In home security systems, the wave of the future is 100% wireless and cellular. This is a good thing for a number of reasons: greater dependability, resistance to tampering, super-fast response time, but perhaps the best reason is the ability to control your entire system from your smartphone.
Today’s best home security packages empower your smartphone to surveil your home in live HD streaming video, enable and disable your security system, control lights, locks, appliances, and thermostats, get alerts when any intrusion sensor is triggered, and view event history. And you can do all of this at a price that would have seemed unimaginable just 20 years ago.
The best home security systems all provide a free mobile app through which you can perform some truly magical feats from your iPhone, Android or Blackberry, anywhere in the country you happen to be.
Want the temperature to be a toasty 72 when you walk through your front door? It’s just a couple of taps away. You said you want the local news playing on your TV, a fresh pot of coffee brewing, and the lava light setting the mood…no problem. It’s all possible through your smartphone. And would you believe it all costs less per month than a dinner for two at a moderately priced restaurant?
Doesn’t Cost an Arm or a Leg
Using your smartphone and their app, the best home security companies’ system packages cost no more than $60 a month for 24/7/365 monitoring and many cost half off that! Even better, most give you their mobile app for free. It’s all a matter of functionality. Usually, the more of it you want the higher the price tag.
With home automation, however, you only need to spend a little more on monthly fees to get a whole lot more functionality. And with some companies you’ll spend just a bit more up front on components to take advantage of all the functions of their smartphone home security app. One company, in fact, will let you roll the cost of most of its automation components into your monthly monitoring bill.
Many of the packages will let you really customize the features so you can tailor it exactly to your lifestyle. With add-ons like fixed and moving video cameras, remote door locks with or without video, electric wall outlets, on/off switches and dimmers, appliance controllers, smart thermostats, and touchscreen control panels there is no end to how you control the security of your home.
The Future Is Here
Except for the flying car thing, we now truly live in the age of the Jetsons. Today’s popularly-priced home security and automation systems can make your home virtually automatic, right down to letting your children in the front door while you’re shopping at Wal-Mart clear across the country.
With a top home security package, you’ll never worry again what’s going on at home while you’re away. Just pull out your smartphone and watch it yourself in real time.