With DG Safety Security Consulting, you will learn about the basics of home automation and taking control of your home’s lighting, thermostat, security, appliances and more, from almost anywhere on nearly every device on your hands.
There has been a lot of advancement in home security innovation and with good reason. Burglary is big business. In the United States alone, a burglary committed every 10 seconds, according to the Metropolitan Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (MBFAA). That comes to approximately 13 million homes being burglarized each year.
From home automation to video monitoring, here are a few of the top home automation products and service trends:
- Smart home integration: This hot home technology makes it easier to monitor and manage your home while you’re there or away. Smart systems such as DG Pulse, let you can monitor such alarms as fire, carbon monoxide and personal emergency response systems remotely or from anywhere in your home using your computer, smart phone or iPad.
- Broadband video monitoring: This technology makes it possible for your home security system to call your cell phone or send video to your smart phone or laptop at the first sign of trouble. Now you can see what is happening in and around your home while you’re away.
- Interactive automation: Home automation is enabling homeowners to manage energy properly with programmable lighting and climate that helps scale back energy usage when they’re not home. You can set these sophisticated systems, you so come home to a comfortable, well-lit home. They also work great to stop your home from looking abandoned when you’re away.
Home security trends continue to evolve and progress and we’ll continue to report on developments in technology. Wondering what our favorite new trend is? More and more people are taking an active role in obtaining the best home security innovation that is right for their family. Make security part of your everyday routine.
Home automation lets you turn your home into a smart home. What is home automation? In a nutshell, it’s you having the ability to control your home’s lighting, thermostat, security, appliances and more –from almost anywhere.
One big benefit of home automation is it let you control your smart home from within or when you’re on-the-go. To give you an example, with a smart home you can do something as simple as turn off all your lights from your cell phone to something as complex as receive real time video footage of your home on demand.
Smart home systems
With so many cool features and applications, home automation serves many different purposes and provides some great benefits. Smart home systems provide exceptional security solutions which will make you, and your family, feel more in control of your home.
Here are some examples of everyday uses a smart home can do:
- Manage your home’s energy consumption to help lower the energy bills.
- Control you home entertainment with the touch of a button or through voice recognition.
- Answer the door from any phone in the house.
- Automate your lights and thermostat to change settings at different times throughout the day.
- Unlock your door from your cell phone for you your kids or program your locks to unlock at certain times of the day to let in your housekeeper or in-laws.
- Receive emails, text messages and even real time videos when someone enters and leaves your home.
Make the switch
At one time, home automation was something reserved for those that can afford it. Today, it’s more accessible and much more affordable then you might think. With smart home technology, you have the ability to control your home and make it smarter.
Home automation has come a long way, especially in the area of home lighting control. Automated lighting used to mean a timer. Simply plug your lamp into a timer and plug the timer into the wall socket. Then, set the timer to the time you want the light to go on and off and like clockwork the light went on and off accordingly. Then there was the wireless lighting control. You may remember the 'Clapper®.' All you needed to do was clap your hands and the light goes on. Clap again and the light goes off, although the Clapper® may not be considered true wireless lighting.
The benefits of wireless lighting
Times have changed and so has home automation. Today’s smart technology is affordable and with products like DG Pulse, offers security, energy efficiency and convenience in one. Having home lighting control means you can schedule your interior lights to come on at a certain time of the day or day of the week.
Addition benefits include:
- Exterior lights can be automated.
- If you change your mind and are away from home, simple use your smart phone, iPad or web enabled computer to change the timing.
- Some systems adjust automatically for daylight savings.
- Turning on automatically when you enter a room.
- Can flash to signal the doorbell or a phone ringing.
- Can turn on if your security system detects an intruder.
With automated home lighting control you can activate your lights digitally or remotely, when you want and never when you don’t. Plus, it’s a feature that can add resale value to your home. There’s one other benefit –peace of mind knowing you’re coming home to a well lit and inviting home.
Remember when pages were just for doctors and cell phones were the size of a brick? Back then, home surveillance systems were about the size of a mail box. Well times have changed.
Today, smart phones have replaced pagers, cell phones can fit in your pocket and just about everyone has one. The same holds true for home security cameras. Advancements in technology have helped to reduce the size and cost, making home security cameras affordable.
Home surveillance systems
Recently, a woman was interviewed on the news for having caught intruders stealing from her home. Seems the woman had been burglarized and invested in home security that included cameras. While at work, she connected to her home security camera system and watched as young men were trying to break into her home. Stunned, she called 911 and stayed on the line until police arrived.
What really makes home surveillance systems worth the price is:
- They catch more than you can.
- They see when you can’t.
- They see where you can’t.
- They store the images.
Security systems like DG Pulse, integrate indoor and outdoor cameras with your home security system. In an automated smart home, safety and security are the benefits a homeowner can feel confident about. Automated systems are able to monitor the interior and exterior of your home and can notify you or emergency personnel of any unusual activity when necessary.
When you hear 'home security' what comes to mind? Security systems designed for the interior of a home? You’re not alone. While a security system can do a lot to keep intruders out, the right outdoor lighting can do a lot to keep problems from arising in the first place.
Your outdoor lighting should serve two main purposes, security and design. Accent lighting delivers design, but may not provide enough security to thwart trouble. Effective outdoor security lighting can help you monitor and protect the perimeter of your home while adding beauty to your landscaping.
Shine a light on the problem
Strategically placing outdoor lights can deter potential intruders. Criminals do not want to be identified which is why they target property that offers them the most protection from neighbors and passersby. Here are 3 types of lighting to consider each with its own advantages and disadvantages:
All-Night Lighting: Covers your property with constant lighting, making it difficult for an intruder to enter without being seen. This type of lighting tends to be the most popular.
- Pros: It’s convenient. Can be set to turn on at dusk and off at dawn with a light-sensitive photocell.
- Cons: This type of lighting uses the most electricity. It can add a significant Increase to your utility bill.
- Tip: Keep energy consumption down by using solar energy lighting.
Motion-Activated Lighting: Turns on when someone or something passes by a motion sensor.
- Pros: It can be quite frightening for a trespasser when lights suddenly turn on, one reason this type of light is so effective and popular. This type of lighting saves electricity, as it is only activated when needed.
- Cons: Light needs to be in the right position to turn on when you want it.
Hi/Low Combination Lighting: Uses a low intensity light throughout the night. When someone passes by, the motion sensor causes the lights to get brighter and brighter.
- Pros: Saves some money on electricity while providing complete illumination when needed.
- Cons: Can’t really think of any.
Your landscape can have a major role in either increase or decrease the safety of your exterior. Take a survey of your front and back yard. Notice when shrubbery is overgrown or can provide concealment for unwanted intruders and cut the growth back. Use strategically placed shrubbery (such as a thorny olive bush) to deter trespassers. Add the outdoor lighting of your choice that provides your lawn with beauty while providing your home with security.
If you have a home security system or are in the market for one, then remote home monitoring may be a feature at the top of your list. Remote monitoring let’s you use your Smartphone, iPad or web-enabled computer to see the status of your alarm. It also lets you to be automatically contacted by email, text or cell phone when there’s been an incident at your home. All it takes is the installation of a wireless home security network, which then lets you monitor your home security system as easily as you check your e-mail or send text messages.**What you need to know
all home security companies offer interactive services such as home
automation or having the ability to arm and disarm your alarm remotely.
The most advanced security systems, such as the DG Pulse, let you
connect electric and electronic devices to your home network. Once
connected you have the ability check on your home, family or pet, 24
hours a day from almost anywhere in the world.
Features of remote home monitoring:
- Ability to check your home security and other alarm systems.
- Arm and disarm your system.
- Adjust your thermostats and lights.
- Specify alert criteria so you’re notified by text, e-mail or call if there’s a fire, intrusion or temperature control problem.
- View security camera feeds.
Complete home automation may sound complex and expensive, but many systems are surprisingly affordable and simple to install. For just a minute, let your imagination wonder. Imagine what it would be like to have automatic lighting control, video surveillance accessibility and thermostat control and be able to control everything from your cell phone. Consider for a moment having the ability and capability to properly manage energy to help lower your bill. What was once thought to be a fantasy is now a reality. Wireless home security automation lets you do all this and more.
What is complete home automation? Basically, home automation can be defined as accessing or controlling many of your home’s appliances, security, climate, and video monitoring from a remote or centralized location.
3 amazing benefits of complete home automation:
Life, and sometimes traffic can make it difficult to be home the moment the kids come in the door or when the repair person shows up. And since you can’t be in two places at the same time, having the convenience of accessing your home systems remotely can be a real time saver. Turn off all the lights in your home without having to get out of bed. Use your cell phone or portal device to turn your wireless home security alarm system on/off or use voice recognition to control appliances around the house.
- Energy Management & Savings:
When used properly many home automation products, also known as "smart" products, help you manage your home’s energy consumption. For example, automate your thermostat to adjust settings throughout the day based around the times someone is home or the house is empty.
Some "smart" devices can be synced up to your appliances with real-time energy information. This helps your home appliances know the most cost-effective times to operate. For example, your dishwasher may run at 2am because this is the best time for the lowest price.
- Wireless Home Security
Complete home automation systems have many security benefits. As mentioned, they allow you to check in on your home from a remote location, giving you true peace of mind. Some systems will let you interact with your home security system, providing you with the ability to arm and disarm your home remotely. Some complete home automation systems will alert you by phone, text or email if there is any unusual movements within your home.** Home automation products provide convenience and save you time and effort performing household tasks. When you properly manage your energy, you can reduce your energy consumption, which may help you save money. Maybe and perhaps most importantly, complete home automation lets you customize your home to fit your family’s unique needs and lifestyle.