Thursday, 14 February 2013

Smart Home Automation Tips for Your Home Security

Home automation is a big aspect of home remodeling today. New technologies are constantly emerging to make life in the home easier, more fun and more secure. While luxury and entertainment are options that will depend on the budget available, home automation that improves home security is something that should be treated as essential. Your home is, in most cases, the biggest investment you will make in your life and a major part of what you will leave to your heirs. Investing a little in protecting it makes a lot of sense.

Typically, home automation is done as a part of a major home remodeling project as it usually impacts the whole house and the exterior areas. This normally involves a lot of wiring and installation work so making it part of a remodel saves both time and money.

One of the oldest and most basic home automation options is that of the smoke detector. This will detect any levels of smoke above the normal, which would be an indication of fire and automatically sound an alarm. The earlier a fire is detected and action is taken to control it, the less the damage it will cause. Next among the older home automation technologies is that of lights that operate on a timer or by remote control. These are useful in making an unoccupied home look as if there are people in it and thus deterring burglars. It can also be used for external lighting to control the on and off time and so save electricity and reduce the utility bills. 

Among the newer technologies available are motions sensors that will sound an alarm if any unauthorized or unexpected activity takes place in the area that the sensors cover. The warning can be transmitted through an alarm in the house, via a mobile phone or over the internet. In this manner, the house owner can be notified of any unexpected activity in or around his house irrespective of where he or she is and take the appropriate action to protect the property.

Close circuit cameras to monitor what happens in a house have been around for a long time. But in the past knowing what they recorded meant spending hours watching video tapes. Modern home automation systems allow the homeowner to use the internet to keep an eye on his property in real time and take the required action if anything untoward comes to his notice.

Mobile technology and smartphones and tablets now make it possible for a home owners to control everything that happens in his home from anywhere in the world.

For those living alone or the elderly, home automation systems offer high speed medical assistance and alerts to family. This can often mean the difference between life and death. New technologies are also available to offer increased convenience to those who are physically impaired. Voice activated controls can make using appliances possible for those who are not in a position to use normal control features and give them a degree of independence that would not have been possible before.

Home automation systems that improve home security are a worthwhile investment and the additional cost that is involved is balanced by the extra safety to life and property that they provide as well as increased peace of mind. And with technologies improving all the time, the costs are reducing while new features are becoming available. Additionally, many of the additional security features available can translate into reduced home insurance premiums.

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