Three Ways a Home Automation System Can Keep Your Family Safe
by Daniel Reinhardt
Technology changes faster than you can change your baby's diaper. Okay, maybe not that fast. But with the power of computers doubling approximately every 18 months, it can be difficult to keep up with every update and product release. Don't stress! Your journey to becoming a technology wizard will be easier than you think, and it starts with a home automation system.
Simply put, a home automation system is a group of electronic devices that work together to ensure you live in a safe, sound and smart home, where you have control over your lights, heating and other appliances. Here are three ways in which you can take advantage of home automation technology to enhance your quality of life, and even find some peace of mind:
1. Keep an eye on the kids. You don't have to break the bank to have a good home automation system. Affordable Wi-Fi baby cameras can help keep your child safe: Many of them feature HD (high-definition) video and two-way audio, which means you can calm your baby if you can't get to her right away. They even have a recording option, which is triggered by motion or sound. The recording can be used to observe your baby's sleep behaviors and check for any potential safety concerns, or to ensure that the family dog isn't chewing on that new stuffed bear while you're in the other room.
With Wi-Fi baby cameras, you can have photos and videos sent to your mobile device to review at any time. Some will even play lullabies to help the little one fall asleep.
2. Add some extra security. Have you ever settled in for the night, gotten comfortable in bed and then jumped back up to make sure you closed the garage door? A security alert system can help stop those panic moments by alerting you to any potential breaches long before you've put on your jammies. You can go to sleep knowing that your technological eyes and ears will alert you to any security concerns.
Best of all, these types of systems are affordable and easy to use. They use your existing Internet connection, and there's no need to get a third-party vendor involved. You can have the whole thing up and running in just a few hours. Or, if you'd prefer, Sears Home Services can install and setup the security system for you.
3. Stay in control. Hate leaving the heat on when nobody's home? One of the most convenient aspects of a home automation system is the ability to control appliances, locks and even room temperature from your smartphone. Many systems come with accompanying apps that allow you to remotely adjust almost anything in your house. And yes, that means you can even turn the heat down from your desk at work.
Technology is evolving at a rapid rate. By keeping up with the latest advances in home automation and security, you can keep a close eye on the people (and things) you love most.