For many, summer is the ultimate time of the year; with more sunlight, warmer weather, and our beloved summer vacation. Unfortunately, summer is often a favored time of year for burglars as well, given that many people leave their homes unoccupied while on vacation. Of course, there are many steps homeowners can take to protect their home, like canceling the newspaper, installing light sensors, keeping a vehicle in the driveway, or asking neighbors to keep an eye out. However, in the age of social media, it’s easier than ever for ill-intentioned individuals to see where we are and what we’re doing, which means setting up some form of home security before leaving for vacation is crucial to protect your home.
Fortunately, home monitoring technology has become much more affordable and less invasive than traditional security systems that involve salesmen and a set-up crew. Not only are the following home security systems easy to use, but they can also be monitored remotely via a smartphone application, giving homeowners peace of mind knowing they’ll be informed if an incident occurs while on vacation.
While an easy-to-use, professional grade home security system may sound too good to be true, with Abode, it’s a no-brainer. The starter kit includes one gateway, two door/window sensors, one motion sensing camera, and one remote key. It’s entirely customizable so users can select which type of smartphone notifications they’ll receive, such as when a door opens or closes, motion is detected, or an alarm is activated.
An added bonus lies in Abode’s compatibility with Nest, which allows users to connect smoke detectors and thermostats to their remote home monitoring. This integration provides homeowners additional peace of mind knowing that their home will be protected from intruders and emergencies like a fire or flood. Users also have the option to purchase short or long term vacation packages, which provide homeowners with Abode’s remote 24/7 professional monitoring.
For those looking for a low-maintenance, easy-to-use, effective home monitoring system, Homeboy is an ideal choice. The small spherical video camera holds a charge for three months, making it perfect for home monitoring during long summer vacations. All the system requires is a wifi connection, it doesn’t even require drills or mounting equipment since the camera mounts magnetically anywhere. Similar to Abode, users can customize the type of alerts they receive from the system.
Also, users can utilize geofencing technology to automatically link their smartphone’s GPS location to Homeboy, which automatically arms the camera when leaving home and disarms it upon arrival. Although Homeboy does not provide live-streaming capabilities, it does include motion detection, night vision, free cloud storage, and a built-in siren. Admittedly, the minimalist of home security solutions, Homeboy is capable of keeping your home secure, without all of the bells, whistles, and added expenses of other home monitoring systems.
The Icontrol Networks’ Piper NV is the ultimate in home security. Although it will cost homeowners more upfront, it’s capabilities far surpass its cheaper competitors. The system includes a camera, siren, microphone, speaker, Z-wave hub, and motion, sound, temperature, light, and humidity sensors. Its integrated app offers customizable notifications, arm and disarm functions, and live footage.
It also tracks home analytics, which allows homeowners to visualize what the system has detected over time. Even more impressive is that Piper is compatible with other smart home devices like smart thermostats, water or smoke sensors, locks, and smart plugs making it an ideal addition to any smart home.
Smart home security solutions mean investing in home security doesn’t have to be costly or time-consuming. It can be as simple as downloading an app and plugging in a video camera; which is definitely the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home will be just as you left it when you get back.
Kali Muir is an ambitious freelance writer with a BA in Communications. She was born in Canada but has since lived in Norway, Denmark, and England. Her work experience is as diverse as her past addresses, including roles in technical communication, corporate communication, marketing, and article writing. She has experience working in varied business sectors: Oil & Gas, Engineering & Technology, Clothing & Equipment Retail, and Creative Writing. Follow Kali’s professional and personal journey at www.kalimuir.com, or connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter.