It’s all about the layers.
You may have heard us discuss the benefits of multi-layered discouragings in another post. Security experts compare layered home security to putting on multiple layers of clothing on a really cold day. The more security hurdles you heap up between your home and would-be intruders, the less likely it is your house will be viewed as an easy target.
1. 24/7 Professional Alarm Monitoring
Monitored security systems communicate with a central monitoring station. Lots of info travelings back and forth between the homeowner and the monitoring middle, like emergency alarms , notifications, and event logs. The main connection point between the homeowner and central station is a control panel. This is the touchscreen or keypad where you enter your code to arm and disarm information systems. As an example, here’s the Guardian IQ2 touchscreen control panel 😛 TAGEND
Check out the Guardian IQ2 security panel.
Video surveillance and motion detection are awesome — we’re going to talk about just how awesome they are later. But equipment will simply got to get part of the way there. Inevitably, sooner or later, you’re not paying attention when you need to be.
Here’s an example: You’re at work, maybe in a meeting. A long fulfill, and you don’t have time to even look at your telephone for hours. At some point, you discover a mobile alert that someone is tampering with your first-floor window. You realize that alert came an hour ago. Best case scenario, you have a busted window and the invader is long gone.
When your home security system is professionally monitored, you don’t have to worry about alerting authorities in an emergency. Whether you’re home or in another country, if your alarm goes off, that monitoring middle will know about it and quickly take action on your behalf.
3) Are the operations U.S.-based?
4) What kind of training do they require for employees?
5) What are their credentials and certifications? Make sure their monitoring centres are UL-certified and Five Diamond-accredited, meeting the highest industry standards.
2. Professional Equipment Installation
Anything worth doing, anything important, is worth doing right. You probably wouldn’t install your own furnace or give yourself sews. You leave it to the pros, and the same standard should be set for your safety. From choosing the proper equipment and its placement to ensuring it’s installed correctly, complete and effective security requires a lot of consideration.
Am I placing something too close to the utility room? Is my WiFi strong enough to support the machines I’ve chosen? Are my cameras and motion detectors embracing all the areas that are important to me? These are the things a good professional installer will consider and talk through with you before making decisions.
Let the professionals take the hassle and stress off your plate. You’ll feel good knowing it’s done right.
3. Video Surveillance
Smart video monitoring is a modern security essential, and one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal. Put simply, video cameras watch when you can’t. And when it comes to peace of mind, considering is believing.
The big upside of smart-alecky cameras is the ability to view live video and access them anytime, anywhere. Mobile apps like the Guardian App allow you to view the footage your camera captures from your smartphone.
Pretty straightforward, right? One is intended to record the exterior of your house, and one the interior.
In addition to getting mobile alarms and checking up on the kids or pets, some video cameras make it easier to see what actually happened in the event of an alarm. To do this, choose a camera you can program to automatically record a video clip when a door opens or if your alarm goes off, like this one.
These come in a lot of shapes and sizings, and all of them are slightly different. But generally, a video doorbell is a doorbell with an integrated video camera, digital microphone, and speaker.
For the sake of getting into specifics, Guardian’s video doorbell lets you answer the door, speak to visitors via two-way audio, and record doorbell triggered clips right from the Guardian App. The utilizes are extensive- we’ll get into that more in another post- but for starters 😛 TAGEND
See who’s at your entrance and “answer it” without revealing you’re not homeKnow if someone’s lingering around your doorstep, and even catch them on videoGet notified that a package was plummeted off safely
Tip: Not all security cameras are created equal. Choose a smart-alecky video camera that supports self-learning technology, like our Video Analytics feature. Video Analytics use artificial intelligence to help you get more of the alerts you crave( your Uber’s in the driveway) and less of the ones you don’t( there’s a bluejay in the birdfeeder ).
4. Motion Detection
Motion detection is one of the bedrocks of security, and it runs hand-in-hand with video surveillance. Think of motion detection and video surveillance as Sherlock and Watson, Batman and Robin, Starsky and Hutch. You get it, they’re a great duo.
If someone is in your home that shouldn’t be, motion sensors should catch it. They are used to see motion in all the regions of the spaces they cover in the interior of the home. They’re typically simply armed when you’re not home, or at night while everyone is still and snoring. When the sensor is triggered, a signal is transmitted to your control panel and to the monitoring center.
The cousins of motion sensors are security contacts, often referred to as door and window contacts. These go on exterior entry points, or virtually any door or window that can be opened or closed. Unlike motion detectors, these often remain armed both when you’re home and when you’re away.
A few cool things motion detecting equipment can do 😛 TAGEND
Send you a mobile alarm when movement is detectedTip you off if a certain teenager is getting into your liquor cabinetRemind you that a door or window was left openSensitivity can be adjusted to ignore pets up to a certain weight
Plus, motion detection extends beyond cameras, open doors, and windows. There are motion sensors built into some of our smart home automation products that can help you save money. More on that later.
Although it runs differently, we’re going to lump in glass break detectorshere. Glass violates are also intrusion detection devices, but instead of detecting motion, they recognize the audio of transgressing glass. This is critical if invaders try smashing a window instead of prying it open.
5. Monitored Fire and Carbon Monoxide Devices
You may already have a smoke detector, but is it monitored? Keep in psyche that once your smoke detector is triggered, you are able merely have minutes to get out safely. Alternatively, what good is a smoke alarm if no one is there to hear it?
Let’s go back to that long run meeting, and imagine that alert you missed was seeing a burn. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can turn into a major burn — and totally engulf a home five minutes later.
If you have monitored smoke detectors, the fire department will be notified of the alarm, even if you sleep through it.
Choose monitored, photoelectric smoke detectors, which are particularly effective for identifying high levels of smoke. Even small-scale, smoldering burns can generate a ton of smoking, and this alarm will help catch them before they get out of control.
For yet another layer of protection, heat detectors can be used in places that aren’t ideal for smoke detectors, like the kitchen. Heat detectors detect spikes in temperature, and when they’re monitored, a signal will be sent to your security company’s monitoring center.
So what about CO? Invisible and odorless, most people don’t think about it at all. While it’s incredibly deadly- at least 430 people die from accidental CO poisoning every year- initial symptoms of CO poisoning may seem pretty benign, like a flu. If it results while someone is sleeping, they may not notice any symptoms at all until it’s too late.
Smart home automation elevates home security. This refers to devices that use WiFi or Z-Wave technology to monitor and control various things throughout your home, like suns, cameras, locks, and more. The devices can be connected to each other and to your alarm system, and are accessible through one main point, like a smartphone or a computer.
The full run-down on all the home automation devices and features available to you could fill a Stephen King novel. Here’s a lightning round on the ones we imagine really move the needle when tied into your smart-alecky security system 😛 TAGEND
This lets you lock or unlock your door remotely. You’ll know if you left the house without locking the door, and even who is coming or going throughout the day. You can even furnish temporary codes for visitors for safe, keyless enter. Bye-bye, “hidden” keys.
They can give your home a lived-in look even when you’re not there. You can specify illuminates to trigger on and off based on activity or time of day. Someone approaching your home while you’re on vacation? Let there be light.
You may not instantly associate this machine with security, but it ties right in. In the event of a flame, our monitored smoke detectors can send a signal to your smart thermostat, telling it to shut the air off so it doesn’t redistribute smoke throughout your home. Setting the perfect temperature for every part of your day and saving on energy costs is pretty sweet, too.
Bonus: Remember we mentioned the tie-in between motion detection and smart-alecky home automation? Guardian’s smart thermostat has built-in technology that can turn the thermostat off when no motion is detected.
Never wonder, “Did I forget to close the garage door? ” These devices allow you to open or close your garage door remotely and can notify you if the door is left open.
7. One-App Mobile Access
You want to be able to control your home from your machines. That’s a dedicated. But merely because smartphone screens get bigger doesn’t mean you have to clutter them with more apps. Do you really want 😛 TAGEND
And so on, and so on. Just thinking about navigating all that is enough to induce you broke out in hives. So why download 10 apps when one can do it all? Choose a smart home security corporation that offers a one-app solution for your home security and automation.
One app to rule them all.
8. Experience and Dedication Matters
Only trust your home security to a company that feeds, sleeps, and breathes security. Better yet, trust one that has been doing it for a long time. This will be a company that knows the subtleties of not only the products you need and how/ where to install them, but likewise the alarm process. They should know the ins and outs of alarm response, including all the local squads that do the responding — EMS, police, firefighters, etc.
Speaking of people, never underestimate the best interests of the a human touching. Merely like experience and dedication, personal service affairs. No one wants to be alone when they’re afraid or feeling unsafe, and you deserve a security company powered by real people who care about you.
So there you have it — the 8 staples of a smarter, safer home.
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