Remote access gives you the ability to manage your home security system using an app on your smartphone, tablet or computer, from anywhere in the world. This technology allows you to remotely manage your alarm, control smart home devices like door locks, lights and thermostats, and even monitor a live feed from your cameras. You can also get notifications based on your preferences. So, what are the benefits of a home security system with remote access? Let’s take a look at the top five.
1. Always Know What’s Going on with Your Home
Whether you’re at work, on a trip, or out to dinner, remote access is the epitome of convenience. Using the app on your smartphone, you can check your home’s temperature, alarm setting, door lock, and more. Plus, if something isn’t right, you can fix it right from your phone. For example, if you have a smart door lock, you can check to see if you forgot to lock the door after leaving the house. If you did, you can easily lock your door remotely.
Smart door locks can also tell you who is coming in and out. Give members of your household their own unique keypad code, and your smartphone will alert you to who unlocked the door.
If someone shows up at your front door without a keypad code and you’re not home, you can check who is there and speak to them with a doorbell camera. Whether it’s a delivery man, a friendly neighbor or a porch pirate, you’ll always be in the know. If it’s someone you trust, you can unlock the door for them remotely with a smart door lock.
2. Save Money
Electricity bills can get expensive, so it’s a great idea to save energy whenever you can. This not only saves you money but is better for the environment. A smart thermostat with Z-Wave technology allows you to control your home’s temperature from anywhere using your phone.
Not only can you monitor and control energy usage, but you can also make sure the house is at the perfect temperature when you get home. Some smart thermostats, such as Frontpoint’s, also allow you to program a temperature schedule based on your preferences, so you don’t even have to worry about always changing it.
3. Allow Temporary, Supervised Access for Service People
Let’s say you have a new dog walker or house cleaner coming to your home while you’re not there, and you’re not sure you can trust them yet with the keys. Not to worry—you can give them a temporary passcode to your smart door lock, remotely disarm the alarm system for them, and watch them with surveillance cameras all in one smartphone app. You can even talk to them if your camera has two-way audio like Frontpoint’s. You can also put sensors in certain off-limits areas that notify you via the app when triggered.
Once the person leaves, you can disable their keypad code so it cannot be used again until the next time they need it. Now, you can rest easy knowing no one has access to your home unless you are expecting them.
With these smart home devices, you don’t have to rush home to let someone in, put a key under the doormat or leave your dog home for too long.
4. Add an Extra Layer of Security While You’re Away
An alarm system and 24/7 monitoring can catch an intruder and protect your home, but the goal is to avoid this type of event altogether. Of course, an excellent first line of defense is a yard sign that lets people know you have a home security system, but there are other effective ways to deter burglars with the remote access feature.
Most intruders will choose an empty home to infiltrate. A classic indicator that a house is unoccupied is when all of the lights are off for an extended period. But leaving the lights on the entire time while you’re away could significantly drive up your electricity bill. With smart light bulbs, you can turn the lights on and off remotely, giving the impression to potential intruders that someone is in the house even if no one is there.
5. Have Peace of Mind
Every benefit of a home security system with remote access comes back to one ultimate advantage: peace of mind. No matter where you are, you always have access and control. Whether you have kids, elderly parents or a furry friend waiting for you at home, you can check up on them when you’re away and make sure they’re safe.