Guide to Smart Home Security Automation

Dec 20, 2022|

Gone are the days when a physical key and lock were a home’s only security.

Smart home technology has made it easier to automate home security processes. It’s now easier than ever to safeguard your home against theft — and some processes have become more convenient too.

With smart home automation, you can adjust the temperature around your home automatically, control your garage door remotely, and speak to visitors outside your doorstep using audio or video interface.

Keep reading to learn how you can turn your home into a smart home to simplify your daily routine.

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An example of smart home security automation

Imagine arriving home with your hands full of grocery bags and being able to unlock your doors with a single tap on your smartphone before you even reach the front step.

As you step through the door, the lights turn on. The thermostat automatically cools or heats your home for you, and your security system arms itself before you go to bed.

Not long ago, this scenario might have sounded like a scene from a science fiction movie, but thanks to smart home automation, this reality is now possible.

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What’s included in a smart home security system?

A smart home security system integrates Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-connected devices that work together to complete tasks.

Here are the basic components of a smart home system:

Outdoor cameras

Outdoor cameras are designed to capture live footage of the exterior of your home and are usually mounted on or near the front door.

The Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro is equipped with an integrated Smart Deter system that proactively detects potential thieves and deters them with its LED illumination and loud sound.

For added security, you may also choose Vivint’s professional monitoring service, which monitors your house around the clock and notifies first responders in case of an emergency.

You can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your home and family are safe and protected around the clock, regardless of where you are.

Doorbell camera

Video doorbells are smart devices that attach to your front door and allow you to keep an eye on what’s going on outside your doorstep.

Featuring two-way audio capabilities, doorbell cameras can come in handy when you want to give instructions to the delivery person, communicate with visitors, or tell unexpected guests to come back another time.

An advanced video doorbell like the Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro is equipped with package detection features — meaning you’ll receive motion alerts through your mobile device once your package arrives at your door.

Smart locks

Smart locks are keyless door locks that use your Wi-Fi network to give you remote control over your doors. Access your locks through your smartphone or by using a unique access code.

For example, Kwikset Smart Locks through Vivint lets you lock and unlock your doors from a distance, receive notification alerts when someone enters your home, or assign individual codes to guests and visitors.

Smart locks can take the worry out of forgetting your keys or having to lock the doors before you go to bed. With smart home automation, you can set custom actions that do everything for you. Forget about hiding keys in the garden, wasting time creating spare keys for visitors, or paying hefty locksmith bills.

Safety alarms

From fireplaces to heaters and clothes dryers, there are probably several fire hazards around your home right now.

Getting rid of every fire hazard in your home is impossible, but you can take the right precautions you need to protect your family and valuables using smart home devices.

As a homeowner, it’s a good idea to install multiple safety alarms for detecting threats early. The Vivint Smoke & CO Combo Detector makes a great choice. Featuring smart technology features, this rugged device can identify smoke and CO threats right away, giving you time to act when you need to.

Security sensors

If keeping your home and family safe is your No. 1 priority, you should consider installing security sensors for every entry point around your home.

If windows or doors are breached while your home security system is armed, smart sensors will set off an alarm and notify Vivint monitoring specialists right away.

Knowing that you have a second pair of eyes protecting your home can give you confidence, whether you’re near or far.

Smart home hub

Your home automation system uses your home’s Wi-Fi network to allow you to control all your devices through your mobile phone or a central control system.

Through the Vivint Smart Hub, you can see what’s happening outside your door in real time, open your home to guests, or arm your security system before going to bed.

From smart locks to smart thermostats and garage door openers, you can connect all kinds of home automation devices to your control panel — making automation easy and hassle-free.

Smart speakers

For total smart home control, pair your smart home security system with voice assistants so that you can manage your smart devices through voice commands.

To make this happen, be sure your home security system checks all the boxes when it comes to compatibility and connectivity with smart integrations and voice assistants. Below are some of these kinds of products:

  • Google Nest
  • Apple HomeKit
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Home
  • Google Assistant
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Where to place smart home security features in your home

If you’re new to the world of home automation, you might be wondering where to place smart home security features in your home.

  • Entryway: One of the biggest benefits of an “intelligent” home is keyless entry. Thanks to smart locks, you can lock and unlock your doors through your mobile app or touch-screen keypad. Easy, right?
  • Living room: If you’re like most people, you spend most of your time at home in the living room — and that’s a good enough reason to make it a smart room. Philips Hue smart light bulbs and Vivint Smart Plugs are a great choice for automating your lighting. With smart lighting, you can change the colors of your smart bulbs or even dim the lights without a light switch.
  • Kitchen: If you’re in the kitchen, you’re probably busy washing the dishes, cooking dinner, or cleaning. Smart speakers, like the Amazon Echo, can help you perform simple tasks through voice control while you work, such as turning up the volume on music or opening the doors when a guest arrives.
  • Nursery: If you have young children at home, you can use the Vivint Indoor Camera to keep an eye on them during nap times. Featuring advanced motion sensors, this smart device will alert you when movement or sound is detected.
  • Garage: Garages can provide burglars an easy way into your home. Installing a motion sensor in the garage can help keep your home safe. For garage door control, you might also consider installing the Vivint Smart Garage Door Opener.
  • Backyard: Leaving your kids and pets to play in the backyard can be worrisome for many parents. But with the Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro, you can stay in the know about what’s going on at any time — all through your mobile phone or central hub.

Are smart home security features an investment in your home?

Transforming your home into a smart home can provide security, convenience, and confidence.

Smart home security devices like indoor security cameras, video doorbells, and smart locks can add an extra layer of security where you live, giving you valuable peace of mind.

But apart from added security, smart home devices may also positively impact the resale value of your home. When buying property, today’s homeowners are looking for comfort and security. That’s exactly what smart home security features offer.

If you’re thinking about investing in smart home automation, you could be making a smart choice for your property value.

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If you’re ready to start enjoying the benefits of smart home technology, it’s time to invest in a Vivint smart home security system.

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