Like most things in the home, alarm systems are more technologically advanced than ever before. Today, smart home alarm systems can be integrated into your broader home automation design to give you the most flexibility in using your alarm. This also makes it possible for the process of keeping your home safe to run continually in the background with less effort from you. Smart home systems automate various parts of the home, from thermostats to window blinds, locks, appliances, and lighting, and when your home alarm system is added to this network, it can work in conjunction with these other components to boost the safety and security of your home and everyone who lives in it. Whether you already have a home alarm system and want to get more out of it or are considering installing an alarm and want to know how to select one that makes the best use of technology, you’re sure to have questions about making the right choice. Talking to your smart home specialist is a good way to get personalized tips that are right for your home. These answers to commonly asked questions about smart home alarm systems will also help.
What makes a home alarm system smart?
A traditional home alarm system detects things like a door or window opening when the alarm is set. It then sounds an alarm, and in some cases, triggers a monitoring company to call the authorities on your behalf. This system has been used for decades and is an effective way of protecting your home. However, there are gaps in the protection provided by these systems that smart home alarms can help you fill in.
The “smart” part of your smart home alarm system is the way that it can communicate with other smart devices in your home. If it is part of a broader smart home system, then the alarm can provide data to other components in the system and respond to data provided by those components. This sets up a series of exchanges that can happen in your smart home system that trigger certain events. Additionally, your smart home alarm system can communicate with you, so you always have access to real-time information about your home’s security. Although smart home alarms are reactive, just as traditional alarms are, they also give you the ability to be more proactive about home security.
What are some of the ways that a smart home alarm system can react to potential security issues?
The easiest way to think about a smart home alarm system working in conjunction with other components of your home automation system is to think of the computer programming concept of IFTTT—if this, then that. With IFTTT, when a specific condition occurs, it triggers a specific response.
For your smart home alarm system, IFTTT can look something like this: if someone opens the door when the alarm is set and he or she doesn’t enter the appropriate code, then an alarm sounds, the lights switch on, the window blinds open, the police are notified, and you get an alert on your phone. Similarly, if the fire alarm sounds, then the fire department may be notified, an interior sprinkler system could be activated, you could get an alert on your phone, and your surveillance cameras could be triggered to allow you to see where the fire is happening.
These responses by your smart home alarm system take much of the guesswork out of traditional alarm systems. If you have a traditional alarm and it sounds, the monitoring company will call you, and you may have to decide without all of the information if the police should be notified. You may decide that they need to come when there is really another reason for the alarm being triggered, or you may ignore the alarm when there really is an issue. A smart home system makes it easier to make better decisions about security in these instances.
What are some other benefits of a smart home alarm system?
Remote operation is a key benefit to a smart home system. If you’ve ever worried whether or not you have locked your doors when you’re far away, then you know how stressful it can be to wonder if your home is protected. With a smart home alarm system, you can check your locks remotely and lock the door if necessary.
Remote locking and unlocking are also beneficial for controlling access to your home to people who need to be inside for specific purposes, but don’t need constant access. If you have cleaners who come to your home, instead of giving them a key, you could remotely unlock the door for them when they come to work and then lock it behind them when they leave. It can also be helpful if you have kids who sometimes forget their keys—you won’t have to leave work or call a neighbor with a spare key to let them in, since you can simply open the door from wherever you are. Similarly, there is no need to keep a spare key outside of your home or to give keys to your neighbors. With the ability to control your locks remotely, this leap of faith is no longer necessary.
Smart home alarm systems keep your home and loved ones safer. Are you ready to embrace these benefits for your family? At Technology Specialists, we can help you find the right smart home alarm system for your family’s needs, whether you have an existing alarm that you want to upgrade or are considering home security for the first time. Our smart home specialists can also help you determine if other home automation technologies could be a fit for your home and family. Talk to a team member today about smart home alarm systems in Tucson for information about our products from companies like Total Control and Creston, or to learn more about our design and installation process.