For many, home safety and security are intertwined. Seeking peace of mind, homeowners often look for smart home solutions that protect not only their most cherished valuables, but also the home itself and everyone in it. June is Home Safety Month, so let's look at some of the ways you can keep your home safe with Z-Wave smart home tech.
It's easy to think smart home technology as a mere convenience—something to save you a few steps walking between the couch and the nearest light switch, the thermostat, or the front door. But having a connected home also means that you're able to keep tabs on your house and keep the things and people in it safe, even when you're far away. Smart hubs, combined with sensors in and around the home, can take the worry out of being away from home by alerting you when something goes wrong.
One of the main reasons someone might invest in home security tech is almost certainly burglary. But intruders aren't the only thing you have to worry about entering your home. Water damage is actually the second most common cause of property loss and accounts for a quarter or more of homeowner's insurance claims. A good early detection device, like a Z-Wave flood sensor, could be the difference between a damp inconvenience and a soaking wet catastrophe in your home, especially when combined with a smart shutoff valve.
Other sensors, Z-Wave door/window sensors, for example, are a great way to keep you alerted to potential dangers, especially on days when the kids get home earlier than you do. A few placed judiciously around the house—on liquor or medicine cabinets, for example, or even the knife drawer, are a great way of keeping your mind at ease. And those same sensors placed on entry points could alert you in the event of an invasion.
When it comes down to it, though, the best way to deal with home invasion is to deter intruders altogether. When you're out of town for a business trip or vacation, it's important to make sure your home still looks lived in, and rigid pre-programmed lighting timers aren't fooling anyone. Using smart scenes and smart bulbs with motion sensors, you can coordinate your lighting schedule with your normal living patterns, and sunrise and sunset as well as ensure your house is well lit if someone approaches a door or window outside.
This just scratches the surface of what's possible with smart home technology - but you don't have to break the bank or get complicated to keep your home and family safe.
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