Top 4 Home Security Trends of the Future
Happy New Year! As we welcome 2020 and a new decade, it has never been easier to own a home security system. As technology changes, improves, and gets cheaper, home security systems become more and more accessible. Here are four trends to look forward to in 2020.
1. Wireless Home Security
The shift towards wireless technologies is the most apparent change to the home security systems of the past. Wireless technology allows systems to be installed with ease by the user and eliminates the need and cost for an installation team. With strong adhesive, there’s no need to drill holes or run wires around your home. This also allows your system to be moved from home to home which makes home security systems available to renters. Wireless technology also allows more monitoring points around the home that are safe from being cut or tampered with.
2. Video Technology
In the past decade, there has been an explosion of advancements in camera and video technology. Cameras are almost required to be a part of cell phones and they can easily be integrated into home security systems. The camera quality continues to get better and better making it easy and affordable to add HD Cameras to your home security system. Using a computer or smartphone with a wireless connection, a homeowner (or renter) can monitor their home from just about anywhere. Professional monitoring companies now also have the ability to tap into home cameras in the event of an active alarm to verify the intruder, significantly cutting down on false alarms. The cameras can also record clips and store them digitally, eliminating the need for a clunky VCR or hard drive in your home. Additionally, investing in an Indoor Camera allows users to check whether or not they remembered to turn your lights off and a Doorbell Camera allows users to see who is at the front door even when not at home.
3. Self Monitoring
As mentioned earlier, the improvements in mobile technology, cell phones, and home security devices have paved the way for self-monitoring. Rather than relying on a third party to monitor the home, the activity feed and livestream are readily accessible via mobile applications or web dashboards. With self-monitoring, the home security system notifies the user directly and allows the user to dispatch the authorities. Self-monitoring and wireless technology also allows the user to arm and disarm the system from anywhere.
4. Home Automation
Home security is now intrinsically tied to home automation. The homeowner can integrate their home security system with the rest of their smart devices in the home. This allows home security to not only protect the home but also monitor and manage the thermostat, activate humidity controls, interface with certain appliances, and connect with voice-activated assistants. Many of today’s security systems come equipped with temperature sensors. This way a user can keep track of the ambient temperature of their home from anywhere and adjust the thermostat accordingly. Home automation in 2020 allows users to preheat the oven on the way home from work and also automatically dispatch the fire department in the event of a fire. As home automation technology improves, everyday life becomes more efficient.
It is also worth noting that because many owners of home security systems self-monitor their homes, customer experience has never been more important. When something goes wrong, a user will want a helpful voice on the other end of the phone call or email exchange. Be sure to do research about which system will be best for the needs of the home. Consider Scout Alarm, an affordable DIY system that is customizable to the specific needs of each home.