Your home should be a place of security and comfort — it shouldn’t be a source of stress that something will go wrong whether you’re home or away. Maintain peace of mind when it comes to managing your home using these four steps, then learn how Xfinity Home can help you get started.
1. Install security features inside and outside your home
Home security systems can protect your home from theft, allow you to keep an eye on your property when severe weather rolls in, monitor your front porch for visitors and package deliveries, and even alert the authorities in the case of emergencies. In today's digital age, these systems have become more advanced, effective, and affordable. Consider these features to increase your home’s security:
- Indoor and outdoor cameras for home monitoring, which you can livestream on your mobile device
- Door, window, and motion sensors
- Smart locks that you can arm and disarm remotely
- Fire and carbon monoxide detectors
- Professional monitoring services that can alert the authorities when alarms are triggered
Indoor and outdoor surveillance systems for the home allow users to monitor activity from anywhere using their smartphone. Consider a professionally monitored surveillance system for a “set-it-and-forget-it” security solution. Professional monitoring stations respond immediately when alarms are triggered, so you can focus on enjoying your home in peace (and not constantly watching your security cameras).
2. Manage your home with smart home features
Today’s security systems can integrate with home automation devices, and they’re easier than ever to use thanks to WiFi-connected smart home technology. Control your smart devices on a smart home hub, using a one-touch screen controller to manage smart locks, appliances, lighting, thermostats, cameras, and more.
Worried you left the lights on? Use your mobile app to check, and turn them off remotely. Concerned you forgot to turn the iron off? Simply shut off the outlet with your smartphone. Bad weather rolling in? Turn up the heat in your home before you even leave the office. You can even check that the kids made it home from school when your smart lock notification tells you so.
3. Take advantage of remote access
With your security footage available right on your smartphone, you can keep an eye on your place in real time — even if you’re on vacation halfway across the world. New remote home monitoring security features let you contact local authorities or sound an alarm through a mobile app, so you can rest assured that your home is protected while you’re away.
Whether you want to check to see if a package was delivered, or see how Fido is doing without you, you can do it all with your smart security app.
4. Save energy and money
Perhaps the best way to achieve peace of mind when it comes to our homes is knowing we’re not wasting energy (or money) to keep it running. Home automation systems allow users to closely monitor their daily and weekly power usage to help save energy and reduce annual costs. By controlling usage of lights, heating and cooling, appliances, and other smart home features, you can save energy and possibly lower your energy bill.
Additionally, if you’re on the road and you realize you've forgotten to turn off lights or adjust temperature controls at home, you can shut off power right from your smartphone to minimize waste.
A home security system and home automation devices can help you monitor and manage your home, making it the safe-haven it should be. Learn more, and see how Xfinity Home can help.