Three Keys To A Smart Home Security Sytem

You might think that home security is one of those things that you don't need—until the day comes that you do. You hear about home invasions on the news from time to time, so you have to know that it is a possibility, but when you look at the high cost of home security systems, it is easy to dismiss an invasion as something that just won't happen to you. If you want to improve the security of your home without the cost of traditional home security, you should look at smart monitoring devices. 

The Costs of Traditional Home Security

A traditional home security system can cost as much as $1,600 to install, and if you choose a system with operators who monitor your system and respond when the alarm is tripped, you have to pay a monthly fee. You may pay this fee your whole life whether or not you ever have a break in. If you want to avoid the fees and contracts associated with a traditional system, you can go the DIY route with smart devices. 

WiFi Security Cameras

If you want to see what is going on in or around your home no matter where you are in the world, you can install a wifi security camera. Some of these cameras will offer customizable options so that your camera will alert you when anyone approaches your door or only when someone lingers at your door. You will then get an alert on your phone and the ability to see in real time what is happening, so you can respond accordingly. By putting such cameras up at your front door and other key points around your home, you have the ability to monitor your home whether you are occupied and at home or traveling away from home. 

Smart Door Locks

A smart door lock pairs with your phone either via Bluetooth or Wifi. A bluetooth lock allows you to use your phone as a key, so you don't have to fumble with your keys when you approach your door. A WiFi lock allows you to open or lock your door whether you are at home or not. Thus, you can get an alert from a camera that someone is approaching your door and check to make sure your doors are locked with your lock app. You can also open the door for a trusted neighbor or for a repair person. Thus, smart locks give you flexibility with how you respond to people approaching your home. 

If you want to save money by installing a DIY system, you can free yourself from monthly contracts and fees by going the DIY route. You will have to pay money in the beginning, but you will get an interactive home security system that puts you in the control chair.