These days, technology and residential security go hand-in-hand, which means more people are using home monitoring systems to protect their property. Equipment is affordable, easy to use, and many products interact with each other through smart home systems. Additionally, these easily accessible systems can help protect your family and your valuables in multiple ways.
If you're trying to figure out whether you need a monitoring system and what they can do for you and your family, read on. In this guide, I'll explain exactly what this type of setup entails along with its benefits.
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Home Monitoring Benefits
One of the things that differentiate home monitoring from a simple alarm system is that it provides multiple functions. Depending on the components you choose, you can do anything from keeping track of your kids' comings and goings to receiving alerts in the event of a fire.
Deterring burglars is one of the main advantages of using home monitoring equipment. While property crime is down more than 20% compared to 2006 (according to FBI statistics), that drop may very well be related to the rise in the use of home surveillance and alarm systems. A decrease in home invasions doesn't mean you should relax your level of vigilance - in fact, it probably means that the presence of recording technology inside our homes is working against the bad guys.
Another way that home monitoring systems are proving useful is in a video surveillance capacity. Home security cameras come in handy for making sure the kids made it home from school safely, and even for catching abusive or thieving childcare workers. Your home video monitoring system may include indoor and/or outdoor cameras or may be built right into an all-in-one security hub like the Piper or Canary.
Video can also be a crucial element in verifying your need for police assistance, either via a professional security company or if you're calling 911 yourself.
Most security cameras available for home use are internet-enabled (or IP cameras) which allow you to live to stream the feed through a mobile app. Some systems alert you in the event of an intruder and save footage in case it's needed to identify the culprits. Video can also be a crucial element in verifying your need for police assistance, either via a professional security company or if you're calling 911 yourself.
Other Types of Home Monitoring
Of course, intruders aren't the only things that can endanger your family and your belongings. There are other home safety issues which can be prevented or damage minimized by using home security monitoring.
- Fire: According to the National Fire Protection Association there were 365,500 home fires across the U.S. in 2015. Many of these fires are preventable with the use of a working smoke detector system. You can monitor your house for fire with either a self-installed system or a professional security company like ADT.
- Carbon Monoxide: CO deaths are a serious concern. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) data shows that more than 400 Americans die per year from carbon monoxide poisoning. Modern home monitoring systems are able to detect CO leaks and alert either you or a CMS (central monitoring station), giving you the chance to get out of the house before it's too late.
- Temperature and Humidity: These can be useful features in a monitoring system because they can assist in detecting a fire or moisture problem.
- Air Quality: This isn't a common feature in home monitoring systems, however, it is available in a couple of all-in-ones and even security cameras. Monitoring air quality in your house helps you to ensure a healthy environment for your family.
- Leak Detection: You never know when a plumbing leak might develop while you're at work, or unwanted moisture will creep into the basement in a hard rain. Water sensors allow you to catch the problem immediately, no matter where you are. Professional home security companies and DIY smart home systems are the most common ways to monitor for leaks.