Top 8 Home Security System Upgrades in 2017

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All home security systems have some basics in common but today’s smart home systems can do a lot more than your parent’s alarm system! Technology has brought new services that are more affordable and easier to use than ever before. Protecting your home is always a priority but hopefully, you’ll never have to experience a horrific break-in. When you add lifestyle management to your security system, you’ll never feel like your wasting your money on something you’ll never use.

Sure, there are security companies everywhere offering cookie cutter systems. But what if you want more than a few door sensors and a motion detector? With today’s systems, there are some new, exciting, and affordable types of equipment that can turn your boring alarm into a smart home security system that you will use every day.

By adding smart devices that you’ll use, you’ll also have the benefit of 24-hour protection because you’ll remember to arm your system too! And if you don’t, smarter panels will send you a reminder. In 2017, you can even have your system automatically armed when you leave your home!


Choosing Your Security System Devices

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When you’re shopping for a security system for your home you can add different features to customize your protection while added additional conveniences to your daily life. There are so may types of devices in the market. Often, this can be overwhelming. Today we will look at the top 8 pieces of smart security equipment that you’ll love!

You may have heard of some of these devices but you probably didn’t realize how easy they are to use with your system.  Maybe you dealt with other security companies that made these types of service too expensive, or too difficult.  Maybe your alarm company didn’t encourage you to add on devices in the future.   Well, if that’s the case then maybe you should be looking at a different provider!

With new smart home systems that are available today, there are plenty of options.  One system isn’t right for every situation.  Some platforms have different options that you can add on. Others are all inclusive. The newest system available at All About Security, UltraSync Smart Home System, includes video and automation in one package.  If you want to incorporate things like video and energy management, in my professional opinion, it’s the best value and technology available.

These devices and/or services are all very affordable! In fact, most of the services are included with all of our smart home security plans. And the equipment cost? Some are included with packages right from the start.  Even if you decided not to add these smart devices at the time, you can always add them in at your convenience.  You can purchase any of the products listed below for less than two hundred dollars

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 Smart Home Security Equipment You’ll Use!

1. Smart Garage Sensors 

If you live in a home with a garage, this is one of the best pieces of equipment you can add to your system! This garage sensor doesn’t just let you know when if you left the garage door open but it also lets you open or closes your garage door from anywhere! How many times have you left your house in a rush and couldn’t remember if you closed the garage door? And what did you do? Chances are you drove all the way back home to check, you called someone you trusted to check, or you rolled the dice and stressed about all day. Not anymore!

2. Image Sensor

Motion detectors have been around for a long time but this upgraded motion detector with a built-in camera has made visual verification more affordable than ever.  A video is nice, but for a lot of us, a picture is all we need.  There are plenty of security benefits with this particular device but for parents, it’s priceless! Imagine never having to worry about your child because they forgot to call you when they got home.  Now, you have the ability to get a picture of them right when they get home. 

3. Light bulbs

To clarify, smart light bulbs.  These light bulbs add a different type of security to your home. Coming home to a dark home is one of the biggest risks when it comes to safety.  But what if you could have a light on right before you walked in? Or have the light on the porch turn on at sunset and off at sunrise? How about having a light go on to make it look like someone is home when you’re on vacation? All of these situations can be taken care of with smart lighting. They are also very affordable and last for an average of 22 years.  Some people use these light bulbs for hard to reach areas like vaulted ceilings just because they know they may never have to change them again. You’ll be able to turn lights on and off from your smartphone as well as automatically with your systems home automation features.

 

4. Thermostats

Smart thermostats have been around for a few years now and with the popularity of devices like the Nest, they are showing up in and more homes. In fact, there are plenty of folks who have a smart thermostat without an alarm system but by integrating your thermostat with your system you’ll have added benefits of energy savings, comfort, and added life safety when combined with monitored smoke and carbon protection. The most recent development is the temp sensor that can be combined with your thermostat to make sure a certain room is at your desired temperature.  Lots of advantages for one smart device! It’s important to note that all smart thermostats aren’t the same. Pick the right one for your home by speaking to a consultant that can provide options for your home. With manufacturers like Carrier and Bryant jumping in the game, some smart hubs can work with connected thermostats from them as well!

5. Keyless Locks

Imagine never having to wonder if your doors are locked again! When you add a connected lock to your home, you’ll have added safety and convenience.  From being able to give access to certain people for certain times to never having to a spare key under your doormat, there are so many additional benefits to adding a smart lock.  You can even add scenes to your home. Things like an away scene where once you leave your systems is armed, your doors are locked and your thermostat is adjusted. Pretty amazing, right? Just the added convenience of affordable access control is an amazing benefit. If you use these types of locks in your home, you’ll never go back to a traditional deadbolt again!

6. Wireless Video Cameras

Security cameras can add additional expenses to your monthly monitoring. However, with new systems, like UltraSync, having live video has never been more affordable.  Most people want surveillance for the outside of their home. That may be a nice feature but it can be overkill.  Having an indoor video camera that can send you clips when there is an event is great for verifying an alarm as well as keeping an eye on the kids and pets.  At a one-time cost of less than $200, including them in your home will help you sleep better at night without breaking the bank!

7. Hosted Video

With hosted video, you don’t need to worry about a complicated system and recording devices.  Your video is stored in the cloud.  You’ll still be able to have the convenience of knowing what’s going on and peeking in at your convenience but you’ll also know that if there is a break-in or emergency the footage won’t be destroyed or stolen.  Whether it’s a video doorbell, or an interior camera to check on the kids, it’s all available with a lower upfront cost than comparable video surveillance systems. This type of camera system isn’t for everyone but it may be the better solution for new users who want surveillance and security. For increased protection and reduced alarms, video verification of an event can’t be beat! You may even decide to have your security cameras monitored by your alarm monitoring company. 

8. Location Based Services

This isn’t a product but a service that your home security system could have.  By drawing a virtual fence around your home, your smartphone will communicate with your system when you’re leaving or coming home! Reminders can be set to make sure you know if your system is armed when you leave, your doors are locked, and you can even adjust your thermostat automatically without having a set schedule.  Location-based services are available with certain smart security platforms and will help you get the most value out of your system. What’s even better? They are normally included with most smart home security systems at All About Security!

 

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Staying Connected and Protected

These are just a few of the things that today’s smarter home security offers. When it comes to protecting your home and family, nothing is more important! But that doesn’t mean your system is just for detecting intruders.  The additional peace of mind provided by lifestyle management and life safety systems is priceless.  

There are too many homes with a traditional alarm system that never gets used.  Many of you pay for alarm monitoring and don’t use your security system on a consistent basis. Why? Because there is a false sense of security when nothing bad happens. It’s human nature.

When you add additional devices that save you time and money, you end up using the protection part as well.  It’s part of the equation.  

Most security systems in Indianapolis only work when something bad happens. And thank God they do! But when you add convenience to your life with services that you’ll use every day, your security becomes much more.  If one of these devices can help you worry less and sleep better at night, then a connected home is just as important as a protected home.

If you’re interested in adding one of these devices to your home,  sign up for our blog updates and call us at (317) 559-3500. Mention this article, and ask your security consultant how to get one as a gift.  


These seven accessories are one of the ways you can customize your security system. Even though all seven are useful, it’s always better to start with one or two and add on later. Most security companies may attempt to persuade you to purchase everything at once but that will usually benefit them more than you. 

At All About Security, we put your priorities first! Join us on Facebook, share this with your friends, and let us know what you want to learn more about in upcoming articles. And let me know what your favorite smart device is in your home in the comments below!

Thanks for reading! And as always….

Until next time, stay safe and informed Indianapolis!


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