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The Control Freak Tech Geek's Guide to Choosing a Home Security Solution

90ea3f775515a6e78aa52ca4e7011f27 Some people like to be in control of everything, and that includes their home security. Luckily, for those people, technology has made it easier to be in control of everything from locking doors remotely to seeing what’s happening in your house via security cameras. Smart home technology is a geeky control freak’s best friend!

Connected Cameras

If you like to know exactly what’s going on in your home, cameras might very well be the way to go -- and you have plenty of camera options from which to choose! You can get hidden cameras, outdoor cameras, cameras that just record, cameras you can control, and cameras that stream to the Internet. If you like to know what’s going on in your home at any time, you’ll want to look at cameras that you can access any time from your smartphone. These cameras can be linked to an app on your phone, and you can simply access them whenever you’re curious about what’s going on. They can be especially great when you have a rambunctious pet or a young teen. Cameras allow you to see what’s going on in your home even when you’re not there.

Smart Home Security Systems

Want to do more than just know what’s going on in your home? You can! Smart home systems allow you to not only know who’s in your house and how they got in, but it can also be linked to your appliances. This is really important for helping to keep your home energy efficient. Smart home technology puts you in control of everything from your front door to your oven. There are plenty of smart home systems available, and many have similar features. Some, however, allow you to have more control than others. With a smart home system, you might also need to upgrade a few appliances before you can really control your entire home.

Door Locks, Window Locks, Motion Sensor Lights, and Alerts to Your Phone

Sometimes you’ll have a friend over or a relative visiting from out of town. Rather than handing them a key for the duration of their visit, you can just let them in with your phone if you have smart locks on your house. Smart locks and motion sensor lights are great if you’re away on a trip or you’re expecting someone to be in your house. They also happen to work extremely well when it comes to helping to deter criminals; so, if there is any kind of break-in, you’ll know.

Smart Homes and Money

Many of these smart home systems are much cheaper than most people assume. The main expenses actually come from purchasing appliances that are compatible with smart home tech (and many new models are). Now, if you want to be in total control of your home and its appliances, including HVAC, door locks, automated security systems, cameras, and more, take your time. You don’t have to replace everything at once. As items need to be replaced, replace them with smart home tech, so that you’ll always be in control. Aside from the actual cost, home security shouldn’t be one of those things you rush into. Home automation service and devices can do a lot; but ultimately, you’re the one who sets up all the preferences. You’re the one in complete control. Make sure that everything you purchase and set up is to your liking. After all, it’s your home!