One thing most security systems have in common is a door sensor. They are used in most homes, with an alarm, to protect doors and windows. They are included with basic home alarms to the most complex security systems available.
The basics of how alarms work start with the contacts on your doors. If someone opens the door when the system is armed the alarm is triggered and your alarm monitoring company will try and verify the emergency to dispatch local authorities.
Traditional door sensors are an important part of home security systems. But did you know door sensor can be a valuable part of smart homes? Think about it, sensors can communicate with other devices and supply information to trigger other events. There’s a lot more to them than that but we aren’t here to get technical. Today, I’m going to go over the top 3 ways you can take advantage of a relatively inexpensive piece of equipment, the door sensor, that go beyond protecting your home.
- Master Bedroom Door
The master bedroom is your place of privacy. We all keep some of the most important things we value there. Many couples and parents spend their free time there and it’s not a room that is open to most guests. One way to make sure you know that no one is in your room without your permission is to use a discreet door sensor on your bedroom door. If you aren’t home, but the kids are, you may not want them to walk in your bedroom.
You may not be able to stop it, but you can at least be aware of the situation. Simply program the sensor for a non-emergency event and have a text notification sent to your smartphone when it is opened during your work hours. This isn’t an emergency by any means, but it will help with accountability within your household.
If you live in an apartment complex or have roommates, this is a nice way to make sure you know if anyone has been in your room as well. If it’s something that happens you put a stop to unwanted behavior before it becomes a serious issue. Once you get the notification, you can make a call to find out what’s going on at home. Whatever the case, you’ll never have to wonder if someone has been in your room when you weren’t home.
- Kids Bedroom Windows
I don’t know about your childhood years but I was a handful, to say the least! I actually feel a little bad for kids today because it can be really hard to get away with anything. Even though I feel bad, not bad enough to share this valuable piece of advice to help you keep them out of trouble. If you have a child with a bedroom that they can sneak out of you can put sensors on their bedroom door and windows. If you have teenagers this is awesome! Not to mention that other parents will know that sleepovers at your house are safer than other homes….and not just because of home security.
Again, this is for a non-emergency, so your system would alert you by sending a text message or email whenever they opened a window, If you want to take it a step further, or if you have a teenage daughter, you can even have the audible alarm go off if they try and sneak out in the middle of the night. Not that extreme? OK, you can still bust them in the morning. You don’t have to tell them about the added benefit and let them think you have super powers when they think they got away with it. The way you use them is up to you and that’s part of the beauty of it.
The third way that door sensors are useful is to use them on cabinets that are off limits. Especially with today’s issue with things like prescription drugs, using sensors is a smart way to stay one step ahead of your kids, and anyone else that has access to your home.
Not worried about someone getting to the meds? Maybe you want to make sure that someone you loves remembers to take there much needed prescription medication? Whether it’s to make sure they are taken them on time or just taken that day, you can get a scheduled alert. If the medicine cabinet isn’t opened by a certain time you get a notification sent right to your phone.
One way to help make it more difficult to gain access to medication is by putting a door contact on the medicine cabinet. If you are a parent then you’ll know if your kids, or their friends, tried to gain access to them. For seniors or anyone that has a medical condition, you’ll know if someone has been into your medicine cabinet. You never know when this information will help you stop a potential issue. You can even put a sensor any drawers that you don’t want other getting into.
The liquor cabinet is also a prime candidate for a non-emergency contact. If you are a parent of teenagers you just made it more difficult for them to try and test your house as the party home. It’s a smart home! Even if it isn’t your children, you never know when one of their friends may try. It’s always better to stay safe than sorry.
How about a safe? Whether it’s a gun safe or where you keep valuables you’ll always know when someone opened it, even tampered with it. Talk about peace of mind! Your smart home security system should take into account your lifestyle. You can have your security system customized and specifically designed for you!
Well, there you have it! Some unique options that can take your home’s security to the next level and start having a truly connected home. Smart home services don’t have to be expensive, they don’t have to be complex, and they don’t have to be for everyone else. Use the features you already have with your current system to help with more than burglaries. That is unless it’s time to upgrade. If you want to learn how you can start taking advantage of these services, and more, you can contact us. Call us at 317.559.3500 and we will answer your questions. You can also sign up for our blog to get weekly articles on smart home security that are affordable and easy to use.
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