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Home Automation – The Next Trend in Home Security

There’s nothing worse than the feeling that you may – or may not - have left the iron on as you rushed off to work that morning.

In days gone by, that nagging feeling often meant a return trip home at the expense of being late for work or another appointment. After all, leaving an appliance such as an iron or a hot curling iron plugged in all day is a major fire hazard. Being late is preferable to risking a fire in your home.

Now, thanks to advances in technology, leaving the house without turning off the appliances is a situation that can be checked – and remedied – without the hassle of returning to your home.

Some home security companies now offer more than just home security capabilities. Most of the major home security companies now are offering home automation services as part of their wireless plans.

So what, exactly, does this mean? Home automation systems, sometimes called “Smart Homes,” allow customers to use their Smartphones or a remote control device to perform tasks such as adjusting their thermostats or turning lights on or off. That coffee pot that you can’t remember turning off? With a home automation feature, it’s as simple as grabbing your Smartphone and making a few clicks.

Home automation, in conjunction with home security systems, is expected to be one of the hottest trends for home security in 2013. With 53 percent of all home security companies offering some form of home automation service, use of this technology within single-family homes is expected to continue to grow.

So which areas of the home can be controlled with an automated system such as this? The most common include lighting, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), appliances and electronic door locks. Software connects these devices through a central control area, such as a computer or a device resembling your furnace control system, which can then be remotely accessed by the customer. Want to turn on the outside lights because you’ll be returning home later than planned? An automated system could do that for you.

But is it affordable?

The answer is yes, and no.

Basic home automation systems start at around $60 a month for operational costs, but go as high as $300. For every appliance or electrical system added to the package, the cost will increase with most providers. This price includes only monthly operation of the automated system. The cost of the central automated control device that will need to be installed in your home, as well as labor costs for installation, can cost more than $1,000 combined. Cost also depends on the square footage of your home. The larger the home, the costlier this option will be to maintain.

Customers who are handy can save money by purchasing and installing home automation systems and software in their own home – then having those systems connected to an existing security company's service plan. Home improvement stores such as Lowe's and Home Depot sell these systems and often can provide a bit of guidance on which will best serve your home. However, self-installation is not for everyone, so if money is not an issue, it is best to have the professionals handle the selection and installation of a home automated system.

Dallas police officer dies after shooting, 2nd officer and Home Depot security guard remain in critical condition

A Dallas police officer died Wednesday after a shooting that wounded another officer and an employee at a home improvement store, the city's mayor said. Mayor Mike Rawlings was presiding over a city council meeting when he announced the death of Rogelio ...

Published:  Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:27:00 GMT



Home Depot Security Guard in Critical Condition Following Tuesday's Shooting

A Home Depot security guard is in critical condition after Tuesday's shooting at a Home Depot in northeast Dallas. According to an arrest affidavit, loss prevention officer Scott Painter was found on the ground of the store's security office with ...

Published:  Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:09:00 GMT



This $26 home security cam sells out every time we cover it, and it's back in stock on Amazon

Every single time we cover the Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera, it sells out. Usually it sells out within a few hours, or shipping estimates at least start to slip back within that time span. So consider yourself warned, because it's ...

Published:  Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:12:00 GMT



Protecting Your Employees' Home IT From Cyberthreats

However, there are enough commonalities to at least create a general home IT security framework. I've culled the best practices below from years of experience in defending against dynamic threats. These tips can help empower your employees to protect ...

Published:  Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:18:00 GMT



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Published:  Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:43:00 GMT



Reolink Go wireless security camera breaks away from home routers

Earlier this month, Anker's eufy EverCam launched on Kickstarter. As well as offering a 365 day battery life, the security camera wirelessly connected to a home router meaning totally cable-free set it and forget it installation. But you'd still need a Wi ...

Published:  Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:55:00 GMT



Home Security Maximized with These Apps

Home security tools such as cameras and alarm systems are generally regarded as expensive methods to ensure the protection of the home. However, the introduction of mobile apps and various tools have enabled home owners to add an extra layer of security at ...

Published:  Sun, 22 Apr 2018 01:40:00 GMT



Choosing home security cameras for remote caregiving

A video monitoring system allows a caregiver to remotely watch and listen to the person under care. A video monitoring system allows a caregiver to remotely watch and listen to the person under care. (Getty Images) If you need to regularly check on people ...

Published:  Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:05:00 GMT



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Activation Fee and 42-Month Monitoring Agreement at a minimum of $49.99/mo., home ownership, and satisfactory credit history required. Local permit fees and/or sales tax may apply. Services not available in all areas.

 

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