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How To Use Home Automation To Improve Your Home Security

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Home automation is in high demand as it can improve your home security. But how? Mentioned in this post are 3 parts that can guide you to use technology to make your home a smart and secure home. Keep reading. 

Automation systems provide convenience by making your home a smart home. Most importantly, they are known to increase the security level of your home manifolds. Let’s look at how you can use automation technology to improve your home security.

Part – 1: Get Risk Assessment of Your Home

The first step of using technology to improve your home security is to know the possible threats. This can easily be estimated by doing a risk assessment. Some security solutions companies can do this risk assessment for you. Alternatively, you can do the risk assessment on your own or use an online tool. Several factors are taken into consideration to understand the level of risk of your home security, such as;

  • The Type of your House: Apartments are known to be less risky than bungalows or independent houses. 
  • Family Members: If you have senior citizens living with you or have small children, the risk level is higher and needs appropriate risk management. 
  • Your Schedule: The number of hours you stay away from home can impact your home security risk level. For instance, if you travel often, you will need appropriate devices that can help you monitor and control the security of your home from a remote location. 
  • Your Neighbourhood: Do you have close relatives staying close by, or do you live in a remote place? Does your neighbourhood have a past history of burglary or fire? This could impact your risk level quite significantly. 
  • Authorities Nearby: How far is the police station or fire station from your place? If it’s far, you’ll need to install appropriate devices that can nullify the threat until the authorities reach your place. 
  • Possible Breach Points: Consider all the factors that can impose a threat to your home security, such as;
    • The number of entry points, such as doors windows, etc.
    • Presence of security guards
    • Fencing around your home or bungalow

Considering all these factors can help you decide the right security devices to be installed- discussed in the next part.  

Part 2: Investing in the Right Home Security Devices

Once you have estimated the threat and risk level, it is now time to take note of all the devices that will help you provide protection. However, before that, you must remember a few points;

  • Invest in Devices that Can be Controlled Remotely: The security devices you installed should be IP-enabled which can let you control or monitor your home security even from a remote location through the help of the internet. 
  • Give Preference to Quality over Price: There are many cheap devices available that promise to do the job for you. However, these can often easily be tampered with and are known to have a reduced shelf-life. 
  • Consult a Professional: While you can do this on your own, a professional can do the risk assessment for you and help you identify the right security devices you will need.

Now, here are some security systems you must consider;

  • Burglar or Intruder Alarm System
  • IP CCTV Cameras
  • Access Control Systems
  • Video Door Phones
  • Hooter Alarms
  • Panic Buttons
  • Motion sensors

Most importantly, you will need a master controller or a gateway panel that can help you monitor and control your home security 24/7. This device helps you integrate all the smart home devices, including your security systems, to provide complete security. Let’s discuss that in detail in the next part.

Part 3: Integrating Devices 

The master controller or a gateway panel is the brains of your home automation system. It helps you integrate all the devices so that they can run seamlessly. Integration systems built with Z-wave technology ensure network reliability and seamless integration. Also, ensure you choose a device that lets you control all your systems right from an app on your smartphone. The capacity of this device is another important feature that you must consider. 

Secure Your Home with Automation

From alerting you on your smartphone every time there is a breach to even alerting your neighbours and local authorities, security automation systems help you secure your home by enabling you to monitor and control a wide range of devices from anywhere. They can make your home into a smart home.