A guide to smart home security
By: Shell Energy
02 Jul 2020
Security is an essential part of every home, yet many houses don’t own a burglar alarm. One of the reasons for the lack of security equipment could be due to their complicated nature, but that’s all changing with smart home security.
Smart security is now becoming a more common fixture in our homes, offering dynamic and integrated features not found in traditional burglar alarms. The major difference between the two is convenience. Smart security allows you to control every aspect of your home security through an app on your smartphone or tablet.
If you’re thinking of making the switch to smart home security, but aren’t sure about how the technology works, this guide is for you. We’ll cover everything you need to know, so that you can make an informed decision about your next security system.
What is smart home security?
Smart home security uses the internet to connect all the security gadgets together. These often include wireless cameras, door locks, window and door sensors, and motion detectors.
All the gadgets are controlled by a central hub, which can be controlled via your smartphone, tablet or computer. As a result, you can monitor your home from any location with an internet connection.
What is home automation security?
Home automation provides you with access to a range of gadgets that can be controlled with just one device, from heating and electricity to sprinklers and security systems. Having everything operated under one central hub makes controlling your smart home much easier.
It means that everything, including alarms, cameras, doors, locks, windows, smoke detectors, and just about anything else smart security-related is controlled through home automation security. The evolution of the technology has made smart home security accessible to all.
What are smart home sensors?
Sensors are the basis of your security system and detect any movement around your home. If the sensor is tripped, it sends a signal to the security system’s hub.
Sensors will alert you to unwarranted movement around the house, tell you when someone approaches the front door, and let you know when someone has entered an unrestricted area of your home. They can even save money on energy by controlling lighting in unused areas.
Benefits of smart home security
Smart home security will alert you of potential issues around your home with gadgets that are connected via a wireless network so that you can monitor your home 24/7.
There are several smart home security options on the market, and you can select the options that suit your needs. Some people may only require a smart doorbell; others might opt for the whole system, such as smart home CCTV, detectors and door locks.
Smart security options cover a range of benefits:
Smart home CCTV
Smart home CCTV lets you check in on your entire home even while you’re away. Via a smartphone or tablet, you can view live footage of your home day and night. As soon as an event is detected — such as an unwanted presence — smart home CCTV springs into action and starts recording.
The Nest Hello doorbell lets you see who’s at your door at any time of day. It replaces the traditional doorbell and uses HDR video to capture anyone using your doorbell. And with Nest Aware, you can check in at any time with 24/7 streaming, even when no one is ringing the bell.
Google Nest products include the Nest Cam, plug-in-and-go security that'll send you activity alerts on your phone so you know if anything happens while you're away. The Nest Protect tells you if there are any potential fires or gas leaks in your home.
Visit the Shell Energy Shop to discover our range of Google and Ring safety and security smart home devices to keep your home safe.