Home Security and Automation for Your Texas Home: What You Need to Know
Jan 21, 2021|
Home Security and Automation for Your Texas Home: What You Need to Know
As one of the fastest-growing states in the country, it seems like everyone is catching on to what Texans have known all-along—Texas is a wonderful place to call home.
Whether you call home a high-rise in Houston, a ranch in West Texas, or a suburb in Dallas, keeping it (and your family) as safe and secure as possible is top priority. With home security and automation from Vivint, you can make your home a safer, more comfortable, and more convenient place.
Home security and automation
Home security and automation go hand-in-hand. While home security uses a wide range of devices to protect your home from potential intruders, vandals, and other threats, home automation helps simplify tasks around the house or controls them automatically.
For example, your smart home could use home automation to automatically lock your front doors and turn out your lights when you arm your security system. Or, you can cool down a hot room simply by telling your voice assistant to adjust the temperature.
Vivint's home security devices and features integrate seamlessly with smart home automation devices and can be controlled from anywhere.
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Home security systems for Texas residents
Because there isn’t a one size fits all approach to home security, it’s helpful to know the various components that go into security systems. From there, you can start to decide what would make the most sense for your home.
A comprehensive home security system would likely include the following.
Security sensors are essentially the trigger of your security system, sounding the alarm if they’re tripped. Different types of sensors include:
Door and window sensors. These sensors detect entry via a door or window. Whether an intruder attempts to pick the lock or sneak in through an unlocked window, when the system is armed it will sound the alarm.
Glass break detectors. Some intruders would rather break a window than pick a lock. With glass break sensors, you’ll still know if someone is attempting to break in.
Motion sensors. This type of sensor uses motion to trigger an alarm. You can also configure your motion sensors so they don’t pick up movement from pets.
It’s not just intruders you need to protect your home and family from. Safety alarms can alert you to situations that require emergency assistance, such as:
Fire. A house fire occurs every seven minutes in Texas, so working smoke alarms are a must (they’re also required by law). Smoke alarms that can detect excess heat will even trigger the alarm before smoke is detected, giving you plenty of time to get to safety.
Carbon monoxide. As the number one cause of poisoning deaths in the United States, carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that is also completely odorless, so there’s no way of knowing if there’s a leak in your home without a carbon monoxide detector.
Excess water. If you live in a hurricane-prone part of Texas, you already know how devastating water damage can be. But it doesn’t take a hurricane to cause serious damage to your home. Leaking pipes or appliances that go undetected can cause damage to flooring and walls, making water sensors an important part of your system.
Medical emergencies. For the elderly or those with mobility issues, medical emergencies or falls can make it difficult to get to a phone and call for help. A panic pendant helps ensure your loved ones can always get help in an emergency.
One of the things that sets Vivint apart from other home security systems is 24/7 monitoring. When an alarm in your home is tripped, Vivint’s central monitoring station is notified and will contact you as well as emergency personnel on your behalf if needed.
With this round-the-clock monitoring, you can rest easy knowing your home is protected whether you’re home or away.
Home automation any Texan can use
Like the name implies, home automation automates many functions around your house. If that sounds awesome, it is. Home automation comes with tons of benefits. It makes it easier for you to save energy and money, helps put your mind at ease, and makes various tasks around the house convenient. Simply put, home automation makes life easier for everyone.
Some of the various smart home devices you can use to automate tasks around the house include the following.
It wasn’t long ago that programmable thermostats were the best way to save money on energy usage around the house. Smart thermostats go beyond that.
Rather than manually adjusting or programming your thermostat, a smart thermostat will learn your temperature preferences and automatically adjust the temperature so it stays just the way you like it. Some smart thermostats even adjust the temperature to help you save energy when you’re gone, using geofencing to make sure your home is the perfect temperature when you come back.
Smart locks help you keep your front door secure while also ensuring you’re in the know when it comes to who’s coming and going. You can lock or unlock your front door right from your smartphone app, or you can create custom codes for family members, employees, or visitors. With automation, you have even more options. You can set your front door to automatically lock when you arm your security system or when you turn off your lights downstairs.
Garage door control
Have you ever left the house in a rush and wondered if you forgot to close the garage door? Garage door control can put your mind at ease. You’ll get notified if your garage door is open, and you can quickly close it right from your app. Garage door control also integrates with other smart home devices; for example, you can set your doors to lock when your garage door closes.
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You can control smart lighting from anywhere in the world thanks to your Vivint app. This is also an important home security feature, since lights can help deter potential burglars.
It also works with many of your smart home devices. For example, you can use your Amazon Echo or Google Home to turn lights off with your voice. Or, you can set your front lights to turn on automatically when you unlock your front door—perfect if your arms are full.
Security cameras are a must-have for any security system, and different cameras address different needs:
Outdoor cameras provide video surveillance for the exterior of your home and property. Because they're outside, they're built to withstand whatever elements the Texas climate throws at them. In addition to video surveillance, the Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro also helps identify lurkers on your property and then warns them they've been spotted, thanks to its innovative Smart Deter feature.
Indoor cameras not only provide a clear view of what's happening inside your home, but they can also function as a way to communicate with family. The Vivint Indoor Camera features two-way talk and one-touch callout, allowing family to reach you with the touch of a button.
Doorbell cameras, also known as video doorbells, zero in on your front porch. Many also feature two-way talk, so you can talk to visitors and answer your door from anywhere. The Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro also provides proactive package protection with the Smart Deter feature, helping identify and deter potential package thieves.
Being able to control your smart devices from a single app or location is an important feature in a smart home.
With Vivint, you have complete control of your home whether you’re home or away. At home, the Smart Hub lets you arm and disarm your security system, control your devices, answer your door, and view security camera footage from a single location. Vivint’s top-rated app lets you do all the same things right from your phone.
You’ll also receive custom notifications on your smartphone if an alarm goes off, you left your garage door open, or someone adjusted your thermostat, to name just a few.
Security systems near me
Whether you live in the middle of Houston, the suburbs of Dallas, or a 200-acre ranch in West Texas, there’s a security system for you.
Chances are good that most people (Texans included!) don’t automatically think “mountains” when they think of Texas—unless of course you’ve been through El Paso. There is plenty of beautiful scenery in this city along the Rio Grande. And although it’s one of the largest Mexican border cities in the US, many locals describe a small town feel. And with a security system in El Paso, you can feel as safe as you would in a small town.
The second-biggest city in Texas is rich with history (remember the Alamo?) and filled with plenty of other reasons to call it home, especially for veterans and members of the service. In fact, it’s even nicknamed Military City USA because of four military bases in its surrounding cities and large percentage of veterans (65% of all residents).
When it comes to safety, however, San Antonio doesn’t fare as well as other cities in Texas. You’re 73% more likely to be the victim of a violent crime in San Antonio than you are in the rest of the state. A security system in San Antonio can bring you added protection and peace of mind.
As part of central Texas, Killeen also has a large military presence thanks to Fort Hood. Considered a mid-sized city, Killeen has grown over 11% in the last 10 years. With growth comes additional changes, including an uptick in crime. In Killeen, you’re twice as likely to be burglarized compared to the average rate in the country.
Considered the #1 city in America for three years in a row, Austin has seen a steady population increase for years. Elon Musk is one of its most recent transplants. A booming tech economy, affordable cost of living, and vibrant social scene mean there's something for everyone in Austin.
If you live in Austin, a smart home security system will keep your home both high-tech and secure—a win/win for any Austin resident.
Why you need a Vivint security system for your Texas home
Choosing the right security company for your home is a big decision. If you're looking for home security in Texas, it makes sense to go with the best – Vivint.
In addition to the devices needed to protect and automate your home, Vivint offers other stand-out services including professional installation, which ensures all of your devices work together seamlessly, and a team of experienced pros to answer any questions about your devices to help you make the most of them.
You can also completely customize your system to fit the unique needs of your home and property.
If you call Texas home, you can start protecting your home today with Vivint. Contact our Smart Home Pros to help you start designing a system that fits your needs and budget. Give us a call today at 800.646.1469 to get started.
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