A homeowner may be tempted to take their property’s security for granted, especially if they live in a nice area, but smart home technologies are not to be ignored. Now more than ever, homeowners can think about having automated window shades installed, or even remote options for adjusting the thermostat or locking their doors or turning on lights. Security cameras and systems can also be included in a smart home package, and a home automation company will send professionals to install all this on a client’s property. Now, how can automated shades for windows or remote-controlled lights make a difference? How can a home automation company help?
Smart Homes and Crime
Home intrusions and robberies are common crimes, and some homes are more appealing targets for burglars than others. Each year across the United States, some 2.5 million burglaries take place, often in businesses or homes, and some homes are vulnerable indeed. Dark areas, loose windows, and a lack of a dog may make a home easy to rob, and in fact many burglaries take place during the day, too. Many traditional methods can help keep robbers away, but smart homes in particular may be extra safe. As of 2020, estimates say that around 45 million smart home devices will be operational across the United States, and over 90% of smart home owners would encourage other homeowners to get similar hardware. It should also be noted that homes without any security systems are around 300% more likely to get burglarized, so a concerned homeowner (especially one who recently got robbed) can find a home automation company online and ask for their services to stay safe in the future.
Automating the Home For Convenience and Security
An interested homeowner can look up a home automation company or two online, or several, and find one in their area to hire. A good company’s website will include photos, videos, and articles showcasing their work, along with customer reviews and contact information for reference. Once a home automation company is hired, the client may ask for any and all security and automation features that they want, and get help learning how to operate and maintain these various items.
A smart home is one that can regulate itself to activate or deactivate just about anything, often based on a pre-programmed schedule or based on sensor readings. One reason to do all this is the convenience, such as if the homeowner often goes on business or leisure trips and needs their house to control itself during that time without the need for a house sitter. And as mentioned earlier, these automated homes can marshal some formidable defenses for themselves while the owner is away and the house is empty.
One such feature will be automated window shades and blinds, which will lower and retract themselves based on a schedule or sensor readings (based on sunlight). This is important for not only blocking people’s view from the house’s interior (and the valuable items inside), but to control the interior temperature. During spring and summer in particular, bare windows admit a lot of hot sunlight that will warm up the house, which will force the air condition to turn on very often and use up costly electricity to keep the house cool. Even if the windows and doors aren’t drafty, too much sunlight will be an issue, so automated blinds will block it out while the homeowner is away as needed.
Lights inside and outside the house may turn on and off as the time of day changes, and this can give the impression that the house is occupied, which may help discourage break-in attempts. And even if the homeowner really is present, it may be more convenient to have the smart system turn all the lights on and off for a large property all at once. A homeowner can also set the thermostat to adjust itself based on temperature readings, and smart door locks mean no more use of keys. Instead, the homeowner types in a code, and this means that there is no lock for burglars to pick or force open. Finally, some smart homes include voice command systems and speakers, so the owner can turn items on or off with ease.