Staying Connected While You’re Away
More than 100 million Americans take to the highways, railways and airways during the holiday/winter season. You’ll want to be sure your home remains safe and secure while you’re away. Here are a few ways you can “stay connected” to the home front so you can enjoy a worry-free holiday vacation.
Have Someone You Trust Watch Your Home
If possible, have a trusted friend, relative or neighbor stop by your home at least once a day to attend to the property. This person can perform routine tasks such as feeding your pets, collecting the mail and newspapers and watering plants. Having a daily visitor will also make your home look lived in while you’re away, which will make it a less inviting target for burglars. Regularly checking in with your house sitter by phone, text or email will give you the peace of mind of knowing that everything is secure.
Keep Connected With “Smart” Technology
If it isn’t possible to have someone look after your home while you’re away, you can use modern security technology to serve as your home’s “watchdog.” A “smart” home features home automation that will control the operation of various security features, appliances, electronic gadgets and lighting for you, without the need for human intervention.
Smart technology relies on a series of sensors and controllers that can perform automated tasks such as detecting the presence of intruders, adjusting the temperature inside your home, turning lights on and off at prescheduled times and detecting the existence of smoke, fire and carbon monoxide. In addition to keeping your home secure, smart technology can regulate your energy consumption, which can minimize your utility bills while you’re away.
Use Your Mobile Device as a Home Security Monitor
The best smart security systems provide access to downloadable apps that enable you to monitor your home around the clock, even if you’re hundreds or thousands of miles away. With the app, you can use your smartphone, tablet or Internet-connected laptop to view live or recorded security camera feeds, adjust the temperature, control interior and exterior lights and allow people entrance to take care of your home. You can also receive timely alerts via email or text message whenever a situation arises that may require monitoring.
Combine Smart Technology With Professional Monitoring for the Ultimate Home Security Solution
Installing an advanced security system that includes smart technology and central monitoring will ensure your home is fully protected while you’re on vacation. Central monitoring entails the use of trained professionals who keep a close watch on your camera feeds, alarms and other system features so they can take prompt action if something unusual occurs. They will immediately dispatch first responders to investigate the situation, which can thwart an in-progress break-in or prevent a small fire from becoming a destructive inferno. They’ll also keep you up-to-date on any changes to your property’s status.
Contact Titan Alarm, Inc. for more ideas on how to stay connected while you’re away.
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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.