2017 Smart Home Purchase Tips to Consider

Now that the new year is here, you're probably looking for ways to improve your home. Not sure where to get started? The tips below will help you navigate the home technology landscape.

Does it fit into your life?

When you're shopping for a smart home, convenience is one of the biggest considerations you should give when purchasing a system. In the past, most smart home systems required clunky control panels. However, that's not the case today. Streamlined control panels, smartphone apps and even voice integration with new-age devices, such as the Amazon Echo, make it a breeze for users to effectively manage their homes.

How secure is the smart home?

When you're shopping for homes, two key pieces of equipment to add are wireless security cameras and smart locks. Modern wireless security cameras come in many shapes and sizes, and a notable option is the doorbell camera. These not only allow you to see who's at your door, but they help you communicate with them using your smartphone. Additionally, you can install wireless security cameras inside and outside your home to provide an extra layer of security.

Smart locks are another valuable accessory. Aside from being a cost-effective way to secure your home, they're also extremely convenient. By controlling smart locks via your phone, you'll never have to worry again about whether you forgot to lock your doors while out. You can even create one-time key codes so that guests can enter your home without you answering the door for them.

Why do you need an alarm system?

Home alarm systems are the cornerstone of any smart home system, as they reduce response times and alert the authorities to emergencies, whether you're home or away. Even if you don't consider yourself to have an expensive lifestyle, crime still affects plenty of homeowners. This is why all smart homes need home alarm systems. In addition to alerting the authorities to break-ins, the systems can alert the authorities to fires and even medical emergencies, if they occur.

The great thing about modern smart home technology systems is they're designed to scale to fit your needs and budget. Whether you choose to focus on security, convenience or the entire ecosystem, you're in full control when it comes to choosing a solution.

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