5 Home Security App Features to Give You Peace of Mind
Concerned about protecting your home against break-ins? Forget the notion that burglaries happen only at night, with a masked robber lurking in the bushes with a crowbar. Most occur during the day, when you’re not at home.
How can you protect your home and family? These days, it’s easier than ever with home security apps. Used as part of a whole home system, they allow you to control your home environment without being there: arm and disarm your home alarm system, watch your security camera or “nanny cam,” turn appliances on and off, and more.
There are two types of home security apps: those that are proprietary to a home security company and those developed by a third-party for use by the security companies. Proprietary apps are customized for your type of system, but many cost more. These types of systems are typically used in commercial settings, think security systems for restaurants where remote access to the appliances could prevent a fire. They are technologically advanced systems with many features. Third-party apps work with a wide range of compatible systems. Weigh the costs and features before you buy.
There are many features to consider when buying a security system with remote capabilities.
Arm and disarm your home alarm
Forget to arm your home security system? Or did your child forget the code? Many home security apps allow you to activate and disarm your alarm system from your smartphone.
When you’re away or out for the night, it’s easy to give the appearance that someone is home. A home security smartphone app lets you turn on designated indoor and outside lights instantly.
Imagine preheating the oven as soon as you leave the grocery store, or making sure the coffeemaker was really turned off during the morning rush. It gives you peace of mind to know you can control it all with a tap to your screen.
Program the thermostat remotely
Stop wasting energy and money. When you buy a smart thermostat and control it with a phone app, you can turn up the AC when you leave for work and down again when you’re about to come home. Reverse it in the winter, and you’ll stay on top of your HVAC bills.
View camera video
Get a second set of eyes on your home when you’re gone. Some home security systems work with an existing closed-circuit video camera, while others come with their own system. Either way, when you can check on kids, babysitters, pets and service technicians easily and conveniently.
When you buy an integrated system, you can unlock the front door for your pet sitter, watch him feed the dog, then turn off lights and re-lock and re-arm your home with a touch or swipe. What seems like the home of the future is here right now. With a little research, you will find a home security system with a smartphone app that fits your needs and your budget.