Home Automation: Convenient, Easy, and Energy Efficient (6 min read)
There are lots of ways to protect your belongings; some more practical than others. In Colorado Springs the crime rate is 39 per one thousand residents, which means Colorado Springs has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to other cities its size. If you live in Colorado Springs and don’t have a security system, then this article is for you.
A Quick Overview
Experts believe that almost 500 million home automation devices are being used globally. These devices not only include surveillance cameras but also include smart light bulbs, smart power outlets, and smart thermostats.
You may have considered home automation knowing that it could make your life easier and your home more energy-efficient, but you may have thought it too costly an investment for you to take the plunge and make your home a smart home.
The popularity and advancements in home automation technology have actually helped drive upfront costs down. In this article, we are going to discuss a few home automation devices that can make your life easier, make your home more energy-efficient and best of all… SAVE YOU MONEY. Installing a home security system in Colorado Springs is a win, win, win scenario.
Video Doorbells and Smart Deadbolts
Up first let's start with the entrance of your home. Have you thought about replacing your old doorbell with a video doorbell and smart deadbolt combination, but just couldn’t justify the cost. Let’s list some of the benefits before we talk about costs.
Make sure those Amazon Prime packages are still there when you get home:
Shopping online has been growing in popularity for the last 20 years and will only increase as online retailers offer expedited delivery options for FREE or at very little cost. It is estimated that 79% of Americans prefer shopping online rather than in a store or mall. With that amount of packages being transported all over the country and being left on doorsteps, there is an increase in one's exposure to theft.
Last year alone, a staggering 11 million people reported incidences of theft from “Porch Pirates.” We all know that crummy feeling when we are expecting a package and it never arrives. There was a study done in Los Angeles about whether or not a video doorbell device does anything to deter criminals and it was found to have reduced burglaries in included neighborhoods by 55%. Granted video doorbells can be expensive upfront as their cost can range from 100-200 dollars from major retailers, but if they can help keep your packages and property safe while you are away from your home isn’t that worth the upfront cost?
Get those really valuable packages placed on the inside of the door:
You can go a step further and pair a video doorbell with a smart deadbolt pictured below. Now you can let those UPS and Amazon Prime drivers into your home remotely from an app on your phone like ADT’s Command app. This lets drivers leave packages inside the door, and you can lock the door behind them when they leave right from the app.
Convenience you never knew you wanted:
Have your hands full as you leave the house, or forgot to lock the door on your way to work? No problem, you can lock or unlock your door anytime and from anywhere right from your phone. This comes in more handy than you think.
Home Invasion and Robbery Prevention
In the United States, a home robbery occurs every 13 seconds. There is good news though, the instances of burglaries are trending down as more and more people install home security systems that are proven to deter would-be robbers.
In the event that your surveillance system doesn’t deter a home robbery wouldn’t it be nice if you were able to give the police a good picture or video of the home invaders so as to make sure they are unable to terrorize anyone else? The pros of a home security system far outweigh the cons and are definitely an easy and efficient way for you to protect your belongings and the things that matter most to you.
The applications for energy saving are even more numerous as you can now not only turn lights on and off when you aren’t home, but you can also adjust the thermostat as well. Best of all you can do it all right from your phone. There are numerous instances where I find myself out with my wife or at work and I start wondering if I kept the air conditioning running or kept the thermostat turned up. Or maybe I am in the basement and feel a little cold. All I have to do is open the ADT Command app on my phone and I have easy access to the thermostat and my smart lighting devices. Does this make me lazy, or just really efficient? I think the latter.
Not only do I see myself as being efficient, but I have a sense of pride knowing that every month I am able to save just a few more dollars on my utility bill because the thermostat is adjusted properly when my family and I are home and when we are away.
For a full list and description of home automation devices that can fit your needs visit www.safealarmsecure.com/products-and-cameras
Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detection
Having these devices installed in your home is obviously a given, and being sure they are powered correctly and within their years of expiration is a must. If you are reading this make a note to remind yourself to check those things the next time you get a chance. I can say from personal experience that a working CO2 detector saved me and my family's life.
On average 400 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning. A working CO2 and smoke detector, properly installed, will be able to protect you and your family when you are home, but what if you aren’t? Do you have pets, do you have priceless items in your home that you would hope to be able to save? With a CO2 and smoke detector combination from Safe Alarm Secure you and the fire department can both be notified when an issue arises. Want to be sure? Install a few home surveillance cameras and check on your home when you get a fire or CO2 notification.
Flood and Water Damage Alerts
Have you ever really wondered about the amount of damage a flood or leaking home appliance can cause when you aren’t at home? A leaking water heater, although a nuisance, doesn’t do near as much damage as a water line popping free from the back of the refrigerator. These types of leaks can not only be devastating in the kitchen, but they can also cause tremendous damage to the floors below.
With flood sensors and automatic water shutoffs, you can now be notified when a water level rises in your basement or area of most exposure. You can take it a step further and install an automatic shutoff at your water source. If that isn’t an option or the source of the water is from somewhere else you can now ring a neighbor and let them in because you paired your flood detector with a smart deadbolt. You can also keep an eye on things when your neighbor or friend is in your house because you had those surveillance cameras installed as well.
Do you see the pattern here? If you decide that you need one home automation or home security solution, then you would be better served to explore all your automation options.
Price Wise: What Can a Home Automation and Security System Save You?
Securing your packages and belongings are easily some of the more obvious cost savings that you will realize when installing a home automation and home security system, but let’s go a step further.
I live in Colorado Springs, and I have a home security system with the additional home automation options, and I was surprised by the amount of money I saved. Not only did I get all my equipment for free, but I also was able to save money on my utilities and even my homeowners insurance. That’s right, if you live in Colorado Springs and have a home security system you need to contact your insurance agent and ask for that discount. If you don’t like your insurance agent, then send me a message or leave a comment below and I’ll refer you to mine.
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