The holidays are both a joyful and stressful time of year. You’re celebrating with your loved ones, you have time off from work, but you also have a lot to think about.
From Christmas road trips to hosting Christmas for the whole family, you never want a busy life to compromise the security of your home, and advancements to technology and security systems mean you don’t have to.
It’s time to truly relax over the holidays, and make the most of what smart technology really has to offer.
A tell-tale sign for burglars looking to target homes is the lights being turned off despite it being early and dark. If you have outdoor Christmas lights, these being off is also evidence that nobody is home to switch them on. Whilst most outdoor lights are now automated, did you know that you can do the same for your home? With smart lighting, you can set exactly what time the lights in your home come on, and you can even decide which lights within your house you want on or off.
Alternatively, smart lighting is also a great way to create mood for hosting guests. Without any effort from yourself, you can dictate the feel of your whole house for guests in every room, just by installing smart lighting.
Opportunist thieves love the holidays for one big, obvious reason: packages are left on front porches every single day. There’s no denying the shift to shopping online, which means now more than ever, presents and gifts will be arriving to the front door rather than down the chimney. Deter burglars by installing a doorbell camera. Practiced thieves will be on the lookout for any kind of security system that could lead them into trouble – if they spot a camera, over 60% of burglars say it would make them move on to a new house.
We’ve already mentioned how smart lighting can be used effectively at parties, but what else can smart technology do to lift the mood and set the scene? Alarm.com’s Alexa feature means you only have to say a couple of words to dim the lights and turn up the music. With a smart system, you can automate your home from the sound system to the lighting to even the thermostat. Create moods from scratch and control your home with just a single command.
The number one way to protect your home this season is by installing a smart security system. Not only can you automate its features, but you can view cameras, view alerts, and set up notifications all from your phone. This means no matter where you are in the country (or the world!), you’ll have first-hand access to viewing everything that goes on in your home (as long as you have internet access).
When choosing a security system, it’s always important to use a professional for guidance and installation. With years of experience making neighborhoods more secure in the Lowcountry, SNAP Integrations are experts in smart security.