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Seven Devices You Need for a Great Home Security System

Your home is your domain and your sanctuary—the place you should feel safest and most secure. When it comes to protecting your residence, your family and your belongings, a few security safeguards are a wise investment.

The Internet of Things (IoT) and smart home technology have made their way into the home security market in a major way. With just high-speed internet, Wi-Fi and a smartphone, technology now gives people the power to implement security features from mobile device apps—including reviewing security footage and controlling locks and alarm systems.

From Samsung and LG to Nest and Amazon, tech firms are rapidly developing new and more advanced systems.

If you’re curious about how to get started on an all-around home security system, here are some essentials (and maybe a couple extras) to consider.

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1. Smart Locks
Smart locks are controlled by your smartphone and allow keyless entry, locking and remote access. Features differ slightly by maker, but with many, you can program the locks to activate at a certain time, grant access to family and guests and, via an app, see who’s entered and exited. The Zwave smart lock allows up to 30 users with unique codes and remote locking from your device. They also interface with other security systems, including Honeywell’s Total Connect and com.

2. Video Doorbell
Wired and wireless-enabled video doorbells can instantly tell you who’s outside your door. By pairing this with your phone, you can see live video and speak remotely to who is at your door, even when you’re not home. Video doorbells also interface with Total Connect and Alarm.com.

3. Outdoor Security Camera
These cameras offer a wide view of your property in HD-video quality. You can view clips and footage on your phone or computer, and data is stored in the cloud. With night vision and wide-angle lenses, these cameras provide protection for your outdoor premises.

4. Indoor Monitoring Camera
Smart home security systems detect motion around your home and can send video directly to your phone. Some can be integrated with voice assistants and others use AI to adapt to your usual habits so as not to send alerts prematurely.

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5. Motion Sensors
Motion sensors are a good second line of defense across your property if an intruder attempts entry other than by door.

6. Door Contact Detector
These are small devices that are installed on a door and can be armed to activate an alarm when the door is opened.

7. Smart Thermostats
You might not think of smart thermostat as a “security” device, but these systems are a key tool in home automation and monitoring. Smart thermostats can make your home more energy efficient, and save on energy costs. Smart thermostats allow you to adjust your home’s temperature from your phone, even while you’re away. Some systems even send alerts when the temperature is low so you can avoid problems such as frozen pipes. Many models integrate with home security system, as well.

Arvig provides home security and automation technology, including fire and break-in protection, video surveillance and 24/7 monitoring for immediate emergency assistance. Click here for more information or read about our free monitoring offer here.

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