Your home deserves protection and systems that address the safety of you and yours. Combining home security systems with home automation systems creates a protective shield around your home, removing stress and keeping your home as secure as possible.
To understand how home security and automation systems can synchronize, we’ll explain how they work and how, together—as part of a Fluent system—they optimize the safety and comfort of your home.
What Home Security Systems Do for You
If you’ve ever had someone talk to you through their doorbell, you’ve seen a home security system in action.
A security system uses smart devices paired with professional monitoring services to protect you and your home. There are many benefits associated with using home security systems, but here are three of the most common:
1. Security Alerts
The main priority of a home security system is to keep your home safe from intruders.
Anytime your motion detectors, doorbell camera, or outdoor cameras detect motion, you receive a notification. If any alarms go off telling you a door or window has been opened without permission, the system notifies your security company, who can inform first responders.
2. Home Monitoring
You can install sensors around your home to alert you when living conditions become unsafe. Flood sensors placed in basements or next to your washing machine alert you early when water starts leaking, potentially saving thousands of dollars in damages and repairs.
3. Burglar Deterrent
Having a security system is the first step in deterring unwanted visitors. A study conducted with incarcerated burglars found that homes are far less likely to become a target if they have a visible security system.
Sensors placed at windows and doors around your home immediately alert you when they are opened while armed. Motion detectors and motion-activated lights deter any trespassers from getting too near. Cameras record suspicious activity, and alert you when things are not as they should be.
All of these features significantly decrease the risk of burglary or trespassing on your property, and can keep your home safe.
What Smart Home Automation Systems Do for You
Home automation systems are a great way to have control over the systems in your house—all from the convenience of your phone. Most smart home devices utilize an app to give you the control you need for more comfortable living. There are many benefits of home automation systems but here are some of our favorites:
1. Remote Temperature Management
There are many times when you may want to change the temperature in your house, but can’t get to the thermostat. Maybe you’re sick, disabled, out of the house, or simply too comfortable to get up. With remote temperature management, you can quickly adjust the thermostat from your phone.
2. Remote Door Locks
We’ve all left the house and accidentally forgot to lock the door. It happens.
When you have a home automation system, if you forget you simply lock the door from your phone (even if you are nowhere near your house).
It also works in reverse: you can unlock the door remotely when you need to. If you’re not home and your relatives show up a little bit early, you can simply tap your phone and let them in.
3. Energy Savings
Home automation systems make it easy to conserve energy and save money. When you forget to turn off lights or appliances, you can simply do it from your phone even if you aren’t at home.
4. Home Data & Insights
Smart systems can recognize your patterns and preferred settings. This allows you to see what your usual comfort levels are for temperature, lighting, and locking up. If you program your system to do so, it can alert you when your home is not following the normal pattern—allowing you to remedy the situation before problems arise.
How These Systems Work Together
Though both home automation systems and home security systems work reasonably well independently, the best option you could possibly have to keep your home safe and running smoothly is when you combine the two systems and have them work in tandem.
Some of the benefits of integrated security systems include:
1. Simultaneously Activating Security Systems & Lights
When you have both systems, you can adjust your home settings if you notice any suspicious activity.
For example: If your home automation system notifies you that a door has been opened, you can use your security system to see what’s happening through your camera and/or turn on your lights to scare people off.
2. Remotely Securing Entrances
If your security system alerts you that you forgot to lock up, your home automation makes the mistake easy to fix.
3. Keeping Your Home Safe While You’re Away
When you’re out of town, you can easily make it look like you never left. Turn on lights remotely to make intruders think you’re inside. Keep an eye on things with cameras so you always know what’s going on.
4. Experiencing Full Peace of Mind
With both systems up and running, you never have to worry about your home or your safety. Alarms and alerts will let you know whenever suspicious activity occurs. You know you can secure your home and change its settings even when you are not there.
5. Letting Emergency Responders In
If your security systems detect a problem at home and alert the authorities you can easily let police, firemen, or EMTs enter your home from your phone.
If you are in an emergency situation where you need help and can’t get to the door, opening the door from your phone allows these first responders to get in and help you.
Optimize Your Home Management with Fluent
Any system you implement in your home is for your benefit. As home security systems protect your home and keep unwanted intruders out, home automation systems make your home comfortable and customizable.