As you pack up your car for a great vacation, are you also worrying about how well-protected you home is? Going away for a trip is stressful enough without having to think about what’s happening at your house. A smart home system that includes automated lighting and shade control can make your home more secure and let you focus on your fun instead.
Here are just a few of the security benefits of smart lighting and window shade control:
Lived in look: Nothing tells would-be burglars that you’re away from home better than several days in a row of a dark house. If you leave for a week and simply turn off all the lights, that’s an invitation for a break in. Timers alone aren’t enough to simulate a lived-in look. Simple timers only turn on and off the same lights at the same time every day. A smart home system, even an affordable DIY system, can be set up to vary the operation of lights or even make them random, to make it appear someone is moving around adjusting the lights. Outdoor lights, with programmed schedules and motion sensors, can also be great crime deterrents.
Keep prying eyes out: Just as a realistic simulation of house lights can make a house look lived in, so can the use of motorized shades. If your window shades and blinds are closed 24 hours a day for several days, the house will look vulnerable. Also, you run the risk of coming home to find all your house plants have died from lack of sunlight. Don’t be forced to choose between security and living plants. Use your home automation system to automatically adjust some of your window coverings throughout the day or evening to make sure your plants get the sun they need, while making sure the shades and blinds are closed up at night to keep prying eyes out.
Smart security integration: The benefits you reap from automating your home lighting and motorized window treatments can be made even better when you integrate your lighting and window control with a security system. Both professionally monitored and DIY systems can be integrated with popular lighting control products. For example, when a security window sensor detects a forced entry, smart programming can turn on the house lights, direct a security camera to start recording and send an alert to your mobile phone.
Coming home from a great vacation may be a disappointment, but with smart lighting, window coverings and security systems, it doesn’t have to result in an unpleasant surprise.