Home safety is a primary concern among many. Many homeowners would love the added protection of integrated surveillance cameras and a robust alarm system. But securing your property doesn’t have to require heavy installation of equipment you’ll probably never actually learn how to use. Devices like smart locks and discreet, wireless cameras can ensure you’re never out of touch with your spaces. Leave the house with confidence knowing you’re always in control with these great home safety tips.
When you’re heading out the door in the morning, you probably check that all of the doors are locked. It’s a simple routine that you likely don’t even notice. But because it’s so mundane, you’re likely to forget from time to time. But what if there were a way for you to lock every door in your home with the touch of a button, even when you’re miles away? Smart locks are the perfect solution.
With a simple command on your iPhone or Android device, you can lock or unlock doors remotely. An easy to use interface lets you know if any doors were left unlocked, so you can quickly correct it. Plus, because each digital key is individually coded, you’ll get real-time updates on who is entering and leaving. If your kids arrive from out-of-town while you’re at the grocery store, you no longer have to leave a key under the mat to let them in.
Another great way to protect your property when you’re home or away is video doorbells. Essentially, they act as digital peepholes, so when someone approaches your door you can know who’s there without even getting up from the couch.
Imagine, you’re out working in your backyard and someone arrives. When they push the button on the video doorbell, you receive an alert on your smartphone. You can then communicate with them, and if appropriate let them in via your smart lock. That way, you never have to wonder who’s at the door.
Of course, when you’re out of the house you’ll want to monitor your interior spaces as well. A perfect, discreet solution is the Nest Cam.
While not recommended as an all-purpose surveillance camera, a Nest Cam allows you to keep track of what’s going on in your home at all times. It gives you the ability to view and review footage on your smartphone, with zooming features that allow you to isolate specific areas of the frame. And its articulated construction lets you position it virtually anywhere without damage to your home.
Plus, because the Nest Cam is from the same manufacturer, it works with other Nest products. When you’re out of the house, the Cam can trigger an integrated Nest thermostat to set the temperature to “away” mode automatically, to avoid wasted energy. If you have a Nest Protect, the camera can automatically stream to your smartphone if carbon or smoke is detected.