Many Canadians have already made plans for a vacation during the winter months, meaning their homes will be unattended for a period of time. Some get house sitters or ask a neighbour to keep an eye out, but are you limited to those options? Home tech has become much more advanced over the last decade especially when it comes to keeping your home secure.
eieihome sought out some gadget options you may want to consider investing in when considering home security.
First there were dimmer switches, then there were energy saving bulbs, then LEDs came on the scene. Now we can control our lighting remotely using tools such as the INSTEON Hub app to give the illusion that someone is home when you’re far away. You can even control each individual bulb. This is extremely handy for the times you’ve accidently forgotten to turn a few lights off.
If you find you’re away for an extended period you might want to look into more security focused tech. There are a number of locking systems out there that can do the job, but none other quite like the August Smart Lock. It’s unique way of working means that not only will it automatically lock when you leave the house, but will also sense your approach and unlock for you. How is this done? This is another great smartphone friendly device, which can be remotely controlled, so you can let others into your home in an emergency.
This might not have crossed many people’s minds, but having the ability to control your blinds away from home means that you can shade your home on especially sunny days, and you can also create the illusion of someone being at home. Retailers like Hunter Douglas offer such products that allow homeowners to control their blinds through an app from your smartphone. Similar to that of adjustable lighting systems these too come with a range of controls and timers.
When it comes to securing your home having cameras monitoring your space is simply a must. You can buy a whole variety of cameras from small and concealable ones to large wide view ones. You used to have to view these screens via your computer, but those days are gone as smartphones are now able to do the same thing. Apps like Smartvue allow you to view multiple screens and even control the angle of the camera in some cases.
There are many more devices that can be used to keep your home safe and secure while you’re away. Doing some research may help you to decide what best fits your needs and what it is required to get some of these systems installed.