Like technology, home security has come a long way. Today, more so than ever before, homeowners can invest in smart tech and devices to keep their home protected, not only against invaders, but the elements and potentially harmful gasses. From smart locks and water detection devices to home security systems with night vision color, these are the home security gadgets all homeowners should know about.
August Smart Locks have received praise from outlets including Fortune, Wired, CNET and The Wall Street Journal, and for good reason, too. The August Smart Lock allows homeowners to create virtual keys and keep track of who comes and goes directly from the palm of their hands via smartphone. Users can choose when to grant access, whether it is in just a few minutes, a couple of days, or a number of weeks — even specific times and dates. The easy-to-install smart lock device also locks behind residents as they enter the home, allowing for not only security, but peace of mind.
Compatible via smartphone and even Apple Watch, August Smart Locks can be operated virtually anywhere, so homeowners will never have to question if they locked the door or not while on their way to work or away for a weekend.
Nest CO2 and Smoke Monitor
While many think of home security as a means of protection against burglars and criminals, home security is more than that. With Nest Protect, homeowners can rest assured that the air in their homes is safe and free of carbon monoxide. According to data from Nest, more than one million homes experience high levels of carbon monoxide on an annual basis.
The alarm system is built to detect the presence of both carbon monoxide and smoke, whether you are home or away. The monitor that mounts to the wall has an industrial-grade smoke sensor and lasts up to 10 years. When Nest Protect detects smoke or carbon monoxide its human voice gives an early warning. For example, “Emergency, there is smoke in the living room.” The device is not only telling homeowners that there’s a danger — it’s telling residents where the danger is located.
Color Night Vision
Home surveillance isn’t a new concept. But today, it is better than ever before. From high-def systems to color night vision, home security has come a long way in the last few decades. Some of today’s security camera systems even offer 4K HD resolution that provides a nearly crystal clear picture. Lorex, a leader in home security camera systems, offers a wide range of top-of-the-line systems, all with the aforementioned features, including the advanced color night vision. A Color Night Vision security system offers full color in low light situations, which allows for better contrast and more detail that can potentially help to identify suspects or property in the case of a break-in or crime.
Making its debut at Las Vegas’ CES tech show in 2016, Delta Faucet’s water leak detector can detect leaks found anywhere in the home. Expected to be available to the public in late 2017, this smart home security device requires no hub, as the device is seamlessly connected to Wi-Fi. The water leak detector can be placed anywhere: near water heaters, underneath sinks, behind appliances as well as in non-living spaces such as basements and attics.
When a leak is detected, the device immediately sends a notification to a user’s smartphone. The average water damage claim between 2010 and 2014 was nearly 8,000, according to ISO, a Verisk analytics company. Homeowners can sleep easy knowing that their home is guarded against water damage with Delta’s water leak detector.