Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published in January 2019 and has been revised to reflect industry updates.
Smart home technology is being utilized more and more within homes, for various reasons. Whether just one device or an entire network, consumers are taking advantage of its many features and capabilities to protect their homes, property, and loved ones.
Whether you’re looking to add this technology, or want to upgrade your current solution, it’s best to work with a provider partnering with a reputable smart technology company, such as Alarm.com.
Below we’ll outline some of the most common smart home technology benefits, such as remote monitoring, customization, wellness and safety check-ins, motion detection and video analytics—all of which can be remotely managed through the Alarm.com mobile app.
From smart security systems and speakers to lighting and TVs, linking these connected devices can improve a home’s productivity. Integrating smart home products and systems also provides invaluable peace of mind.
Such interconnectivity enables users to remotely manage and monitor thermostats, review surveillance camera footage, program indoor and outdoor lights, and more, all without having to leave their workplace—or even their kitchen table. This also saves money on utility bills.
2. Remote Monitoring
If connected to a mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer, smart homes can be managed from any place, at any time through remote monitoring. This enables real-time check-ins on various elements of your home and property.
It's hard to fully quantify just what that level of security means to users. The true comfort derived from knowing their property and loved ones are safe from threats—such as burglars and vandals, to fire and carbon monoxide—is invaluable.
Another amazing feature of smart home technology is its customization capabilities.
Depending on the device, smart products can adjust to match a specific user’s customized preferences or needs.
A smart thermostat can modify your home’s temperature based on local weather conditions, making the space more comfortable for its occupants.
Smart sprinklers are another good example. Some models have distinguished zones spanning a property. Customized activation based on sunlight amount and plant types ensures a more effective watering schedule.
4. Increased Safety
Through the interconnectivity of smart home technology, and real-time surveillance and monitoring, homeowners can know exactly what’s happening, and receive real-time alerts on any questionable occurrences.
Checking in on elderly loved ones when you can’t be there provides peace of mind and reassurance regarding safe, independent living. This is especially important during quarantine restrictions during the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Adding smart technologies, such as wellness and Wellcam facilitates real-time, two-way audio and video communication. These can also be integrated with Alarm.com Wellness Personal Emergency Response Pendants and wristbands for further protection.
6. Energy Management
As aforementioned, managing utilities such as heating, cooling, and lighting can save on energy costs. Pre-programming your thermostat to a specific temperature during certain times of the day ensures comfort, while cutting down on waste.
Consider smart outlets to manage auto shut-off for electronic devices such as TVs and gaming systems. Smart LED bulbs enable users to turn lights on and off at certain times for security and convenience.
7. Motion Detection
Activating only when motion is detected, this technology saves time, battery life, memory, storage, and energy. Regardless of whether you’re home or away, it notifies of possible suspicious activity within your home or around outdoor areas.
8. Video Analytics
Perhaps one of the most standout features of smart home automation is video analytics. This advanced technology can be added as another security layer in line with motion detection. Intelligent enough to differentiate among images of animals, humans, or vehicles, it decreases false notifications and deciphers movement to help prevent false alarms.
Pre-programmed tripwires and activity zones also provide real-time alert triggers to ward off potential intruders, such as activating indoor/outdoor lights.
9. Appliance Safety
Consider implementing smart stove and grill guards for automatic appliance shutoff. This provides real-time monitoring for dangers such as leaving on a hot stove, grill, or oven—all of which could lead to fires, gas leaks, and propane loss.
10. Leak Detection & Flood Sensors
Protecting your home from leaks and flooding is another smart feature. Receive real-time mobile alerts through your system’s leak detection and flood sensors to avoid costly damages before they happen.
When looking to upgrade or add smart home technologies, it’s best to consult a professional services provider, such as General Security, for best practices.