TMCnet Feature
November 29, 2021

Getting the Most Out of Your Home Security System

Home security systems have seen a lot of growth over the last few years. There are a wide range of products for individual needs and you can couple them together for a truly revolutionary system. When researching different products and services, you’ll want to find the one that not only offers protection but provides peace of mind when you’re sleeping at night.

In addition to basic home security, there are ways to get more bang for your buck. In this article we’ll share a few ways to get the most out of your home security system.

Link with smart locks

Think about all the times you, or another family member, accidentally left the home without locking the doors. While it was certainly an innocent mistake, an incident like this could have awful consequences if a thief were to stumble upon that unlocked door. However, if you have a smart locking system, then you can simply activate the deadbolt with the touch of a button from your phone. This is a fan-favorite feature for many users with wireless home security systems.

Motion and perimeter lighting

One way to get the most out of your home security system is to also enable motion sensors to light the perimeter of your home. Use motion lights to illuminate doorways, the driveway, and pathways around the house. This can also be helpful if you find yourself arriving home after dark, especially when you have to tote in work items or grocery bags.

Check in on your kids

If your home security system has live video surveillance then consider using it beyond just home protection. Sure, that’s why you bought it in the first place but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it for other means. Depending on where your cameras are set up, you can use this video capability to check in on your children, monitor the babysitter’s activities, and make sure your pet isn’t destroying the living room. If you have a camera near the front door then you can also monitor packages that are dropped off. This can help ward off would-be porch pirates from stealing delivered items while you’re still at work.

Save money on energy bills

Did you rush out the door without turning off the heat or air conditioning? If this tends to happen in your household, then you already know how costly it can be heating/cooling the house when nobody is home. Your smart thermostat can adjust the settings as needed while you’re out, and then you can activate it to your specifications so that the temperature is just right upon your arrival. Not only can this help save money but you can enter the room feeling comfortable right away, rather than frantically fixing the settings and having to wait to feel the effects.

Prevent property damage

In addition to smoke detection, some systems also have moistor sensors that can detect if water is leaking nearby. You can place these sensors under sinks, near main pipes, in crawl spaces, or anywhere else you desire to ensure that you’re alerted to water leaks.

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