Home automation and home security have partnered up over the last few years giving homeowners the edge over the “bad guys”. The latest buzz word linking these two together is “interactive”. The dictionary describes “interactive” as relating to a computer program or system, interacting with a human user, often in a conversational way, to obtain data or commands and to give immediate results or updated information.
Whether these commands originate from home or your favorite vacation spot, it makes no difference as long as you have a smartphone and internet service. Yes, I’ve written in the past about various products that can be controlled via the internet. Products like deadbolts, lighting fixtures and alarm systems. These are all common products controlled with a push of a button. But today I’m going to discuss an area of home security most folks may not be aware of. I’m referring to automated window coverings.
Most homeowners neglect to realize how important it is to use window coverings to their advantage. Whether its misinformation or a lack of knowledge it’s time to set the record straight. So just how important is it to have your windows covered? The answer to this question depends on many variables. For instance, during the day it’s never a good idea to close all the blinds because this is certainly an admission of vacancy. So during the day, leave your blinds open.
Once evening sets in, it’s time to close the blinds. A good indicator is when it’s easier to see in the house from the outside than to see outside the house from the inside. But let’s say you live alone and leave for work early in the morning and don’t return until later in the evening. This is where home automation can fit the bill. If you installed automated window coverings, you could close your drapes or blinds as soon as it starts to get dark, right from your company office.
You may even want to pre-program your blinds to open and close at various times. This is done with optional wireless timer switches that provide additional security for that, “somebody is home” look. This feature adds security to your home whether you’re away at the office or on extended holidays.
And don’t think you only have control of one window covering at a time from your smart phone. All you have to do is implement a central function and take total control of all your blinds at once. And believe it or not you don’t even have to adjust them. Depending on the position of the sun and the season, the blinds will adjust themselves to the optimal position, keeping the homeowner cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
For those who are wanting to vamp up the external security of their windows keep in mind that roll shutters are also available under the “smart home” umbrella. Not only do these shutters offer you double extruded commercial type aluminium slats to provide unparalleled protection, they can keep your home comfortable year round while reducing the energy your home requires for heating and cooling
Another bonus they offer the homeowner is reduced noise levels because they act as an acoustic insulator. And if you’re working shift work and have to sleep during the day, they can provide room darkening as well. Common areas that can be secured by roll shutters are entry doors, patio doors, sliding doors, windows and my favorite, skylights.
Security shutters can also be used in place of overhead garage doors. These doors are designed to keep the crooks on the outside of your garage where they belong. What I like about these types of doors is you don’t have track rails running across your ceiling. Your ceiling is virtually obstruction free.