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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.

Abode's DIY home security system is now compatible with HomeKit

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Published:  Thu, 21 Nov 2019 08:16:00 GMT

Abode delivers long-promised HomeKit update for DIY Iota smart home security hub

After being announced at CES 2018, Abode is finally following through with its promise of delivering HomeKit support to its Iota do-it-yourself smart home security update today. Abode Iota DIY smart ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Nov 2019 05:04:00 GMT

Home alarm systems: how can I improve my security?

Technology companies are selling a lot of new gadgets to increase home security, including smart locks, motion detectors, window sensors and digital cameras. Many are part of the trend towards "smart ...

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Democrats raise privacy concerns over Amazon home security system

A group of Senate Democrats raised concerns on Wednesday around the data security practices of Amazon's home security company, Ring. In a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Jeffrey (Jeff) Preston Bezos ...

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Jill Duggar Posts About Being 'Brave' After Reports of Duggar Family Home Being Raided by Homeland Security

According to a report by KNWA, an NBC affiliate, the Duggar's family home in Arkansas was raided by Homeland Security amid an ongoing investigation. Although the Duggar's representative made a ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Nov 2019 02:57:00 GMT

Early Black Friday Amazon deals on home security are the lowest we've (ever) seen

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Keep track of every package with home security deals from Amazon. TL;DR: Buy the vigilant ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Nov 2019 16:15:00 GMT

Senators Raise Privacy Fears With Amazon Over Ukraine Team Allegedly Having Unrestrained Access to Ring Security Cameras

A handful of U.S. senators are demanding detailed information from Amazon about the national security implications of its home surveillance subsidiary Ring. In a letter addressed to billionaire CEO ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Nov 2019 07:54:00 GMT

Did Homeland Security Raid the Duggar Family Home? The Duggar's Say No

Was the Duggar family home in Arkansas really raided by Homeland Security? Homeland Security says that their home was, in fact, raided by them since there is an ongoing investigation against the ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Nov 2019 16:15:00 GMT

Inside the National Security Council's war between Trump loyalists and career aides

That's because, more than any other place in government, Trump's NSC has been home to a pitched and persistent battle between those dedicated to this irregular presidency and those who prefer the ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Nov 2019 08:44:00 GMT

Ode To Whistleblowers: Ira Lipman (1940-2019), From Civil Rights To The Security Industry

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$99 Customer Installation Charge. 36-Month Monitoring Agreement required at $36.99 per month ($1,331.64), 24-Month Monitoring Agreement required at $36.99 ($887.76) for California, including Quality Service Plan (QSP). Form of payment must be by credit card or electronic charge to your checking or savings account. Offer applies to homeowners only. Local permit fees may be required. Satisfactory credit history required. Certain restrictions may apply. Offer valid for new ADT Authorized Premier Provider customers only and not on purchases from ADT LLC. Other rate plans available. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Licenses: AL-15-1104, AK-35221, AZ-ROC217517, AR-2008-0014, CA-ACO6320, CT-ELC.0193944-L5, DE-07-212, FL-EC13003427, DC-602513000006, GA-LVA205395, HI-CT30946, ID-ELE-SC-39312, IL-127.001042, IN-City of Indianapolis: LAC-000156, IA-AC-0036, KY-City of Louisville: 483, LA-F1082, LA-F1914, LA-F1915, ME-LM50017382, MD-107-1626, MA-1355C, MI-3601205773, MN-TS01807, MS-15007958, MO-City of St. Louis: CC354, St. Louis County: 89767, MT-247, NE-14451, NV-68518, City of Las Vegas: 3000002944, NJ-34BF00021800, NM-353366, NY-Licensed by the N.Y.S. Dept. of State UID#12000286189, #12000286451, NC-1622-CSA, OH-53891446, City of Cincinnati: AC86, OK-1048, OR-170997, Pennsylvania Home Improvement Contractor Registration Number: PA22999, RI-3582, SC-BAC5630, SD-1025-7001-ET, TN-C1520, TX-B13734, ACR-3492, UT-6422596-6501, VT-ES-2382, VA-115120, WA-602588694/PROTEYH934RS, WV-042433, WI-City of Milwaukee: PAS-0002640, WY-LV-G-21499. 3750 Priority Way South Dr. Suite 200 Indianapolis, IN 46240 ©2014 Defender Security


Vivint Disclaimer:

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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