses the doorbell button, and some have built-in motion sensors. Automatic Garage Door Open/Close Monitoring Chances are you have second guessed whether you closed the garage door before leaving home. Smart garage door openers allow you to monitor if your garage door is open or not. Most models can attach to your existing garage door opener and connect to your smart phone. They also support multiple users. Inside home security systems Smart Home System Smart home systems, or smart home hubs, allow convenient control of all your smart home devices on one platform. These are often touch displays throughout the home – allowing convenient control and monitoring. Smart Thermostat Smart thermostats allow you to monitor and adjust the temperature of your home from your smart device. This can help keep your home temp at a neutral and safe level. Some devices even learn your heating and cooling schedule from day to day and make recommendations to save money on electricity. Smart Security System – alarm systems for doors and windows Smart security systems can be installed in doors and windows to detect motion. Like other smart home devices, you can monitor your home from your smart device and get alerts if there is concern of intruders. Smart Door Locks Smart door locks are a great addition to your smart home technology system. They allow for more control than a standard deadbolt – you can unlock or lock your door from anywhere and give digital control to friends or family. No more hiding a key under the door mat and risk it being found by the wrong person3. Water Leak Detector Water damage to your home can be extremely costly. While many smart home features offer advanced home security, water leak detectors can save you a lot of money by alerting you to a water leak before extensive damage is done to your home. Sensors are placed throughout the home and set off an alert to your phone when a leak is detected. Some systems are even equipped with an automatic shut off system. Smart Fire and Carbon Monoxide Alarms Replacing your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms with a smart counterpart is a no-brainer when it comes to protecting your home from accidents. Some models are equipped with voice alerts that inform you the type and location of the danger, and what you should do in response to the emergency. Some models will send a link to your smart phone, asking if you’d like to dial 911. These features allow you to respond quickly should an emergency occur. Smart home technology is a great way to keep your home safe and secure. Integrity offers reduced insurance rates on homes equipped with certain smart home devices. Ask your independent insurance agent how Integrity home insurance can provide you peace of mind and protection for your home, or find an agent today. Disclaimer: This article is for informational and suggestion purposes only. 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