While the pandemic has curtailed much traveling over the past year, the situation has improved markedly, with optimism for returning to normal life. And part of normal life is travel, especially in the summer months. Whether your escape from Chicagoland is close by with a lakefront vacation in Michigan or Wisconsin or somewhere farther, you’ll want to make sure your home is safe while you’re gone.
Fortunately, today’s technology supplies many options for keeping your home safe. Smart home surveillance is better than ever and lets you keep an eye on your home from wherever you are. Keep reading below to see how you can have peace of mind that your home will be safe, whether you're gone for a week or the whole summer.
The latest home security cameras have advanced features that enable you to stay on top of any activity in and around your home. High-resolution capability – from 4K and beyond – can deliver clear, sharp images to your smartphone when movement is detected. High resolution is critical for two reasons. First, in cameras with a wide field of view, capturing more detail enables zooming in on the movement with enough accuracy to see a face, a vehicle, color, and more. What's more, high detail allows advanced video analytics to automatically recognize things, such as an animal, a person, a type of vehicle, and more. Intelligent analytics make it easier not to get inundated with notifications of movement around your property, so you can be informed only when it's something out of the ordinary. You don't need to be informed of a squirrel running along the top of a fence!
Besides intrusion or snooping, you also want to make sure your home is safe from other hazards. If you’re gone for a long time, a small water leak can become a consequential one with high damage potential if it goes undetected. You can use intelligent humidity and wetness sensors to detect a leak long before it becomes a problem. If there's a small puddle of water under a sink and you get a notification on your smartphone, you can send someone to investigate it before you come home to an inch of water in the kitchen.
Smart sensors can also monitor other environmental indicators like heat, light, smoke, and more. An old-style system might trigger an alarm and the fire department for smoke, and if you're not home, a forced entry could create significant damage. A smart sensor might indicate a minor problem that someone can investigate without it becoming a larger incident.
Another aspect of intelligent home surveillance is the integration with smart home automation solutions. When your home is equipped with smart lighting, door locks, motorized shades, and AV control, you can intelligently use those elements to make your home more secure. For example, while you are away, your smart home system can turn lights on and off, draw and open shades and drapes, and even turn audio and TV systems on and off in patterns that simulate your activity when you are home. This automation can keep anyone “casing” your home for possible burglary guessing.
Further, should there be suspicious activity, your smart home can ward off potential perpetrators. If someone is in your dark backyard, motion sensors can suddenly turn on landscape lights. Your video doorbell can even announce that someone is being watched if they're at your front door at 2 AM. These are just a couple of ways you can use smart home capabilities for active security.
Serving Chicagoland since 1966, Barrett’s Technology Solutions offers smart home surveillance systems to keep your home safe. Get started with smarter home security by calling us at (630) 898-2850 or contacting us here – we look forward to working with you.
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