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December 04, 2018

How Sensors Can Save the Day: Home Security, Safety Alerts, Damage Prevention, and More

Motion Sensors

The goal of any home security system is clear: safety, security, and peace of mind. But the best home security systems also offer simplicity, ease of use, and a host of features to ensure that you can stay in the know about what’s happening in (and around) your home. With a smart security system, security motion sensors work together with cameras to offer protection as well as convenience.

Automate security with motion sensors

While motion sensors have long been used to activate outdoor security lights, they can do so much more in the name of safety, especially in a smart home. When paired with WiFi-enabled security cameras, motion sensors can trigger video recording to catch footage of intruders, activate motion sensor alarms, and send notifications instantly to your smartphone.

Simply attach sensors to walls, doors, windows, or any other point of entry, and you’ll receive notifications to your mobile device when motion is detected. And with Xfinity Home, 24/7 professional monitoring is included with your plan, so the system notifies the authorities whenever an alarm is triggered.

More and more home sensors are designed with pets in mind, so there’s no need to worry about false alarms when the cat jumps onto a window ledge or on your porch.

Keep tabs from afar with door and window sensors

While people often think of sensors as being “anti-theft” systems, they offer a host of other functions: they can provide tons of information about your home when you’re not there. Window and door alarm sensors can alert you to the comings and goings at home; you’ll be able to check in remotely, whenever it’s most convenient on your end.

With smartphone notifications, sensors can clue you in to all sorts of activities: when your children have arrived home from school, if your windows were left open during a rainstorm, or whether your pet sitter has taken the dog for a walk yet. Program your door sensors to trigger your security cameras, and you can even receive a live video stream of the front door—right to your mobile device. That’s right, there will be no need for guesswork about who’s coming and going… and when. See exactly what time a package was delivered, when a neighbor stopped by, or if the kids forgot to shut the door behind them when they left for school.

Because you can access your home security system remotely with a mobile app, you can also arm or disarm the system to give an expected guest instant access to your home when you’re not there. Simply add some smart locks, and you’ll even be able to use your smartphone app to open the door for them.

Get early warnings about leaks with water sensors

Motion-activated sensors aren’t the only sensors available for your smart home system. Water sensors are handy devices that detect the presence of water to alert you in case of a flood or leaky pipe. These devices can send real-time notifications to your mobile device, so you’ll be able to take action and prevent any potential damage from water or mold.

Sensors are an invaluable part of a secure smart home system. You can use these smart devices to activate your lighting, a security camera, or a safety alert. Learn more about how to set up sensors to trigger real-time alerts, video recording, or lighting changes when motion activity is detected. In no time, you’ll have added convenience and security to your daily routine.