The peace of mind that everything in your home works well helps a lot to improve the quality of life. It is never a good idea to wait until some situation affects the security in your home to start taking precautions, so from the beginning it should be a factor to consider for your future home.
The good news is that, with the great technological advances of recent years, there are more and more options on the market not only to protect houses and apartments, but also to make it the space of our dreams with small technological improvements that will give it the perfect touch. Smart homes are here to stay.
First of all, it is important to keep in mind that investing in security and smart home improvements brings many advantages: from increased security to energy savings, to the comfort of having control of your home in your hands, literally, because today everything can be managed from a cell phone.
If, for example, you go on holiday and leave your home uninhabited, having technological systems like these will help you to be calm and relaxed knowing that everything is fine at home.
With so many options on the market, this time we bring you a list so you can choose which one to start with.
Smart Security Cameras
Although it sounds very common, technological advances have taken this security method to another level. Today it is possible to have the image of everything that happens in your home in the palm of your smartphone or on your computer.
There are also cameras on doorbells, so you can automatically see on your cell phone who is knocking on the door and even talk to them without having to open it. This is one of the most basic features to implement in a smart home.
Although the traditional ones are still in use, nowadays there are the so called domotic alarms, which do not have cables and can be managed directly from mobile devices.
There are even some made to look like part of the decoration, which makes them even better as they are difficult to detect; they have, for example, almost invisible sensors that can be attached to doors or windows, distinguishing vibrations related to intrusion attempts and being activated immediately. The best thing? They switch on and off automatically when you leave and enter your home.
Control lights, electronics and more remotely.
There are numerous systems that allow you to program or control from your Smartphone home systems such as music devices or lights, some even being able to control curtains or blinds. You can turn lights on and off, program on/off times and whatever, to virtually any object that uses electricity.
This is perfect for when you leave your house for a vacation and want to leave it protected, or for those who own vacation homes that are left empty for long periods of time. These simulations create the feeling that there are people in the house, driving away or at least making anyone who tries to break in hesitate.
There are systems that will alert your smartphone if an emergency should occur. For example, they can detect smoke, fire or even water or gas leaks. Because the notifications are received in real time, you will be able to call the fire department in time or ask someone nearby to help you avoid a major problem.
This system is like having your own virtual doorman. You can open the door to visitors from any corner of the house and know at all times who is in front of your home.
It also has night vision and you can program biometric access (with fingerprint). Imagine being able to open the door of your house before your arrival, without having to get out of the car or stop for a long time, situations in which the so-called “portonazos” (carjackings) usually occur, in which criminals steal your car.
You could also, for example, completely block a door if someone tries to force it too hard.
Smart homes should have security measures like these. There’s nothing better than feeling confident that you won’t open the door to a stranger.
Previously we mentioned that programmed lights can help you simulate that there are people in the house, but there are also systems with a wider range of automation, capable of providing even different colors of ambient lighting.
Which also makes them a spectacular additive for parties in your home or, for example, to be able to generate romantic atmospheres in certain areas of the house, lower the intensity of the light if you want to watch a film, etc.
Smart thermostats and heating.
Automating this system will allow you to automatically measure the temperature of the space, and, depending on the programming you choose, it will provide the necessary heat or cold to make you more comfortable at home.
The distinctive feature of smart thermostats is that they also learn from your routine, lowering the temperature when you are not at home and raising it when you are about to arrive. This will save you money and reduce your energy consumption.
Robots to help with the housework
Although it sounds like a dream, it is actually possible to remotely manage some devices that will help with domestic activities. There are coffee makers, microwaves, toasters and even washing machines with wifi that you can program to wake up with your coffee ready, or with your hot meal to start the morning in the most comfortable way.
You can also buy an automatic vacuum cleaner and program it to vacuum and plug back in every day, automatically charging its battery until the next day without you having to do anything.